"It was the best night of my life," joyful newlywed Joel Madden tells PEOPLE
Ever since she was a little girl, there were two things Nicole Richie wanted on the day she married: a show-stopper dress inspired by Grace Kelly’s iconic wedding gown, and a real live elephant for good luck.
They tied the knot in front of their children – Harlow, 2, was the flower girl, while 15-month-old Sparrow was the ring-bearer – under a tent transformed to resemble a French garden.
“It was magical,” Richie, 29, tells PEOPLE. Adds Madden, 31: “It was the best night of my life.”
For her big day, Richie wore three stunning Marchesa dresses, including one featuring a ball-gown skirt crafted from more than 100 yards of hand-draped silk organza and tulle petals.
For more on Richie and Madden’s wedding – including exclusive photos – pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday