'Broad City' Star Abbi Jacobson Reveals She Married Jodi Balfour in Brooklyn Ceremony: "Such Kismet"

"It was like we all existed in a different dimension for a while."
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Sarah Hanlon
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  • Sarah is the Entertainment & Celebrity Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on pop culture and celebrity wedding news.
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Updated Jun 06, 2024

Abbi Jacobson and her wife Jodi Balfour are married—but their wedding day wasn't without a few chaotic twists! The Broad City co-creator and Ted Lasso actress opened up about their Brooklyn nuptials in a June 2024 profile with Cultured Magazine, calling it "one of those nights." "We were in a dark wooden room with no windows, an insane sound system, and a disco ball," Balfour recalled. "It was like we all existed in a different dimension for a while."

The couple's wedding occurred three years after they met virtually during the pandemic. After admittedly falling in love on their first date, the couple announced their engagement in 2022. Here's a look inside Abbi Jacobson and Jodi Balfour's love story, including the most fascinating details from their raucous wedding.

  • Abbi Jacobson is married to Jodi Balfour. They have been together since 2020.
  • Abbi Jacobson and Jodi Balfour met virtually during the pandemic and had their first date at home in LA.
  • Abbi Jacobson and Jodi Balfour got married in Brooklyn, New York, three years after they met.

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Inside Abbi Jacobson and Jodi Balfour's Wedding

When thinking about their wedding vision, Abbi Jacobson and her wife Jodi Balfour referenced the early days of their relationship, which began during the pandemic. "When we first started texting, I asked Jo what about pre-Covid life she missed most," Jacobson told Cultured. Her answer? Sweaty shoulders. "After so much distance, we wanted the wedding to feel like that first sweaty shoulder moment—total togetherness," Balfour added. "I think we did that."

The couple hosted their ceremony at Public Records and wore off-the-rack dresses by The Row for the occasion. With the help of Rana Flora, they decorated their venue with "architectural" blooms. "We wanted these to feel like floral installations, rather than flowers decorating a space," Balfour said. "Rana had us meet her at the flower market in Chelsea to walk around, talking about what we were attracted to."

Due to an unexpected rainstorm, the couple had to get ready in a supply closet and bring their outdoor setup inside. "It was such kismet, because the ceremony was not what we expected, but it was exactly what we'd hoped for," Jacobson recalled. "People were packed together. When we looked out at the audience, our friends were on stools, peeking through the plants, and sitting on top of the booths. I've never been to a wedding like that."

The venue's event caterer, Chef Emma Leigh MacDonald, curated a menu inspired by some of the couple's favorite flavors. "Food has marked a lot of occasions for us, like the strawberries the night we met, and the tomatoes the day we got engaged," Jacobson explained. "We described a lot of these moments for Emma, who developed a menu around them. Everything was so fresh and unfussy."

Following dinner, the newlyweds surprised their guests with a vibrant party, complete with entertainment provided by Broad City music supervisor Matt FX. After sharing their first dance to "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream" by Aretha Franklin, Balfour arranged a live performance of "True Love Will Find You in the End," courtesy of their friends.

"It really was 'one of those nights,'" Balfour mused. "We were in a dark wooden room with no windows, an insane sound system, and a disco ball. Everyone's nice clothes became wet rags. People were smoking who don't smoke. Our moms did the hora. It was like we all existed in a different dimension for a while."

How Abbi Jacobson and Jodi Balfour Met

Abbi Jacobson and Jodi Balfour
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Abbi Jacobson and her wife Jodi Balfour met in 2020 around the start of the pandemic. After virtually striking up a conversation, the two enjoyed their first date at Jacobson's LA house—and they both agree it was love at first sight. "I had a very complex theory about my own relationship to romance," Balfour told Cultured. "Then I saw Abbi standing just outside her front door and I thought, 'Oh, I love this person. Cool.'"

Jacobson shared a similar experience: "I made her walk outside to the backyard by herself so I could have a moment to say to myself, 'Oh God, I'm in love.'"

Abbi Jacobson and Jodi Balfour's Engagement Details

Abbi Jacobson and Jodi Balfour
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Two years later, Jodi Balfour and Abbi Jacobson made their public debut as a couple at the August 2022 premiere of the A League of Their Own series, which Jacobson created.

That same month, the couple announced their engagement, which took place while Balfour was on set in London. Jacobson traveled across the pond to propose with a toy ring, but it didn't take her then-girlfriend by total surprise. "We were both crying," Jacobson recalled. "Jo said, 'You little sh—, I have a ring for you, too.'"

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