Prince Maurits & Marilene van den Broek

May 30, 1998
Prince Maurits, 30, may be fifth in line to the Dutch throne, but his wedding to commoner Marilene van den Broek, 28, was decidedly unpretentious. The bride, dressed in a full-skirted satin gown with cropped jacket, had only one attendant. The groom's aunt, Queen Beatrix, opted for a dress she had worn before to a public function. And following the ceremony at an Apeldoorn church, aristocrats like Archduke Michael of Austria mingled freely with the untitled. "I was chatting away to two friendly young women," says Peter Leefling, the groom's former tutor. "Later I found out they were princesses from Jordan." Of course, the 5 million who watched the ceremony on Dutch TV likely expected nothing less from a couple that met as students while working at the same inexpensive eatery—-he as a bartender, she as a waitress—-and whose wedding registry listed such practical items as a toaster. "There is no mystique about royalty in The Netherlands," says Dutch author Marc van der Linder. "They are expected to be normal people."

Princess Caroline & Prince Ernst August

January 23, 1999
Before Prince Ernst August of Hanover, 45, a descendant of Britain's King George I, could marry Monaco's Princess Caroline, a lesser royal, he had to get the permission of Queen Elizabeth II. Luckily, the answer was "yes." And in an intimate civil ceremony at Monaco's pink palace, Caroline, 42, said "I do" to Ernst, before her father, Prince Rainier, and brother Prince Albert. Estranged sister Princess Stephanie was noticeably absent. Friends, including model Elle Macpherson and designer Karl Lagerfeld, celebrated at the reception. The princess, who is now pregnant, and her three children are expected to settle in a Paris suburb with the energetic Ernst (divorced since 1997 from pharmaceutical heiress Chantal Hochuli). And, after a string of setbacks and tragedies (Caroline divorced first husband Philippe Junot in 1980 and lost second husband Stefano Casiraghi in a 1990 accident), perhaps she will find contentment at last. "I was so happy for her," says local florist Danielle Soriason. "She has had some very sad moments."

Princess Alexandra & Nicolas Mirzayantz

June 27, 1998
Prince Michael of Greece didn't just walk his daughter Princess Alexandra, 29, down the aisle. Rather, he escorted her by motorboat from Venice to the nearby island of Torcello, where she wed perfume executive Nicolas Mirzayantz, 37, in a Greek Orthodox ceremony before 300 guests—-among them Greece's ex-King Constantine (Michael's cousin), Constantine's son and daughter-in-law Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal, and Spain's Queen Sofia. To set off the bride's heirloom tiara and veil, family friend Emanuel Ungaro designed an off-white strapless gown and jacket intended, he says, "to be in harmony with the romantic setting, the beautiful princess and the festive atmosphere." Emerging from the Byzantine basilica to a shower of rose petals, the newlyweds, who live in Paris, led everyone on foot to a nearby inn for a four-course dinner and dancing to pop music. "The best souvenir," says Prince Michael, was "returning from the party when dawn was just starting—-the slow boats, the water, the churches, the silence, the sky turning from gray to pink—-and everyone deeply, profoundly happy."

Barbra Streisand & James Brolin

July 1, 1998
At her wedding, Barbra Streisand, 57, set aside her famous perfectionism. "She was not one of these stereotypical people who micromanage the wedding," says composer pal Marvin Hamlisch, who led a 16-piece orchestra at the ceremony. "She enjoyed her day." On the second anniversary of her first date with Pensacola: Wings of Gold star James Brolin, 58, a relaxed Streisand—-who had nonetheless planned the day beforehand with directorial precision—-floated down a flower-banked aisle in her Malibu living room to take her vows as 105 guests, including Tom Hanks, John Travolta and Quincy Jones, looked on. "She was surrounded by all her friends," says Hamlisch. "It was at her home. I think she was very content with the way it all went." She even overcame her stage-fright problem at the reception to serenade Brolin with "I've Dreamed of You," a ballad included on her new CD, A Love Like Ours, due in October. "Rather than do the traditional speech, she did this song instead, and it really surprised Jim," says her friend Jay Landers. And, as the couple mark their first anniversary, the beat goes on. Says Brolin's son Josh: "They're blissful. They're still connected. He's very, very happy."

Kellie Martin & Keith Christian

In her word...

May 15, 1999
We planned to get married outside, at Keith's childhood home in Poison, Mont. And it poured all day. Everyone kept telling us to move the wedding to the tent where the reception was going to be, but I said, "I'm not moving it! We're in Montana to get married on the lake and I'm not getting married in a tent! I don't care what happens!" We got all the guests umbrellas. I had an amazingly beautiful Richard Tyler dress but by the time I got to the reception my train was black with mud. I loved what I wore but, man, you could tell I wore it in the rain.

We had about 175 people, and my main objective was to make sure everybody had fun. Our Methodist minister, Joe Keys, was the coolest guy—-he made jokes during the ceremony, like when I put Keith's ring on die wrong hand. We repeated our vows after him, and I'm so glad. I could learn a million lines for anything, but not for my wedding. I barely got the words out—-I was literally getting choked up. During the ceremony, Patti LuPone, whom I became friends widi when we starred on Life Goes On, sang "When Love Walked In" and "True Love." She had sung at my Sweet 16 party, and afterward I had said, "Okay, the next time you sing it will have to be at my wedding." At the reception, she sang eight more songs, including die one we danced to, "Heaven."

It's so weird to say "my husband." I feel about 50 years old when I say it. On our honeymoon, everyone called me "Mrs. Christian," and I was like, "That's Keith's mom—-that's not me!"

