Congratulations to Nicky Whelan and Kerry Rhodes! The blond beauty and former NFL player were married during a gorgeous ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel on April 15, and a few familiar Hollywood faces were there to celebrate the wedding day.
“We love the tradition of marriage, and we love being able to call each other husband and wife,” Whelan said to People. “We both understand that our relationship takes work, and we made a choice that that’s what we are wanting. Both of our parents are still together, and so we have been around a very traditional environment our whole lives. We want to carry that through.”
The bride donned a long-sleeved J'Aton Couture wedding dress, while the groom was decked out in a royal-blue Tom James tuxedo. The couple exchanged vows in front of family and close friends, with Whelan's longtime gal pals Annalynne McCord and Brenda Song also in attendance. Star Trek: The Next Generation star Marina Sirtis officiated the ceremony.
The couple hosted a picture-perfect wedding with the help of planner Stacey Ruiz. Friend and Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro designed a three-tiered floral wedding cake for the ceremony, and flower arrangements were curated by Petals LA.
What was the couple's favorite part of the ceremony? Their no-cell-phone rule. “The best thing we did was not allowing iPhones into the wedding,” Whelan continued. “It was amazing to watch everyone get up and communicate and dance. Not one person was looking down all night. It really proved the point about how incredible people are when they come together and don’t have their cell phones.”
“We had family from Australia and Alabama and the U.K. all in one room,” she gushed. “It was an incredible energy of love and laughter.”
The gorgeous couple announced the news of their engagement just after Valentine's Day last year. Rhodes got down on one knee and popped the question with a canary diamond ring designed by Gabriel Jacobs of Rafaello and Co. Jewelers.
"I walked into our lounge Friday evening, and he was on his knee with a beautiful box in his hands," Whelan recalled. "I saw the sparkle coming out of the box, so pure and perfect and simple. And very unexpected."