Love & Stealth

UPDATED 06/02/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/02/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT

LIKE THE FAST-TALKING Ferris Bueller he played in the movies, Matthew Broderick, 35, revels in his impish side. Even as he and his love of five years, Sarah Jessica Parker, 32, were asking about 100 pals to gather—no reason given—for a party on Manhattan's Lower East Side, he told The New York Post he had no plans to wed. Sort of. "These stories," he sighed, "seem to come in waves. I'd think people would be bored of them by now. They're never true."

Never say never again. On May 19, just as that interview hit the presses, he and Parker, his live-in companion in Manhattan's Greenwich Village for nearly two years, were tying the knot in a surprise Episcopal ceremony performed by Broderick's sister the Reverend Janet Broderick Kraft. "I guess it got to be time," Kraft says of the couple's decision finally to wed. Broderick's mother, Patricia, describes the ceremony as low-key: "They're not the Kennedys." Parker, whose former flames include John F. Kennedy Jr. and Robert Downey Jr., wore a simple jet-black dress with a full skirt, and Broderick, who once dated Jennifer Grey, wore a suit.

With a guest list boasting the couple's Broadway buddies (Broderick and Parker teamed in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying last year, and she had the night off from her hit Once Upon a Mattress), a sing-along followed the nuptials. "We had to be on our toes because people would say, 'Do you know such-and-such?'" says Peter Duchin, whose orchestra played until 2 a.m. Guests took home a memento—a piece of cake and a note from Parker reading, "Put this under your pillow and dream of your true love."

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