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It's a New Year's Eve Wedding for Britney's Brother

It's a New Year's Eve Wedding for Britney's Brother
Bryan Spears
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updated 01/01/2009 at 10:00 AM EST

originally published 01/01/2009 10:45AM

Britney Spears made it a cozy New Year's Eve with her family – seeing big brother Bryan, 31, tie the knot in a private ceremony at New Orleans landmark Latrobe's on Royal.

"It was beautiful," a source tells PEOPLE about the elder Spears's wedding to Graciella Sanchez, 36, longtime manager of little sister Jamie Lynn. "It was only close family, very small and intimate."

While the couple's engagement may have caught many by surprise – they only recently started dating seriously – the two have been acquaintances for years.

"The family was totally excited," a friend of the family tells PEOPLE. "Graciella's wonderful. Everybody was happy about it."

The bride looked stunning in a beige-white Carolina Herrera dress, while the groom sported a smart Marc Jacobs suit. As for the guests? Sanchez's mother and brother were in attendance, as was the entire Spears crew including sisters Britney and Jamie Lynn; their kids Jayden James, Preston and Maddie; Jamie Lynn's fiancé Casey Aldridge; and parents Jamie and Lynne.

With reporting by Ruth Laney

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