July 08, 2002 12:00 PM

It was, fittingly, a beautiful day. But as U2’s the Edge wed American choreographer Morleigh Steinberg in Eze, France, on June 22, even the bright Mediterranean sun couldn’t persuade the guitarist, né Dave Evans, to ditch his trademark woolly skullcap.

Fortunately his bride took a more traditional tack, donning a classic lace gown by designer Rosai Nichols with a mantilla-style veil. “She looked like a Spanish princess,” says pal Howie B, a deejay and record producer.

The setting was regal as well: a public garden amid the hilltop ruins of a medieval French castle, where 250 family and friends, including the Edge’s U2 bandmates, model Helena Christensen and actor Dennis Hopper, ducking the sun beneath individual cream parasols, enjoyed a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean along with the vows.

The couple—who met when the Irish band hired Steinberg to belly dance with Bono on its 1992-93 tour—had legally wed in a Dublin registry office four days before. But the half-hour service, led by Steinberg’s father, Robert, 74, an L.A. lawyer, weaved in both Christian and Jewish elements, as well as the couple’s extended family. Among the wedding party: their two children, daughter Sian, 4, and son Levi, 2, and the Edge’s three daughters by his first wife, Aislinn O’Sullivan: Hollie, 17, Aaron, 16, and Blue Angel, 13. “It was much more of a family wedding than a showbiz do,” says one guest.

Afterward the Edge, 40, walked Steinberg, 37, and the rest of the party to the nearby Chèvre d’Or hotel garden for champagne and canapés overlooking the Côte d’Azur, before moving down to Le Rose, the seaside villa he owns with bandmate Bono, for a three-course dinner featuring truffles, lamb and meringue. “The air was scented with flowers and the Mediterranean,” says a guest. “It was very romantic.”

If a bit rowdy: a reception highlight was the egg-and-spoon race. “You place a spoon in your hand, place an egg on top,” explains Howie B, “and run like a mother!” The revelry continued on the dance floor, where the bride and groom launched into a tango before heading off on a honeymoon cruise. “It was beautiful,” says Howie B. “Their eves never left one another.”

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