They Do!

They Do!
"Charlie is so in tune with who Tori is," says maid of honor Jennifer Reiss. "It's wonderful to see her marry her perfect match."
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07/08/2004 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Tori Spelling & Charlie Shanian: July 3, 2004

Tori Spelling was falling to pieces. As the Badgley Mischka-clad bride prepared to wed her boyfriend of 2-1/2 years, actor-writer Charlie Shanian, on July 3, she couldn't hold back the tears. "I started crying the moment my bridesmaids were walking down the aisle," she says. "And then as I started to walk out, my heel got stuck in the back of my dress! And tears were rolling down, and my nose started running. All I could think was, 'I can't wipe my nose as I walk down the aisle,' so I had to leave it there." And then there was the father of the bride, TV superproducer Aaron Spelling, who was battling his own jitters. "My dad was so cute – he was nervous," says Tori, 31. "He kissed me and, of course, he stepped on my train."

Yet despite the minor snafus, the wedding day "was just perfect," says Shanian, 35. And perfectly befitting one of Hollywood's most famously extravagant families. Hosted by Spelling, 81, and wife Candy, 58, at their 56,000-sq.-ft. Los Angeles mansion, the glamorous event – estimated cost: $1 million – was a blend of the over-the-top (guests tippled from a Champagne fountain housed in a rose-covered gazebo) and the sweetly silly (the couple's pugs, decked out in a mini bridesmaid dress and tux, served as flower girl and ring bearer). The black-tie, 350-person guest list featured a mix of Spelling's former Beverly Hills, 90210 costars and longtime friends of the Spelling family (Paul Anka, Ed McMahon, Jackie Collins, Bob Newhart, Don Rickles). "Tori, as much as she talked about having an intimate wedding, has too many people that are important to her," says maid of honor Jennifer Reiss. "This wedding ended up being everything she ever wanted. It was extraordinary."

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With help from celeb wedding planner Mindy Weiss, Spelling devised a '20s-inspired theme. "I always wanted a Great Gatsby party," she says. Plus, "Charlie loves the old feel, the big band music and the old movies, so we're a perfect match."
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