The legendary R&B singer serenaded his new wife, photographer Sarah A. Friedman, at their New York wedding

By Ulrica Wihlborg
November 17, 2010 11:00 AM
Jennifer Robbins

When Aaron Neville married photographer Sarah A. Friedman, he didn’t need to hire a wedding singer.

Instead, he serenaded his new wife with his hit ballad “Pledging My Love” during the reception and sang “We Belong Together” with his sister Athelgra Neville Gabriel during the dinner.

The two exchanged rings by Stuart Jewelry Design in front of about 15 guests on Nov. 13 at the restaurant Eleven Madison Park in New York City. Neville’s longtime pastor, Father R. Tony Ricard, performed the intimate ceremony.

Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a sit-down dinner of persimmon salad with mozzarella, salmon and Black Angus beef. The wedding cake was a Pear William Cake.

During the fall-inspired reception, which featured centerpieces of roses with pears by Flowers by Roberta, “people shared loving stories about us,” says Friedman.

The couple met during a PEOPLE magazine photo shoot in 2008, when Friedman was hired to take a portrait of the Neville Brothers. They were engaged shortly thereafter.

The couple are currently on their honeymoon in Turks & Caicos, but soon it’s back to work for Neville, who will begin a tour promote his new album, I Know I’ve Been Changed, on Nov. 30.