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- June 18, 2012
- Vol. 77
- No. 25
Drew's Perfect Day
The Actress and Her Art Consultant Fiancé Tie the Knot in a 'Fun and Meaningful' Backyard Wedding Featuring Chanel Couture, a Gourmet Feast and Plenty of A-List Friends. Plus! More Star Weddings
She had a custom-made Chanel dress, more than 14 carats of diamonds and a reception that would make any gourmand weep with joy. But ask Drew Barrymore which special touches at her wedding were the closest to her heart, and she brings up-what else?-the good old-fashioned fun. The actress loved the silhouette-maker who "cut away through the night," she told PEOPLE the day after her June 2 nuptials, along with the photo booth snapping "beautiful black-and-whites" and a kids' area with a "tepee, blankets, pillows and a mini movie theater playing Pippi Longstocking and Finding Nemo." Surrounded by 190 family members and friends, Barrymore, 37, and Will Kopelman, 34, an art consultant, put their own joyful stamp on the celebration. "The day was perfect," says Barrymore. "Everyone we love and care about was there. It was as fun and meaningful as we ever could have hoped."
Held at Barrymore's $5.7 million Mediterranean-style Montecito, Calif., home, the nuptials had a decidedly-and intentionally-low-key feel. "They just wanted a backyard wedding," says event planner Yifat Oren, who, along with Stefanie Cove, put together an "ethereal" party with a "vintage romantic" style for the couple and guests including Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon. "Drew was so effervescent and so happy in every bite of food she took, every speech, every song," says Oren. "She's just the real deal."
And friends of the star say that's exactly what she's found in her new husband. Raised in New York City, the son of Arie Kopelman (the former CEO of Chanel) and Coco, Will (see box, below) "is charismatic and intelligent," says photographer Patrick McMullan, a family friend. "He doesn't care that she's [famous]. He is interested in her for her." From the moment they began dating last year, Barrymore was smitten. Although she had been briefly married twice before (to British bartender Jeremy Thomas in 1994 and comedian Tom Green in 2001), "you could tell she was serious with Will," says the source. "She seemed excited to share her life with him."
Now pregnant and due later this year, Barrymore was more than ready to make it official. "Drew actually wasn't nervous; she was all about it," says Oren. "She was excited and happy." The actress, whose father, John, died in 2004, was escorted by her groom's father; her production partner Nancy Juvonen was her matron of honor. Wearing a Chanel dress specially created by head designer Karl Lagerfeld himself, Barrymore "looked gorgeous, completely relaxed and beautiful," says a source close to her. "She was radiant."
In a traditional Jewish ceremony officiated by the Kopelmans' rabbi Peter Rubinstein, the pair exchanged vows under a chuppah (canopy) decorated with lace and roses. Kopelman's sister, author Jill Kargman, read a passage from The Velveteen Rabbit, and Barrymore's close friend Diaz added some Hollywood glamour by reciting the same E.E. Cummings poem she read aloud in her 2005 film In Her Shoes. The poem's title was particularly poignant given Barrymore's expectant state: "I carry your heart with me." "Everyone was so happy for them," says Cove. "The way Drew and Will looked at each other was just so special." The newlyweds exited to the Beatles' "I Will."
With the couple's favorite chefs serving up specialties, the party turned into a food festival. "They're both huge foodies, so the menu was really important to them," Oren says of the selection. For appetizers, chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of L.A.'s cult Animal and Son of a Gun restaurants offered lobster rolls and pork buns, while Top Chef Masters alum Naomi Pomeroy of Portland's Beast, a friend of Barrymore's, provided foie gras on pink peppercorn shortbread and steak tartare with quail egg. Beverages featured ice cubes with pansy flowers frozen inside.
After the sunset cocktail hour, guests tucked into a family-style dinner catered by L.A.'s Lucques restaurant, featuring fried chicken and steak and a roast by Barrymore's bridesmaids. "That's when I laughed the hardest," Barrymore tells PEOPLE. "Everything they said was deadly accurate, but it was all in such a good spirit."
After the couple's first dance (to "No One's Gonna Love You" by Band of Horses), guests let loose to '80s cover band the Spazmatics. The newlyweds "were relaxed and having a great time," says the source close to Barrymore.
By 1:30 a.m., after more late-night chow from L.A.'s Escuela Taqueria and the Santa Barbara food truck the Burger Bus, the pair had slipped off to the nearby San Ysidro Ranch hotel to spend their first night as a married couple. Leaving in a vintage Mercedes, "Drew and Will would not stop kissing," says a source. "They looked super happy."
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Ashley Blazer Biden & Howard Krein
The Vice President's daughter weds a doctor in the Biden family's Delaware backyard
The swing band beneath the lantern-lit tent played Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me," as Ashley Biden, in her father's swaying embrace, sang the words into his ear: "You gave me wings and made me fly...." Tears lined his cheeks. "All eyes were on the Vice President and his daughter," said a guest at the June 2 wedding of the youngest of Joe Biden's three children to Philadelphia surgeon Howard Krein.
For Ashley, 31, a social worker, and Krein, 45, it was a day for family and close friends-200 of them, with not another political VIP in sight. "From the time she was a kid, I pictured Ashley getting married at the house," the Vice President tells PEOPLE. He and wife Jill labored to give their "little girl" an idyllic backyard setting. "I'm a bit of a perfectionist," Biden says, explaining why he personally laid the sod and pressure-washed the lawn furniture, and Jill put in new plants. After a joint Catholic-Jewish ceremony at St. Joseph on the Brandywine, a dinner of roast chicken and grilled salmon was served family-style at farm tables topped with lace runners sewn from Ashley's grandmother's curtains. The hora played and the Bidens joined in the Jewish dance. Of his new son-in-law, the Veep says admiringly, "Howard makes her laugh. The thing that makes me happiest is hearing Ashley laugh."
Kelsey & Kayte Grammer
Viva Las Vegas! With babies on the way, the couple weds-again!-in an Elvis-inspired Sin City ceremony
Kelsey and Kayte Grammer are already getting used to doing things twice. The couple, who are expecting twins next month, wed in February 2011, in New York City-but just 15 months later, they decided to do it again. This time, they exchanged vows June 2 in an intimate ceremony at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas. "I've always wanted shotgun-wedding pictures so we can show the kids later on!" joked the 57-year-old Boss star. Kayte, 31, wore a Peter Langner baby-doll dress and carried a white rose bouquet for the private nuptials, inspired in part by the 1964 Elvis Presley-Ann-Margret film Viva Las Vegas. "We wanted to celebrate and rededicate [ourselves] to how much we love each other and to our growing family around the bend," said Kelsey, who donned a white Tom Ford suit, white rose boutonniere-and a huge smile. "I love that she had the courage to marry me twice!"
Brandon Jenner & Leah Felder
In a Hawaiian ceremony, Bruce Jenner's son weds the daughter of Eagles guitarist Don Felder
It was all about family when Brandon Jenner, 31, married his high school sweetheart Leah Felder, 29, May 31 at the St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai, Hawaii. Surrounded by just 36 guests, including best man Brody Jenner; bridesmaids Kendall and Kylie Jenner; Leah's dad, Don Felder (the Eagles guitarist); Brandon's dad, Bruce Jenner, and his wife, Kris (only immediate family were invited, so Kris's daughters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian did not attend), the two exchanged spiritual vows in a ceremony influenced by Hawaiian traditions. "If ever there were kindred spirits," says the groom's mom, Linda Thompson, "Brandon and Leah surely are!"
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