By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated December 11, 2003 04:52 PM

WED: Their vows were almost drowned out by the drone of helicopters carrying paparazzi, but Miami Heat dancer-turned-physical therapist Trista Rehn and firefighter Ryan Sutter were hitched on a two-hour ABC special shown Wednesday, titled, simply, “Trista and Ryan’s Wedding.” The real deal behind the scenes is featured in this week’s PEOPLE. ABC estimated the wedding, which took place last weekend at the Lodge at Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs, Calif., cost $3.77 million, including $500,000 for the 30,000 roses imported from Ecuador and $30,000 for gift bags for the wedding party. Some 3,000 wine and champagne glasses were shipped in for the event.

DECIDED: For her wedding to record producer Kendu Isaacs, singer Mary J. Blige “didn’t want a lot of hoopla,” a friend tells PEOPLE. And Blige, 32, got what she wanted, when, on Dec. 7, she wed Isaacs, 36, at her Bergen County, N.J., home with just 50 well-wishers — none of them celebrities. A guest played “Here Comes the Bride” on the piano, and Blige’s mom, Cora, and sister LaTonya whipped up the unfussy menu: oxtail, barbecued chicken, crab, red rice and salad, topped off with a cake from a favorite Yonkers, N.Y., bakery. “It was nice and peaceful,” one guest tells the magazine.

EARNED: The RCA debut by “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken, “Measure of a Man,” has gone double-platinum, because U.S. shipments have topped 2 million units, according to November certifications by the Recording Industry Assn. of America. Also, his remake of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” has become one of the few singles to be certified platinum this year. In other “Idol” news, host and DJ Ryan Seacrest will replace radio icon Casey Kasem, 71, as host of the weekly pop countdown show “American Top 40,” which will be revamped. Seacrest, 28, will count down the top songs in the country starting Jan. 10.

BORN: “Animal Planet” host Steve Irwin, 41, and his wife, Terri, 39, welcomed their second child, a son, Robert Clarence, on Dec. 1 in Beerwah, Australia, reports PEOPLE. The couple’s daughter Bindi is 5.

SUED: “The Fast and the Furious” star Vin Diesel, 36, was recently sued for $8 million by scriptwriter Michael Kerner, who claims he was bitten in the crotch by Roman, the actor’s 170-lb. mastiff, when he visited Diesel’s house. According to the suit, Kerner received “three stitches in his penis and two in his scrotum” and suffered “nerve damage, loss of physical sensation and mental distress.” A rep for Diesel called the incident “unfortunate,” PEOPLE reports.

PLEADED: “Party of Five” actor Scott Bairstow, who last summer was accused of raping a 12-year-old girl, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree assault on Dec. 5, reports PEOPLE. Bairstow, 33, who maintains his innocence, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 16. He could get three to nine months in jail. The victim, who is a relative of Bairstow’s wife, claims she first had sex with Bairstow in 1998 when she was 12.

SPENT: In a private shopping spree at Harrods department store in London, Justin Timberlake, 22, reportedly spend $1.7 million, claims Britain’s Daily Express. (Among the purchases: high-tech toys, clothing, but no ring for Cameron Diaz.) Not that he was alone in his shopping spree: The figure reportedly covered purchases by the “Justified” singer and his whole 80-person entourage. Even so …