Michael Oher, a football player, just got married.
On November 5, a former professional football player whose life was the basis for the movie The Blind Side, which was nominated for an Academy Award, married the woman he has loved for a long time, Tiffany Roy, at the JW Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee.
“The most magical part was our vows,” Roy tells PEOPLE exclusively. “To hear Mike express his feelings in front of 200-plus people was astonishing and romantic. I really felt like a true Queen.”
They also have a son named MJ and two daughters named Kierstin and Naivi. After the unity sand ceremony, the couple’s son Kobi walked Roy down the aisle to Beyonce’s song “Halo,” where she joined Oher and said her own vows. The couple’s other children are MJ, Kierstin, and Naivi.
Roy will always remember and cherish the moment she walked down the aisle for the first time after their wedding.
“For a few seconds, my mind was cloudy,” Roy says. “Everything was moving so fast that I could not hear or focus on my own thoughts.”
“Until I felt my dress get caught on my shoe, which prevented me from walking,” she adds. “That’s when everything became clear. I heard my son ask me, “Are you ready?’ and I said ‘Of course I am, I’ve been waiting a long time for this magical day.’ It was filled with so much joy, excitement, and happiness.”
Roy and Tiffanie Elliott, a wedding planner, and a designer, worked together to turn the hotel’s ballroom into a scene from heaven by draping it in white and adding blue accents, glass elements, 8-foot-tall flower arrangements, and crystals.
Elliot says that Roy’s love of feathers was reflected in the invitations, decorations, cake, and even her ÉLYSÉE by Enzoani wedding dress.
“Tiffany and Michael, 36, have been together for 17 years, so she wanted the guests to be met with an experience that was ‘worth the wait,'” says Elliott of the couple who originally met at the administration building of the University of Mississippi.
Guests at the wedding were treated to a cocktail hour and a performance by ballerinas right after the ceremony. The bridal party then entered the reception with a dance that had been choreographed just for them.
Dinner was sassafras-braised beef short ribs, wasabi-creamed red snapper, and bourbon-marinated chicken with creamy Carolina Gold rice and grilled asparagus. An ice luge was used to serve espresso martinis.
During the newlyweds’ first dance together, ballerinas danced in a circle around them before they did a choreographed number to the song “This Is Why I Love You” by Will Davenport.
At the bride and groom’s wedding, a band played the second line in the style of New Orleans while the guests paraded around the dance floor. This was a tribute to the city of New Orleans, where Roy grew up. Oher was born in Memphis, which is also where the band Al Paris comes from.
“Since everything has calmed down, everyone is gone, and now I can actually sit down and talk to my husband about this day that seems like it went by in a matter of seconds,” says Roy, who became engaged to Oher on July 12, 2021.
Roy has told Oher how thankful she is that he gave her the chance to spend the rest of her life with him, even though they are still basking in the glory of all the amazing things that happened on their wedding day.
“He is charming, loving, kind, funny, handsome, a great listener, a great cook, and an amazing father to our kids,” she says. “Michael has a glow in his eyes when he looks at me. He puts me first no matter what he has on his schedule for the day he makes sure his family is taken care of. I love his love for his family and our kids.”