June 22, 1998 12:00 PM

Lucy Lawless & Rob Tapert

March 28, 1998

Did she cry? Yep. Sure, tears are as rare as scrawny biceps on Xena: Warrior Princess. But an emotional Lucy Lawless, 30, left her iron-maiden persona (and her trademark bangs) behind on her wedding day. “She really got choked up,” says a friend. “It was the most moving moment of the whole ceremony.” At the traditional Catholic wedding service in Santa Monica’s Saint Monica Church, the 5’11” Kiwi beauty dazzled her groom, Xena executive producer Rob Tapert, 43, in a low-cut, hand-beaded silk-satin ivory gown by her show’s costume designer, Ngila Dickson. Lawless’s 10-year-old daughter, Daisy (from her first marriage, to Garth Lawless), was maid of honor.

At the reception in the ritzy Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, an Elvis impersonator entertained some 340 guests, including Kevin Sorbo, star of Tapert’s other series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. And after a repast that included rack of lamb and a four-tier wedding cake, couples hit the crowded dance floor. Although Lawless was generally a laid-back bride, she had insisted that the Xena cast and crew learn ballroom dancing, bringing instructors to the show’s New Zealand set a few weeks before the wedding to teach the fox-trot and the rumba. So well did the tactic succeed that the Xena-ites kept up their footwork even after they returned to work. “It really picked up everybody’s spirits,” reports Lawless pal Renee O’Connor, who plays Xena’s sidekick Gabrielle. “The other day I saw a couple of guys in the lighting department doing the mambo.”

Kevin Sorbo & Sam Jenkins

January 5, 1998

Taking a break from his legendary labors, TV Hercules Kevin Sorbo, 39, wed actress Sam Jenkins, 33, in a light-hearted and low-key segue into marriage. Because she was living in L.A. and he in New Zealand, where his show films, “I wanted to keep [the wedding] simple and to the point,” says Jenkins. “I didn’t want to spend too much time organizing.” Her groom was in tune. “I hated big weddings when I was a kid,” he says. “So we invited our family and four or five of our closest, closest friends.”

About 28 of their nearest and dearest—who received invitations that Sam created on her computer—were on hand at the Beurge Chapel in Pacific Palisades, Calif., where the tension was broken immediately. As Kevin waited by the fireplace (instead of an altar) in what he calls the traditional rental tuxedo, Sam, wearing an off-the-rack, off-the-shoulder gown, caught her veil in a rosebush outside the door. “I just said, ‘I’ll be right there!’ ” she says, “and everyone laughed.” As she came down the aisle, though, Foursquare Gospel Pastor Mark Pickerill proclaimed, “On behalf of everyone here, let me just say, ‘Wow!’ ”

After the sermon the couple turned to their guests and addressed them personally, and even Hercules teared up. “I had my whole family there,” Sorbo recalls, “and I don’t get to see them that much.” But after the newlyweds lit a candle together, he pulled himself together for a final flourish and kissed the bride twice. “I came back in for a second go,” he remembers, “and then I dipped her.”

Hellen Mirren & Taylor Hackford

December 31, 1997

The 1,500 curious folk of tiny Ardersier, Scotland, had no trouble identifying the Prime Suspect. Helen Mirren, 52, entered Ardersier Parish Church resplendent in a bronze skirt and lavishly embroidered cream damask jacket to marry her beau of 13 years, The Devil’s Advocate director Taylor Hackford, 53. “Nothing really holds us together except our desire to be with each other,” Mirren once told PEOPLE. But she sparkled for her wedding. “She looked bonnie,” says local florist Mary Douglas. “She was stepping into her new future with confidence.” The traditional Church of Scotland ceremony was briefly interrupted when 100 onlookers joined the 18 invited guests (including Hackford’s two sons) in singing “Happy Birthday” to the groom.

