A Backstreet Wedding

09/02/1998 at 12:00 AM EDT

That sound you hear is hearts breaking across the land. Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson, 28, has married his longtime love, aspiring actress Kristin Willits, 29, reports the new issue of PEOPLE. The ceremony, before close family members and friends only, took place on June 17 outside of Richardson's hometown of Lexington, Ky. "It was a beautiful wedding," father of the bride John Willits told PEOPLE. The oldest of the Backstreet Boys (and one of PEOPLE's Sexiest Men Alive last year), Richardson met Willits at the Disney-MGM Studios in 1993, when she was a dancer in the theme park's "Beauty and the Beast" show and he was performing as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Their actual first encounter took place in the employee cafeteria. "They were made for each other," said Kristin's dad. "They've both done very well."

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