& LYLE LOVETT
Some folks think the match is enough to make your hair stand on end. But country singer Lovett, 35, inspired in Julia, 25, "An Acceptable Level of Ecstasy (The Wedding Song)," to borrow one of his titles. Even better, he's no slouch at shopping. Lyle selected Julia's Commes des Garçons wedding dress for the Marion, Ind., ceremony. But he seems to have forgotten the shoes.
March 18, '93
NICOLE MITCHELL & EDDIE MURPHY
"The day I laid eyes on Nicole, I knew she would be my wife," said Marphy, 31. Well, sure, but it took him five years and two children to be finally ready. After fathering daughter Bria, 3 (knee-high, center), and son Myles, 4 months, he wed model Mitchell, 25. At the Cristal-and-roses do for 500 at New York's Plaza Hotel, the bride, stunning in a silk and satin gown, entered the Grand Ballroom to her husband-to-be's song "Don't Give Up on Love."
January 1, '93
& DAVID JUSTICE
Who cares if she turned the tables on tradition? "We were lying in bed and I popped the question," recalls actress Berry, 25, of her proposal to Atlanta Braves power hitter Justice, 26. They married eight months later at their new Atlanta home. But given their frantic schedules (she's releasing two films this summer; he's playing 163 season games), forget newlywed bliss in a vine-covered cottage. Says Berry: "I watch him on television every night and see how he's playing."
January 2, '93
KIM ALEXIS & RON DUGUAY
When supermodel Alexis, 32, wed sports broadcaster and former NHL star Duguay, 35, in Tampa, it was the icing on the cake. In fact, Kim baked the cake. "I used whole wheat flour and, instead of sugar, natural barley malt syrup," she says. "We're into nutrition." They're also into blending their lives. "We gave rings to our children," says Kim of (from left) Ron's daughters, Shay and Amber, and her sons, Jamie and Bobby. "It was important to us to make sure we could become one family."
October 10, '92
RENÉE SURAN & SAUL HUDSON (SLASH)
The atmosphere was strictly Grunge N' Poses when guitarist Slash, 27, twined with actress-model Suran, 27, in Marina del Rey, Calif. The groom wore navel-revealing leather, and the bride flashed white fishnet tights. Afterward, the newly-weds smoked matching cigarettes and compared hair conditioners. Still, "the ceremony was very romantic," said one guest. "Like in the movies." This Is Spinal Tap, perhaps?
April 17, '93
CABRINA FINN & JAY BERNSTEIN
Nothing could dampen the spirit behind the ceremony of TV producer Bernstein, 55, and former Memphis beauty queen Finn, 24. Some 50 feet under the Caribbean near St. Martin, the couple wrote their vows on a board. Why this venue? "There have been more successful marriages under water than on land," says Bernstein, "because there are so few of them."
August 16, '92
BRIGITTE BARDOT & BERNARD D'ORMALE
Former screen siren and animal rights activist Bardot, 57, took her fourth husband in a secret wedding in rural Norway. But D'Ormale, 51, an aide to France's right-wing leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, shouldn't purr too much. "I gave my beauty and my youth to men," Bardot has said. "But I give my wisdom and experience, the best part of me, to animals."
March 20, '93
LORI KREBS & MORTON DOWNEY JR.
"When I get nervous," says Krebs, 29, "I laugh. I spent the entire ceremony laughing uncontrollably." Downey, 60, turned to the Bellmore, N.Y., guests and exclaimed, "Finally! I've done a funny show!"
April 18, '93
MADELEINE BASSIL & TERRY ANDERSON
For ex-Middle East hostage Anderson, 45, and ex-NBC researcher Bassil, 42, it was a long journey to the altar. Engaged before his 1985-91 incarceration, the couple, with daughter Sulome, 7, attending, finally exchanged vows in Yonkers, N.Y. They listened to a prayer: "You alone know what endurance and suffering has preceded and sealed this covenant." Amen. And cheers.
August 22, '92
TRUDIE STYLER & GORDON MATTHEW SUMNER (STING)
Sting realized he had horsed around enough. So the 41-year-old former Police man finally wed Styler, 39, his companion of the last decade (and mother of three of his five children). Blessed in an 11th-century church near their Wiltshire, England, estate, they affirmed their vows in $80,000 worth of Versace finery, which will be auctioned off to benefit the Rainforest Foundation.
