The blazing pink Arizona sunset had given way to a bright full moon by the time Savannah Guthrie and Michael Feldman, who said “I do” on March 15, took to the alfresco dance floor. The couple began swaying to Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are,” until the deejay abruptly cut to Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something.” By then, guests already knew what that “something” was: a baby!
“Because of you, I’m pregnant!” the Today coanchor had revealed earlier in her (nonalcoholic) toast to Feldman, 45, the Washington, D.C., communications strategist she dated for four years before their engagement last May. About 80 family members and friends jumped up and cheered. “I’m pregnant with hope,” an emotional Guthrie added, “full up with gratitude. I’m bursting out with joy.” NBC colleague Hoda Kotb admits she “had zero clue” Guthrie was four months pregnant until she sprung that surprise (to the strains of the NBC News “Special Report” music) before dinner at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, outside Guthrie’s hometown of Tucson. “There were a few clues, looking back,” says Kotb. “Savannah said earlier she knows there is a God in heaven because He blessed [her] with this family.”
Indeed, Guthrie, 42, had been open about her wish for children but worried about her age. That turned to the happier worry about her waistline; she had bought her Monique Lhuillier gown before she learned a baby was on the way. “I’ve been doing a little praying I would fit,” she joked. Any cravings were sated by a feast complete with late-night mini cheesesteaks, a nod to Feldman’s Philadelphia roots. Today coanchor Matt Lauer says it was a roaring and raucous party “with plenty of references to Savannah being up past her 7:30 bedtime.” But mostly it was a tender occasion filled with moving moments, especially Guthrie’s walk down the aisle on the arm of her brother Camron, standing in for her father, who died when Savannah was 16. “Savannah said this is where she feels her father in the wind,” says Lauer. “It was lovely.”
Jamie Lynn Spears & James Watson
THE COUNTRY SINGER AND HER HUSBAND CAP OFF THEIR ROMANCE WITH A ROSE-FILLED BASH IN LOUISIANA
Here comes the southern bride! On March 14 Jamie Lynn Spears wed her love of three years, businessman Jamie Watson, at a family-filled affair in New Orleans. After exchanging vows in a garden, they took the celebration indoors to the historic Audubon Tea Room. While Watson looked dashing in a dark suit, the actress turned country singer, 22, glowed in a lacy, figure-hugging Liancarlo gown. With the nuptials behind them, they kicked off their night of revelry in sweet style: As Spears’s daughter (with former boyfriend Casey Aldridge) Maddie, 5, looked on, the couple cut into their five-tier cake. And while the decor was decidedly genteel – lush floral arrangements and flickering votives adorned the tables – the newlyweds gifted their guests (including Spears’s older sister Britney, 32) with a down-home token: beer cozies with their names and wedding date written in pink.
Nikki Sixx & Courtney Bingham
AFTER A THREE-YEAR COURTSHIP, THE MOTLEY CRUE BASSIST TIES THE KNOT IN A FAIRY-TALE WEDDING (WITH PEACOCKS!)
He may be a rock star, but Nikki Sixx’s March 15 nuptials to model Courtney Bingham were surprisingly traditional. Standing in front of 130 guests at Beverly Hills’s Greystone Mansion, and in front of a giant cross made of roses, the couple swapped vows in a “very sweet, religious-based ceremony,” a source tells PEOPLE. “[They] couldn’t say ‘I do’ fast enough.” Bingham, 28, wearing a custom-made gown from her aunt’s bridal store, and Sixx, 55, celebrated with Swarovski-encrusted bottles of Moreno champagne (nonalcoholic for Sixx, who is sober). At the reception, guests hit the oyster bar and sipped on whimsical beverages like custom cotton-candy martinis. Topping it all off? A three-tier triple-berry cake by Sweet Lady Jane. “The [wedding] was sweet and peaceful,” adds the source. “Everybody enjoyed every bit!”