You can’t call me ‘Lady’ without giving a little giggle afterward,” says A.J. Langer. In fact, the actress’s new title is no joke: Langer, who played free-spirited teen Rayanne on My So-Called Life and currently costars as private detective Meg Bardo on ABC’s Eyes, may now also be addressed as Lady Courtenay. That’s because on April 30, the 5’1″ Langer and her 6’6″ British Prince Charming, Lord (Charles) Courtenay, tied the knot in a backyard ceremony at their Los Angeles home before 200 guests.
Never mind that the couple quietly wed last year in a civil ceremony so that Courtenay, 29, a lawyer, could extend his work visa. “Hearing that Charlie was marrying a Hollywood actress he met in Vegas [in 2002], well, you can imagine there were a lot of preconceived notions,” says Langer, 30. So “getting our families together for a big wedding was so important to us.”
Later, guests dined on mince pies filled with meat and fish, while Courtenay’s old flatmate, baritone Adam Green, serenaded the newlyweds with “Some Enchanted Evening.” “The words were so right. It made everyone cry,” says the actress, who with her husband will someday help maintain his family’s ancestral home, Powderham Castle, in Devon, England. “There’s a lot to learn,” says Lady Courtenay. “What a job it is to run a castle.”