- One of Oprah’s former Leadership Academy students, Glori Nelson, recently got married in a ceremony in Atlanta.
- Nelson had Oprah walk her down the aisle for her big day.
- In April, Oprah purchased Nelson’s dream wedding dress as a gift
Here comes the bride! And Oprah.
Earlier this month, Lady O’s former Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls student, Glori Nelson, got married in a ceremony in Atlanta, surrounded by family and friends. And the O of O was indeed in attendance—but she had a special role. Right before Nelson said her I Do’s, Oprah walked her down the aisle. The duo was also joined by Elizabeth Burns, another mentor in the young woman’s life.
“My three mama bears walked me down the aisle,” Nelson wrote in an Instagram caption. “One walked me in spirit. I lost my mum when I was ten and her spirit gained me to them. A praying mum, dead or alive, is sooooo powerful! 💕”
Nelson (née Rapalalani) graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013. The newlywed spoke to OprahMag.com about the touching moment—and why exactly she chose these two women to stand by her side for her big day.
“They are my warriors,” says Nelson. “It was a decision I didn’t have to think too hard about. Mum O has always been an unconditional force in my life. And through her I met Elizabeth, and she has been an unconditional support system. They both taught me what unconditional love truly looks like. I needed them to walk me down the aisle, to a journey that rests and is rooted on unconditional love.”
And after the formal ceremony? According to Nelson, after her aisle duties were over, Oprah didn’t hesitate to hit the dance floor.
“Seeing Mum O dance is one of the best things you can ever see, it just fills your heart with so much joy,” she says. “When we started doing the electric slide, she joined in on the fun.”
In April, the mogul made headlines after she revealed on Instagram that was treating Nelson to her “perfect wedding dress” while shopping at Saks Beverly Hills bridal studio.
“Going dress shopping with Mum O and my sisters was such a delight,” Nelson says. “My wedding dress was the first dress I tried on. Everyone was surprised about how effortless and quick it was to find a dress. Mum O loved that I knew exactly what I wanted.”
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