updated 05/10/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/10/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT
It was less than 24 hours before her April 24 nuptials with former Saved by the Bell heartthrob Mario Lopez, but actress Ali Landry was not the least bit flustered. "You are the calmest bride I've ever met!" her friend Tam Bui recalls telling the star of UPN's Eve.
Why no jitters? "I'm here to enjoy myself," said Landry, as she welcomed the 50 guests she and Lopez, her beau of six years, had flown in to the exclusive Las Alamandas resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. "My closest friends and family are here. It's all planned. I'm ready to go." And ready to dazzle. "When Mario first saw her walking down the aisle" at the 6 p. m. Catholic ceremony, says Bui, "she took his breath away" in her Vera Wang gown.
At the reception guests enjoyed yellow wedding cake with strawberries, and Landry delighted in introducing Lopez as her husband. "She just loved saying it," says Bui. The couple, both 30, stayed until the last guest left—at 5 a.m. After a continental breakfast buffet on Monday, the newlyweds departed on their honeymoon to parts unknown. "They were meant for each other," says Bui. "They're very calm together."
Jack Welch & Suzy Wetlaufer
At noon on April 24, retired General Electric CEO Jack Welch, 68, exchanged vows with former Harvard Business Review editor Suzy Wetlaufer, 44, turning their much-talked-about winter-spring romance into a permanent merger. For the 50 minute ceremony at Boston's historic Park Street Church, Wetlaufer donned a café-au-lait-colored gown designed by Elie Saab. "Jack was just awestruck," says Elin Spring, Wetlaufer's sister. "They clutched each other's hands and were swinging them back and forth. It really was like young love—except they were older."
And more settled. After the ceremony the newlyweds—this is a third marriage for him, a second for her—repaired to the 26,000-sq.-ft. home on fashionable Beacon Street that they share with Wetlaufer's children, who range in age from 9 to 15. There, they dined on sirloin and salmon with their 90 guests—among them Matt Lauer and various business luminaries. After honeymooning in an undisclosed sunny spot, the couple, who met in October 2001 when she interviewed him for her magazine, will resume cowriting Winning, the business primer they sold to Random House for $4 million. "It's a great life," says a giddy Welch. "I loved what I did at GE—but I don't miss it for a minute."