Superman Returns Star Brandon Routh Gets Married
11/25/2007 AT 06:00 AM EST
Superman Returns actor Brandon Routh married his longtime girlfriend, actress Courtney Ford, on Saturday at the beautiful El Capitan Ranch in Santa Barbara, PEOPLE confirms exclusively.
"Even though it cooled off into the evening, I can only feel the warmth and love in this breath-taking setting," wedding planner Katie Tiffany of Tiffany Weddings said.
The bride wore a Junko Yoshioka sheath dress with Chantilly lace and platinum beading and topped off her look with pave-diamond earrings by Neil Lane – fitting since her engagement ring is also by Neil Lane. The groom traded in his tights and cape for a cashmere suit by Looysen Fine Clothing.
Routh, 28, proposed to Ford, 29, in Glastonbury, England, during last summer's Superman press tour. But the lovebirds kept the news hush-hush until he was done promoting the film. "They were so excited! It was hard to keep it to themselves," says a family friend.
The couple met four years ago. "I used to work at Lucky Strike," Routh told PEOPLE in January, referring to the hip bowling alley in Hollywood. "I was a bartender. And her brother was having his [wedding] rehearsal dinner party there."
Added Ford: "He met my whole family the day he met me."
The pair, who told PEOPLE they like to watch DVDs – particularly the special features – together, were apart for five months while Routh was shooting Superman Returns in Australia, but Ford says they relied on "nightly phone calls" to remain close.
Speaking with PEOPLE in June, Routh called Ford his personal kryptonite. "She brings me to my knees," he said.