Hideaway Bride

07/11/2002 at 11:05 AM EDT

Equally unbelievable: Less than eight hours later, says a friend, the "blissful and jubilant" Mrs. Moder was back in jeans, cooking breakfast pancakes for the guests' kids, who later made a makeshift merry-go-round out of her horse walker. That night the Toni Price band, a favorite of Moder's since he first heard them play at the Continental Club in Austin, belted out country and blues tunes. Says guitarist Casper Rawls: "It was just like a backyard barbecue at anybody's home in America."

Not counting, of course, the sight of Roberts singing along to the band's waltz "Don't You Think I Feel It Too?" as she danced with her new husband. Between dips and toasts -- including one from Danny's father, Mike, 65, a Hollywood producer (Beverly Hills Cop, Crimson Tide), "welcoming Julia into the family," says a friend -- Roberts and Moder flitted from table to table like the hummingbirds that flew down, drawn to the sweet peas, peonies and geraniums in terra-cotta pots on each table. "She was giggly and giddy," says a friend of Roberts's. "Danny was hugging everyone. They kept referring to each other as 'my wife' and 'my husband.' " When they came up for air, that is. Says singer Price: "Every time I looked the two of them were smooching."

Later in the evening the group turned to R&B. Bruce Willis, who had arrived that afternoon with his daughter Tallulah, 8, joined the band onstage, playing harmonica and singing a few verses of "Hound Dog" and "Chain of Fools." "He sounded great," says Price. Shortly after midnight Roberts turned on the stereo and hit the dance floor to disco tunes such as Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Says an admiring Price: "That girl can really throw a party." Though by 1 a.m. the fireworks that had lit up the nation's skies had long since ended, those sparked by Mr. and Mrs. Moder were just beginning. Partying until dawn, Roberts seemed to one good friend to be totally, finally, at ease: "There's something bohemian and free about her. She and Danny are good people who recognize a similarity in each other and fill in each other's spaces."

When they'll start making space for the "gaggle" of kids Roberts has said she wants is hard to guess. Without a new movie scheduled until the drama Mona Lisa's Smile starts filming in October, Roberts is just planning to enjoy her new husband and life her own way. "They promised to take care of each other," says one longtime friend. "Julia's genuinely happy."

-- KAREN S. SCHNEIDER
-- ELIZABETH LEONARD, ALEXIS CHIU, TOM CUNNEFF, MICHAEL HAEDERLE, JULIE JORDAN, ZELIE POLLON and INEZ RUSSELL in Taos and ELIZABETH MCNEIL in New York City

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