Courteney Cox Arquette & David Arquette

June 12, 1999
It started with a Scream. Courteney Cox Arquette, 35, and beau of two years David Arquette, 27, met on the set of the 1996 hit horror film. But it was still a surprise that the wedding invitations, sent to the likes of Liam Neeson, Jon Lovitz and Nicolas Cage, featured a photo of Arquette dressed like a giant squirrel and a blonde-wigged Cox, with the message "We're Nuts About Each Other." The wedding, however, was more restrained. Cox came down the aisle of San Francisco's historic Grace Chapel in a traditional silk crepe Valentino gown, and Arquette wore a Valentino morning coat. Before family and Friends Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston (with her steady, Brad Pitt), the couple exchanged rings in an Episcopal ceremony. Honoring Jewish tradition as well, the groom stepped on a wine goblet in memory of his mother, Mardi Arquette, who died of breast cancer in 1997. "It was a wonderful wedding, and Courteney looked beautiful," says the bride's aunt Ann Cox. During the festive reception at a Fisherman's Wharf club, things turned delightfully quirky again. After dinner, a giant heart and key were wheeled onto the dance floor as the bride explained that she'd unlocked David's heart. "Courteney was laughing," says her aunt. "It was a lot of fun."

Shannon Miller & Chris Phillips

June 12, 1999
There were no celebratory handsprings in the aisle, but there certainly could have been as gymnast Shannon Miller, 22, wed medical resident Chris Phillips, 26, before an Olympian crowd—-900 guests—-in Oklahoma City's Quail Springs Baptist Church. Among Miller's 13 bridesmaids were 11 gymnasts, including all six of her 1996 Olympic teammates: Kerri Strug, Dominique Moceanu, Dominique Dawes, Amy Chow, Amanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps, reunited for the first time since their gold medal win in Atlanta. "They're like sisters to me," says Miller, who wore a lace-trimmed gown dotted with sequins and tiny pearls. Adds Strug: "It was nice to bring us all together again."

Nine months earlier, Phillips, who met his bride when she visited a doctor's office where he was working, took Miller and her parents to a Chinese restaurant and slipped his own messages into their fortune cookies. Miller's mother, Claudia, received one that read, "May I have your daughter's hand in marriage?" while Miller's said, "Shannon, will you marry me?" Says the gymnast: "My mom opened hers first and she just looked at me. I think he pretty much stunned my parents." Following the ceremony, trolleys ferried guests to Gaillardia Golf & Country Club for the reception, where a rock band played for the notably well-muscled crowd—-including groomsman Bart Conner and his wife, 1976 Olympic champ Nadia Comaneci. "They're so cute together," said Moceanu of the newlyweds. "We're all happy for them."

Kathy Najimy & Dan Finnerty

August 8, 1998
The invites—-off-white parchment cards with pink velvet hearts and a quote from the Captain & Tennille's "Muskrat Love"—-set the tone. "I wanted something funky and fun and a little romantic," says Kathy Najimy, 42, who rented a conservative, private club in L.A. for the occasion—-then "had the florist cover up the pictures of George Bush and the Reagans with big pieces of velvet and flowers." After pal RuPaul blessed the room with sage incense, the couple's daughter Samia, 2, headed down the aisle, followed by their ring-bearer corgi-mix dog and groom Dan Finnerty, 29. Melissa Etheridge sang "Ave Maria" during the ceremony, which was performed by Najimy's friend Gloria Steinem (and later made official by a nondenominational minister). "I'd hesitated to have a wedding because my gay and lesbian friends don't have that right," Najimy says. "It seemed unfair. I wanted to make sure that was said, and Gloria said it beautifully." Guests included Najimy's Veronica's Closet costars Dan Cortese and Daryl Mitchell, along with Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche. In honor of her Lebanese heritage, the actress hired an Arabic band to play at the reception, which also featured s performances by "some friends who sang the Titanic theme like bad cruise-ship entertainers," says Najimy. "It was such a big show," adds guest Casey o Kasem. "There was never a dull moment."

Mark Vanderloo & Esther Cañadas

June 10, 1999
Esther Cañadas, 22, and Mark Vanderloo, 31, slipped away from the fanfare of their supermodel lives to wed before 90 relatives and friends, including designer Donna Karan, who introduced them, at the 900-year-old Vallombrosa Abbey in Tuscany. "We tried to make it like a fairy tale," Cañadas told Jay Leno five days after the wedding. "Everybody had to travel, so we chose a place that would be worth it." Dressed all in white, the Dutch-born Vanderloo and Spanish-born Cañadas recited their vows in Italian ("They were a bit nervous, but all went as planned," says Father Lorenzo Russo, who officiated), then celebrated at the Villa Pitiana, a converted 13th-century monastery. The wedding, said one observer, "had all the ingredients: a beautiful bride, a gorgeous groom and an amazing setting."

Douglas Kennedy & Molly Stark

August 22, 1998
Nearly 4,000 locals waited outside Nantucket's St. Mary's Church for FOX News Channel correspondent Douglas Kennedy, 32, the youngest son of Robert and Ethel, and Molly Stark, a 29-year-old special-education teacher, to emerge as husband and wife. After all, as writer pal Michael Fitzsimmons put it, "it was a Kennedy wedding, man." The 300 guests included Ted Kennedy, who served as best man, and cousins Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and William Kennedy Smith. Douglas's brother Chris, 35, a VP at Chicago's Merchandise Mart, says, "There was no gaudy flair" at the traditional Catholic mass, where candles flanked the altar and sunlight flooded in through the stained-glass windows. "The genuineness of the ceremony was reinforced over and over." Things got looser at the nine-hour party at the newlyweds' oceanfront home in Quidnet, which featured "clam chowda" on the beach and entertainment by former New York City street singer Roger Ridley, a favorite of the couple's. "We're not stuffy," says Stark, who stayed in her "really simple" sleeveless wedding dress throughout the festivities. "And we didn't want the whole thing to be stuffy."

Lela Rochon & Antoine Fuqua

In her words...

