In a more in-depth chat about their wedding, CNN anchor Isha Sesay and executive editor of The CNN Freedom Project Leif Coorlim described their wedding as “fun, relaxed, romantic, elegant and unconventional”. Though they met in 2008 after working on a CNN series together in Atlanta, they were only friends till 2011 when Isha Sesay asked him out for a drink, and then they began dating.
Isha says her favorite thing about her husband is his “kindness.” She explains: “He has an extraordinarily large heart, and every day he does something that impresses me and makes me want to be a better person. Heâ€™s truly a special soul.”
For Leif, the best thing about Isha is how outgoing she is. “We canâ€™t take 10 steps in the building without her stopping to talk to somebody. Sheâ€™s best friends with her dry cleaner, waiters in the restaurant down the road, even her dentist. Itâ€™s that kind of open-heartedness, that I truly am in awe of and love about her,” he said.
Below are more pictures from Sesay’s and Coorlim’s Big Day:
According to Isha, this was how it all went down…
We’d been planning this as an outdoor wedding for eight months. It was supposed to be outside in the Mandarin’s English Gardens, but thanks to an early heads up about bad weather from CNN meteorologist Jen Delgado, we decided just last Wednesday to move the entire event indoors! She was our guardian angel — we will forever be grateful to her! Given the quick turnaround, we gave the decorator and florist Britt Wood complete design freedom. So we had no idea what he would do with the ceremony space and were completely blown away by how he transformed the ballroom. It was breathtaking.
Leif had no idea I had planned a surprise performance of his favorite love song at the end of the ceremony. I booked a singer to perform Elton John’s “Your Song.” Once the officiant told Leif he could kiss me, she started singing from behind the drapery which was framing our altar. Then she suddenly came out from behind the curtain, surprising Leif and all our guests.
We asked CNN’s Don Lemon to MC our dinner and he did a fantastic job of bringing everyone into the mix. We had a number of planned speeches but Don did what we in TV call “ad libbing” and went completely off script, calling out people to come up and give impromptu speeches. The result was an evening of great emotion; there was so much love and laughter in that room.
A girl always imagines how her wedding day will be, how it will feel, the dress… Well, our day exceeded my wildest dreams. It was magical. When I saw Leif standing at the end of the aisle, I felt as if my heart would explode. I married the man of my dreams in front of the people we care about the most. And then we partied the night away. Our special day was perfect in each and every way. What more could any girl ask for…