Aaron Paul Kicks Off Wedding Weekend
05/25/2013 AT 11:30 AM EDT
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul looked ecstatic in a photo he Tweeted Friday featuring bride-to-be Lauren Parsekian puckering up for a sultry kiss with her grinning groom just in time for their rehearsal dinner at West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont.
The bow tie-clad actor captioned the pic, "And so it begins. #mrmrspaul." The duo are set to wed in southern California and celebrated last weekend as well with some party time in Vegas.
Paul wore a grey tux and sported a big smile on his face for the entire evening, notes an eyewitness, which included numerous speeches and bursts of applause. At the end of the dinner, Paul was taking pictures with many of his 50-plus guests – even selfies! – as his joyful-looking mom, Darla Sturtevant, looked on.
Yet it was clear that despite the supportive crowd, he and Parsekian, who stunned in a long black halter dress with gold embroidery, were ultimately focused on one another. In the moment of the night, the duo stole away from their guests briefly and shared some private time together on the patio under the archway. They slow-danced together without music and shared several very long, passionate kisses. Then, it was back to take care of their guests like good hosts to finish up speeches for the night.
Paul's passionate display is no surprise, considering the praise he's heaped upon his fiancée since their engagement in Paris a year and a half ago.
"She's the greatest woman that has ever existed," he told GQ last year. "No offense to other women on this planet, but she is hands down the best."
For her part, Parsekian reportedly called Paul "the most amazing man on the planet" when she announced their engagement to friends last year.
With reporting by MELODY CHIU