April 9, 1999
We got married at Emmanuel Presbyterian Cathedral in Los Angeles. Antoine had his director of photography light the church. And it really was jazzy. When I appeared, the church was dark, and I was hit with a gold spotlight. Kenny Lattimore agreed to sing, and I came out to his singing "For You," because Antoine proposed to me with that song. Loretta Devine, my Waiting to Exhale costar, also sang, and we had a 22-piece orchestra. Afterward, actor-director Robert Townsend said it was such a production, it should be nominated for an Academy Award! We had 320 guests. At the ceremony, each of them was given a silver bell, and when we walked into the party at the Biltmore Hotel ballroom, everyone was standing on chairs, ringing their bells and screaming for us. I have a lot of people who want to see the video. They were there, but they still want to see it. I married a director, after all.

Kate Winslet & Jim Threapleton

November 22, 1998
There was no dramatic splash when Titanic star Kate Winslet, 23, and her bridegroom, assistant film director Jim Threapleton, 25, tied the knot at All Saints, her family church in Reading, England. "Kate's a down-to-earth girl," says Father Henry Everett, who co-officiated at the Anglican ceremony. "She wanted to marry without to much razzmatazz and media attention." Indeed, only two celebrities—-Kate's Sense and Sensibility costars Emma Thompson and her beau Greg Wise—-were among the 160 attendees. Resplendent in a Givenchy gown covered in antique beads, Winslet shed a tear or two as she and Threapleton exchanged white gold wedding bands. Says the groom's brother Robin Threapleton, a Royal Air Force lieutenant: "They looked refreshed, happy and relieved when it was over." The reception at Kate's favorite pub, the Crooked Billet, had a rustic flavor too. The couple, who met on the Moroccan set of Hideous Kinky in '97, dined on bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes) and danced jigs to the sounds of a traditional Irish band. Then the newlyweds, who share a passion for trout fishing, were off to the west of Scotland. "We woke up to find a misty glen and beautiful forest," Winslet told Britain's Mirror. "It was like waking up in paradise." And not an iceberg in sight.

Barry Williams & Eila Mary Matt

In their words...

January 30, 1999
Eila: I didn't know he was the guy who played Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch when I met him. We were at this resort in Mexico in 1993, and he was wearing sunglasses and a tennis visor.

Barry: My Michael Jackson outfit. Incognito.

Eila: He was very entertaining. But he was living on the West Coast and I was living on the East Coast. So we kept in touch, as friends, for a couple of years.

Barry: Then things started to change. The friendship and trust that had developed allowed another kind of vulnerability, and we started dating while on a vacation in Bermuda.

Eila: He proposed in May 1997. He bought our favorite champagne and got down on one knee and...

Barry: Whoa! You forgot the flowers and the dinner...

Eila: And he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and I said, "Yes, for a lifetime," and on cue, incomes my cocker spaniel Buffy wearing a black velvet collar with a miniature Kelly bag attached to it, and inside was a beautiful diamond ring.

Barry: We decided to have a very intimate wedding so there wouldn't be too many distractions from the spirituality of the event. The entire wedding party was the two of us, her mother and my parents. It was very traditional, at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Afterward we had dinner in a private room at the 21 Club. Then in May we had a giant black-tie party for 130 of our friends.

Eila: Being married feels very wholesome; it feels complete.

Barry: I can't believe you used the word "wholesome"! Remember, I used to be a Brady!

Faith Ford & Campion Murphy

June 27, 1998
A month after she said goodbye to one Murphy—-CBS's Murphy Brown—-Faith Ford married another—-personal trainer and writer Campion Murphy—-in a converted barn on Clint Eastwood's 22-acre Mission Ranch in Carmel, Calif. Among the 100 guests were her costars Charles Kimbrough, Grant Shaud, Joe Regalbuto (Candice Bergen was out of the country) and "a lot of Faith's Louisiana relatives," says Regalbuto. "Being Southern is a whole life experience. On the show we used to call her our little swamp thing." The nondenominational ceremony, for which the couple wrote their own vows, "was short and sweet, just the right length," Regalbuto says. "The whole scene was lovely and homey."

Melissa Rivers & John Endicott

December 12, 1998
Joan Rivers was thinking low-key—-for all of about one heartbeat. "Then I said, 'Wait a second! It's New York! It's Christmas! It's my only daughter! I want a big wedding,' " she says. Fifteen months later she transformed Manhattan's Plaza Hotel into a Doctor Zhivago winter wonderland with 58 white birch trees, antique candelabra and footmen in powdered wigs for the ceremony, which was conducted by a minister for Endicott, a rabbi for Rivers and a United Nations chaplain. Melissa, 31, resplendent in an ivory satin Vera Wang gown, appreciated the results. "I still look at the pictures and go, 'Oh, my God!' " says the E! host, who met Endicott, 33, a horse trainer, in 1993. "It was as if you'd stumbled into this forest and then went upstairs to the palace for dinner." The 350 guests savored lobster, Angus beef and chestnut mousse with angel food cake. "The '90s have been so minimalist," says Joan. "We were going for opulence."

Yaphet Kotto & Tessie Sinahon

July 12, 1998
Homicide star Yaphet Kotto and Tessie Sinahon, a former secretary, tied the knot in a civil ceremony in 1997, but according to Kotto, a Conservative Jew, the religious service performed at the Cloisters, a romantic Tudor mansion set in the heart of Maryland's Hunt Country, "was a spiritual wedding, a wedding between the two of us." Kotto, 59, who met Sinahon, 30, in a Manila airport in 1996 and endured a year of long-distance relating before she immigrated to the U.S., could feel the difference immediately. "Something kind of strange comes down," says the twice-divorced actor, who said his vows before 200 guests, including Law & Order's S. Epatha Merkerson. "I was nervous. The only thing I remember is Tessie coming down the aisle. I was blown away. I couldn't believe this was my woman."

