Andrea Roth Ties the Knot

11/12/2011 at 02:00 PM ET
Nataschia Wielink

Like many brides, actress Andrea Roth‘s wedding day is one she will never forget.

But unlike some, Roth, who will soon join the cast of Ringer, didn’t want her Oct. 7 nuptials to producer Todd Biermann to be all about her.

“My mother, Jane, was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer in January of this year,” says Roth, who scrapped her original plan to have a bigger wedding in the Dominican Republic when she learned her mother would not be able to fly.

“She was very weak,” the actress, 44, tells PEOPLE, “so we planned our wedding in three weeks near my parents’ house.”

Roth and Biermann, who met on the set of Rescue Me in 2007 (she starred as Denis Leary‘s wife on the FX drama), exchanged vows at the Vineland Estates Winery in Ontario, Canada. Twelve people, including the couple’s 19-month-old daughter, Ava Reese, attended the ceremony and reception.

“You hear about brides stressing over being meticulous – Bridezillas. When you have a baby, you’re busy being a mom,” says Roth, who wore an ivory eco-couture gown by Canadian designer Adele Weschler.

“Ava got scared, so she walked down the aisle with me,” the actress says. “Then, pretty much the whole time we were doing vows, Ava had to be in my arms. When she got tired, she fell asleep in Todd’s arms right at the end of the ceremony.”

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“It was so special,” she says. “The three of us, when we exchanged vows [or] the three of us dancing – those are the moments that made me happy.”

Making the day even more memorable was the fact that Roth’s mom, Jane, was able to enjoy herself more than anyone ever imagined.

“Before the wedding my sister and I weren’t sure she was going to make it,” she recalls. “They weren’t certain she’d even be able to be at the wedding for an hour. But she was determined to be there. She ended up staying for hours and hours.”

Since the wedding, “My mother has been getting healthier and stronger,” says a grateful Roth. “It could not have been a more perfect day.”

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— Monica Rizzo

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Kayte on

It is so nice to hear of a couple making their ceremony about more than just themselves. Andrea’s love and priorities for her mother and family are clear. Congratulations on your special day.

mary on

Beautiful Pictures. I loved her in Rescue Me! Wishing you and your family only the best during these times.

alicejane on

Beautiful story and beautiful pictures. I love reading things like this. Best wishes to Andrea and her family and I hope her mom’s health continues to get better.

ForeverMoore on

Wow, love the photo of the sleeping beauty…so sweet

Rachel on

I love this. I had a cousin who planned her wedding (which would have occurred months later) in a matter of weeks because her mother was very ill and her soon to be husband was preparing to ship out to Afghanistan. It was honestly the most perfect wedding I’ve ever been to. It wasn’t elaborate or expensive — it was the bride, her groom and their family and I think that’s what made it so special.

Congrats to Andrea and Todd – may the have a lifetime filled with happy memories.

t. on

That second picture is just precious!

meghan on

Congratulations on your marriage and best wishes for the continued improvement of your mother’s health!

Anonymous on

I wonder if Ava had any sort of role in the wedding (like Flower Girl)?

Holiday on

Adorable baby girl! I am glad her mom was able to attend.

Hea on

Best wishes to them and to her mother. Stay strong.

Nella on

I wish them all the best! This story was bittersweet and I hope her mother’s health improves. The second picture is precious, but the third picture is lovely. Andrea and her husband make a great couple.

Sara Morrow on

@anon- In the article it stated that Ava got scared and had to walk down the aisle with her mom, I took that to mean that she was most likely supposed to walk down ahead of her mom on her own. Maybe not, but that is what I took from it.

I love the last picture of her safe and peaceful in her daddy’s arms. I also noticed in the first picture how long Ava’s legs look. She seems tall for 19 months.

Melissa on

What a beautiful family! I loved her on Rescue Me and can’t wait to see her on Ringer. I hope her mother gets better.

Dianne on

Congratulations to you all. I am so glad Aunt Jane had a great day. We all love you, and think of you often. Love you!!

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