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One of the world’s most famous ballerinas married her long-time lawyer boyfriend in a lavish ceremony in Laguna Beach. Misty Copeland, 33, wed Olu Evans, 37, on July 31 at the Montage Hotel, US Weekly reports. The celeb mag adds that Copeland wore an Inbal Dror gown with Christian Louboutin shoes.

In August 2015, Copeland told Essence magazine about her engagement and love for Evans saying, “I can’t believe my life right now.” The couple has been together since 2005.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. He’s Taye Diggs’ Cousin & It Was the Actor Who Introduced the Happy Couple

That’s Olu Evans. My cousin. Misty’s man. http://t.co/P3cZNbgX9Ihttp://t.co/nqWaSrEvzU

— Taye Diggs (@TayeDiggs) October 24, 2014

The couple was introduced by Evans’ cousin Taye Diggs in 2006 in a New York City nightclub.

According to the couple’s online gift registry, they were due to be married in New York City.

2. He Runs a Dancewear Company Out of the Couple’s Upper West Side Apartment

Copeland and Evans arrive for the State Dinner for President Xi of China at the White House on September 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Online records show that Evans runs a dancewear business, Muse Dancewear, out of the couple’s apartment on New York City’s Upper West Side. The company was formed in 2010.

A 2014 New York Times feature detailed the couple’s life together in one of the city’s swankiest neighborhoods. The article describes a typical New York lifestyle of shopping, going to brunch and watching Netflix before going to bed. In the piece, Copeland describes herself as a “homebody.”

3. Copeland Previously Said That ‘No Man Is Taking Me Away From Ballet’

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In July 2015, Copeland told Soledad O’Brien about how she knew that Evans was the one. The ballerina said:

It took me finding a person that respected me, that allowed me to still fulfill what I wanted in my career. That was most important to me.

I always said, “No man is coming in and taking me away from ballet.” And that was so important to me that the person I ended up with was going to support me in every way, because my career is so important to me.

And I knew immediately when he wasn’t afraid of hearing or seeing me so damaged – and that he wanted to help because he cared about me as a person.

Copeland also said that although she has dated guys in the past, Evans was her first boyfriend.

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Copeland later told the Daily Telegraph about the positive influence that Evans had on her life saying, “He made me feel like is my instrument and I have to take care of it.” While she also told Elle, “He taught me to communicate in ways I’d never learned before, to not run away from problems, and sit down and think about things critically. And he made me feel like I really did have a bright future as a ballerina.”

She told the New Yorker in September 2014 that her life goals were to “become the first African-American principal dancer with A.B.T…And, you know, of course, to get married and have kids.”

4. He’s Described as a ‘Corporate Attorney’

Copeland and Evans pictured in May 2016. (Getty)

Numerous online profiles describe Evans as a “corporate lawyer,” notably this Wall Street Journal feature on Copeland. He worked for a time at Quinn Emanuel trial lawyers but is no longer listed as an attorney on their website.

Evans went to law school at Emory University and was admitted to the New York bar in 2007.

His parents are Jon and Linda Twichell.

5. Due to Their Busy Schedules, the Couple Has to Schedule Time Together ‘Months in Advance’

Copeland and her cousin-in-law pictured in August 2015. (Getty)

Copeland told the Daily Telegraph is a 2015 interview that she has had to scale back her desire for many children. She said, “Maybe two. I’m trying to think about timings of that with my boyfriend. I’m very regimented and organized – understands that. And there will be plenty of time after .” While Copeland added that due to their busy schedules, the couple have to plan in advance to spend time together.

Raise a toast to Misty Copeland and Olu Evans!

The 33-year-old ballerina and her boyfriend of 10 years tied the knot on Sunday, a rep for Copeland confirmed to TODAY.

Misty Copeland and Olu Evans seen at the NYC Premiere of Starz’s original limited series Flesh and Bone at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, November 2, 2015, in NYC.AP

Copeland, who made history one year ago when she became American Ballet Theatre’s first black female principal dancer, announced her engagement to Evans, an attorney, in Essence magazine last September.