The reception at the nearby 400-year-old Castle Stuart was a joyous Highland fling. Before a dinner that included haggis (oatmeal and lamb encased in lamb intestine) and smoked venison MacDuff, a dancer and piper performed traditional Scottish numbers, among them the redoubtable “sharn troos”—the torn trousers dance. Afterward the revelers cavorted to accordion and fiddle till midnight, when they trooped outside banging pots to welcome the new year. Says oil rigger Martin Docherty, who gave the bride “a proper kiss from her No. 1 fan” outside the church: “You don’t see things like that in a Highlands village very often.”

Cindy Crawford & Rande Gerber

May 29, 1998

She was destined to hear wedding bells again. After all, supermodel Cindy Crawford, 32, had caught the bridal bouquet of fellow runway queen Gail Elliott last September (see page 127). And so, barefoot on a sultry Bahamian evening, Crawford and restaurateur Rande Gerber, 36, wed quietly and privately on the beach of Paradise Island’s secluded 58-room Ocean Club resort. Around 6:45 p.m., after cocktails, about 90 guests, all family and close friends, watched the couple exchange traditional vows and white-gold bands. “It was the simplest wedding I’ve ever done,” says floral designer Michelle White, who supplied Crawford’s cluster of dendrobium orchids and frangipani. White also provided the native bougainvillea, hibiscus and monastera leaves that decorated the clubhouse patio where the newlyweds and their guests feasted on seafood, pasta and roast beef, then cut into a three-tiered carrot cake—”Cindy’s favorite,” according to a friend. Crawford, who had been close to Gerber before she wed actor Richard Gere in 1991 (they split amicably in ’94), kept complications to a minimum by buying her dress, a spaghetti-strapped, ecru lace mini-confection by Galliano, off the rack at a department store; she set it off with a Valentino shawl. After dancing to the Bahamen, a popular local band, the newlyweds settled in for a weekend-long honeymoon at the Ocean Club before they returned to the klieg lights of their Hollywood world.

Jaclyn Smith & Bradley Allen

October 11, 1997

Despite a last-minute crisis with her gown, the 52-year-old actress’s marriage to Chicago heart surgeon Bradley Allen, 43, was a smash. “In the rush of families coming in,” says Smith, “I didn’t think to try on the dress.” When she did, on the morning of the 6 p.m. service, the lining of the Richard Tyler gown was askew. The designer quickly sent a replacement—made of pale lilac charmeuse with a boat neck and crisscross straps in back—which, Smith says, “fit perfectly.” To create an intimate feeling in L.A.’s cavernous United Westwood Methodist Church, the 40 guests, including fellow Charlie’s Angel Kate Jackson (Farrah Fawcett was out of town), were seated in the area usually reserved for the choir. Smith’s daughter Spencer Margaret, 12, was maid of honor, designed the cake and made her mom’s garter; son Gaston, then 15, gave her away. Says Smith’s pal, director Lou Antonio: “There was nothing cookie-cutter about that wedding. It was joyous.”

Barry Bonds & Elizabeth Watson

January 10, 1998

His batting average is great, but his baritone needs work. After Giants slugger Barry Bonds, 33, pledged his troth to Elizabeth Watson, 28, at San Francisco’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, he romantically serenaded his bride. Mrs. Bonds—as well as 240 guests, including baseball’s Ozzie Smith and Guiding Light’s Fiona Hutchison—suffered in good-humored silence ‘as Bonds warbled lyrics by his pal, R&B singer Johnny Gill. Even though the groom got down on one knee, Elizabeth reports with a smile, “He can’t sing.”

Will Smith & Jada Pinkett

December 31, 1997

To wed her fresh prince Will Smith, 29, Woo star Jada Pinkett, 26, wanted “not to be opulent, but to have simple elegance,” says events planner David Weinschel. Candles lit the Cloisters, a medieval-style mansion near Baltimore; outside, twinkling lights and burgundy ribbons enhanced the fantasy setting. Badgley Mischka designed both the pregnant Pinkett’s champagne silk-velvet gown and Smith’s harmonizing suit and ascot. In front of 100 guests, including Jasmine Guy (A Different World) and Tisha Campbell (Martin), the couple read one another letters declaring their love. At the roof-raising reception that followed, Smith sang his hit “Gettin’ Jiggy wit It.” Said his stylist, Omarr Rambert: “I left at 1:30 a.m., and everybody was still high energy.”

