Drew Barrymore: My Wedding Day Was ‘Perfect’

06/06/2012 at 08:00 AM ET

Dear friends, close family andflower-embroidered Chanel gown designed by Karl Lagerfeld himself — no wonder Drew Barrymore is a beaming bride.

“The day was perfect,” Barrymore, 37, told PEOPLE the day after tying the knot with art consultant Will Kopelman.

“Everyone we love and care about was there. It was as fun and meaningful as we ever could have hoped.”

For the June 2 ceremony at her $5.7 million Montecito, Calif., home, the expectant actress and Kopelman “just wanted a backyard wedding,” says event planner Yifat Oren.

Oren and co-event planner Stefanie Cove delivered a “vintage romantic”-themed fête, creating what Oren called an “ethereal” feel for the wedding party and guests Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Jimmy Fallon and Busy Philipps.

The decorations for the traditional Jewish ceremony included vintage lace, pink flowers and green garlands.

For much more about the wedding, including the A-list guests, the emotional ceremony and the reception catered by famous chefs — plus photos! — pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Charlotte Triggs and Julie Jordan

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Sandra on

I am real happy for her and Will. This woman has been through so much in her lifetime, with the alcohol and drugs at such a young age. Married a few times at such a young age also.

I guess it took all this time in her lifetime to find a wonderful man who actually loves her for her. She has finally settled down and is going to be a Mom and it looks like she has finally got what she deserves in her life.

Congratulations on your wedding and your impending birth of your new baby!

Maya on

June 2nd was Shabbat so there’s no way it was a “traditional Jewish ceremony” – nice try though.

christa on

Happy for both of them.

Reesca on

This is what, her third or fourth marriage? And very pregnant yet she found it fitting to wear a white dress. How ironic.

klutzy_girl on

I love her dress! Congratulations to them, and excited about the baby.

Catca on


How do you know they didn’t marry at sundown? That is permissible on Shabbat even in very traditional services.

I think Drew looks incredibly happy and beautiful which is wonderful to see. I wonder if Steven Spielberg was there? He is Drew’s godfather but he’s not mentioned in the list of guests attending.

Julianna on

That was a beautiful picture. I’m so happy for Will and Drew, she deserves all the happiness in the world. They’re going to be great parents and that’s gonna be one loved baby.

Mina on

Congrats, I love Drew! I hope she has a little girl as adorable as she was in E.T. lol. But that dress is really ugly lol.

Corrie on

I don’t think she’s publicly confirmed her pregnancy, but that cover photo pretty much answers any questions that anyone might have along the lines of “is she or isn’t she”.

Reesca, settle down. If white was still only supposed to be for first marriages and virgins, do you have any idea how many people would be getting married in different colors?!

C on


She’s not Jewish, so the rabbi had to be Reform or Conservative; no Orthodox rabbi would perform a wedding for a mixed marriage, let alone one where the bride is pregnant at the wedding. Reform and Conservative Jews don’t usually observe the laws of Shomer Shabbos, so it’s not a stretch to think the wedding could be on Shabbat.

kendrajoi on

Here I thought she was being secretive because she valued her privacy and the privacy of her child. Turns out it was all for money.

I do hope this one lasts. She does seem really happy.

J on

Well the hand on the belly should answer questions for those upset she won’t come out and say she’s pregnant..lol!

Yasminda on

Hey,it might be that her 3rd time at marriage is the real deal. Best of luck to them.

whatever on

Rebecca I think you’d be hard pressed to find a virgin-never-been-married-before-no-kids celebrity bride, actually make that most brides in the world. Perhaps a celebrity news site isn’t for you.

ruby on

Virgins should actually wear blue, as that is the color that symbolizes virginal purity, not white 😉

oc on

@c – conservative rabbi’s most certainly do observe shabbat and wouldn’t perform a wedding ceremony before sundown on Saturday. I have yet to come across a conservative rabbi who will marry an interfaith couple, reform will but I don’t think conservative rabbis will (you may be able to get a conservative cantor to officiate, but that would depend on the cantor – things seem to be a looser in LA than back east).

@ruby – you’re right, white was initially to symbolize poverty (rich women could marry in dyed fabrics, poor women usually used plain, undyed fabric for her dress)

Melody on

Reesca, what a strange comment. I think you would be hard-pressed to find a bride who thinks, “I’m wearing white because it’s virginal and pure.” It may have had its roots in that idea (although I can’t be sure if it did, given that Queen Victoria was one of the first white-wedding-dress trendsetters) but it certainly doesn’t mean that purity and virginity are the ongoing reasons for the colour white.

It’s also ultimately Drew’s choice, not yours, to be pregnant before marriage. There is nothing wrong with this. Why attach your personal values and beliefs to another woman?