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The couple wed in front of 100 guests at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, California, with Copeland wearing an Inbal Dror gown and Christian Louboutin shoes, E! News reports.

The dancer previously told E! that she would opt for a “simple” wedding ceremony when the time came.

“I feel like I get to become a fairy princess on stage and wear incredible costumes and gowns to galas. So, for me, I just want to have a simple, as easy-going day as I can have and just not have it be a big show. I just want it to be simple and classy and not feel like I’m in a tutu,” said Copeland.

We hope your big day was just what you wanted, Misty and Olu.

Congratulations!

Misty Copeland breaking stereotypes from center stage

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A big congratulations is in order for Misty Copeland. The famous ballerina is officially a married woman. Copeland exchanged “I do’s” Sunday with her longtime boyfriend, Olu Evans, at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, according to E! Online

The couple, who have been together for 10 years, were surrounded by 100 of their closest friends and family members during their extravagant ceremony overlooking the ocean. Insiders at the wedding said Copeland, who became the first black ballerina to hold a principal position for the American Ballet Association, looked like an “ethereal goddess” in an Inbal Dror gown and Christian Louboutin shoes.

Although Copeland has become a household name, her new husband is also pretty popular in his own right. Find out a little more about Copeland’s hubby by checking out five facts about him below.

Misty Copeland ties the knot with longtime boyfriend Olu Boyfriend. Photo: Getty

1. He’s a corporate attorney: According to a Wall Street Journal feature on Copeland published back in May, Evans is a corporate attorney. Attending law school at Emory University, Evans was later admitted to the New York Bar in 2007, after which he worked at Quinn Emanuel trial lawyers.

2. He runs a dancewear company on the Upper West Side: With a wife who has a longtime career in dance, it’s not too surprising to learn that Evans started his own dancewear company, Muse Dancewear LLC, which he operates from his shared apartment with Copeland. According to online records, the company was created in 2010.

3. He really likes Bed Bath & Beyond: In a 2014 profile on a day in the life of Copeland, the ballerina revealed she and Evans have a shared love of shopping and browsing, especially at home goods hot spot Bed Bath & Beyond. Copeland said she was a junkie for the kitchen section while her husband loved shopping the bedroom section.

4. Evans and Taye Diggs are cousins: Taye Diggs may be known for his major movie roles in films like “The Best Man,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “Brown Sugar,” but he’s also the one to get all the credit for introducing Evans to his new bride 10 years ago in a New York City nightclub.

5. Copeland credits Evans for helping her regain her confidence: In an interview at the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation’s PowHERful Summit, Copeland said it was Evans who convinced her to start treating her body better. “He made me feel like is my instrument and I have to take care of it,” she explained.

Misty Copeland, barrier-breaking principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, is now married to her longtime boyfriend, Olu Evans. The two wed on Sunday, July 31 at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, California in front of 100 guests. Although no photos have surfaced yet, Misty reportedly wore an Inbal Dror gown and Christian Louboutin shoes.

Misty gave us some insight into her decade-long relationship with the attorney, whom she got engaged to in August 2015, when we visited her at her apartment last year:

She met at a club in Chelsea in 2004. Tall and fit, with a pair of dimples that made her heart flutter, he was with the actor Taye Diggs, his cousin, when he spotted her on the dance floor. Ten years later, they’re still together. “He was my first boyfriend,” says Copeland, breaking into a huge smile. “He taught me to communicate in ways I’d never learned before, to not run away from problems, and sit down and think about things critically. And he made me feel like I really did have a bright future as a ballerina.

Awww. With that, we leave you some photos of the ridiculously cute couple to celebrate:

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Misty Copeland Ties the Knot with Olu Evans

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After a 10-year relationship, Misty Copeland and beau Olu Evans tied the knot. Copeland made history in 2015 when she became the first African-American female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater. “It was like, it hasn’t happened for 75 years. Why would it happen to me?” the talented performer told Today after her great achievement. “It was really wild. We were all kind of shocked. But I am giving people hope that you don’t have to fit into this mold of what society has cut out for you to be in order to succeed.”

