January 31, 2005 12:00 PM

Nas & Kelis

January 8, 2005

When R&B ingenue Kelis met rapper Nas at an MTV Video Music Awards party in 2002, he didn’t hold back. “I’m like, ‘Hey, I’m Kelis,'” the singer recalled to Vibe less than a year later. “And he’s like, ‘Oh, well, that’s great, because I’ve been waiting to make you my wife for all these years.'”

Mission accomplished. Nas, 31, whose real name is Nasir Jones, and Kelis Rogers, 25, said “I do” at Atlanta’s Morningside Baptist Church. “It was a poison-ivy theme,” says the bride, who wore a Matthew Williamson gown. (The groom donned an Yves Saint Laurent tux.) “I love green and wanted it to seem as if it was growing everywhere.”

The ceremony, in front of 175 guests, was more traditional, with the couple exchanging vows they’d written themselves. “It was like a conversation with all of us `eavesdropping,” says wedding planner Diann Valentine. “When they kissed, it was a short kiss, but it was a long hug.” Afterward the newly-weds rode in Kelis’s Rolls-Royce Phantom to the reception, held at a nearby Italian-style villa. “I’d never known Nas to smile, but when Nas is with Kelis, you see him smiling and laughing all the time,” says Valentine. “They’re really in love.”

Vince Neil & Lia Gerardini

January 9, 2005

When Vince Neil, lead singer for the rock band Mötley Crüe, exchanged wedding vows with girlfriend Lia Gerardini, he and his bandmates found themselves coping with their inner romantics. “Everybody was crying!” says Neil. “I started crying, [band-mate] Tommy Lee started crying, then everyone just lost it. It was very sentimental, very heartfelt.”

And more than a bit unusual: The ceremony at Las Vegas’s Four Seasons Hotel was performed by rapper-turned-minister M.C. Hammer, whom Neil had gotten to know when both appeared on the WB reality show The Surreal Life in 2003. “We became really good friends on the show,” says Neil, 43. “He was going to be at the wedding anyway, so we figured why not just have him do it.” After the ceremony, “I looked out and saw all of our friends,” says Neil. “It was a great moment.”

For the reception, a hotel ballroom was converted into a nightclub where 150 guests lounged on leopard-skin furnishings. “The wedding was like Vince and I,” says Gerardini, 37, a former plastic surgery center administrator, who met Neil at a concert seven years ago. “Very romantic with a touch of rock and roll.”

After their yachting honeymoon, Neil (married three times before) and Gerardini (married once before) will tour with Crüe before returning home to Vegas. “There’s been so much preparation and thinking about [the wedding] every day,” says Neil. “Now that it’s over, I’m like, ‘Oh, finally!'”

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