Jim Bakker & Lori Beth Graham

September 4, 1998
Since his days running the multimillion-dollar PTL ministry are behind him, Jim Bakker, 59, figured his second wedding, at a friend's Burbank home, would be "a quiet, simple affair." But some 250 guests, mostly members of the Los Angeles International Church, where he often preaches, turned out to cheer him on. "He has a lot of new friends there," says fellow minister Tommy Barnett. "Former drug addicts, prostitutes and folks he'd met on skid row." Church members also donated the food and flowers and even loaned second-time bride Lori Beth Graham, 41, a counselor with the church, her dress. "People couldn't do enough for us," she says. But then, says gospel singer and Bakker pal Andrae Crouch, "it was wonderful to see Jim happy again."

Traci Bingham & Robb Vallier

In her words...

August 29, 1998
We didn't want a Hollywood wedding, so we decided to get married in Robb's hometown of Ames, Iowa. The first time he brought me there in 1992, I instantly fell in love with it. It's such a cute midwestern town, with lovely people. Five years later he proposed to me there, on a backyard swing his father had built.

Our wedding was a Unitarian ceremony in a United Methodist church. And there couldn't have been a more perfect day—-clear blue skies, a shiny sun, birds chirping. We had about 400 guests—-more for the reception. The theme was flowers, candles and music. We had violinists, a pianist, a string quartet and a soloist who sang romantic Italian music. My 90-year-old grandmother played the organ.

My gown and all the bridesmaids' dresses were by Escada. Mine was hand-beaded in India and Germany, weighed 40 pounds and cost $35,000. The train was nearly 14 feet long. I borrowed this $500,000 antique diamond tiara and $85,000 earrings from Fred Leighton. My undergarments were by Trashy Lingerie and Frederick's of Hollywood. The garter belt had a computer chip that played the wedding march. As I walked down the aisle, I was praying my thighs wouldn't rub together and set off the music.

This was my first wedding and my only wedding. I found my soulmate. The ceremony was my Cinderella fantasy: in a little town, with all my close friends and family there. Ames, Iowa, was the best place to do that.

Terry McMillan & Jonathan Plummer

September 5, 1998
She wrote How Stella Got Her Groove Back after meeting college student Jonathan Plummer, 24, on a Jamaican vacation, but when it came to marriage, Terry McMillan didn't play by her book. Scheduled to be at a writers' conference on Maui, Hawaii, anyway, "we decided to get married there on the beach at sunset," says the bestselling author, 47, who had a local minister fax her a list of wedding packages. "We chose the $899 special," complete with "an $11.99 cake from Safeway. Minister Doug was running late because he'd watched a football game first." By the time the pair and four guests (including her son Solomon, 15) got to the beach, "it was so windy we could hardly hear anything." Afterward, the wedding party headed out for a steak dinner. "I liked that it was spontaneous," McMillan says, "and that it didn't take a whole year to plan, just a couple of hours."

Patrick Labyorteaux & Tina Albanese

October 3, 1998
Tina Albanese was a fan of Patrick Labyorteaux' back when she was 10 and he was acting on Little House on the Prairie (he played Andy Garvey) with his brother Matthew (who portrayed Albert Ingalls). "They sent me the official poster, with the two of them in Speedos," says Albanese, now 30. "It was hysterical." When Patrick, 33, joined the cast of JAG, where Albanese is an associate producer, she didn't tell him about her schoolgirl crush ("I didn't want him to think I was a stalker") until they'd been dating several months. The two kept their on-set romance secret for a year. Then JAG stars David James Elliott and Catherine Bell helped them celebrate at a black-tie wedding at L.A.'s Hotel Bel-Air.

Fabian Forte & Andrea Patrick

September 19, 1998
Former singing idol Fabian Forte, 56, thought of a proposal that would blow talent agency owner Andrea Patrick, 38, out of the water. While on a 1998 Hawaiian vacation, he wrote, "My Maui princess, marry me" on a handkerchief, deposited it in a bottle and flung it into the ocean. She retrieved the missive, and six months later they wed in a civil ceremony at a Farmington, Pa., resort. Storms forced the proceedings indoors, but "it hasn't rained on our parade," the twice-divorced Forte assured Patrick in a toast. Indeed, guest Bobby Rydell (who tours with Frankie Avalon and Fabian as the Golden Boys) says that since the wedding, "Fabe's got this smile on his face like a halo on his head."

Diane Ladd & Robert Charles Hunter

In her words...

February 14, 1999
I'll tell you something really weird. Virginia Thornton, the mother of my beloved friend Billy Bob Thornton, is a psychic. In November 1997, for my birthday, she gave me a reading. She said, "Honey, a businessman is going to walk into your life within the next three months. And you're gonna marry this man." I'd been married twice—-to Bruce Dern and to William Shea Jr. [a stockbroker]—-and I was quite nervous about marriage. So I said, "No, ma'am, I'm not gonna marry outside my own world!" In February of 1998, I met Robert—-51 years old, a retired PepsiCo executive, married twice and the father of three grown children. I didn't know he was about to become to me the most wonderful man in the world. One evening, this little voice inside me said, "You're falling in love." It was like somebody had hit me in the stomach. And it happened to him at the same time. In June we got engaged. I'm not sure who asked whom, if you want the truth.

At first, it was going to be a very small wedding. My friend Connie Stevens said, "Let's do it at my house in Bel Air." We ended up with 350 people. Kathy Bates was there, and Beau Bridges, David Hasselhoff, Nancy Sinatra, Carroll O'Connor, Martin Landau, Harry Dean Stanton and many other special friends. We were married in a big tent decorated with little lights, roses and lilies. My daughter Laura Dern was my maid of honor. had two flower ladies and seven "bride's matrons," including Connie, Renee Taylor, Sean Young and Lainie Kazan. And Susan Strasberg—-she passed away two weeks before, but I kept her in the wedding. Her groomsman walked up the aisle alone. Delia Reese performed the ceremony. She's a minister of the Understanding Principles for Better Living church. I was as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof! Delia said, "What do you mean nervous? You're doing this for your man and for God!" So I did. We wrote our own vows. When I said I vowed to be loved, all the women screamed, "Yes!" Because you have to vow to accept love as well as give it. Afterward, champagne was flowing. Lainie and Connie fought for the bouquet, but Lainie got it. Delia sang "As Time Goes By" for our first dance. It was our choice—-as time goes by, we found love.

