Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn were married at their Calabasas, California ranch at 5 p.m. on July 14, 2007. A hundred close friends and family members including Fergie, Josh Duhamel, Vanessa Williams and Angie Harmon were invited to the surprise wedding, which the couple had originally referred to as a “special barbecue.”
Guests were greeted with glasses of lemonade and were then seated on hay bales covered with vintage quilts, set up in a semi circle around a big tree. As the wedding began, a gospel choir sang Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is,” as they walked in a line from inside the house to where the groom stood waiting. Lyric sheets were passed around, so guests could sing along. Rebecca chose the song for its sentiment.
The bride walked down the aisle in a beaded lace Ralph Lauren gown, paired with Sergio Rossi heels and chandelier diamond earrings by Neil Lane. Her hair was pinned back with two white roses, and she clutched a bouquet of white roses, geraniums, field flowers and steel grass created by Clifford Miller of TFS Studio. The bouquet was wrapped in gingham fabric and vintage grosgrain ribbon, giving it a country feel. O’Connell wore a blue-gray suit and sneakers.
A female officiant conducted the ceremony, and at the conclusion, the choir sang “Let the Sunshine In.” The newlyweds skipped up the aisle followed by their two dogs, Taco and Better, who were wearing black bow ties.
After the ceremony, guests found their place cards hanging on clothes pins. They were also asked to paint pieces of wood with their names and wishes for the couple. The wedding, which was planned by Heidi Asimus of Red 25 Events. The ranch was decorated in a country-western theme, with lanterns, field flowers and wagon wheels.
The reception was held in the garden. Picnic tables were set up with place settings of old china and vintage dish towels. Centerpieces were rustic pitchers filled with white ranunculus and fresh field blossoms.
Savore Cuisine catered a dinner that included blue crab salad and lavender-grilled prime beef tenderloin. For dessert, the couple opted for apple and red velvet cupcakes rather than a traditional wedding cake.
During the reception, Jerry sang two songs for Rebecca including “Save the Best for Last,” on which he was joined by Vanessa Williams. When the sun went down, guests celebrated with sparklers and danced to music by DJ Dave Meek. For those with tired feet, the couple provided brightly colored flip-flops.
The newlyweds honeymooned at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, where they enjoyed spa treatments and long walks around the property.