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- July 19, 2004
- Vol. 62
- No. 3
From Over-the-Top to Under-the-Radar, a Host of Celebs Get Hitched in a Summer Wedding Blitz
JULY 3, 2004
Tori Spelling was falling to pieces. As the Badgley Mischka-clad bride prepared to wed her boyfriend of 2½ years, actor-writer Charlie Shanian, on July 3, she couldn't hold back the tears. "I started crying the moment my bridesmaids were walking down the aisle," she says. "And then as I started to walk out, my heel got stuck in the back of my dress! And tears were rolling down, and my nose started running. All I could think was, 'I can't wipe my nose as I walk down the aisle,' so I had to leave it there." And then there was the father of the bride, TV superproducer Aaron Spelling, who was battling his own jitters. "My dad was so cute—he was nervous," says Tori, 31. "He kissed me and, of course, he stepped on my train."
Yet despite the minor snafus, the wedding day "was just perfect," says Shanian, 35. And perfectly befitting one of Hollywood's most famously extravagant families. Hosted by Spelling, 81, and wife Candy, 58, at their 56,000-sq.-ft. Los Angeles mansion, the glamorous event—estimated cost: $1 million—was a blend of the over-the-top (guests tippled from a Champagne fountain housed in a rose-covered gazebo) and the sweetly silly (the couple's pugs, decked out in a mini bridesmaid dress and tux, served as flower girl and ring bearer). The black-tie, 350-person guest list featured a mix of Spelling's former Beverly Hills, 90210 costars (see box) and longtime friends of the Spelling family (Paul Anka, Ed McMahon, Jackie Collins, Bob Newhart, Don Rickles). "Tori, as much as she talked about having an intimate wedding, has too many people that are important to her," says maid of honor Jennifer Reiss. "This wedding ended up being everything she ever wanted. It was extraordinary."
With help from celeb wedding planner Mindy Weiss, Spelling devised a '20s-inspired theme. "I always wanted a Great Gatsby party," she says. Plus, "Charlie loves the old feel, the big band music and the old movies, so we're a perfect match."
That much was evident the night before the wedding, when Shanian performed "I Love You, Crazy," a tune written by his pals, at the couple's rehearsal dinner at L.A.'s BybLos eatery. "We have this thing that we do every single night before we go to bed," says Spelling, who met Shanian in 2002 when the two costarred onstage in Maybe Baby, It's You, a play he cowrote. "He says, 'I love you, Crazy,' and I say, 'I love you, Ugly.' So that's what the song was called...Even though I knew he was The One, that was the moment that sealed the deal."
Under clear skies the next evening, the bridal party strolled down the aisle to "Through the Eyes of Love," the theme from the '78 weeper Ice Castles. The dual-faith ceremony—Spelling is Jewish, Shanian is Christian—incorporated traditions from both religions and vows the couple wrote themselves. "Charlie said, 'You're my angel, you're my light, you're giving me a love I would die to defend,'" recalls Tori. "I said he was my protector, that he taught me how to love and give love and to believe in things I never thought possible." "The moment when Tori said Charlie is her protector sums it all up," says bridesmaid Jennifer Raines. "Tori is much more calm with him. She's a different person with Charlie."
The newlyweds walked back down the aisle to "I Got You Babe," and "everyone started cheering and throwing rose petals," says Raines. "You could feel how happy they were." Adds Spelling: "I hate smiling showing my teeth, but I had this huge smile! I was beaming the entire night."
Following a cocktail reception by the pool, the party moved to an outdoor tent, where chef Wolfgang Puck catered a dinner featuring beet and goat cheese napoleons and herb-crusted lamb. After stumbling through their first dance—"We had four really cool moves we'd learned, but finally Charlie just said, 'Let's go to the dip!'" recalls Tori—the couple visited with guests, including surprise crooner Michael Feinstein. Among the evening's emotional highlights: a father-daughter dance to "Daddy's Little Girl."
As the last guests departed at 2:30 a.m., they were treated to warm chocolate-chip cookies and shot glasses of milk. The next morning Shanian's family threw a postwedding barbecue at the Hotel Bel-Air, where Spelling couldn't stop staring at her husband's left hand. "It's so surreal to see a ring on his left finger," she says. "Every time I see that, I'm like, 'I'm married.' It hasn't quite sunk in yet. I'm married! I'm a grown-up now."
Bob Guiney & Rebecca Budig
JULY 3, 2004
Angela Shapiro saw it coming. The former ABC Family Channel president had watched onetime Bachelor Bob Guiney fall for All My Children's Rebecca Budig as the pair taped segments last November for Bachelor XYZ, her network's recap of the Bachelor series. "It wouldn't surprise me," Shapiro told PEOPLE in April, "if they were married in the next six months."
