Chance the Rapper Marries Kirsten Corley: Inside Their Star-Studded Wedding

The rapper first laid eyes on his new wife more than a decade ago.

By Samantha Schnurr Mar 10, 2019 4:08 PMTags
Watch: Chance the Rapper Marries Longtime Girlfriend Kirsten Corley

Chance the Rapper is somewhere in paradise because the star just got married!

The 25-year-old Grammy winner tied the knot with his childhood crush and mother of his child, Kirsten Corley, on Saturday, at the Pelican Hill resort in Newport Beach, California. The two exchanged vows in front of 150 family members and friends in a ceremony held under a huge rotunda overlooking the ocean.

The decor was all white, with big arrangements of white roses lining the aisle and scattered white petals where the bride walked down to meet her groom," an eyewitness told E! News. "The bride, Kirsten, wore a strapless white dress and Chance wore a white tux with a black bow tie. It was a romantic ceremony and a string quartet played as they entered. In the middle of the ceremony, their little daughter Kensli ran up and Chance picked her up and held her. It was very sweet and loving to watch."

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Guests included Kim Kardashian, who wore a colorful dress, husband Kanye West, and mutual friend and comedian Dave Chappelle. Kim and Kanye were the last guests to arrive, the eyewitness said, adding that they "watched the ceremony intently and cheered for the bride and groom at the end of ceremony as they kissed passionately."

"After the ceremony, Kim and Kanye hung out with Dave Chappelle on the lawn," the eyewitness continued. "They were all laughing together and having a great time. They posed for photos and Chance came over to chat. They congratulated him and gave him hugs. Kim and Kanye were offered some champagne. Kim passed but Kanye took a glass. Then they walked inside together for the reception. It looked like they were very happy to be there and to see their friend get married. They both never stopped smiling."

Chance and Kirsten were legally married for more than two months before their wedding ceremony on Saturday; They wed in a civil ceremony at the Cook County clerk's office in Chicago on December 27, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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The wedding comes less than a year since Chance got down on one knee on Fourth of July and popped the big question. 

"Kirsten Katrina Corley, will you make me a man and be my wife?" he asked his girlfriend and the mother of their 3-year-old daughter, Kensli Bennett, who they welcomed in 2015. The pair split for a period of time following Kensli's birth.

See photos of Chance and Kirsten's sweetest family moments.

Skate Date

"My wife took me on a surprise day date to the nostalgic," the rapper wrote on Instagram on Feb. 21, 2020.

Mama and Baby

"Happy Anniversary to the woman that gave me everything. Its been a year since we hit city hall and made it official but you've had my heart forever. I love you eternally. Thank you, thank you, thank you," Chance wrote on Instagram on Dec. 27, 2019.

Family Day Out

The rapper appears with his wife, eldest daughter Kensli and his mother, Lisa Bennett at the Lion King premiere in July 2019.

Three Peas In a Pod

"No matter what we are, we're always family," the rapper says alongside a candid photo.

Daddy & Me

Kensli clearly has her dad wrapped around her itty bitty finger.

Head Over Heels

It was truly love at first sight when he met "the prettiest girl I ever seen" at the age of nine. 

Wakanda Forever

Kensli has no reason to fear anything when her mom, dad and the Black Panther star around.

Divine Love

"Thank you Father, I know your grace so well through this woman," Chance captions the photo of him and his bride.

Say Cheese!

In honor of Kristen's birthday, Chance shared a photo reel of his favorite moments with the bride-to-be, which he captions: "From the beginning beginning to the end end. You are my oldest and best friend. You are responsible for everyone of the most wonderful things in my life. I'm forever grateful that God made me find you, and even more grateful that you made me find God. Forever and ever babe."

On the Shoulders of Giants

The rapper and his daughter are thick as thieves. 

Making Things Official

She said yes! The hip hop star proposes to his leading lady during a Fourth of July family gathering in 2018. 

Like Father, Like Daughter

Little Kensli rocks her proud pops' signature "3" cap. 

Too Fly

Chance and Kirsten get glitzy for a night out during New York Fashion Week in 2018. 

The rapper recently sweetly recalled the first time he saw Corley while simultaneously tipping off the public that his wedding would be this weekend. 

In a note posted to Twitter, the musician described how he attended his mother's office party with the rest of his family when he was 9-years-old. There, a trio of young girls around his age performed the Destiny's Child song, "Independent Women."

"Now I'm locking eyes wth the prettiest girl I ever seen in my almost-a-decade of life on earth," he described. "I really shouldn't even say locked eyes cause really, I was just staring at her; as she and her girls were conquering this choreography and mastering the art of lip-synching in a way even the most professional performers have yet to accomplish."

While his father had nudged him to dance with them, Chance, née Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, decided it "wasn't the time or place."

"I knew I was gonna marry that girl. And I ain't wanna jump the gun," he wrote. "16 years later it's happening. This [weekend] is the time, and the place is my wedding. I'm gonna dance with my wife because this is my destiny."

Congratulations to the Bennetts!