Julianna Margulies and Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo got married in simple, small—and hush-hush—ceremonies

December 03, 2007 12:00 PM

Julianna Margulies & Keith Lieberthal


A decade ago, Julianna Margulies wanted nothing to do with the big M’s—declaring herself “too young” for marriage and “too selfish with my time” for motherhood. But one look at the former ER star walking down the aisle at her wedding in Lenox, Mass., on Nov. 10 made one thing clear: She’s had a change of heart. With the bump beneath her Narcisco Rodriguez gown a happy reminder of the baby that Margulies, 41, and her groom, attorney Keith Lieberthal, 35, are expecting in January, the two exchanged vows. And no one was more excited than the soon-to-be granddads. “She was radiant,” Paul Margulies, a retired advertising exec, told PEOPLE. Adds the groom’s dad, Kenneth Lieberthal, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor: “We are utterly delighted to have Julianna as a member of the family.”

Though the intensely private actress hasn’t uttered a public word on the nuptials, she has talked of little else on the L.A. set of her new FOX legal drama, Canterbury’s Law. “Most of the conversations between takes,” says her costar Keith Robinson with a laugh, “had something to do with the wedding—or ‘Junior.'” With the show now on hiatus, Margulies is focusing on life as the wife of a man she calls “perfect,” says Robinson. “Everything is new, so it’s a good time in her life.”

Ellen Pompeo & Chris Ivery


The wedding gown: a little black dress by Yves Saint Laurent, bought in Paris over the summer. The venue: New York’s City Hall, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg serving as the sole witness. And the honeymoon? It was spent—at least partly—courtside at a basketball game. No, the Nov. 9 marriage of Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, 38, to her beau of four years, record producer Chris Ivery, 39, was not the typical Hollywood event. “She just didn’t want a big thing,” says her dad, Joseph Pompeo, who got the news from Ellen after the fact. Adds a friend: “She wanted it to be between just the two of them.”

The low-key nuptials were perfectly in tune with the couple, who prefer hanging out at their L.A. home with their dogs to going out to clubs. After meeting in an L.A. grocery store in 2003, they quickly bonded over growing up only 10 miles apart in Massachusetts. “We were six degrees [from each other] our whole lives, so I feel we were sort of meant to be,” Pompeo told PEOPLE earlier this year. Last year on Nov. 10—Pompeo’s birthday—Ivery proposed with a 3.5-carat diamond in a platinum setting from jewelry designer Tacori. “We have a very strong bond,” Pompeo said. “He’s a great companion.”

That was clear two days after the wedding, as they cheered on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. “She looked so full of life,” says a witness. “She was smiling and leaning into him. They looked very happy.”

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