It only took three. After a six-week engagement, Guiney, 33, and Budig, 31, wed July 3 in an intimate lakeside gathering near his family's cottage in Long Lake, Mich. Dressed in a two-piece, blue-accented strapless gown designed by a pal—"casual," says Budig's mom, Mary, "but very pretty"—Budig carried lilies as she walked with her parents to a canopy near the lake, where she and Guiney tearfully exchanged vows. Afterward, their 50 guests dined on barbeque chicken and ribs and donned swimsuits to ride the Jet Skis and pontoon boat. "They've both been married before and had big weddings," says Mary of the pair, who are honeymooning near Cancun. "They wanted this to be their own little, unique wedding, and it was."
The sudden nuptials surprised many, including a boater who had fastened a sign reading Bachelor Bob to his craft for that day's local boat parade. "They had to turn the sign over [and write] Just Married," says Mary. "I guess they're going to have to figure out another name for him!"
Mira Sorvino & Christopher Backus
JULY 2, 2004
Mira Sorvino's first wedding to actor Christopher Backus—a private civil ceremony at the Santa Barbara Courthouse June 11—was lovely. Still, it wasn't an all-night bash on the island of Capri. Which is why on June 29, Sorvino, in Italy to receive an acting award, and her father, Paul Sorvino, 65, called Ranieri Colonnese, the manager of Capri's exclusive La Residenza hotel, to help organize Wedding No. 2.
Three days later cases of the local Fiano Feudi di San Gregorio white wine had been chilled and, on the grounds of the rented Villa Parente, 11 tables set with lace tablecloths and antique silver cutlery. At 5:30 p.m., Sorvino, 36, and Backus, 23, led 100 guests—mostly family and friends—on a stroll up a hill on the estate to a small neoclassical temple where the couple once again exchanged "I dos." "Mira looked like a young girl in seventh heaven," says one witness. Backus, adds another, "looked like his heart was singing."
It was not a solo performance. While guests feasted on pasta in lobster sauce and a three-tier chocolate sponge cake (topped with Mira and Chris lookalike figures), Papa Sorvino sang a Neapolitan ballad. And bride and groom attempted the fast-paced tarantella dance. Says Colonnese: "They danced really well, considering they don't know the moves." They've got a lifetime to learn.
Dennis Quaid & Kimberly Buffington
JULY 4, 2004
A month ago, the love Dennis Quaid felt for Austin real estate agent Kimberly Buffington was just a twinkle in his eye. Make that a truckload of twinkles—reflected in the three-carat trilliant-cut canary diamond he picked up while filming The Flight of the Phoenix in Africa early this year. In June Quaid, 50, and Buffington, 32, met up with her longtime friends jewelry designers Anthony Camargo and David Nakard Armstrong and made plans to turn the rock into an engagement ring. "It is very unique and special," says Camargo, "so we said, 'Let's glorify it'"
And so they did—creating Buffington's engagement ring as well as the platinum-and-diamond bands that she and Quaid exchanged in a July 4 ceremony that was equally, if more quietly, glorious. Under the midday sun, Buffington, Quaid, Quaid's son with ex-wife Meg Ryan, Jack, 12, nine guests and the couple's five dogs hiked to the top of a hill on Quaid's 500-acre Montana ranch. There Buffington, who met Quaid in March of 2003 when his band, the Sharks, played in Austin, faced her groom in a white lace dress, holding flowers he had picked. During the ceremony "in God's cathedral," says Quaid's friend and bandmate Jamie James, best man Jack spoke, and both Quaid and Buffington recited their own vows. Everyone cried, says James, "including the dogs."
Afterward the group drove back to Quaid's house for dinner, toasts and fireworks. "I was so happy for Dennis. Kimberly is so sweet," says James. "It was beyond amazing and perfect. It was just pure love."
Michelle Branch & Teddy Landau
Maybe it was something in the amps. Or maybe it was just that after laying claim to a platinum-selling CD, a Grammy, an MTV Video Music award and a gig touring with pal Sheryl Crow by age 19, there wasn't much else exciting left to do. In any case, shortly before turning 21 on July 2, Michelle Branch—who a year ago told PEOPLE she didn't have any interest in dating because "I don't have time"—joined such stars as Britney Spears, LeAnn Rimes and Brandy and married young. The lucky guy? Her bass player, Teddy Landau, 39, who has toured with her for more than a year. The couple are keeping wedding details secret "for privacy," says a source close to Branch, who adds simply, "They seem very happy together."
Michelle Tauber, Karen S. Schneider and Jason Lynch. Ulrica Wihlborg and Julie Jordan in Los Angeles, Alicia Dennis in Austin, Lauren Comander in Chicago, Praxilla Trabattoni in Capri
- Ulrica Wihlborg,
- Julie Jordan,
- Alicia Dennis,
- Lauren Comander,
- Praxilla Trabattoni.
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