Courtesy InStyle Weddings
12/25/2009 AT 01:00 PM EST
Jaime Pressly never wanted to tie the knot. But a girl can change her mind.
A mere four months after the Emmy winner, who plays trailer-queen Joy Turner on NBC's My Name is Earl
, met entertainment lawyer Simran Singh, Pressly was sailing down the aisle, dressed in a Jenny Packham embroidered tulle gown, aglow with diamonds and pearls. Witnessing the picture-postcard September wedding on a Malibu bluff overlooking the Pacific – where the bride danced with her father to Louis Armstong's "What a Wonderful World" – were 200 guests.
Now others may get a glimpse at the nuptials, in the winter 2010 issue of InStyle Weddings
. Pressly, 32, says that even though her romance was whirlwind, the relationship is firmly grounded.
"I've been on my own for 17 years. I have a son, Dezi James, who is 2 years old [from former longtime boyfriend, DJ Eric Cubiche] and a successful career," she says. "I'm not flying by the seat of my pants. We're both ready."
Yet the sizzling connection between her and her now-husband felt like a bolt from the sky. "I was attracted to him right away. His smile, his beautiful skin – and there's a wonderful intelligence about him," she says.
In the past, Pressly admits she was usually attracted to charismatic guys – and the 6',4" Singh is ultra-reserved. "I loosen him up a bit and he makes me feel protected and loved," says the smitten bride. "Sim is the first person I met that I was confident I would be able to grow old with."