In PEOPLE’s exclusive video, get an inside and intimate peek at Simpson’s “magical” July 5 wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California.
At around the one-minute mark, Simpson’s father, Joe, introduces “Mr. and Mrs. Eric Johnson” to the 275 guests gathered. Then watch the happy newlyweds make their way down the aisle to the score from the 1998 film adaptation of Great Expectations.
The sweetest moment of all? Simpson kisses her husband’s hand as they share a loving glance.
For the reception, celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss worked with the bride to create a party space inspired by the Great Expectations movie as well. “She really wanted to have that feeling in the movie when they’re dancing,” says Weiss of the film featuring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke.
“There were so many flowers,” Weiss, who enlisted Mark’s Garden for the event, tells PEOPLE. “There was green amaranthus just hanging from branches that were over the tables. It looked like a beautiful ballroom in the middle of a forest.”
And from the looks of it, the dance floor was full with guests such as Donald Faison and Cacee Cobb tearing it up to the live band.
“We had a huge band,” says Simpson. “Everyone was having the time of their lives.”
For all the details about the wedding – including Simpson’s exclusive wedding album – pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now