Talk about Idol worshippers: Former American Idol star LaKisha Jones married financial adviser Larry Davis on Sunday – with a fair share of her season-six castmates to bear witness.
As about 50 family and friends – including Haley Scarnato, Melinda Doolittle, Gina Glocksen and Sanjaya Malakar (sporting shoulder-length loose curls) – looked on, Jones, 28, exchanged vows with Davis at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
In keeping with the event’s theme of old-fashioned Hollywood glamour, white round candles perched on floating black stands and red rose petals dotted the floor.
The bride – beaming in a strapless Alfred Angelo gown, custom crystal-encrusted shoes by Stuart Weitzman and diamond earrings, necklace and bracelet by Neil Lane – punctuated the ceremony with laughter during a vow that included the phrase “for richer or less richer.”
The minister, Dr. Ed Montgomery of Houston, also joked to the crowd, “Pay attention. What I’m about to say is very important: We’ll have the results right after these messages.”
The pair kissed for more than 10 seconds after Montgomery pronounced them husband and wife.
The bride’s daughter Brionne, 5, served as flower girl and cried as she walked down the aisle throwing petals from a black and white basket.
“I’m just so happy for her, ” Malakar told PEOPLE. “I’m happy for her future, I’m happy for her daughter [that] they can be a family. It’s all that I could ever wish for her.”
Though the Houston-based star did most of her wedding planning via telephone and email with event planner René Puebla, “I am hoping and praying it’s going to be fabulous,” she told PEOPLE before the wedding.
Proposal in a Purse
Having met through mutual friends, Davis proposed to Jones in June after surprising the handbag fanatic with a Louis Vuitton purse that had belonged to his late mother.
“Inside was a card that said, ‘Happy today, happy together, happy forever ‘ ” says Jones. “I was crying – I had [fake] eyelashes on, and they were coming off. It was crazy.”
As for what makes Davis the right match for Jones, Doolittle tells PEOPLE. “His height and her shortness!” Seriously, she said, “He absolutely loves her, and she adores him.”
The newlyweds plan to honeymoon on Barbados.