Also taken by surprise were the editors of IN STYLE WEDDINGS (a sister publication to PEOPLE), which had hit newsstands a week earlier with Thorne-Smith, 33, on the cover in her bridal gown. Still, says the magazine's managing editor Martha Nelson, "whatever we're going through, it is not as bad as whatever she is going through."
Though Conrad, 37, and his wife's former Melrose Place costar Rob Estes were high school friends, Conrad and Thorne-Smith didn't meet until 1997, when her sister Jennifer fixed them up. They became engaged in October 1998, but their June 1 wedding was so impromptu that they hadn't even procured a marriage license. Now, no one knows what will become of the $1 million-plus lot that they bought in Lanai, where they planned to build their dream house.