“It was a big decision on my part, but I said, ‘I really like this guy and he really likes me and if we think we have a future together, I need to introduce him to my life as soon as possible,’ ” the actress, 43, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
She adds, “I threw him in 100 percent and he fit in without missing a beat.”
“I’ve always wanted kids,” says the Virginia-raised Abrams, 34, who worked hard to ease his way into a blended family and embraced the prospect of being a stepdad.
“I fell in love with her girls,” he says, and immediately understood they should be a priority.
Alternately funny (“I vow to take your jokes about my skinny fatness like a man”) and heartfelt (“I vow to protect you, care for you and love you forever”), he brought Garth and the wedding guests to tears.
For her part, Garth also gave a nod to Abrams’ “brave choice” in her vows, praising not just his willingness to lovingly “co-exist with me and my three girls,” but also “four girl dogs!”
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— Elizabeth Leonard