The actor weds fiancée Deborah Lin in Honolulu, PEOPLE reports exclusively
James Gandolfini and fiancée Deborah Lin tied the knot Saturday in her hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, a wedding guest confirms to PEOPLE.
“There was a nice big kiss at the end with both hands on the cheeks” as The Sopranos star and Lin officially became husband and wife, the guest tells PEOPLE. “They looked great.”
As a group of their closest friends and family looked on, Gandolfini, 46, and Lin, a former model, 40, exchanged their vows in an intimate ceremony surrounded by white lilies and rhododendrons adorning every pew held at Central Union Church.
According to the guest, Lin strolled down the aisle in a white gown made of Italian lace while her tuxedoed groom stood waiting as a harpist played the “Hawaiian Wedding Song” in the background.
Gandolfini’s son Michael, 8, from his first marriage to Marcy Wudarsk (which ended in 2002), served as best man.
Following the elegant 20-minute nuptials, the newlyweds stepped into a white stretch limousine bound for the evening reception at a nearby resort.
At the reception, Gandolfini and Lin sat at an elevated table looking out onto the 200 guests – double the size of the wedding ceremony – in the filled ballroom. “They both wore long, green leis around their necks,” says a source. “There were lots of white flowers on the tables and Gandolfini was beaming.”
The happy couple and their guests nibbled on lobster, pork and seafood hors d’oeuvres (pupu in local Hawaiian lexicon) and during a sit-down dinner, feasted on Ahi tuna, Chinese roasted duck breast over angel hair pasta and steamed bok choy, broiled Mahi Mahi and filet mignon. The final course featured tiramisu and – of course – cannolis.
Paying tribute to Lin’s heritage, three teams of Chinese lion dancers (at least three people per lion) cavorted between tables as onlookers dropped a dollar in each gaping mouth for good luck. “Jim and Deborah mingled through the crowd a lot,” says a guest. “Everything was just really tasteful.”
The couple made their first public appearance on the red carpet in March 2007 for the New York City premiere of the second half of the final season of The Sopranos and have been engaged since late 2007. TRIBUTE: James Gandolfini Dies at 51