The singer-actress and Mike Modano exchange vows in front of 75 guests

By Monica Rizzo
Updated August 25, 2007 11:00 PM

Singer-actress Willa Ford married longtime beau and Dallas Stars hockey player Mike Modano in Athens, Texas on Saturday, her manager tells PEOPLE.

The 26-year-old Ford, who competed in season three of Dancing with the Stars, exchanged vows with Modano, 37, in an early evening ceremony held at a private ranch in front of 75 guests.

The bride wore a wedding gown she designed herself.

The couple had an on-and-off relationship for more than four years before getting engaged in Dallas over the 2006 Thanksgiving holiday. At the time, Ford told PEOPLE her fiance was “calm, cool, collected and very focused. He grounds me.”

This is the first marriage for both.

Ever since Dancing, Ford has been busy working on reviving her music career and expanding her acting chops. She landed the lead role of Anna Nicole Smith in a biopic filmed earlier this year. Last week she wrapped Impulse, an independent thriller that filmed in Vancouver.

Ford and Modano bought a home in the Dallas area earlier this year and hope to start a family soon.

“I’m really one of those old-fashioned Southern girls who wants to get married, have a little time as newlyweds and then have babies,” Ford said.