Tiffani Thiessen and Brady Smith
InStyle Weddings February 2006
WHEN FORMER BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 star Tiffani Thiessen married Houston-born actor Brady Smith, they chose a Provencal theme for their Montecito, Calif., nuptials, but there was no suppressing the spirit of the Lone Star state. "It was a perfect mix of Provencal elegance and Texas rowdiness," says Smith, 34, who has done stints on Charmed and CSI: Miami.
"We had to do a beer run before the salads came out," adds the California-born Thiessen, 32. Unlike the festive weding, their engagement 10 months earlier was a more private affair.
Smith, who is also an artist, illustrated a book that chronicled their relationship. The story began when they met through a mutual friend and ended with a drawing of Smith down on one knee, proposing. A few moments after showing it to Thiessen outdoors at their new San Fernando Valley home, he gave her a Crown Lace band with seven sections of pave diamonds from Michael B. "She was crying so much that she was in the fetal position," recalls Smith. "It was a beautiful, romantic mess."
The Christian ceremony that kicked off the couple's July 9 wedding day, which was held on the center lawn of a French-Italian-style estate, was full of personal touches. Pastor Jon Ireland read a letter the two had written honoring their parents, and then the couple exchanged their own vows in front of an antique gate woven with clusters of geraniums, herbs, olive branches, and white and pale-yellow garden roses. "Tiffani was inspired by gardens of Provence," says Jennifer McGarigle of Floral Art. Afterward guests walked through an arbor to the edge of a swan-filled pond, where an accordionist and violinist played Edith Piaf standards as the 135 guests drank Perrier Jouet champagne, French wines and beer. When it came time to dine, the party moves to an upper lawn. "The reception looked like a beautiful dinner that one might stumble upon at a chateau," says the couple's wedding planner, Heidi Asimus of Special Occasions.
During the meal guests took to the dance floor as DJ Dve Meek from No Static spun everything from Willie Nelson to Keane.
And when it came to tossing the bouquet, three times proved the charm. "First it hit the floor, and my bridesmaid, Constance Zimmer, just about tackled everyone for it," says Thiessen. "I was like, 'No, honey--it's bad luck and it doesn't count when it hits the floor. Do over!' Then the second time Brady thought it would be funny to come in annd grab it right out from above all the girls. The third time it fell onto the hands of his agent, Kim Dorr."
And the evening did not end then. Guests kept the celebration going at the nearby Hotel Andalucia, where many of them partied on the rooftop until 6 A.M.
Thiessen wore a Vera Wang strapless A-line gown made of Lyon and Alencon lace and tulle, along with a matching cathedral-length veil. "As soon as I tried it on I knew it was the dress," Thiessen says. For adding glitter she borrowed two pieces from Ehrlooms Fine Jewelry Designs in Chicago: an 18kt-white-gold bracelet with rose-cut and round diamonds in a floral motif, as well as Edwardian-style drop earrings with round diamonds set in cascading petals, leaves and flowers.
The female attendants — Zimmer and Jill Smith, the groom's sister - wore apple-green gowns, also by Wang. The groom and the men in the wedding party wore khaki-colored summer suits by Kenneth Cole.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith The couple honeymooned in the Greek isles, where they reveled in the memories of their big day. "I don't think my feet were on the ground," says Smith, recalling the moment Tiffanin Thiessen became Tiffani Smith. "If I could have done cartwheels, I would have," says Thiessen. "You should have," teases Smith in his Texas drawl. "It would have been sexy."