Shortly after her success, the star announced her engagement. “I can’t believe my life right now,” she told Essence at the time. According to E! News, the talented young performer wanted to keep things simple for her big day. “I feel like I get to become a fairy princess on stage and wear incredible costumes and gowns to galas,” she said. “So, for me, I just want to have a simple, as easy-going day as I can have and just not have it be a big show. I just want it to be simple and classy and not feel like I’m in a tutu.”

The couple wed in an intimate ceremony, with only 100 guests, at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach this Sunday. Copeland wore a stunning Inbal Dror gown and donned Christian Louboutin shoes-simple and classy, just like she’d planned. They exchanged vows overlooking the oceans and were surrounded by a beautiful assortment of pink hydrangeas and white roses. How romantic?

Congratulations to the adorable couple on their big day!

Prince: Misty Copeland discussed friendship with late singer

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Misty Copeland, the first African-American woman named principal dancer by the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, credits much of her confidence to the relationship she had with Prince. The prima ballerina choked up when speaking about her friendship with the late singer, whom she called “this really hilarious, quiet guy who became my friend” during a chat with Soledad O’Brien on Saturday at Essence Festival.

There to discuss the impact she is having on ballet when it comes to inclusion and opening the door up to other dancers of color, Copeland stressed that she is not “the first black woman to put on pointe shoes and dance for a company.” Rather, she’s just the first one to receive the opportunities others who came before her did not.

One of those opportunities was collaborating with Prince. He first cast Copeland in the video for his song “Crimson and Clover” but it wasn’t until she went on tour with him in Europe that she realized the extent of his talent.

“I stepped onto the stage with him for the first time and I was like, okay, I get it now,” she said. “Wow!”

She went on to explain how Prince helped her succeed as a dancer. “He was the first person that pushed me artistically to have this freedom to do what was inside of me — to deliver that,” she said. “Classical ballet doesn’t really celebrate that.”

Copeland added that the first time she performed with Prince was in 2009 during show in France. “I arrived and I had no idea what I was going to do. He said, ‘Oh, just go out there and dance and when I come on the stage you can leave,’” she said with a laugh. “I was like, okay. I had never experienced freedom like that — to just go out there and create.”

She continued, “It was something that I learned as a tool that I took back with me to ABT — that no matter what environment I’m in, I still can bring myself and my creativity to it and my artistry,” she said. “The more I performed with him, the more I learned about who I wanted to be, both as a person and as an artist. I will forever credit and thank him for that.”

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1. He’s Taye Diggs’ cousin!

Olu’s cousin is actor and Broadway legend Taye Diggs! Taye actually introduced Olu and Misty in 2006 at an NYC nightclub.

2. He’s a corporate attorney.

Olu went to law school at Emory University, and passed the bar in 2007. He specializes in corporate law.

3. He also runs a dancewear company.

Being with Misty has definitely inspired Olu! He’s been running a dancewear company called Muse Dancewear, out of their Upper West Side apartment in New York city since 2010. The company sells beautiful ballet slippers and tights, as well as ribbons and paint to keep the slippers in shape. There’s even a quiz to make sure you get the slipper size that fits as perfectly as possible!

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4. He’s fully supportive of Misty

Misty told Soledad O’Brien in a July 2015 interview that she knew Olu was the one “when he wasn’t afraid of hearing or seeing me so damaged – and that he wanted to help because he cared about me as a person…I always said, ‘No man is coming in and taking me away from ballet.’ And that was so important to me that the person I ended up with was going to support me in every way, because my career is so important to me.”

5. He proposed to Misty in August 2015

Took him long enough! Misty and Olu have been together since 2006, but they didn’t decide to get married until 2015! Ten years after they first made eyes across that NYC nightclub (thanks, Taye!), they finally tied the knot in Laguna Beach, California!

