Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson and "Almost Famous" actress Kate Hudson rang in 2001 as newlyweds, marrying on New Year's Eve before friends and family in Aspen, Colorado. The 34-year-old lead singer for the group wed Hudson, 21, at an evening ceremony on Sunday at the Aspen ranch shared by Hudson's mother, Goldie Hawn, and her longtime companion, actor Kurt Russell.
Robinson's younger brother, Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, served as best man at the wedding, while one of Hudson's friends, Dyani Redclay, was the maid of honor for the ceremony, which Hudson's reps said had a 19th-century theme.
Russell gave the bride away. Hudson's estranged natural father, Bill Hudson, did not attend the ceremony, Reuters reported.
Publicists for the Black Crowes and the actress confirmed the marriage, the first for Hudson and the second for Chris Robinson, who was previously wed to actress Lala Sloatman, a niece of the late rock experimentalist Frank Zappa. Word of Hudson and Robinson's engagement first arose in August, when Hudson was asked about a diamond ring she was wearing during interviews promoting "Almost Famous," Cameron Crowe's critically acclaimed semi-autobiographical flick. Hudson acknowledged the engagement at the time, but told MTV that she and Robinson didn't "plan on getting married for a while." In "Almost Famous," Hudson portrays a free-spirited rock and roll groupie named Penny Lane. Her performance earned a 2001 Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress, one of four nominations for the film. As for the Black Crowes, the Southern-fried rock band is putting the finishing touches on a new album, which the members have been working on for the past few months in a New York studio with veteran producer Don Was. The as-yet-untitled record, the first under the band's new deal with V2 Records, is tentatively due out in the spring. The Black Crowes are also still mulling over a possible co-headlining U.S. summer tour with Oasis, according to reps for both bands, although those plans have yet to be finalized.