Noah Emmerich & Melissa Fitzgerald

November 28, 1998
When The Truman Show's Noah Emmerich, 33, wed actress Melissa Fitzgerald, 30, in a tent outside Philadelphia's Memorial Hall, there were lots of surprises. "We didn't have bridesmaids or groomsmen," says Emmerich, "so my brothers stood with me, and Melissa's two brothers were her maid and matron of honor!" At the civil service before 300, the couple stood under a rose-and-lily bedecked huppah in honor of his Jewish faith, and a gospel choir sang "Ave Maria" in a nod to her Protestant and Catholic upbringing. Later the Mummers—-Philadelphia's famous sequin-and-feather-clad marching band—-led guests including Lauren Holly, Famke Janssen and Laura Linney in a parasol-waving strut.

Marlin Fitzwater & Melinda Andrews

January 23, 1999
Who knows better how to turn a big deal into a small one? Coordinating his wedding to corporate-events planner Melinda Andrews, 50, "got so intense and overwhelming," says Marlin Fitzwater, 56, press secretary to Presidents Reagan and Bush, that the couple decided to plan the event around a speech that he was giving in Naples, Fla. On two weeks' notice, Andrews's parents pulled together the private Presbyterian ceremony in their nearby hometown of Venice, bought the bride's silk wedding suit—-and baked the chocolate-chip cake. "It was a wonderful Way to get married," says Andrews. "Las Vegas couldn't have been easier."

Steve Burton & Sheree Gustin

January 16, 1999
General Hospital's Steve Burton, 29, lured model Sheree Gustin, 22, to a private cove in Malibu last April with promises of a shoreside picnic, but food wasn't on his mind. "I was like, 'here's your cheese and crackers, here's your turkey sandwich,' " Burton recalls. "I was forcing her to eat so fast!" Why the rush? Burton wanted to make sure Gustin didn't miss the plane flying overhead with the banner that read, "Sheree, will you marry me?" "He was so nervous," Gustin says with a laugh, "he didn't know what finger to put the engagement ring on!" Fortunately, by the time the couple exchanged vows at a cliffside church in Dana Point, Calif., in front of 200 guests, including GH castmates Anthony Geary and Jackie Zeman, the groom had gotten some sound advice from his uncle and best man, Mike Burton. "He just said, 'Relax and enjoy your day, Steve.' "

Russell Simmons & Kimora Lee

December 20, 1998
When hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, 41, sings the praises of model Kimora Lee, 23, host of his syndicated TV show Oneworld Music Beat, he points out that she "gets along with everyone from Caroline Kennedy to Foxy Brown." No surprise, then, that when the Rush Communications CEO married his longtime love on the Caribbean island of St. Bart's, the wedding was at once elegant and funky. While Lee and her six attendants were regally turned out in Susan Lazar gowns, the groom and groomsmen wore Adidas and khakis, sweater vests and white button-downs from Simmons's Phat Farm label. "I begged him not to," says Lee. "But that's part of why I fell in love with him—-he's so damned funny and persistent.' Though Lee's dad was present, mom Kyoko gave her away ("We're so close that walking me down the aisle just had to be her job," says the bride). Then Simmons's brother, Pentecostal minister and rapper Joey "Rev Run" of Run-D.M.C., married the pair, asking Lee, "Kimora, do you take him for richer or richer?" and telling Simmons, "If you were any poorer, you certainly wouldn't be marrying Kimora!" At the reception aboard a 190-foot yacht, the blend of refinement and raucousness continued as maid of honor Tyra Banks led the 200 guests—-including Martha Stewart, Penny Marshall and Jon Bon Jovi—-in dancing to hip hop, R&B and rock and roll. Says Banks: "We didn't let our floor-length dresses stop our rump-shakin' one bit."

Michael McKean & Annette O'Toole

In their words...

March 20, 1999
Michael: We'd known each other for maybe 20 years, just to say hello. Then in 1997 we were cast together in this Lifetime TV movie called Final Justice.

Annette: We wanted the wedding to be as small as humanly possible. We would have loved to have just run away, but we were blending families and really wanted to include the kids. So all the kids, the parents and the siblings came to the wedding.

Michael: I have boys, 23 and 14, and she has girls, 15 and 11. My older son said, "I'm getting a real Brady Bunch vibe here, Dad."

Annette: It was the first day of spring, John and Yoko's anniversary, and the equinox. We did it at the Regal Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and had a formal tea afterward. There were five kinds of tea, and everybody got their own pot. My daughters and mother went to a ceramics place and painted the teapots with the date and our names. There were only 30 guests.

Michael: We had my best man, Christopher Guest, and his wife, Jamie Lee Curtis; Ed Begley; Harry Shearer; David Lander and his wife, Kathy. Jamie Lee got up there with her camera—-she's a great photographer. She was so delightfully pushy, and that's what we love about her.

Annette: I didn't know what I was going to wear. Some friends took me shopping a month before, and in a tiny store we saw this dress on a mannequin. I said no. They told me to just try it on. And it was $49 on sale. They bought it for me.

Michael: The whole day just felt right. What I most remember is that we watched Walker, Texas Ranger in the hotel room that night.

Annette: That's one of the things that binds this marriage together.

Michael: I guess it's working out okay.