Rosemary Clooney & Dante DiPaolo

November 7, 1997

Chanteuse Rosemary Clooney, 70, didn’t rush into marriage. She and former dancer Dante DiPaolo, 71, took 24 years to make it official. More than 600 folks, including Bob Hope, Bob Mackie and daughter-in-law Debby Boone (wife of Clooney’s son Gabriel Ferrer), jammed the Catholic mass at St. Patrick Church in her hometown of Maysville, Ky. Because of recent knee surgery, the bride sat on a couch with DiPaolo during the reception. To Clooney, “being married is different spiritually,” but the relationship hasn’t changed much. “We’re still yelling at each other,” she says with a smile.

Uma Thurman & Ethan Hawke

May 1, 1998

Uma, Ethan. Ethan, Uma. Introductions weren’t necessary when Uma Thurman, 28, exquisite in a floor-length white Vera Wang gown, walked down the 601-foot, flower-and-candle-lined aisle of Manhattan’s St. John the Divine Cathedral to give her hand to fellow Gattaca star Ethan Hawke, 27. After all, the pair, inseparable for more than a year, were already expecting. After the Episcopal ceremony, 85 guests, among them Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin, dined at the cathedral’s Synod House. So far, the newlyweds haven’t revealed what they’ll call the baby, who’s due next month. But “with Uma,” the groom predicted earlier this year, “it’ll be a really strange name.”

David Carradine & Marina Benjamin

February 20, 1998

Ah so, Grasshopper. Twenty-six years after his Kung Fu series debut, David Carradine, 61, returned to the Warner Brothers back lot. But this time, Carradine, who revived his high-kicking show from 1993 to ’96, was there to wed actress Marina Benjamin, 45, on the set where they first met in 1973. About 150 guests, including Jane Seymour and director Roger Corman, gathered in front of the Old West livery stable for a Native American chant before the vows. “Everybody looked at each other and said, ‘Oh, my God, I’ve got to sing,’ ” says the bride, who has wed twice before (it’s Carradine’s fourth go). “But everybody got into it.”

Coolio & Josefa Salinas

September 27, 1997

The wedding of rapper Coolio (Artis Leon Ivey Jr.), 34, and his live-in girlfriend of four years, L.A. disc jockey Josefa Salinas, 37, had to be a “Fantastic Voyage.” For the affair the couple transformed their five-bedroom home in L.A.’s Westchester area into a fantasyland with palm trees, twinkling lights on the ceilings and a tent to hold 250 guests—among them, pal Ed McMahon, hip hop’s Montell Jordan and Lawnmower Man actor Jeff Fahey. Says Josefa: “I was the only one not crying when we said our vows—which was good, because I didn’t want my makeup to run!” Recalls Coolio: “I’m like, ‘Dang! I’m getting married! In front of all these people!’ I was overwhelmed.”

The highlight of the reception was a pair of traditions that reflect the couple’s roots. “Josefa’s family is from Mexico,” explains Coolio, “and mine is from the South.” So before tucking into a spread that included enchiladas, fried chicken and M&M’s, they performed the Mexican lasso ritual, in which they intertwined themselves with a handmade, flower-decorated rope. Later they jumped the broom, an African-American custom from slave days. “It signifies jumping over to the union of the family,” Josefa explains. Uniting the guests took longer. “My crazy uncle showed up, and so did his,” she says. “At one point they were almost fighting. But by the end of the night, you couldn’t pull them apart.”

