The Olympic gymnast weds attorney Robert Fischer in Tucson

By Rennie Dyball
Updated April 25, 2010 09:25 PM
Credit: Daniel Snyder

This is one leap Kerri Strug landed with nothing but smiles. The gold medal-winning gymnast best known for her heroic vault in the 1996 Olympics, married attorney Robert Fischer at sunset in her hometown of Tucson, Ariz., Sunday.

“Robert always wants to make me happy,” Strug happily tells PEOPLE of her husband, whom she met through mutual friends in Washington, D.C. “He’s a little old-fashioned. He really courted me, and for a while. To this day, he still gives me flowers on a regular basis.”

The reception, held at the Skyline Country Club, featured hundreds of orchids, a fireworks display, and a unique favor for the couple’s 200 guests: tea and fresh scones for breakfast.

The bride wore a Pronovias gown, customized with over 5,000 Swarovski crystals and a sweetheart neckline (“it’s spectacular,” says her wedding planner, Anne Bryan) in a Jewish ceremony with Christian tradition incorporated as well.

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“They’ll have a Kiddush cup and then a unity candle, so it will be special for both of them,” says Bryan.

The couple invited a few familiar faces, too: Strug’s Olympic teammate Dominique Moceanu and her former coach, Bela Karolyi.

Guests – and the bride herself – ended the evening on a sweet note.

“I’ll be honest: I’m really excited about the cake,” says Strug with a laugh. “Remember, I was on a diet for a lot of my life!”

For more on Strug’s wedding, including exclusive photos, pick up next week’s issue of PEOPLE!