Tony Curtis & Jill Vanden Berg

November 6, 1998
After five years together, they did it in grand style—-MGM Grand, that is, 29 floors above the Las Vegas strip in the hotel's high-roller suite. Betting on love for the fifth time, Tony Curtis, 74, watched as horse trainer Jill Vanden Berg, 29, sparkling in a white beaded dress and fox fur, made her first trip down the aisle via a spiral staircase. The brief civil ceremony before 75 guests (including Curtis's actress daughters Jamie Lee and Kelley) was followed by a reception in the hotel's gourmet restaurant. Three days later the pair jetted off for a three-week tour of London, Paris and Switzerland. "He's hilarious; he surprises me a lot," said the bride afterward. The groom returned the compliment. "She is so sweet, besides being the most beautiful girl I've ever seen," he said, calling their 45-year age difference "not a problem for us. I'm healthy and young. I mean, if John Glenn can go to the moon, I can go on a honeymoon."

Matt Lauer & Annette Roque

October 3, 1998
When photo stylist Maria Santoro fixed up her friend, Dutch-born model Annette Roque, with Today show cohost Matt Lauer, 41, in July 1997, it was "definitely not love at first sight," Roque, 33, told Martha Stewart Living last fall. In fact, Roque offered to fix him up with someone else. On the wedding day, however, when Roque entered the Presbyterian Church in Bridgehampton, N.Y., "Mart's face went from happy to this melted look of love," says Today colleague Ann Curry, "and Annette was beaming and looked directly at him." The 100 guests—- including Today's Katie Couric and best man Bryant Gumbel—-each lit a candle at the altar. For the reception on a nearby estate, an outdoor tent was lined with crimson fabric and lit with hundreds of deep red Chinese lanterns, to create what Roque called "a baroque fairy tale with an exotic twist." And a happy ending. Says Vera Wang, who designed Roque's lace, tea-length bridal gown: "They're bright, fun, young and they love being married."

Don Johnson & Kelley Phleger

April 29, 1999
The 85 guests didn't know what they were in for when philanthropists Ann and Gordon Getty sent out invites to their San Francisco mansion. An evening of dinner and dancing was promised in honor of the four-times-wed Don Johnson, 49, and his never-married fiancée, nursery school teacher Kelley Phleger, 31. "We should all have a party like this," Kevin Costner said when he arrived. The couple, who have been together for two years, took everyone by surprise when, in a tented courtyard, they were wed by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. "Don exuded happiness," says socialite pal Denise Hale. "The expression on his face will stay in my mind forever."

Clive Robertson & Libby Purvis

May 14, 1999
When they were students at London's Arts Educational School in 1993, Sunset Beach's Clive Robertson, 33, and Australian actress Libby Purvis, 30, starred in Romeo and Juliet, which "was quite romantic," says Robertson. Three years later, Robertson and Purvis became a couple in real life. He proposed last July while on vacation in New Orleans, and they wed 10 months later at sunset on Necker Island, Richard Branson's idyllic Caribbean resort ("Everywhere you looked was a postcard," says Robertson). Afterward, they celebrated over lobster salad, rack of lamb and champagne with a dozen couples they had met at the resort. And when they woke the next morning, says Libby, "I was lying there with my head on Clive's chest. The sun was coming up, and the white linen curtains were blowing in the wind. We lay there going, 'This is just incredible. This is just perfect.' "

Lillian Vernon & Paolo Martino

June 24, 1998
They had lived together seven years, but Paolo Martino hesitated to propose to catalog queen Lillian Vernon. They had their differences: She's 71, he's 50. She's German, he's Sicilian. She's Jewish, he's Catholic. And, says the never-before-married hairstylist, who met the twice-divorced Vernon at his New York City shop in 1989, "I didn't want her to think it was because of her money. But Lillian said, 'Well, you are younger than I am.' I said, 'Oh, that's nonsense.' 'Then my money is nonsense too,' she said." After an intimate ' ceremony in the pair's Fifth Avenue apartment, they celebrated with 91 guests—-including the officiant, Judge Angela Mazzarelli, and Vernon's two grown sons—-at Manhattan's Le Cirque 2000. Then it was back to business as usual. "I still cut and color Lillian's hair," says Martino. "She has good hair. I want it always to look right. When we go out I touch it up. Except on weekends, I tell her we rest."

Soleil Moon Frye & jason Goldberg

October 25, 1998
Talk about a blowout. On their Cancún honeymoon, Funky Brewster's Soleil Moon Frye, 22, and independent film producer Jason Goldberg, 28, had to weather Hurricane Mitch. But their L.A. wedding two days earlier was silky sailing. "As I was walking down the aisle, it was all I could do to not cry and ruin my makeup," says Frye. "Everybody was standing and clapping and smiling. It was such an enchanted moment." Although she says she was "a bundle of nerves," the 5'1" Frye, in a white satin gown by Celeste, recited her vows without a mistake. The couple exchanged platinum bands before 280 guests, including Frye's pal Sara Gilbert {Roseanne) and TV producer Fred Silverman. The 6'3" Goldberg, though, barely kept it together during the traditional Jewish ceremony. Afterward, he says, "I was bawling big-time. I'll always remember our day. I couldn't have written a better script."

Edward Asner & Cindy Glimore

In their words...

August 2, 1998
Cindy: "We had a very homespun wedding at our house in the San Fernando Valley. We were going to do it in the garden by the pool, but we had to move inside because it was hotter than Hades. The house was filled with white roses, freesias and white hydrangeas. My son Robin walked me down the hallway. I thought that was so funny. We started in the bedroom, and he walked me down the hall into the living room.

Edward: We kept it small, about 30 relatives and friends. My four kids were there; my 11-year-old, Charles, was the ring bearer.

Cindy: My brother-in-law, a judge, did the actual civil ceremony, then my other brother-in-law added some Jewish traditions.

Edward: We broke the glass and all that.

Cindy: I was nervous and kept giggling. I remember Ed whispering in my ear, "You have to stop, this is serious." I was embarrassed.

Edward: I was in a daze; I was amazed we got through it so easily. I didn't even have gravy on my chest. I imagine I wore an ecru linen suit.

