The centerfielder exchanges vows with girlfriend Michelle Mangan in Orlando, Fla.

By Steve Helling
Updated December 31, 2004 11:40 AM

Boston Red Sox heartthrob Johnny Damon married girlfriend Michelle Mangan Thursday night in Orlando, Fla.

The centerfielder, known as much for his shaggy-haired style as for leading the Red Sox to their first World Series crown since 1918, exchanged vows with his bride in a traditional ceremony at the Orlando Ritz-Carlton Grand Lakes resort in front of 175 guests.

Mangan, 29, wore a custom Vera Wang dress, and Damon, 31, donned a black tuxedo. The baseball star’s 5-year-old twins from a previous marriage, Jackson and Madelyn, were the ring bearer and flower girl, respectively.

At the reception, Damon’s pal, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, performed while guests dined on sushi, shrimp, crab cakes, beef tenderloin and a five-tier white layer cake.

The wedding was the culmination of an extravagant week of celebration. On Tuesday, Damon, his groomsmen and about 50 male guests had a golf tournament, while the bride and the female guests enjoyed a spa day. That evening, comedian Craig Shoemaker performed his comedy act for about 100 people. On Wednesday, Damon caught three bass while on a fishing trip with about 40 friends.

Damon, one of PEOPLE’s sexiest men of 2004, proposed to Mangan with an 8-carat canary-yellow diamond on Martha’s Vineyard on Easter Sunday this year. “He said, ‘Everything we do, we’ll do together.’ That was what made me cry,” Mangan told PEOPLE in November.

“When I first saw him, I thought he was really cute,” said Mangan of the night they met two years ago in Houston, where she ran a talent agency. “And he was quiet. His brother tells me I created a monster because he knows he can be himself and act silly.”

The couple will be honeymooning on an unnamed island in the Caribbean, and will then return to their $2.1 million, seven bedroom, six bathroom home in Windermere, Florida.

This is the second marriage for Damon, who was divorced from his high school sweetheart, Angie Vannice, in 2002.