Now This is a WNBA Couple That Knows Something About Love

LaTaya Varner and Seimone Augustus kiss at their May 2015 wedding.

LaTaya Varner and Seimone Augustus kiss at their May 2015 wedding.

 

“I never thought I would get married. A lot of women have that dream — wearing a white dress and walking down the aisle. I never did.”

 

That is how Seimone Augustus, 31 , a WNBA player started her first-person story in The Player’s Tribune about her eight year relationship with LaTaya, 27, who became her wife in May. The five-time WNBA All-Star, who plays for the Minnesota Lynx, had 15 guests at her wedding.

Augustus shares how she came out in junior high school and has been honest about her sexuality ever since. She says, “When you’re happy with your career and your environment, but most importantly, with yourself — when you’re your authentic self every single day, without shame — life sort of falls into place.”

This piece was critical because, “That’s how I met the woman who would become my wife.”

Seimone only had one request of her wedding ceremony to LaTaya: That she wear sneakers and there be red velvet cake.

Seimone only had one request of her wedding ceremony to LaTaya: That she wear sneakers and there be red velvet cake.

The two met at a night club in Minnesota and Seimone who describes herself as painfully shy, says she finally worked up the nerve to ask LaTaya to dance and for her number!

Their first date at a theme park was, “Perfect. If I lined up all of my days in my short life, I’d still pick that one as one of my favorites, every time. Just two nervous girls — one quiet and shy, and one bubbling over with personality — navigating something new together.”

Soon the couple fell in love and a few years later started talking about marriage. At the time gay marriage wasn’t legal in all of the states and they worried about not having their relationship recognized if they should move or one of them got hurt.

Seimone proposed in 2010 on the beach in Miami around Christmas.

Read the rest of the story here. 

 

 

Brittney Griner Proposes to Fellow WNBA Star Glory Johnson

Brittney Griner pops the question to girlfriend Glory Johnson.

Brittney Griner pops the question to girlfriend Glory Johnson.

In a real life love and basketball story, WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury proposed to Glory Johnson of the Tulsa Shock last Thursday. Griner announced their engagement on her Instagram account with a photo herself down on one knee holding up the engagement ring. She wrote: “Last Night was a Night to Remember … I became the happiest person on this earth! (almost pass out but when that one word came out I came back to life) Me and my baby @missvol25 are in it for Life!”

Johnson later posted a photo on her Instagram account of Griner asleep with the ring on her back.

The 6-foot-eight-inch tall Griner has made headlines for her stellar career at Baylor University, coming out during last year’s WNBA draft, writing the book In My Skin: My Life on and Off the Basketball Court and for starring in Lifesize a short film documenting her first off season playing in China.

We will be keeping an eye out for wedding details! Congratulations to Brittney and Glory. We wish them much success in love and basketball.

Click on any of the photos of the lovely couple below to view the gallery.