Cancún during a hurricane wouldn’t be anyone’s first choice as a honeymoon locale. But that’s exactly where newlyweds Soleil Moon Frye, the former 1980s child star of TV’s Punky Brewster, and independent film producer Jason Goldberg (Lunch Time Special) found themselves on Oct. 27, hunkered down in their honeymoon suite as Hurricane Mitch raged outside. “It’s really scary here,” Goldberg told PEOPLE by phone. “The winds are blowing really hard,” added Frye, “and there’s giant waves.”
Yet not even Mitch, it seemed, could spoil the memories of their nuptials two days earlier in L.A. Nor, for that matter, could the absence from the wedding of another force of nature named Leo—Frye’s childhood friend Leonardo DiCaprio—who had to miss the ceremony because of a prior commitment. But plenty of other recognizable faces did turn up, including Frye’s older half brother Meeno Peluce, a former child star (Voyagers!) who’s now a high school teacher; Roseanne alum Sara Gilbert; Saving Private Ryan’s Giovanni Ribisi; and Diagnosis Murder producer Fred Silverman (with whom Frye is now developing a new TV series).
All were among the 280 guests who assembled on a Sunday evening for a traditional Jewish ceremony at the Ebell of Los Angeles, an Italian Renaissance-style, 71-year-old club for society women. Frye, 22, and Goldberg, 27, had personally planned everything right down to the soap bubbles their guests blew just as the 5’1″ bride, radiant in her white Celeste gown, made her entrance down a flight of wooden stairs. “The second I saw her on the staircase,” recalled her 6’3″ groom, “my eyes were watering.”
His best man, Elan Sassoon, son of celebrity hairdresser Vidal and his ex-wife, Beverly, was reminded of ABC’s hippie-weds-preppie sitcom Dharma & Greg. “When I see it,” he says, “I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s Jay and Soleil.’ ”
Although the pair are from different worlds, that didn’t seem to matter when Goldberg, the Bel Air-born scion of a millionaire rare-coin dealer, first met Frye, daughter of Sondra Peluce-Frye, a Hollywood caterer, and character actor Virgil Frye (who divorced when she was 2). Soleil was majoring in film at New York City’s New School University in 1996—four years after a highly publicized breast reduction procedure—when she pitched a movie script to Goldberg. “We became the best of friends,” she says. “Then we fell madly in love.” Last March, after dinner at the Bel Air Hotel, Goldberg proposed on bended knee, presenting Frye with a two-carat diamond ring.
Two days into their Cancun honeymoon, the sparkle of their romance seemed to be enduring. “It looks like the palm trees will be uprooted at any minute,” Frye reported, then laughed. “Oh, well,” she said, “I guess this will just make us stronger.”
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