William Shatner & Nerine Kidd

November 15, 1997

“Live long and prosper.” Best man Leonard Nimoy didn’t deliver his signature Star Trek line in his toast to pal William Shatner, 67, and former Ford model Nerine Kidd, 37, but the sentiment was in the Pasadena, Calif., air. Shatner, who has been single since 1996, went saucily down the aisle a third time. At the outdoor altar decorated with deep peach roses, the veteran Starfleet captain began his vows with, “I pledge allegiance to you, Nerine, my queen.” And as he slipped an emerald-cut diamond on her finger, he quipped, “When it is dark and there is trouble, you need but wave that bauble and there will be light.” Says Shatner’s 33-year-old daughter, Melanie, an actress and producer: “The ceremony reflected their love and their humor.” It also made everyone hungry. “I wish we could have released doves as a sign of our love,” says Nerine, “but we just got right to the food.” Of the three-tiered toffee-coffee-chocolate-crunch cake, she says, “I can’t wait till our first anniversary so we can break out that piece of cake.”

Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance

October 12, 1997

No more waiting to exhale for Angela Bassett, 39. After two years of serious dating, she wed fellow Yale Drama School grad Courtney B. Vance, 38 (The Preacher’s ‘Wife), in the garden of singer Lou Rawls’s L.A. estate. Bassett chose an Escada white silk crepe gown for the elegant ceremony, and at the reception 250 guests, including Forest Whitaker and wife Keisha, Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones, dined on down-home fare and toasted the committed Southern Baptist couple. “Their love of God and their spirituality,” says singer Nancy Wilson, “is something to behold.”

Chrissie Hynde & Lucho Brieva

July 10, 1997

Pretenders rocker Chrissie Hynde doesn’t do anything “Middle of the Road,” including getting married. Taking a down-market direction, Hynde, 46, and Colombian sculptor Lucho Brieva, 32, wore jeans to their civil ceremony at London’s Westminster Register Office. Afterward the small party, including pal Annie Lennox, celebrated with $8 veggie pies at the Abbey Road Pizza Express; then the newlyweds walked home. “For Chrissie it was no big deal,” marvels London photographer David Long. “These celebrities have very strange ideas.”

Tori Amos & Mark Hawley

February 22, 1998

The arduous climb to St. Lawrence’s, a 13th-century Norman church atop a massive hill in the tiny English village of West Wycombe, didn’t deter the locals when North Carolina-born Tori Amos, 34, wed British sound engineer Mark Hawley, 34. “No one really knew who she was, because it’s more of an older population here,” says villager Michelle Holborne. “But as soon as they heard she was famous, they said, ‘Oh, well, we’ll just go up and have a nose around.’ ” What they found was a scene ripped from the pages of a medieval fantasy. The singer wore a floor-length silver cape over her ice-blue gown to march to the church, where clusters of candles burned in every window and uilleann pipes played an Irish folk song. “I believe in the elementals,” Amos explained to Q magazine. “I figured if I had [the wedding] where there were trees and water, then maybe the fairies would show up.” After the Church of England service, torchbearers costumed as monks led the 150 guests outside for a toast. While no fairies were sighted, Amos did connect with a local 8-year-old, Elizabeth Cameron. “She asked me and my friend if we were going to get married one day,” recalls Cameron. “I said I didn’t know, and she said, ‘Well, make it a special day.’ ” Indeed.

Larry King & Shawn Southwick

September 5, 1997

Two days before he was to wed Shawn Southwick, 38, in a huge outdoor affair, Larry King, 64, landed in the hospital. “I had these little chest pains,” recalls the talk show host—and doctors quickly scheduled an angioplasty. So he and Southwick, a singer and infomercial host, settled for marrying in his room at UCLA Medical Center at dawn. That cut the guest list down, although “my brother, my daughter, my two sons, three of my closest friends and Shawn’s whole family” were able to attend, reports King, who has wed six times before. The dress: casual. Says King: “I was wearing a hospital gown.” But for Southwick, “the wedding wasn’t what it was about. I had found the love of my life.” In November, with King back on his feet, the couple restated their vows in a Mormon-Jewish ceremony before some 60 guests in the Beverly Hills garden of actress Deborah Raffin and book publisher Michael Viner. Southwick was wearing the lace-and-antique-gold-beading Ret Turner gown she had bought months before. Afterward they invited a total of 300, including Al Pacino, Don Rickles, Jane Fonda and best man Ted Turner, to Spago, where the menu included duck potstickers and chicken with mushroom risotto. “The pressure was off—we were married,” says Southwick of the day. “We were just creating a new memory. The one from the hospital was too intense for my taste.”

