Jay Ellis marries model girlfriend Nina Senicar in dreamy Italian wedding: 'I was in awe'

It's a big day for #LawrenceHive as "Insecure" star Jay Ellis reveals he's officially a married man.

Newlyweds Ellis and Nina Senicar are living the dolce vita, with the couple sharing details about their picturesque Italian wedding. The couple confirmed news of their July 9 nuptials on Instagram Monday, sharing a gorgeous shot of the couple walking hand in hand.

Senicar wore an elegant, off-white Dolce & Gabbana dress, while the "Top Gun: Maverick" actor donned a chic burgundy tuxedo by the Italian fashion house.

“July 9th, 2022… Forever,” Ellis and Senicar both captioned their posts on Instagram in Italian. Vogue also shared photos of the lovebirds, taken by photographer Alessia Franco.

Ellis met Senicar at a bar in Los Angeles in 2015 after being introduced by a mutual friend, according to Vogue magazine's wedding exclusive. The two became engaged in January 2019, but their wedding plans were derailed by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the outlet reported. The following year, a family death caused Ellis and Senicar to push back the wedding to July of this year.

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After wedding planning sessions over Zoom and careful COVID-19 protocols were put in place, Ellis and Senicar tied the knot at Villa Mangiacane, a Tuscan property in Florence, Italy, that boasts “flourishing vineyards and olive groves.”

“We always knew we wanted to get married in Italy because going there was the first trip we ever took together,” Senicar told Vogue.

According to Vogue, Senicar walked down the aisle to Frank Ocean’s R&B ballad “Thinkin Bout You.”

“I was very emotional and tried really hard not to cry,” Senicar recalled. “Honestly, I didn’t see anybody else but Jay — I was so focused on his eyes and just being present.”

Senicar’s entrance was an equally special moment for her husband-to-be Ellis, he shared.

“There was a moment when I was standing there in front of everyone waiting for the giant wrought iron gates to open and to see Nina, but the moment kept going and going,” Ellis told Vogue. “So, I yelled out, ‘Baby, you coming?’ There was another beat or two after where Nina didn’t answer, so I turned to the crowd and said, ‘I guess that’s a no. There’s a space up here if anybody wants to get married today.’ And in perfect timing, as everyone laughed, Nina yelled out, ‘I’m coming baby!’ Everyone laughed at us, and then the gate opened and I was in awe when I saw Nina in her dress for the first time.”

Nina Senicar, left, and Jay Ellis attend as Acne Studios Los Angeles celebrates the launch of the Angelo Plessas Capsule Collection on April 28, 2022.
Nina Senicar, left, and Jay Ellis attend as Acne Studios Los Angeles celebrates the launch of the Angelo Plessas Capsule Collection on April 28, 2022.

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While the “Top Gun” actor joked that the couple needs to decompress “after throwing the craziest three-day party ever,” the overall experience was everything they hoped for.

“After everything that everyone has been through over the last few years, to bring over 190 people together for three days in Tuscany and celebrate was surreal,” Ellis said. “Seeing all of our friends from different parts of our lives together smiling and laughing, connecting, forming their own friendships was such a huge part of what we wanted out of the weekend and the celebration. We wanted to create moments and memories that would last the rest of our lives.”

Ellis and Senicar welcomed their first child together, daughter Nora Grace Ellis, in 2019. "And just like that our lives got a whole new meaning," Senicar wrote on Instagram at the time.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Insecure,' 'Top Gun' star Jay Ellis marries Nina Senicar in Italy