For her March 9 wedding to boyfriend of two years Zandy Reich at Napa’s Carneros Resort in California, Lea Michele walked down the aisle in a custom Monique Lhuillier dress fit for a princess.
She chose a strapless gown with structural sweetheart neckline and silk gazar draped over the corset-style bodice. The voluminous hand-tufted skirt and cathedral-length veil made from hand-appliquéd lace created the ultimate fairytale silhouette.
“The last [dress] I tried on was that one that I saw online and I absolutely loved it. In the entire wedding process, that was one of my most favorite moments, being at that fitting with Brad, and with my mom, and letting my mom see me wearing my wedding dress for the first time was so magical,” Michele told PEOPLE.
Of her entire bridal look, Michele told PEOPLE, “My dress is very classic, which was very important to me. It’s important to [Zandy and me] that we look back on our photos, and that they’re classic. I wanted to stay away from a lot of current trends.”
The bride shared a smile with parents Marc and Edith Sarfati before walking down the aisle.
“We are so excited to be married and grateful to be surrounded by our friends and family,” the couple told PEOPLE. “And most of all, we’re so happy to spend the rest of our lives together.”
Glee and Scream Queens creator Ryan Murphy officiated the ceremony; Michele’s best friend Jonathan Groff was “man of honor,” while Reich’s brother Spencer was best man.
“Lea was calm [but] so excited for the big moment,” said longtime friend Brad Goreski, who styled the star for the big day. “Zandy was smiling from ear to ear!” he added. “They were both so happy.”
Of her vows, Michele told PEOPLE, “It [was] a moment to say how fortunate I am that this amazing man is choosing to spend the rest of his life with me.”
Added Goreski of the touching vows: “There was not a dry eye in the house.”
In a nod to tradition, the pair spent the night before their big day apart, and when Michele first saw Reich standing beneath a white ranunculus and garden-rose-adorned chuppah, “it was as if nobody else was there,” a guest told PEOPLE. “As Lea walked toward him, they looked so lovingly at each other. . . . It [had] poured rain before the wedding, but when it was time for the ceremony, the sky opened up and the sun shone in. It was all perfect.
For bands, “I went with classic gold,” said Reich, while Michele opted for simple diamonds, both from XIV Karats, and a thin gold band underneath to honor Jewish tradition. “I didn’t want to take attention away from the beautiful (engagement) ring Zandy created for me,” she said.
Appetizers included seafood — plus grilled cheese and fries, which the bride and groom shared with champagne.
Dinner had “a Tuscany-Italian vibe, with family-style pasta, big, long tables, lots of red wine,” Michele shared.
The bride and groom each had their own signature cocktail: Michele’s was a vodka martini, and Reich, a Philadelphia native, picked a Manhattan cheekily named “Don’t Tell Philly: Zandy’s favorite… Manhattan.”
The couple cut into a gorgeous two-tier white wedding cake while Barbra Streisand’s “Happy Days Are Here Again” played in the background. The simple confection, a light vanilla flavored cake with raspberry filling and buttercream icing, featured just three white flowers. It sat on a stand covered with vintage sheet music as a nod to Michele’s musical background.
To accompany the wedding cake, the pair served Italian-style desserts like biscotti, chocolate cannoli, and amaretto cookies to coordinate with the Tuscan theme of the entire event put on by wedding planner Lisa Vorce.
At the wedding, the couple celebrated with their family and close friends, including Michele’s Glee pals Darren Criss and Becca Tobin, as well as Scream Queens actress Emma Roberts and, of course, man of honor Groff.
“For the dancing dress after the reception, Monique Lhuillier made this amazing dress for me,” Michele told PEOPLE. “From her new collection she has this very sexy, black mini dress with long sleeves, and she [made] it special for me, in white.”
Reich — president of AYR clothing company — had his own reception surprise: a shirt with his new wife’s likeness.
One special performance came from Criss, Michele’s Glee costar and dear friend, who hopped onstage with guitar in hand to serenade the couple with a selection of songs, including “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Moondance.” Michele and her husband joined him for a rendition of “Torn” later on.
Fresh doughnuts were a touch of la dolce vita.
While the wedding night was unforgettable, Michele and Reich are excited about their future. “The best days of all will be what we get to do with each other for the rest of our lives,” Michele said. “I couldn’t be more grateful.”