“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts and longtime partner Amber Laign have made it official, tying the knot on Sept. 8 in a small ceremony in the backyard of the couple’s home. The two have been together for 18 years.
“An intimate, magical wedding ceremony in our backyard followed by a joyous reception…ohhhh the dancing!!,” Roberts wrote in an Instagram post announcing the wedding. “We are immensely grateful to all for making it a day and a night to remember. Honeymoon here we come!”
For the special day, Roberts and Laign both wore custom wedding gowns by designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka, respectively. Roberts was given away by her brother, Lawrence Roberts, Jr. The ceremony was performed by her childhood pastor.
Roberts and her new bride met as a result of a blind date.
"Our two friends, my friend Alex, her friend Bert, finally said, 'Enough, you two are going to meet,'" Laign said to "GMA" in an earlier interview. "I remember just walking up and she's just beautiful, and she took my breath away, and she still does."
Following the ceremony, guests joined the happy couple at an enchanted garden reception, enjoying a custom cake created by Vincenzo Salvatore Cakes. DJ Valentina spun the tunes, and violinist Caroline Campbell played “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” as the couple entered the elegant event.
The long-term couple had considered marriage for some time but had previously put it off.
"It was something we had talked about, but we had put it off,” Robert said on "GMA." “She became ill."
Laign recently survived a bout of breast cancer. Roberts, herself, suffered from myelodysplastic syndrome and had a very public bone marrow transplant in 2012. That kept her off the air for six months.
"Those 174 days, there was a lot of challenges,” Roberts said about her time off from "GMA." “There was a lot of fear. I was really grateful to be able to once again say, 'Good morning, America,' and also grateful and hopeful that by being back, I could somehow be a symbol to others going through something that this too shall pass."