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She was the butt-kicking, vampire-killing star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he was the She's All That teen heartthrob of every girl's dreams, and together they were one of the most wonderfully '90s couples of all time! Yes, we're of course talking about adorable, everlasting couple Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr., who famously married in Mexico in 2002.
In honor of Sarah Michelle Gellar's birthday, we're looking back at Buffy's spectacularly bohemian Mexico beach wedding (no, not to Angel, sigh).
After meeting on the 1997 set of I Know What You Did Last Summer, Sarah Michelle and Freddie would become one of the hottest couples of the late 1990s/early 2000s. You remember that glorious time in teen movie history right? This was the era of Cruel Intentions, Scream 2, and Down to You — otherwise known as the golden Prinze and Gellar years.
Five years of courtship, and two Scooby Doo movies, later, the teen dream couple would finally make things official on September 1, 2002. The stars chose Jalisco, Mexico as the location for their beachside nuptials, not counting that a major storm would make a cameo — but don't worry it didn't ruin the big day! Sixty guests, including Shannen Doherty, Wilmer Valderrama and Dulé Hill, headed to El Careyes Resort near Puerto Vallarta for a four-day destination wedding.
The couple's planned beachside ceremony, officiated by The Wedding Planner director Adam Shankman, had to be moved indoors to private villa Sol Del Oriente because of the weather. (Note to brides planning a Hurricane season wedding — always have a back up!) But that didn't stop the couple from donning their beach wedding best, sometimes rain can be a very romantic unexpected guest. Gellar was the picture of naturally beautiful bride in a flowing strapless Vera Wang gown, with her hair pulled back into a simple low chignon and flawless skin with just the right amount of bridal glow. Her bridesmaids, including actress Lindsay Sloane, wore different color dresses, and the whole bridal party — including SMG — carried peach-colored rose bouquets.
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For the candlelit reception back at El Careyes, overlooking Playa Blanca, the bride changed into a spaghetti strap sheath (with just a tie strap holding the back together, very early 2000s) and a pair of plain white flip-flops for the reception.
As for the groom's style, Prinze wore a Sy Devore white linen suit for the ceremony, and kept it very casual in a beach-appropriate untucked white linen shirt and pants for the reception.
And what did guests dine on at the Gellar/Prinze wedding, you ask? Filet mignon, lobster tails, and egg rolls made the menu at the reception. A four-tiered vanilla wedding cake, decorated with roses, was created for the occasion by a local baker. The party had guests on the dance floor all night, and raged until 3am, when the newlyweds finally called it a night.
Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Michelle Gellar via Instagram
After 13 years, the parents-of-two are still going strong, making date nights a priority (shared on Instagram of course!) and constantly supporting each other's endeavors — his new cookbook, her kid-friendly FoodStirs business. For their recent 13-year anniversary, Gellar shared a sweet snap of their first dance as husband and wife, to "Something to Watch Over Me," on Instagram with a caption that gives us all #marriagegoals: "13 years #happyanniversary 'I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me." Here's hoping this is one Hollywood couple that continues to stand the test of time!