Ian Ziering & Nikki Schieler

July 4, 1997

When Beverly Hills, 90210’s Ian Ziering, 34, kissed his centerfold-model bride, Nikki Schieler, 26, there were Fourth of July fireworks. Sort of. City ordinance prohibited the real thing in the lush gardens of the Beverly Hills Hotel, so Ziering played a fireworks CD. “The sound effects,” he says, “were spectacular.” No more so than the rest of the wedding. While 90210-ers Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling and Luke Perry looked on with some 350 other guests, the couple said their vows in a traditional Jewish ceremony. Schieler, who wore an eggshell silk gown with antique beading, had converted to Judaism, she says, “because I’m a spiritual person, and it’s very important to me that our family be the same religion.” To get their guests in celebration mode, the pair reworked the traditional recessional. “We had this real pumping party music,” says the groom. “We danced down the aisle, all the bridesmaids and best men danced down the aisle, and the party raged until 1 a.m.”

Lauralee Bell & Scott Martin

October 4, 1997

The union of daytime drama’s Lauralee Bell, 29 (attorney Christine Blair Williams on The Young & the Restless), and photographer Scott Martin, 29, was a four-day movable feast. The wedding party and family, including Bell’s parents, Y&R creators William and Lee, sat down two days before the ceremony to a rehearsal dinner of grilled swordfish at Montecito, Calif.’s San Ysidro Ranch. The next day, Martin and his groomsmen lunched on bratwurst, while Bell and her maids got by on chicken, salad and sorbet. That night’s dinner for arriving guests included quiche and sushi. “I was flossing, showering and changing all weekend,” says Doug Davidson (Paul on Y&R). A reception dinner for 187 and a Sunday brunch followed the vows at All-Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. By then, the bride was understandably hazy. “I’m anxious to see the videotape,” she says. “Even after spending a few days with people, I can’t remember if they were there.”

Sharon Stone & Phil Bronstein

February 14, 1998

The 120 guests, including Melanie Griffith and James Woods, thought it was a Valentine’s Day party, but at Sharon Stone’s Beverly Hills estate they learned that the actress, 40, was marrying San Francisco Examiner executive editor Phil Bronstein, 47. A gospel choir sang “Amazing Grace”; Bronstein, following Jewish custom, broke a glass underfoot; and the bride dazzled in a pale pink bias-cut chiffon Vera Wang gown. The affair, the groom’s sister Susan Bronstein told PEOPLE, made her feel “like I was looking for the other glass slipper.”

Rue McClanahan & Morrow Wilson

December 25, 1997

For Rue McClanahan, 64, getting married on Christmas Day at Manhattan’s Waldorf-Astoria was the perfect gift. Actor-producer Morrow Wilson, 58, proposed to the ex-Golden Girl in June, just days after they learned she had breast cancer. Their 180 guests included Jack Klugman and Sheila MacRae. Says the bride, who had wed five times before: “I finally found somebody who appreciates me.”

Kenny Rogers & Wanda Miller

June 1, 1997

First Kenny Rogers, 59, said his vows, and then he sang them to his live-in love, Wanda Miller, 31. “I’ll give you the future,” he crooned before 150 guests in the flower-decked barn of his Athens, Ga., ranch, “if you’ll forgive me my past.” She did, and happily at that. “I know it came from his heart,” Miller said. Although this is the Gambler’s fifth trip to the altar (and Miller’s second), he’s determined to hold ’em instead of fold ’em. Said Rogers: “I certainly envision this marriage for the rest of our lives.”

Cnristopher Darden & Marcia Carter

August 31, 1997

Former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden, 42, is not given to smiling, but on his wedding day his defenses were down. As he watched entertainment executive Marcia (pronounced Mar-SEE-a) Carter, 39, approach the altar of Vienna, Va.’s First Baptist Church, he broke into a grin. And before the pair entered the reception at the Tyson’s Corner Ritz-Carlton, he told Carter, “I’m going to make you a great husband.” After the big day, though, he was back in courtroom form. “Weddings are for wives, not for husbands,” he says. “It’s all very formal, and you do it.”

