“Tryna makes my baby mom my fiancé / she likes music / she from Houston likes Aunt Yoncé.”
Chancellor Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper, was 9 years old when he met his future wife.
On the morning of his wedding to Houston-born Kirsten Corley, the daughter of Janice Corley-Blaney from Chicago and Kevin Corley from Maryland, the musician tweeted a story about how his bride, then a child, performed a dance to Destiny’s Childs “Charlie’s Angels “performed” at his mother Lisa Thompson-Bennett’s RE / MAX office party in Chicago. Chance’s father, Ken Bennett, encouraged him to stand up and perform as well, but Chance declined.
“Because I knew I was going to marry this girl. And I don’t want to jump with the gun, ”tweeted Chance in a sweet homage to his future bride on the Wednesday before his wedding.
The couple met again at SXSW in 2011.
And he married her eight years later in a ceremony at the resort on Pelican Hill in Newport Beach.
Kanye West, Dave Chapelle, Chance, Ken Bennett and Kirk Franklin (Photo by Duke Images)
White cascading orchids, floating candles and three gospel stars set the tone at the reception for a wedding 16 years in preparation.
Wedding planner: Jeannie Savage.
The bride wore: Galia Lahav.
The groom wore: Custom Ralph Lauren.
The bridesmaids wore: Bella bridesmaids.
Flower girl: Kensli, the couple’s daughter.
The Rings: Tiffany & Co.
Bridesmaid Dance: Kirsten’s sister Krystal made the bridesmaids, including PaperCity Kara Smith (the bride’s cousin), stay up late into the night before the wedding and learn an intensely choreographed reception dance.
Surprise from the groom: Chance brought out three gospel guests – Tiff Joy, Hezekiah Walker, and Fred Hammond – Singing Kirsten’s favorite gospel songs “Amazing”, “I Need You to Survive” and “You are the Living Word”.
After their solos, they jammed together and even Kirk Franklin jumped up and joined in.
“It was so nice, I was moved to tears,” says Kirsten.