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- December 29, 2008
- Vol. 70
- No. 26
From Top-Secret Escapes to Intimate At-Home Ceremonies to An Alice in Wonderland Fantasy Bash, Star Couples Let Their Personalities Shine as They Celebrated Their Love
APRIL 30, BAHAMAS
After just a few weeks of dating (and getting his-and-hers tattoos!), the five-time Grammy winner and her rapper-actor boyfriend tied the knot in a secret sunset wedding on her island estate. The ceremony "was really beautiful and sweet ... very understated," said Carey, 39, who walked down the beach's makeshift white-carpet aisle in a Nile Cmylo dress and Christian Louboutin heels. With a handful of friends looking on, the newlyweds kissed before Cannon, 28, swept his bride off her feet and carried her into the nearby waves. Said Carey: "We really do feel we are soulmates."
Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz
MAY 17, ENCINO, CALIF.
The bride's father, Joe, a former Baptist minister, officiated at this non--denominational backyard ceremony, and big sis Jessica served as maid of honor. And while Ashlee, 24, exchanged traditional vows with her rocker boyfriend, the pair's funky Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding was hardly conventional. "I high-fived my best man when he handed me the ring," said Wentz, 29, whose bulldog served as ring-bearer. "It was awesome."
Beverley Mitchell & Michael Cameron
OCT. 1, RAVELLO, ITALY
Wearing a strapless Melissa Sweet gown, the actress, 27, wed her accountant beau, also 27. Former 7th Heaven costar Jessica Biel served as a bridesmaid, and her boyfriend Justin Timberlake was among the ceremony's 100 guests.
Sara Evans & Jay Barker
JUNE 14, FRANKLIN, TENN.
"Everything fell into place," said the country singer of her outdoor ceremony with the radio host, 36. The pair's blended family—seven kids in all!—watched the big kiss from quilts before they piled onto a golf cart, reception-bound and ready to dance. "It was a fairy tale wedding," said Evans, 37.
Jewel & Ty Murray
AUG. 7, BAHAMAS
"We just wanted something really simple and really intimate," Jewel, 34, told PEOPLE of her quiet beach ceremony with bull-rider Murray, 39. The pair, who dated for 10 years before taking the big leap, wrote their own vows and ended the night with a surprise fireworks show—witnessed by their only two wedding guests.
George Takei & Brad Altman
SEPT. 14, LOS ANGELES
The former Star Trek actor, 71, wed his partner of two decades, Brad Altman, 54, in a Buddhist ceremony.
Beyoncé Knowles & Jay-Z
APRIL 4, NEW YORK CITY
At their top-secret nuptials, the singer, 27, and hip-hop mogul, 39, asked guests to don ivory hues—and leave phones behind.
Howard Stern & Beth Ostrosky
OCT. 3, NEW YORK CITY
In a ceremony at Le Cirque restaurant, officiated by friend Mark Consuelos, the shock jock, 54, solidified his union to Ostrosky, 36, whose initial he got tattooed on his ring finger. And with Jimmy Kimmel reading a poem and Billy Joel singing his hit "You're My Home," guests partied until 1 a.m., fortified by striped bass, wine and caviar.
Jessica Alba & Cash Warren
MAY 19, BEVERLY HILLS
It was a low-key courthouse ceremony for Alba, 27, and Warren, 31, who tied the knot, sans guests, under an arch of white flowers.
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi
AUG. 16, LOS ANGELES
Nineteen of their closest friends and family members filled a candlelit room in the couple's home to toast DeGeneres, 50, and de Rossi, both clad in custom-made Zac Posen outfits. The couple exchanged personal vows while sitting on floor pillows. "The love we felt from the people surrounding us, and the love we have for each other, made it the most beautiful and emotional day and one that we will never forget," de Rossi, 35, told PEOPLE. Said DeGeneres: "I'm the luckiest girl in the world."
Katharine McPhee & Nick Cokas
FEB. 2, BEVERLY HILLS
From a bagpipe serenade to a gospel choir, McPhee and Cokas' nuptials were a musical celebration. Before 305 guests, the former American Idol contestant sang "Unforgettable" to her groom, 43. "It wasn't a sleepy, quiet ceremony," said McPhee, 24. "I felt the whole room enjoying it."
Carla Bruni & Nicolas Sarkozy
FEB. 2, VERSAILLES, FRANCE
Months after meeting the former supermodel, 40, the French president, 53, made their union official.
James Gandolfini & Deborah Lin
AUG. 30, HONOLULU
The Sopranos star, 47, and his bride, 40, wed in her hometown, giving each of their 200 guests an orchid lei.
Greg Norman & Chris Evert
JUNE 28, BAHAMAS
The golf legend, 53, and the tennis champ, 54, exchanged vows at sunset before taking a plunge—fully clothed—into the hotel pool.
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