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REBECCA ROMIJN & JERRY O'CONNELL
JULY 14, CALABASAS, CALIF.

It was a "homespun" occasion, says guest Vanessa Williams, when Romijn, 35, and O'Connell, 33, wed before 100 friends and family seated on hay bales outside their home. After the vows, guests danced under the stars and sipped drinks out of mason jars. The pair, says Williams, "are just effortless."

ROMA DOWNEY & MARK BURNETT
APRIL 28, MALIBU

For their family-only ceremony, the Survivor creator-producer, 47, and the Touched by an Angel star, 47, chose a bluff overlooking the Pacific in their backyard. "There's no place like home," says Downey.

USHER & TAMEKA FOSTER
SEPT. 1, BRASELTON, GA.

"The wedding," Foster, 36, told PEOPLE, "was beyond beautiful." And emotional, especially during their first dance to "Here I Stand," a song Usher, 29, wrote for his bride.

EVA LONGORIA & TONY PARKER
JULY 7, PARIS

It was the most lavish wedding of the year—and perhaps the longest. After a week of celebrations, including a private cruise along the Seine, Longoria, 32, and Parker, 25, brought their 250 guests to the 17th-century Chateau of Vaux le Vicomte, where fireworks went off at midnight, and the bride danced till 6:30 a.m. Says a pal: "Eva didn't want the night to end."

LAILA ALI & CURTIS CONWAY
JULY 22, MARINA DEL REY, CALIF.

Her father, Muhammad, 65, couldn't walk her down the aisle, instead giving his blessing from his front-row seat in the Rose Garden of the Ritz-Carlton. As for the other main event—the Dancing with the Stars alum's first dance with Conway, 36—Ali, 30, didn't break out the moves, she told PEOPLE: "Me and my baby are just going to have this moment."

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ELLEN POMPEO & CHRIS IVERY
NOV. 9, NEW YORK CITY

Pompeo, 38, "didn't want a big thing," says her dad, Joseph Pompeo. Indeed, wearing a black YSL dress, she wed Ivery, 39, in front of one witness—the mayor—at New York's City Hall.

KATE WALSH & ALEX YOUNG
SEPT. 1, OJAI, CALIF.

Though she briefly swooned from the 100° heat, Walsh, 40, says a guest, "looked completely over the moon" when she wed Young, 36, just seven months after they met.

BRANDON ROUTH & COURTNEY FORD
NOV. 24, SANTA BARBARA, CALIF.

As Superman Returns star Routh, 28, and Ford, 29, celebrated at sunset with 125 friends and family (including House's Kal Penn) at El Capitan Ranch, "You could feel the warmth and love," says their wedding planner Katie Tiffany.

YAO MING & YE LI
AUG. 6, SHANGHAI

NBA center Yao, 27, returned to his hometown of Shanghai to wed Ye, 26, a member of the Chinese women's national basketball team. The couple (who likely towered over guests: he's 7'6", she's 6'2") tied the knot at the Pudong Shangri-La hotel.