September 4, '92
VICTORIA JACKSON & PAUL WESSEL
No, Wessel, 34, is not performing a body search of new wife Jackson (left). Although he is a member of Miami's Metro-Dade police SWAT team, the groom took the 33-year-old former Saturday Night Live airhead gently into custody 16 years after having been her high school sweetheart. (In the interval, they had both married; she had a daughter and became TV's favorite ditzy date.) The couple reunited in 1991 and wed in a civil ceremony in Miami. Jackson wants to get back to L.A. and showbiz, but Wessel says, "A man shouldn't follow his actress wife around and live off her." Okay, officer.
October 3, '92
STEPHANIE COZART & LEVAR BURTON
Love may be blind, but Star Trek: The Next Generation's visually impaired Lt. Geordi La Forge (Burton, 35) had no trouble beaming up Cozart, 38, an In Living Color makeup artist. The dinner following their nuptials in Beverly Hills featured chocolate mousse in cups made of chocolate to satisfy Cozart's sweet tooth. Says a sugary Burton: "The surprising part is that I really do deserve to live happily ever after." That's something to enter in the captain's log.
April 17, '93
TRACY AUSTIN & SCOTT HOLT
Former teen tennis whiz Austin, 30, aced her wedding to mortgage broker Holt, 32. Cheered on by a crowd of 200, including Wilt Chamberlain and tennis great Rosie Casals, Tracy showed that she had recovered from a crippling auto accident. She skipped down the aisle in Beverly Hills wearing an off-the-shoulder gown, and she's hoping to continue her court comeback at the U.S. Open this fall.
April 16, '93
FAWN HALL & DANNY SUGARMAN
Her ex-boss may be making a run at the U.S. Senate, but Irangate's Hall, 33, made a dash for the altar with Sugarman, 38, who represents the Doors. "People may think we're an unlikely match," said Hall after the L.A. ceremony. "Danny's associated with the Doors, and I'm thought of as Ollie North's secretary, Fascist Fawn. But we're happy." That's a secret best locked away in Hollywood.
April 1, '93
STEFANIE POWERS & PATRICK DE LA CHENAIS
Ralph Lauren couldn't have outfitted a more romantic African idyll. The correct attire for the safari-style wedding of Hart to Hart's Powers, 50, and French biologist Patrick de la Chenais, 42: black tie and bush jackets. The Roman Catholic ceremony near Mount Kenya was attended by 90-odd guests and a few giraffes. The festivities went on for days. There were native dances, wild-game drives and a tour of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, named for Powers's former companion, who died in 1981.
May 8, '93
FELICITY DE JAGER & RANDALL CUNNINGHAM
Everything about the Cunningham-De Jager $800,000 do at Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal Casino was Super Bowl size. The groom, the Philadelphia Eagles jack-rabbit quarterback, 30, stands 6'4". The bride, 26, a performer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, is 6'. Their $18,000 cake (devoured by 952 guests) weighed 400 pounds, and an ice sculpture of Randall at work was also 6 feet tall. Still, when it came to the traditional cake-in-the-face, Cunningham declined the penalty. Says he: "I love this lady too much."
JUNE 19, '93
MANDY SMITH & PAT VAN DEN HAUWE
Meantime, back at the altar, less than two months after her ex-hubby's ceremony, Smith, 22, kicked off a new marital game with Belgian-born soccer star Pat van den Hauwe, 32. They said their I do's at the Westminster Register Office in London. No word on whether anyone played "Mandy."
April 21, '93
SUZANNE ACCOSTA & BILL WYMAN
The oldest Stone is still rolling. Bassist Wyman, 56, wed his third wife—American designer Accosta, 33—near his French villa. Divorce proceedings between Wyman and Mandy Smith (below) began in 1990. Luckily the engagement of Bill's son, Stephen, 31, to Mandy's mother, Patsy, 46, is said to be off. Otherwise the Stone might have had to sing "I'm My Own Grandpa."
December 12, '92
PRINCESS ANNE & TIMOTHY LAURENCE
The only family development that didn't cause a wince of pain for Queen Elizabeth II was her only daughter's quiet nuptials in Scotland. The first top royal to divorce and remarry since Henry VIII (she split with Mark Phillips in 1989), Anne, 42, wed proper Navy officer Laurence, 37, before only 30 guests, including Anne's children (Peter, 15; Zara, 11), their grandmother and their uncle Charles. Diana was a no-show. Whew.
