Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann
09/02/2004 at 08:50 AM EDT
As no-nonsense NYPD Det. Olivia Benson on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, actress Mariska Hargitay rarely gets to crack a smile. But on Aug. 28 Hargitay was all grins at her Santa Barbara, Calif., wedding to actor (and SVU guest star) Peter Hermann, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue.
Hargitay donned a blush-colored Carolina Herrera gown and sported fresh gardenias in her hair, and the church nuptials "were enchanting," says wedding planner Yifat Oren. "It was really magical."
After the ceremony, which featured a gospel choir singing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," the bride, 40, and groom, 37, joined their 200 guests (including 10 nieces and nephews in the wedding party) for a reception at a Montecito estate. A 6-ft.-tall wedding cake topped with a crystal "M&P" provided a sweet finish for the couple.
"They're mad about each other," says Oren. "And they're hilariously funny together."
Meantime, Hargitay may have something else to celebrate come Sept. 19: She's nominated for her first Emmy Award, for outstanding lead actress in a drama for SVU.