Sloane Stephens got married to her long-time partner Jozy Altidore on January 1. The wedding date best fitted their career/travel obligations, while it’s also easy to remember and a nice way to start a new year completely fresh.
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— sloanestephens (@SloaneStephens) January 4, 2022
The tennis star and the soccer player have known each other since middle school, since Sloane’s fifth grade and Jozy’s seventh in Boca Prep, in Florida. Later on their lives took different paths, until they came across each other in 2016, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Then they exchanged numbers, had dinner, and the romance began.
After four years of dating, Jozy proposed to Sloane in April 2019. He told Sloane that he wanted to buy a painting and asked her to accompany him to the art gallery where the painting was. All their family members and friends were waiting in the gallery and, instead of paintings, the walls were decorated with giant canvases of photos from their relationship and important people in their lives.
The wedding took place at the St. Regis in Bal Harbour, Florida. Sloane wanted her wedding gown to feel regal, to be dominated by crystals and sequins. For the bridal moment, the 2017 US Open champion chose a custom Galia Lahav couture dress, cathedral-length cape, Amina Muaddi shoes, and a crystal headpiece by Maria Elena. Her something old items — two handkerchiefs wrapped around her orchid and peony bouquet — commemorated her two late grandparents that she lost to COVID-19 within a week from each other.
Later into the wedding, for the reception, Sloane changed into a strapless Galia Lahav ready-to-wear dress for a more streamlined look. The American accessorized it with a short veil and a pearl necklace that belonged to her grandmother.
Jozy’s wedding attire included a Dior tuxedo and Christian Louboutin shoes, while his seven-year-old son Cameron wore Dolce & Gabbana.
The couple’s wedding bands are by Peter Marco, engraved with the wedding date and “forever yours.”