By People Staff
December 09, 2002 12:00 PM

When John Miller was named one of PEOPLE’s Top 50 Bachelors in June, the 20/20 anchor admitted that he was sick of being single. “I’ve done all the things a guy wants to do,” he said. “I always thought you would find the person, there would be angels and music and you would just know.”

Within weeks, he did—and on Nov. 22 Miller, 44, wed 36-year-old philanthropist and former teacher Emily Altschul in an offbeat civil service at the Boathouse restaurant in Manhattan’s Central Park. As jazz performer Lonnie Youngblood played “It Had To Be You,” the pair were led down the aisle by the bride’s bullmastiff Mona, the wedding rings dangling from the dog’s rose-covered collar. “It was warm, funny and original,” says Miller’s coanchor Barbara Walters, “just the way John and Emily are.”

The vows, though, were traditional. Surrounded by white candles and orchids, the couple—who first met 20 years ago through Altschul’s brother Arthur, began dating last spring and are expecting a baby girl in May—declared their commitment before the Manhattan State Supreme Court’s Justice Leslie Snyder. Afterward, 150 guests, including the bride’s sister, MTV reporter Serena Altschul, danced until 1 a.m. to jazz and Motown hits. The newlyweds “held hands all night,” says ABC News media-relations honcho Jeffrey Schneider. “There was real joy in their eyes.”