March 02, 2009 12:00 PM

Midway through her wedding reception on Feb. 7, Kristy Swanson surprised her 104 guests with a video montage highlighting groom Lloyd Eisler’s career: winning the bronze medal in pairs skating at the 1992 and 1994 Olympics, gracefully executing jumps and spins. “Then you hear a screeching … and there’s me and Lloyd on Skating with Celebrities,” says the Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress, 39, of the 2006 FOX reality show where the two met. “All the embarrassing things: falling, arguing. It was hilarious.”

It was one of many unexpected moments at the couple’s nuptials at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, Calif. First, heavy rain caused a flood in the reception hall the night before. “The tablecloths and chair covers were thrown in the wash,” says Swanson. On the day of the ceremony, a stuntwoman pal, dressed to look like Swanson, kicked things off by pranking the audience and falling down a flight of stairs. (The crowd went from gasping to laughing once the ruse was revealed.) Finally, after the vows ended, Eisler’s cell phone rang. But all of the mishaps “didn’t put a damper on the wedding,” says Eisler, 45.

After all, the pair have overcome greater obstacles, most notably the controversy surrounding their romance, as Eisler was not divorced from his first wife when he and Swanson met. Since then, the couple have had a baby son, Magnus, 2, and Swanson has tackled losing 45 lbs. thanks to the Medifast diet and tae kwon do. As the pair danced to Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be”—the same song they skated to on TV—it all seemed worthwhile. “We’ve been through good times and bad,” says Swanson. “But I’m incredibly happy.”

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