The former teacher and her student – the father of her two youngest kids – exchange vows
Mary Kay Letourneau and her former sixth-grade pupil – Vili Fualaau, the father of her two youngest children – were married Friday night before 200 guests at the Columbia Winery in Woodinville, Wash., PEOPLE reports.
Letourneau, 43, wore an embroidered Cristiana Couture gown and had four bridesmaids in her party, including her teenage daughter from her first marriage, Mary Claire, who served as her maid of honor. Her daughters with Fualaau, Audrey, 8, and Alexis, 6, were her flower girls. Fualaau’s family strung together 4,000 orchids shipped in from Hawaii for the bridesmaids’ leis and head wreaths (a nod to his Samoan heritage).
Fualaau, 22, had six groomsmen in his party, including best man Noel Soriano, who is a longtime family friend. His nephews were the ring bearers.
Twenty security guards were on hand for the event and guests had to arrive by bus and pass through a metal detector before entering the room for the ceremony. Letourneau s oldest son, Steve Jr., attended the wedding but her youngest children from her first marriage, Jacqueline and Nick, did not.
A choir comprised of Fualaau s cousins performed at the event. And Fualaau s lawyer, Scott Stewart, officiated at the ceremony (which was due to begin at 8 p.m. but didn t start until two hours later), for which Letourneau and her groom wrote their own vows.
At the reception, guests dined on macademia-nut-encrusted halibut from a buffet-style menu. Japanese lanterns hung from the ceiling and tables were festooned with gold lamé tablecloths.
After dinner, a five-tier cake concocted from different confections – including white-chocolate raspberry mousse and chocolate cheesecake – was served. It was decorated with 500 individually placed frosting flowers, to match the flowers on Letourneau’s dress.
Letourneau and Fualaau announced their engagement last October. The couple’s relationship – which began in 1996, when Fualaau was 12 and Letourneau was a 34-year-old married mother of four – resulted in her serving a 7-year prison sentence for child rape, during which time she gave birth to her second child by Fualaau.
Not long after Letourneau was released from prison last August, she and Fualaau successfully petitioned to have their court-ordered no-contact order lifted.
Speaking last February about the upcoming nuptials, Fualaau s best man Soriano told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “It’s been long overdue. It’s going to be fabulous, seeing them get hitched finally. … They have gone through a lot. That they lasted this long proves how strong their love is.”