Cage Nuptials Kick Off a Week of Weddings

Cage Nuptials Kick Off a Week of Weddings
Nicolas Cage and wife Alice
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08/05/2004 09:00AM

It may no longer be June, but for Ed star Tom Cavanagh, MSNBC's Ashleigh Banfield and an Oscar winner named Nicolas Cage, wedding bells have been ringing all week, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue.

More details have emerged from Cage's Friday wedding in Northern California: The actor's large family had an inkling a wedding was coming up for the 40-year-old star and Alice Kim, 20, even though the couple eloped and married without any family or relatives present.

"I figured it would be fast and small," says Cage's older brother Marc Coppola, a New York City deejay, "because the last one (to Lisa Marie Presley, in 2002) was so big."

Unlike Presley or Cage's first wife, actress Patricia Arquette, Kim is a showbiz outsider who met Cage at a Los Angeles nightclub six months ago. According to Coppola, the former sushi waitress is interested in a career in law or hotel management. "She's educated and a great girl," says Todd Black, producer of Cage's upcoming movie The Weather Man.

As for the age difference between bride and groom, Coppola isn't worried. Kim is "worldly and mature" and is already embraced by the family. "They're a good fit," he says. "Definitely. I think this will last."

On Saturday in Nantucket, Ed star Tom Cavanagh, 35, married Maureen Grise, 33 in a 19th-century, cedar-shingled Roman Catholic church. "It was phenomenally romantic," says Lesley Boone, who attended with Ed castmates Julie Bowen, Michael Ian Black and Josh Randall. "The minute Mo walked into the church and we saw Tom's reaction to her, Julie and I just lost it."

The couple, who met two years ago on a New York City basketball court, are both sports nuts – she's a photo editor at Sports Illustrated – so the Notre Dame fight song heralded their arrival at the reception, held on the beach at the Summer House, a nearby inn. (A vacationing Katie Couric, who happened to be dining inside, sent a note of congratulations.)

Asked about the wedding, Cavanagh seemed the blissful newlywed. "It was perfect," he said. "Just perfect."

And on July 24, former MSNBC anchor Ashleigh Banfield married real-estate financier Howard Gould in Ontario, Canada, aboard a custom-built, 1930s 85-ft. yacht. "I grew up here," says Banfield, 36, of the Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club, "and have been surrounded by boats all my life."

She and Gould, 31, who met two years ago while dog-walking near New York's Central Park ("The dogs became tangled, and we started talking," she says), tied the knot on the upper deck of The Grace Anne, flanked by groomsmen and bridesmaids who'd been ferried aboard by two separate boats. The couple's 185 guests looked on from the dock.

The most romantic moment: "When Howard kissed me at the end of the ceremony," says the bride, whose trademark glasses were conspicuously absent. "I was trying to look more feminine," she says, "and I didn't have any reading to do."

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