Cindy: Ed wore a beautiful navy blue suit he'd had made in London.

Edward: I don't remember if we had a white cake or a carrot cake.

Cindy: It was a beautiful two-tiered carrot cake—-Ed's favorite.

Emily Erwin & Charlie Robison

May 1, 1999
Emily Erwin, 26, one-third of the chart-topping bluegrass band the Dixie Chicks, and singer-songwriter Charlie Robison, 34, herded their 190 guests to the wide-open spaces of the Lone Star State and got hitched at the luxurious Cibolo Creek Ranch resort in tiny Shafter, Texas. The couple, who met in June 1998, are showbiz soulmates, according to Charlie's brother Bruce Robison (husband of country songstress Kelly Willis). "They hit it off so fast and had such a storybook romance," he says. "Also, they can understand each other. Music is a pretty strange thing to do for a living, especially when you're as successful as Emily." Melodies permeated the pool-side reception that followed the 8 p.m. ceremony. "It was a beautiful West Texas evening," says florist Jenny Grisham. "Kelly Willis sang 'Chuck E.'s in Love' for Charlie, in a fun and friendly way. It was definitely a high point." And Erwin, joined by the other Chicks—-sister Martie Seidel and Natalie Maines—-sang "Cowboy, Take Me Away," written by Martie and a pal especially for the newlyweds. For an encore, the wedding party did the swim. Explains Bruce: "After they had a few, people started throwing each other and themselves in, and pretty soon you had people drinking champagne in the hot tub wearing cocktail attire."

Charles Bronson & Kim Weeks

December 22, 1998
For Charles Bronson, 77, and actress Kim Weeks, 37, the decision was: marriage, yes; wedding, no. But two months after they said their vows in a private civil ceremony at their Malibu home, the pair threw a party at Wolfgang Puck's nearby eaten7, Granita. Among some 250 guests: Sean Penn, Dick Van Dyke, Geoffrey Rush and five of Bronson's six children and stepchildren from his prior marriages to Harriet Bronson and the late actress Jill Ireland. "We didn't do special toasts or any of that stuff," says the first-time bride. "I wanted people to eat, be merry, dress up and have a blast." Bronson sure did. Says daughter Katrina, 31: "The highlight was when we got my dad on the dance floor to the Bee Gees' 'Jive Talkin'.' He's an amazing dancer."

Kate Mulgrew & Tim Hagan

In their words...

April 19, 1999
Kate: Tim was my mother's friend. I was going to County Kerry, Ireland, in 1994, and she said that he was going to be there and I should meet him. I arranged to see him in a bar.

Tim: I have no interest in Hollywood. I knew she was an actress but had never seen her in anything. I'm an agnostic on many of my days, but when I laid eyes on her I said, "There is a God."

Kate: It was almost instantaneous attraction. I think the Sicilians call it the thunderbolt. But he was county commissioner of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and I had to come back to L.A., and then I landed the job on Star Trek. These two components conspired against us. Cut to five years later. He's now a consultant for three foundations in Cleveland. We met again for lunch at the Hotel Bel-Air, and last November he popped the question. We now split our time between Cleveland and L.A.

Tim: We wanted a wedding that was very simple and elegant, and we wanted it outside. Sanibel Island in Florida seemed good.

Kate: I just wanted to be someplace where I could look at the faces I love so well. Imagine a Victorian house with a veranda and a grassy courtyard with a white gazebo overlooking the canal. My two sons and his two daughters weren't there, but we had my best friend and her husband as witnesses. The whole thing took 15 minutes.

Tim: I talked about how the moment I saw her, I was in love. She redefined my life completely, and at age 53 I never thought that would happen again.

Kate: Afterward we had champagne. Then we jumped into our shorts and went out to lunch. I don't recall what we ate—-just that we had more champagne, and I had the most quietly happy moments of my entire life.

Macaulay Culkin & Rachel Miner

June 21, 1998
He has always played precocious onscreen, so it's not surprising that Macaulay Culkin didn't stay home alone until he reached the legal age of 18. Some three months before, he wed Broadway baby Rachel Miner (The Diary of Anne Frank), then also 17. "We are so happy and proud we found each other at such a young age," the couple, who met at Manhattan's Professional Children's School in 1997, said in a, joint statement. "We look forward to spending our lives together." After getting the requisite permission from Miner's folks and Culkin's mother, Patricia Brentrup (Mac remains estranged from father Kit Culkin), the pair quietly married in the rustic Stone Church in New Preston, Conn. The 50-plus guests included Miner's parents, Culkin's mom and six siblings and Anne Frank cast-mate Natalie Portman. It was, says Pastor David Simpson, "a simple but very traditional Congregational service." And while their first year was not all bliss—-they even briefly lived apart—money at least isn't an issue. When Mac turned 18 on Aug. 26, he came into art estimated $17 million of his movie earnings that had been held in trust.

Brendan Fraser & Afton Smith

September 27, 1998
He played his proposal close to the vest. On an October 1997 visit to Paris, The Mummy's Brendan Fraser, now 30, and actress Afton Smith, 32, "were taking a walk after dinner, and Brendan used a self-timer to take a Polaroid of him and Afton standing on a bridge," recounts their friend, choreographer Adam Shankman. As the camera's shutter clicked, Fraser surreptitiously opened his coat to reveal a note pinned inside reading, "Marry me," so that Smith would see it as the photo developed.

The nondenominational wedding at L.A.'s Hotel Bel-Air was equally romantic. Fraser, in a black Armani tux, got teary as Smith, in a silver-lined, white Chantilly lace Badgley Mischka gown, approached the chiffon-and-rose-decked gazebo. "Brendan never took his eyes off Afton," recalls Shankman. After the newlyweds exchanged what party planner Mindy Weiss terms "a big, good kiss," the 165 guests (including Keanu Reeves and The Drew Carey Show's Christa Miller) clapped along as the couple boogied up the aisle to a gospel trio's rendition of "Oh Happy Day."

