In the end, there were no baggy bondage pants, ironic metal T-shirts or “Imperial Death March” strolls down the aisle. No, when reformed snotty teen Avril Lavigne and metal-loving Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley got married Saturday afternoon at a private estate in Montecito, California, it was a surprisingly traditional affair.
According to People magazine, the outdoor, non-denominational ceremony had Lavigne, 21, escorted down the aisle by her father, John, to the strains of Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March,” a classical wedding staple. Lavigne, who broke through four years ago sporting baggy pants and men’s ties, wore a flowing Vera Wang gown and carried a bouquet of white roses.
The Canadian Press Association reported that the couple exchanged vows beneath a crystal chandelier and four-post gazebo covered in white roses. An unidentified witness to the wedding told the CPA, “It was a short, classy ceremony with the sound of helicopters droning overhead carrying photographers trying to get a shot of the newlyweds, and most of the people there were friends and family. … They both seemed really happy.” Sum 41 drummer Steve Jocz was Whibley’s best man.
People reported that after reciting their vows in front of 110 friends and family, Whibley, 26, kissed Lavigne, and guests tossed rose petals at the newlyweds as they walked back up the aisle.
The ceremony was followed by an outdoor cocktail hour, with a light jazz band playing tunes in the background, and dinner under a tent on the estate. The reception had an all-red, semi-gothic theme to contrast with the wedding’s all-white theme, the CPA reported, and People said the couple’s first dance was slated to be to the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris.”
The CPA also reported that a DJ provided the reception’s music, and Lavigne producer Butch Walker also performed a few songs near the end of the night.
Lavigne and Whibley, who’ve been dating for two years, got engaged in Venice, Italy in June 2005 (see “Avril Lavigne Engaged To Sum 41′s Deryck Whibley” ). It’s unknown how long a honeymoon the pair will take, but Lavigne is likely to get back to work on her third album soon. Walker recently told MTV News to expect it to be “really fun, crazy, cool and pretty rockin’ ” (see “Butch Walker Works With Avril, Hot Hot Heat, Says Solo LP Won’t Be ‘Emo-Tastic’ “ ).
Writing with Lavigne and her former guitarist, Evan Taubenfeld, Walker said he’s completed half the record and that so far it’s a testament to the singer’s maturity. “She’s growing up and maturing gracefully,” he said. “It’s gonna be a lot of fun.”
On July 11, Lavigne posted a note to fans on her Web site, which read in part, “I hope your summer is going good. It’s my favorite time of year. I’m working on my songs. It’s all coming along great. I’m just taking my time. It’s nice not being under pressure. … That’s the way it should be.”