Celebrity The Back Story: Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on January 27, 2015 @ 09:22PM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Lara Porzak The Back Story: Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann 01 of 07 The Couple Lara Porzak Mariska Hargitay, star of Law amp Order: Special Victims Unit, and her husband, actor Peter Hermann, who has a recurring role on the show, first met on the set in November 2001. To break the ice Hargitay tried making a joke, but "he didn't think I was funny," she says with a laugh. Things went slightly better several months later, when the two became engrossed in a discussion about religion, which culminated in Hermann's suggesting they attend church together. "I just about passed out when I saw him there," says Hargitay. "I thought, That's my husband." 02 of 07 The Transportation Lara Porzak The bride and her father rode to the ceremony in an antique Jaguar. 03 of 07 The Ceremony Lara Porzak Hermann popped the question in 2004 with a weathered platinum band set with nine round diamonds, designed by N.Y.C. jeweler Karen Karch for Push. The style symbolizes the idea that even though the couple will encounter rough patches, there is always a happy moment up ahead. They solidified that notion at the Unitarian Historical Chapel in Santa Barbara, where the pair wed on August 28, 2004, in front of 200 guests. Says Hermann, "I recited my vows so loudly you could have heard them in Oregon. But Mariska's were quiet and small." 04 of 07 The Guest List Lara Porzak Hargitay with Law & Order: SVU co-star Christopher Meloni. 05 of 07 The Details Lara Porzak A locket with photos of the bride's grandmother and mother, actress Jayne Mansfield. 06 of 07 Peter Hermann & Mariska Hargitay Lara Porzak Very Different Cakes in L.A. created the couple's ornate confection. A bright orange, magenta and green color palette set a festive tone. 07 of 07 The Decor Lara Porzak The couple walked under an arbor decorated with votive candles and hurricane lamps filled with dahlias, chocolate-colored cosmos and hydrangea. The newlyweds strolled hand-in-hand towards a pond edged in rose petals. Couple update! The pair have recently adopted a son and daughter in 2011, giving 5-year-old son August official big-brother status.