Maria Bartiromo & Jonathan Steinberg

June 13, 1999
CNBC anchor-reporter Maria Bartiromo, 31, has a reputation for being unflappable, but she was brought to tears by the wedding-day toast made by her husband, media magnate Jonathan Steinberg, 34, son of multimillionaire financier Saul Steinberg. In front of 250 guests, including Barbara Walters and Martha Stewart, gathered at his father's Long Island, N.Y., estate, Steinberg said he knew he would marry the woman Wall Street traders dubbed "the Money Honey" after discovering that she laughed in her sleep. "There is an innocence and a happiness to her that few people have," he said. Those qualities were on display as Bartiromo, clad in a lace-and-tulle Scaasi gown and a diamond tiara borrowed from Fred Leighton jewelers, danced with her groom to swing music before departing for a three-day Martha's Vineyard, Mass., honeymoon. "I don't know what I dreamed of as a kid," says Bartiromo. "But I don't think I could have imagined anything more perfect."

Nelson Mandela & Graca Machel

July 18, 1998
It was the wedding South Africa thought would never happen. Graca Machel, 53, the widow of Mozambique's late President Samora Machel, had rejected Nelson Mandela's numerous proposals, saying "I belong to Mozambique." But the twice-divorced South African president persisted, and his sweetheart of two years finally relented. They wed in their Johannesburg mansion before a team of five clerics led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. "She has made a decent man out of him," said Tutu, who had scolded the couple for living together unmarried. The next day, Mandela's 80th-birthday bash turned into a gala wedding reception with Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder singing Happy Birthday before 2,000 guests, including actor Danny Glover and model Naomi Campbell. An overwhelmed Mandela discarded his speech for brief comments. "My wife and I," he said, interrupted by raucous applause, "say thank you very much."

Chuck Norris & Gena O'Kelley

In his words...

November 28, 1998
I met Gena in 1997 when she came to Dallas for a role in my series, Walker, Texas Ranger. I remember thinking, "Oh, my gosh! She's the most beautiful woman I've ever seen." I finally got the courage to ask her out, and we definitely connected. We're both spiritual. That had a lot to do with it—- having a strong faith in God. And we had common interests athletically and in helping people. We dated a year and a half before I proposed one night, when we were watching TV. I said, "Would you like to get married?" She said, "Why?" I said, "Well, I love you and I'd like to commit my life to you." So she said, "When?"

We invited 500 people, mostly family and friends. We didn't want a Hollywood ceremony. There were just two actors from Walker, Sheree Wilson and Clarence Gilyard. When Gena came down the aisle, I felt so happy. I pride myself on controlling my emotions, and here I was doing everything I could to not cry. I made it through the vows without losing it. The wedding went perfectly, but we wouldn't have cared if it didn't. I've learned in life what it takes to make a relationship work. Gena and I make sure we have quality time together. We exercise, ride horses, and I'm even teaching her karate. Right now we're working on her kicks.

Vivica A. Fox & Christopher Harvest

In her words...

December 19, 1998
We got married at the Park Plaza in Los Angeles. It was a Cinderella-style evening: I arrived in a horse-drawn carriage decorated with flowers and white organza and sparkling little lights. The paparazzi made us start late. A photographer fell out of a tree, and an ambulance came, but he was okay. I had six bridesmaids and a flower girl, all in Escada dresses; theirs were platinum gray with sheer sleeves, and my gown was off-white with an embroidered sweetheart neckline. It was simple because I didn't want to do the whole poufy, debutante look. I also gave each of my bridesmaids Reebok sneakers with silver trim to change into so they could dance. I didn't want everyone saying, "Oh, girl, my shoes are so uncomfortable." We had a traditional wedding. My high school classmate Jeffrey Johnson is a pastor, and he married us, so that was really special. Tisha Campbell-Martin sang "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," and Tichina Arnold sang the Lord's Prayer a cappella, which was wonderful. During dinner, we had this slide show of me and Sixx-Nine [Harvest's stage name as an R&B singer]. There'd be a picture of me at age 3, and then him at age 3, all through the years until it was finally us as a couple. Then he serenaded me with a song called "The Love You Give." The lyrics go, "These roses, they're for you," and on either side of him onstage were these two huge vases with 1,000 long-stemmed roses. I was like, "Wow!" I was crying. The entire evening was enchanting.

Rebecca Romijn & John Stamos

In her words...

September 19, 1998
I was nervous before the ceremony, but it was different from stage fright. There were 12 of us getting ready in one room at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and it was nerve-racking. When our minister, Disciples of Christ pastor Larry Keene, walked in, I knew it was serious and I burst into tears—-that was my reflective moment. John swears he was never, ever nervous.

An hour before, John sent me a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries and a letter. At the end, it said, "PS: I'll see you at the altar, and I will know it's you because you will be wearing this pin." It was the most beautiful, antique diamond pin with two hearts intertwined. I put it in my hair.

We wrote our vows separately, but they ended up being almost identical. We even had the same joke. He said, "You already know how to make me feel like the most important person in the world, but what you don't know how to do is cook, so I promise to keep you out of the kitchen and to always cook for you." I said, "I promise I'll never cook."

At the reception, my Dutch relatives changed out of their tuxedos into farmer costumes and wooden shoes and came clomping in singing this hilarious, rowdy song to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." The lyrics were like "She's a very naughty lady, she's a very naughty lady...." It's a tradition in my family to roast whoever is being honored. They sang in Dutch first, then in English, then they translated it into Greek for John's family, and everyone was jumping up and down laughing. Later we handed out the lyrics to "What a Wonderful World" and asked everyone to sing along. Each time they sang the chorus, everyone toasted. We had tears in our eyes watching all the people we love swaying to this beautiful song. It was just joy, joy, joy.