November 22, '92
TIA CARRERE & ELIE SAMAHA
No way. Cassandra married? Way! Singer-actress Carrere, 25, took time off after filming Rising Sun for a lively affair near Honolulu with live-in beau Samaha, 36, a Lebanese-born real estate mogul. The couple hasn't yet started working on a family, but Carrere says that her $30,000 ivory-silk wedding gown has been "cleaned, boxed and hermetically sealed," ready for a future daughter.
March 5, '93
JEANNE BAUS & GLENN FORD
"In sickness and in health" has a different ring for Ford, 76. All seemed poignantly well when the ailing movie star married his thirtysomething private nurse at a small ceremony in his Beverly Hills home. Less than two months later, though, the incompatible May-December union crumbled. But Ford was well enough to engage in another great Hollywood pastime: filing for divorce.
April 17, '93
SUSANNA HOFFS & M. JAY ROACH
Okay, so the bride played a few riffs of "Chapel of Love." Otherwise, the 34-year-old former Bangle stuck with tradition at her Jewish wedding to TV producer Roach, 36, in Los Angeles. She had picked him out at a 1991 party to which a trio of eligible men had been invited. Says Roach: "I felt like bachelor No. 3."
April 18, '93
ALLEY MILLS & ORSON BEAN
While leading lady Jane Seymour (opposite page) tied her knot in style, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman's Bean, 64, hewed to more plebeian pleasures. Following the simple ceremony at 41-year-old Mills's L.A. home, Bean and his Wonder Years mom dined with 50 guests on meat loaf and mashed potatoes. Bean thanked the crowd for their friendship and said he was grateful that he had met Mills. Then he toasted the bride, who was resplendent in about a thousand layers of organza. "My cup runneth over," he said, "and I've stained my shirt." No problem: It was khaki.
May 15, '93
JANE SEYMOUR & JAMES KEACH
The diagnosis for the marriage of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Seymour, 42, and actor-director Reach, 45, required a second opinion at their $250,000 bash near Santa Barbara, Calif. "I want to die in your arms," vowed Reach. But officiating guru Marianne Williamson provided a less terminal prescription. "I hope," she said, "that you will live in each other's arms forever."
Feburary 28, '93
LISA DEUTSCH & TONY CURTIS
Some like it hot, and some like it with cream cheese. For his fourth marriage—to attorney Deutsch, 30—the groom invited 40 guests, including his six grown children, to a relaxed party in his Bel Air backyard. While friends and family munched lox and bagels, Curtis, 67, carried his bride over the threshold. "Elderly gentlemen," he says, "congratulated me on being able to do it."
April 17, '93
JOMARIE PAYTON & RODNEY NOBLE
Though posh and proper, the Beverly Hills wedding of Family Matters' Payton, 42, and her longtime publicist, Noble, 43, was an anticlimax to his proposal. For that, Noble took Payton to the singing workshop where they met 15 years ago and dropped to his knees. "She cried like a baby," he recalls. "And I said, 'JoMarie, stop crying and answer me. My knees hurt.' "
July 4, '93
JENNIFER WILLIAMS & CHARLIE DELL
It was a star-studded wedding: The bride and groom were wearing them. Invited by Evening Shade, Ark. (pop. 329), to hold their nuptials over Independence Day weekend in the namesake town of his TV series, Dell, 49, and actress Williams, 43, whooped it up for three days in red, white and blue. The two Texas-born actors found the setting "like coming back home," says the groom. For now, Dell continues to play Shade's eccentric mailman, Nub Oliver, while Williams says she is looking for a TV role as "a wacko next-door neighbor." Sounds like a marriage made in sitcom heaven.
June 5, '93
& THOMAS MOTTOLA
Sony Music chief Mottola, 43, is a prince of a guy—and his 24-year-old pop princess gave their New York City wedding royal attention. She viewed videotapes of the Charles-Diana ceremony and wore a family-heirloom tiara, redesigned in the fashion of Di's to complement her ivory-silk duchess satin Vera Wang gown. Far from a barefoot bride, Mariah stepped down the aisle in $1.000-pius satin pumps; inside one: an 1893 sixpence for luck. After the ceremony at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Fifth Avenue (Robert De Niro served as an usher), some 300 guests reveled at the exclusive Metropolitan Club. Among them: Queen Barbra (Streisand) and musical jester Ozzy Osbourne.