Linda Eder & Frank Wildhorn

May 3, 1998

Their nuptials had to be a showstopper. After all, Linda Eder, 37, and Frank Wildhorn, 38, are, respectively, the female lead and the composer of the musical Jekyll & Hyde, currently a Broadway smash. The two have been soul mates for almost a decade—ever since, prodded by a colleague who thought they should work together, she sent him “a tape that was like listening to the angels sing,” says Wildhorn, whose first marriage ended in 1988. The pair had planned to wed in L.A. but last fall changed the backdrop to their new eight-acre estate in North Salem, N.Y. Eder was a hands-on planner, designing a cake comprised of individual chocolate mousse bombes for their 200 guests; ordering bushels of white, peach and cream roses to decorate the outdoor altar; even cutting the groom’s hair the night before. As she headed down the path in her sleeveless satin Vera Wang dress, Linda recalls, “I got a little nervous when I realized, ‘Oh, this is a real wedding and not a show.’ ” No need for the jitters, though. As the guests danced into the wee hours, Linda’s Jekyll costar Robert Cuccioli gave the production a rave. “I’m glad I was here to be a part of it,” he said. “They are a perfect team.”

Karenna Gore & Andrew Schiff

July 12, 1997

It’s hard to pare down the guest list when your father is the Vice President and your groom is from a prominent New York City family. But Karenna Gore, 24, and Andrew Schiff, 32, a Manhattan primary-care physician and a descendant of banker-philanthropist Jacob Schiff, did enough surgery to keep the crowd. to a mere 300. “It wasn’t a star-studded affair,” says the new Mrs. Schiff, a Columbia University Law School student. “It was a lot of old family friends.” Well, yes, but those old pals included Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo, cosmetics mogul Leonard Lauder and President Bill Clinton (Hillary and Chelsea were in Europe).

The bride’s mother, Tipper, “helped me plan, but she wasn’t pushy about anything,” says Karenna. The groom’s job, Andrew says with a smile, was “showing up on time, making sure my clothes were clean—important things.” After being escorted down the aisle of the Washington National Cathedral by her nervous father, Al Gore Jr., Karenna, carrying a bouquet of off-white roses, exchanged vows with Andrew. At me reception on the lawn of the Veep’s residence, one more star showed up along with the seven-tiered cake (each layer a different flavor). Aretha Franklin took the mike to sing “The Way I Love You” for, the couple’s first dance. And Grammy-winning fiddler Mark O’Connor played “Tennessee Waltz” while Karenna twirled with her dad. She also cut a rug with her granddad, former Sen. Al Gore Sr., 90. “He was really excited,” she says. “He was doing his old country-dancing style. That was one of my favorite moments.”

Kelsey Grammer & Camille Donatacci

August 2, 1997

Although Cheers’ Cliff (John Ratzenberger) and Frasier’s Niles (David Hyde Pierce) were in attendance, there was no cheap beer or psychology lite at the wedding of Kelsey Grammer, 43, and Playboy model Camille Donatacci, 29. As violins played, nearly 200 formally attired guests at Malibu’s exclusive Saddlerock Ranch sipped top-shelf Veuve Clicquot champagne and nibbled beluga caviar from mother-of-pearl spoons before the traditional sunset ceremony. “We didn’t want to write our own vows,” Grammer, who was divorced for the second time in 1993, told INSTYLE. “I like the way [the ceremony] has been handed down.” Donatacci, who wore a simple white silk organza Vera Wang gown and carried a lily-of-the-valley bouquet, also sported her wedding gift from Grammer: diamond earrings with five-carat topaz drops. After a feast of smoked salmon, foie gras and rack of lamb, the couple cut the towering white-chocolate-and-buttercream cake filled with raspberries and Bavarian cream. The groom, lawyer pal Leon Bennet told PEOPLE, “was in the happiest mood I’ve ever seen him.”

