Robin's Nesting Instinct
updated 05/05/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/05/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT
A full Catholic mass and the sounds of Schubert's "Ave Maria" lent a formal air to the 60-minute ceremony. But the ambience of the reception, at the nearby National Museum of Women in the Arts, was anything but. After guests dined on lamb chops and spring asparagus, the bride and groom took their first married spin to Jerome Kern's "The Way You Look Tonight" And then, says orchestra leader Gene Do-nati, "everybody went wild." O'Donnell and friends—many old pals from his hometown of Chicago and from his Boston College days—grabbed the microphone and chimed in, says Donati, "anytime they knew part of a song." They led the room in the conga line—and in the requisite hooting to the Isley Brothers' "Shout." Not surprisingly, by 2 a.m, even Boy Wonder had run out of steam. Husband and wife, first introduced when Caroline was a high schooler by her brother Andrew, who was O'Donnell's college roommate, climbed into their own Batmobile—a 1929 Cadillac. Next stop: a tour of the Caribbean on a private yacht and, if the wedding was any clue, Happily Ever After land. "It was a wonderful wedding," says Fentress's mother, Diane. "Perfect from beginning to end."