Laila Ali Marries Former NFL Star in L.A.
The Dancing with the Stars finalist finds a lifelong partner in Curtis Conway
Boxing champ and Dancing with the Stars finalist Laila Ali wed retired NFL star Curtis Conway in L.A. on Sunday, Ali’s rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Among the 200 guests were Laila’s parents, Muhammad Ali and Veronica Porsche Anderson, along with her sister Hana Ali, who was a bridesmaid. Conway’s twin sons, Kelton and Cameron, 12, were the ringbearers while his daughter Leilani, 8, stepped in as the flowergirl.
For her big day – which Ali planned while competing on Dancing with the Stars this past spring – “I don’t want a big poufy dress,” Ali told PEOPLE in April. Instead, the bride, 29, opted for a knockout champagne-colored silk charmeuse strapless mermaid gown by Amy Michelson.
“Laila’s approach to the wedding was simple but elegant,” says wedding coordinator Juliet Ryan. “There were no lions and tigers and bears. It was about the love.”
The pair met two years ago when Conway hosted a small get together at his house, which Ali attended with a friend. Conway, 36, then popped the question last Thanksgiving.
“People think she dominates the relationship,” Conway told PEOPLE in May, “but she’s a sweetie pie.”
For more exclusive coverage and pictures from the celebration, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands Friday