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Ameriie married her fiance Lenny Nicholson in a ceremony on the island of Anguilla last month. The singer and Columbia Records executive dated for almost 8 years before tying the knot. She recently sat down with Essence and broke her usual silence, opening up about their relationship for the first time.

How did you and Lenny fall in love?

I was working on my second album. The whole vibe of this album was that I’m free and I’m single and I’m not checking for anybody. So I’m there and I feel a tap on my shoulder. I look up and it’s him. I didn’t totally recognize him because he had a hat on. So I’m like, “Who are you?” He’s like, “I’m your A&R!” I was like, “Oh I didn’t recognize you with the hat on.” So he took off the hat and I just remember thinking that I knew he was cute but he was on a whole other level. We’re having the session and we just start texting each other back and forth throughout. We knew each other professionally but not personally, so it was sort of weird at first. But somehow we had a conversation and agreed when we got back to New York we’d go on a date. We went on that date on November 3rd. We’ve been inseparable ever since and that was seven and a half years ago. We remember all of the dates.

What was your favorite wedding moment?

There were so many of them. I think when my dad and I were walking down the aisle. It was a long aisle; I think 375 feet, so it was very, very long. My dad was kind of chatting to me in the beginning giving me little father-daughter sound bites. The last thing he said was “Are you ready?” I said, “I’m ready, daddy!” When I got to the end of the aisle he took Lenny’s hand and he took my hand and he joined them together.

What did you and Lenny say to each other in your vows?

We did traditional vows. The thing with Lenny and I is that we write each other all the time — things like personal emails and love letters — we’ve always done that. The things that people would probably put in their vows we put into our emails, love letters, and cards to each other so we do a lot of those things. For the wedding we were thinking traditional because it’s something that’s been said for hundred and hundreds of years and I love history and old things.

Read about what’s next for Ameriie’s music career over at Essence!

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