Duane “Dog” Chapman, star of A&E’s reality show Dog the Bounty Hunter, married his companion of 16 years, Beth Smith, on Saturday in a sunset ceremony on the Big Island of Hawaii.
“I’ve already been cuffed and shackled by Beth anyway,” Chapman, 53, said before the ceremony. “She’s Italian and tough.”
The nuptials took place a day after the death of Chapman’s daughter, Barbara Katy Chapman, 23, who was killed in a car accident near her home in Fairbanks, Alaska, the Associated Press reports.
After Barbara’s death, Chapman had talked with his 10 surviving children – two of whom he had with Smith – about whether he should proceed with the wedding.
“They all decided unanimously they should celebrate the wedding and her life,” said A&E senior vice president Michael Feeney.
Besides his trademark mullet, Chapman wore white jeans to match his white leather vest, boots and American Indian jewelry, representing his heritage. Boris Krutonog, the show’s co-executive producer, was his best man.
Smith wore an off-white lace gown with nude backing designed by Eduardo Lucero, the AP reports.
The wedding and reception were held at the sprawling Hilton Waikoloa Village. The couple had planned to honeymoon in Fiji, but may postpone their plans because of the death of Chapman’s daughter, Feeney said.
The wedding will be featured on the Aug. 8 episode of the show.