"That," said Abdul, 33, "is because I love you."
Whatever. This much is sure: Three months after clothing designer Beckerman surprised Abdul with a six-carat proposal in Hawaii—and eight months after they met in L.A. on a blind date—their hearts were in perfect step. Shortly before 5 p.m. on Oct. 25, in a suite at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel, Abdul—accompanied by her mother, Lorraine, and her older sister Wendy—was slipping into her custom-designed Badgley Mischka gown. Downstairs, 160 guests—including Rod Stewart and his wife, model Rachel Hunter, Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, the R&B group Boyz II Men and pop singer Brandy—were crunching over strategically strewn fall leaves as they took their seats inside a tent on the hotel grounds. When Abdul entered on the arm of her father, Harry, who owns a bottled-water company Beckerman gasped. "Oh, man," he said later, "was I jazzed."
So jazzed that midway through the traditional Jewish ceremony, the groom gave Abdul an unscripted smooch. "Don't use it up now," Rabbi Alan Rabishaw scolded playfully. The couple made it through their vows (the first for him; the second for her, after a two-year marriage to actor Emilio Estevez) and exchanged platinum bands. Not once during the first dance—to "When I Fall in Love"—did Beckerman tread on his new wife's toes.
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