Hitches in Time

updated 08/18/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/18/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT


When the band struck up "My Boyfriend's Back" at the Aug. 3 wedding reception of Donna Hanover, 53, and California attorney Ed Oster, 52, "the place tore up," says guest Joannie Danielides, "Everybody got on the dance floor after that." Including the newlyweds, who rekindled their high school and college romance last September. "I think of it as refinding," says the twice-divorced Hanover, whose 18-year marriage to former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani ended in July '02. "It's joyous."

So was the wedding itself, which was held at an estate in Tarrytown, N.Y. Hanover's kids with Giuliani—Andrew, 17, and Caroline, 13—stood with the couple during the exchange of vows, as did Oster's three grown daughters from a previous marriage. The bride, host of the syndicated TV show Famous Homes & Hideaways, is still floored by her renewed romance. "I know from a long time ago that [Oster] is a man of very good character," she says. "It gives you an extra reason to have trust."


Emma Thompson wanted her wedding cake to evoke the Scottish hills. As it happened, the kirsch-flavored cake evoked something else—which suited the bawdy-humored actress just fine. Notes pal Richard Addis, manager of the Coylet Inn in Argyll, Scotland, where Thompson and her groom, actor Greg Wise, 37, held their reception on July 29: "It was in the size and shape of—how can I put this politely? A pair of boobs."

Less provocative was the ceremony in which the couple—who had met as costars in '95's Sense and Sensibility—exchanged vows at their converted barn while their 3-year-old daughter Gaia looked on. Afterward the bride, 44, who was married to actor-director Kenneth Branagh before they split in '95, couldn't resist flashing her risqué humor once more: Battling a swarm of biting insects, Thompson took note of Wise's kilt and declared to local well-wishers, "His manhood has been murdered. We are bitten to death but couldn't be happier."

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