Glee's Matthew Morrison Talks Wedding Details: Hula Dancing and a Hurricane
The newlywed's "just perfect" nuptials featured singing, dancing and near-disaster weather
Glee star Matthew Morrison celebrated his one-week wedding anniversary on Saturday – and wasn’t quite done with celebrations.
Throwing his fifth annual Halloween and birthday party at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in West Hollywood with the help of Freixenet, Morrison and his new wife, model Renee Puente, channeled John Travolta and Uma Thurman’s characters from Pulp Fiction. “It ended up being better than I ever could’ve imagined,” Morrison (who turns 36 on Oct. 30) gushed about his Hawaiian nuptials to PEOPLE.
Morrison called his Maui ceremony on Oct. 18 “just perfect,” but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few hiccups leading up to his big day. “I think the biggest surprise was there was a hurricane in Hawaii when we were there, so that led to a lot of, I guess, stress that we didn’t really anticipate!”
But Morrison found the silver lining. On the eve of his wedding, “The hurricane brought the most amazing sky that night. It was a green sunset, which is kind of an anomaly. So that was special.”
Luckily, on his wedding day the weather cooperated. “Saturday, it rained the entire day up until the moment my mom and I started walking down the aisle, when it let up. And then it was clear for the whole ceremony, the whole reception, until the moment the band at the end of the night said ‘All right, thank you, have a good night.’ And then it started pouring again,” he said.
Despite the weather worries, Morrison and Puente, 31, made sure their ceremony was special and personal. “We both wrote our own vows. That was the moment I teared up, was when she was saying her vows to me. Both our vows were very us and filled with heartfelt sentiments but also some comedy,” Morrison said.
He had one last heartfelt surprise up his sleeve for his new bride during their reception. “I sang a song as a surprise to her. It was ‘Top Of The World’ by The Carpenters, which was her mom’s favorite song. Her mom passed last year and we actually had the wedding on her mother’s birthday.”
The reception wasn’t all serious. “The coolest thing we did was a partners hula together. It’s tradition for a Hawaiian bride to dance hula for her husband so she did that. I never saw her do it before and it was amazing. And we kinda learned this hula together that we did after that. It was awesome.”
Morrison is currently wrapping up the final season of Glee, but don’t expect him to shift straight to Daddy duty. “I think we’re on a two-year plan,” he said. “We want to enjoy this moment and enjoy being husband and wife by ourselves because once that happens, it’s kind of not about you any more.”