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- June 23, 2003
- Vol. 59
- No. 24
In a Rush of Nuptials, Four Celebrity Couples Say, 'I Do'
Actor-director Ed Burns and supermodel Christy Turlington originally planned to marry in October 2001, but in the wake of 9/11 they postponed their nuptials. A breakup followed in March 2002, after which Burns stepped out briefly with model Esther Cañadas. Then, that autumn, the pair reconciled. On June 7, Burns, 35, and Turlington, 34, returned to Plan A: They got married.
Wearing a white silk-and-lace cap-sleeved gown, the lanky model walked down the aisle of San Francisco's majestic Sts. Peter and Paul Church on the arm of her close friend, U2's Bono, 43 (Turlington's father, Dwain, died of lung cancer in 1997). She wore a $250,000 diamond Riviera necklace on loan from Jacob the Jeweler of New York City and her own pear-shaped diamond-drop earrings, also from Jacob & Co. "This should have happened earlier," says Turlington's uncle Jaime Parker. "They make a nice couple."
After a traditional Catholic ceremony featuring two flower girls, four ring bearers and a seven-person choir, about 200 guests, among them Vin Diesel, proceeded on to the Beaux Arts-style Asian Art Museum where, behind a tight cordon of security, they dined and danced in Samsung Hall. Prior to taking his vows, Burns told the Telegraph of London that he and Turlington, who met in 2000 on the swinging Hamptons social circuit, "want the same things out of life." Predicting three to four children in their future, he added, "We both want families, we both respect our families."
Kerr Smith & Harmoni Everett
A year into planning their big day, Dawson's Creek's Kerr Smith, who plays gay student Jack McPhee, and fiancée Harmoni Everett received bad news: The Mexico venue they'd chosen was abruptly closing for renovations. With just three months to fashion a new plan, the couple had to frantically hustle. But it was mission accomplished by the time the pair exchanged vows on the grounds of La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs on June 7. Smith, 31, fought tears as Everett, 28, an actress, walked down the aisle in a strapless Badgley Mischka white taffeta gown trailed by a long veil. "It seemed like they could only see each other," says a guest. And the 15-minute nonreligious ceremony, performed before 60 guests (including Smith's Creek costars), went without a hitch. "She's my best friend," says Smith. "If you're lucky enough to find somebody you feel that close to, you've got to put a ring on her finger."
Kate Winslet & Sam Mendes
The marriage of Kate Winslet, 27, to film director Sam Mendes, 37, was so spur-of-the-moment that not even the Titanic star knew she was headed for the altar. "We hadn't been planning to do it," she told Britain's Daily Mail, "but we thought it was rather a good idea, so we just did it." Perhaps inspired by their vacation setting, a beautiful villa on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, the couple invited three friends and Winslet's daughter Mia, 2½, by her first marriage to budding film director Jim Threapleton, to witness the exchange of vows in a garden close to the beach. "They were respectful of the vows they were making," says Rev. Johnny Gumbs, who officiated. "They seemed very happy."
Dominic Chianese & Jane Pittson
Sometimes the Bada Bing club just won't do. Which explains why, on June 8, most of the Sopranos crew and top guns—including James Gandolfini and Lorraine Bracco—turned up at Manhattan's posh Astor House, a landmark Georgian-style townhouse and home to the New York Junior League, to witness Dominic "Uncle Junior" Chianese, 72, marry Jane Pittson, 56, a United Nations conference planner. "He wanted to be surrounded by his family and his extended family," says costar Steve Schirripa, who plays Junior's burly bodyguard Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri.
This was Chianese's fourth visit to the altar, and he did it in style, sporting a three-piece custom-made suit ornamented with two gold chains. His bride wore an ivory vintage lace dress with a train. "It was the mellowest wedding," says a guest. "They didn't even make an announcement like, 'Everybody come upstairs for the ceremony.' " At the appropriate moment, though, "they were shaking and glowing," says The Sopranos' Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
But a honeymoon was on hold, as Chianese pursues his singing career, which includes performing weekly at a Manhattan restaurant and promoting his new album, Ungrateful Heart: The Ultimate Italian Collection "His passion is singing," says a wedding guest. "It's never too late to go after your dreams."
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