Erika Alexander & Tony Puryear

September 27, 1997

No more Living Single for actress Erika Alexander, whose WB sitcom was canceled this season after five years. But in reality, Alexander, 28, had given up solo life three months earlier, when she laced on a pair of gold Keds and strode to the altar with screenwriter (Eraser) Tony Puryear, 40.

After the outdoor ceremony, 150 guests gathered for an evening reception at Malibu’s Stone Manor. Under the bright fabric canopies, “there was definitely a fiesta vibe going,” says Alexander. Adds Puryear: “It was 98 degrees. We had colorful flowers and served spicy foods. It was a very sexy wedding.” And divinely easy for the bride, who admits that her groom, whom she calls “a Renaissance man,” did most of the planning. He left her just two chores: Pick a maid of honor (Single costar Kim Coles) and “show up in a white dress.”

Alexander carried that off—even though Todd Oldham’s creation of eggshell duchesse satin with beaded bodice weighed 25 pounds. (The designer supplied the sneaks as a surprise.) With matching platinum rings in place, the couple danced till midnight alongside Tisha Campbell (Martin) and Single costars Kim Fields Freeman and T.C. Carson. “He loves her strength; she loves how smart he is,” says Tony’s mom, Dorothy Puryear. “The minute he met Erika, he told me she was the one.”

Jonn McLaughlin & Cristina vidal

June 22, 1997

Despite sweltering heat, political talkmeister John McLaughlin, 71, had a fine time going one-on-one with TV production executive Cristina Vidal, 36. There was one hitch: While 240 guests (including former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick and makeup maven Georgette Mosbacher) waited, the bride, hoping to freshen up before her entrance, hammered on a locked side door to Georgetown’s Holy Trinity Church. But, notes McLaughlin, a former Jesuit priest whose first marriage ended in 1992, “from the time the ceremony began, it was flawless.”

Woody Allen & Soon-Yi Previn

December 23, 1997

Given the tabloid hoopla about their romance, it’s no wonder that Woody Allen, 62, and Soon-Yi Previn, 27, the adopted daughter of his former amour Mia Farrow, slipped away for a quiet civil ceremony in Italy. No costume changes were required: Allen was tieless and Soon-Yi, who graduated from Columbia University last month, wore her hair down as they said their vows before Venice Mayor Massimo Cacciari. After a sojourn at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, the pair returned to Manhattan, where friends rejoiced about the union. Says restaurateur pal Elaine Kaufman: “They’ve gone through a lot of garbage to get to be happy.”

Jim Belushi & Jennifer Sloan

May 2, 1998

It took four years after they met in the Santa Monica jewelry store where she worked before cigar-and blues-loving actor Jim Belushi, 43, said “I do” to Jennifer Sloan, 30. But their day was worth the wait. They wed before family only in the garden of their Brentwood home, standing on an antique white cloth dusted with rose petals and surrounded by gardenias. Later they joined some 90 guests at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel. Amid crystal chandeliers, butter-colored roses and cascading lilacs, Sloan, wearing a dress designed by Eavis & Brown, said of her twice previously married groom, “I got him at the right time.”

Tabitha Soren & Michael Lewis

October 4, 1997

As a teen, MTV news anchor Tabitha Soren, 30, wanted to get married “at midnight on a cliff in Transylvania,” she recalls. She never completely outgrew the black Sabbath fantasy, and her wedding to author (Liar’s Poker) Michael Lewis, 37, was anything but mainstream. For the alfresco do on a friend’s estate in Garrison, N.Y., Soren chose an off-white velvet Morgan Le Fay dress—”very King Arthur,” she says—and Lewis sported a dark brown Edwardian suit from a costume shop. “I looked like Count Chocula,” he complains. With the help of a Velcro collar, their cocker spaniel Vegas served as ring bearer, and the reception for some 100 guests, including REM’s Peter Buck and Arizona Sen. John McCain, was marred only by occasional flames. “We had lots of candles and torches,” says Soren, “and some people got drunk and accidentally set the tablecloths on fire. I was charged for it.”

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