FOR BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, THE ONCE-SCRUFFY BAR-RAND LEADER turned rock Boss, and his tambourine-whacking backup singer, Patti Scialfa, it was a surprisingly traditional affair, right down to the June 8 wedding date and the tiny bride and groom figurines atop the four-tiered cake. Certainly the setting, in the garden of the $14 million Beverly Hills estate that Springsteen, 41, and Scialfa, 37, have shared since last year, was worlds away from the New Jersey back streets where the singer and the Boss first met. “Patti had never been married before,” noted one guest. “She wanted a real storybook wedding, which is what she got.”
And so, amid bundles of pink and white roses and trees festooned with twinkling lights, the couple exchanged rings and vows—composed by themselves, naturally—in a moving candlelight ceremony. “They thanked each other for what they have shared so far and for what they will share in the future,” a family friend says. “It was very loving, very romantic.”
Wedding guests, some of whom were notified of the nuptial location just days before, arrived at the couple’s pink stucco Mediterranean mansion for a 7 P.M. cocktail party on Saturday. Shortly after 8, the guests, including John Fogerty, Bonnie Raitt and her new groom, Michael O’Keefe, Jackson Browne, Daryl Hannah and a nearly full convocation of former E Street Band members (sax man Clarence demons, who served as best man at Bruce’s first wedding, to actress Julianne Phillips, was notably absent) were ushered outside. There, E Street alumni Little Steven Van Zandt, Danny Federici and Roy Bittan performed a Scottish folk ballad on concertina, mandolin and guitar as the bride and groom strolled arm in arm down the aisle, followed by their parents. Guests, who later danced poolside to recorded versions of such Jersey shore bar staples as “Twist and Shout” and “Do You Love Me?,” agreed Patti “looked gorgeous” in a “simple but elegant” floor-length white gown decorated with pearl teardrops.
The groom wore a traditional black tuxedo, as he did at his 1985 wedding to Phillips, who divorced the Boss in 1989, after his much-publicized fling with Scialfa during their 1988 Tunnel of Love tour. “With Julianne,” a friend says, “[Bruce] was euphoric, but it wasn’t real. The truth is he and Julianne had nothing in common. Patti and Bruce, on the other hand, have everything in common.” The big bond between them now is their 11-month-old son, Evan James. “Bruce has really grown up,” the friend says. “He’s a family man now, and he’s happy. He’s an incredibly good father. Evan is a lucky little boy. Bruce spends a lot of time with the baby and even takes pride in changing diapers. Frankly, I think Julianne was a dream, a digression,” the friend concludes. “Patti and Bruce were meant for each other.”