After their first kiss as husband and wife, the groom's ear-to-ear grin—and his boxer-style double air-punch—said it all. Just minutes earlier, as Baywatch alum Yasmine Bleeth, 34, and Paul Cerrito Jr., 32, a Michigan nightclub owner, exchanged vows on the lawn of Santa Barbara's exclusive Bacara Resort and Spa, overlooking the Pacific, they had "both started crying," says Victoria Cerrito, 64, mother of the burly 6'3" groom. The tears capped a hard-luck courtship, which began when Bleeth met Cerrito at a Malibu rehab clinic in December 2000. Nine months later the two were busted in suburban Detroit for cocaine possession: Cerrito went to jail, Bleeth got two years' probation. But their troubled past seemed to melt away as the actress, wearing a strapless duchess satin gown by New York designer Ulla-Maija, walked down the aisle to Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game." By 1:15 a.m., after dining on lamb, fish and salad, dancing to Latin, R&B and rock music and watching a fireworks display, Bleeth was still aglow. "I had," she said, hand in hand with Cerrito, "the most wonderful night of my life."
Stormy weather, starry guests
Exchanging vows by candlelight wasn't what Caroline Corr, drummer for the Irish band the Corrs, had planned for her rustic Aug. 22 wedding in a 12th-century Catholic church on the Spanish island of Majorca. But a storm ripped through the resort—knocking out the church's electricity before the 7 p.m. service. While Corr, 29, and her groom, Frank Woods, a Dublin property developer, completed their "I dos", the power came back on. Added wattage was provided by celeb guests Bono and the Edge from U2. Still, says one attendee, "it really was a family affair," including Corr's bandmate sibs Andrea, 28, and Sharon, 32, as bridesmaids. At a reception at the Cas Xorc hotel, the 30-odd guests dined on lobster and gazpacho—and the bride remained buoyant all the while, despite the rain. "Maybe," she joked to a friend, "someone is trying to tell us something."
They're playing our songs dear
Thomas Quinlan recalls Bryant Gumbel's courtship of his daughter Hilary as "very old-fashioned. They actually wrote letters—real letters—back and forth." On Aug. 24, five years after they met (and a year after Gumbel's divorce from wife June was finalized), the couple stayed true to form. The ex-Early Show anchor, 53, and his bride, 42, a research assistant turned commercial model, wed in a private sunset ceremony at Palm Beach's Breakers resort before 23 guests, including Gumbel's daughter Jillian, 18, son Bradley, 23, and golf buddy and Today cohost Matt Lauer. Quinlan, who wore a silk Ralph Lauren off-the-rack gown, "was very calm," says hairdresser Justin Lynch. "She looked romantic and timeless." After a feast featuring lamb and lobster, the celebrants regaled the newlyweds with a Cole Porter sing-along around a baby grand. Can't get more old-fashioned than that.