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Misty Copeland Marries Longtime Boyfriend Olu Evans

Their first dance must have been epic.

Misty Copeland married her boyfriend of ten years, Olu Evans, on Sunday, PEOPLE has confirmed.

Copeland, 33, the first African-American female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, announced her engagement to Evans, an attorney (who also happens to be Taye Diggs’ cousin), in the September 2015 issue of Essence.

She talked to PEOPLE in April about her plans for a summer wedding, saying she was feeling laid-back about her big day.

“It’s coming along! It’s happening this summer so it’s very soon,” Copeland said. “I’m super busy so I have amazing people taking care of a lot of stuff.”

Rather than focusing on the little details, Copeland said she just wanted to have fun.

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“I think I’m a pretty simple girl, so I like for there to be no drama. I just want to enjoy the day, and not have it be about the preparation,” she said.

The dancer told PEOPLE in November she was thrilled to be engaged to Evans, but finds the excitement over engagements a little silly.

“It’s extremely exciting,” she said. “It’s incredible for my relationship to be engaged. it’s such a strange feeling when people, like, applaud it like it’s this accomplishment. I guess it’s an American cultural thing, but personally, it’s exciting.”

E! News reports that the pair wed in front of 100 guests at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, California, and that Copeland wore an Inbal Dror gown with Christian Louboutin shoes.

Misty Copeland is casually chilling in the back of your Pilates class

Misty Copeland is a proud Upper West Sider. “I’ve never lived anywhere else in New York,” the ballerina says. “But I keep making my way down. I went from 86th, to 77th, 75th , now, I’m on 70th. I’m getting there!” Not that the 35-year-old has much time for exploring: She’s helping Naked launch its Fruit, Nut & Veggie Bars and is touring with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in Hong Kong and Singapore, returning to the Met stage in May. She tells CATHERINE KAST about her weekend.

I never get to sleep in, but if I do, I tend to wake up around 9. When I’m done with a season, like when the spring season ends, we usually go on vacation right away and I’ll sleep until 6 in the evening. My husband is like, “Are you dead? Are you in there?” But once I have that day, I’m back to normal.

For breakfast, I’d either order in or go to Landmarc for brunch. They have good oatmeal. I do love the pain perdu — it’s their French toast. It’s literally like a loaf of bread that they cover in stuff. But that’s the splurge.

On a daily basis, it’s all oatmeal, yogurt, nuts. That’s what I have throughout the day and then I’ll go big in the evenings. The only thing I don’t eat is meat, but I go back and forth with fish and cheese and eggs. Bacon used to be my everything.

I live right by Steps on Broadway, between 74th and 75th. If I’m not down at ABT, which is on 19th, then I’m at Steps. You see the craziest people! There are professional dancers from all over the world, dancers from the New York City ballet, from the ABT, and then you have, like, the 80-year-old woman who once was a dancer and has gotten, like, two hip replacements … she can barely walk but she’s still in her pointe shoes! It’s such a scene but it’s so New York, and it’s so dance.

I also do pilates at Steps, or at Equinox. I go to the back of the class and just try to blend in with everyone — I like being in a group-class setting.

Sometimes , but New Yorkers are … better about it. It can be awkward if you’re in a class and they’re like, can we take a picture? I’m, like, I don’t know if it’s the time right now, I’m dancing!

If I have a night and the time to go out, I love to try a neighborhood I’m not usually in and go somewhere different. We just tried this vegan pizza place downtown, and it was a hole in the wall. We ordered three different pizzas.

When I’m home, I really like to chill out and watch Bill Maher — we save that for weekends — and cook a big dinner. I used to do FreshDirect a lot. I like this really amazing app called Max Delivery: within the hour, and they have everything. That’s my go-to. I’ll have five minutes between rehearsals and I’ll set it up so it arrives when I get home.

But I do love Fairway . Sometimes you’ve just gotta get in there and elbow those little old ladies with their carts who are coming for you!

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