Celebrity Wedding: Joely Fisher & Christopher Duddy
For New Year's Eve weekend 2005, Joey Fisher-the 'Til Death star and daughter of Hollywood royalty Eddie Fisher and Connie Stevens-and her cinematographer husband, Christopher Duddy invited 120 guests to a four-day "Mexican love jam" to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. The event included day and evening activities, and a vow renewal on the beach at the Vallarta Palace hotel in Nuevo Vallarta, a town just outside Puerto Vallarta, where she and Dudd honeymooned a decade ago.
"My dream for this day was a little beach fairy tale," Fisher says of her vision for the ceremony, which began with an amusing greeting from a family friend: "Dearly bewildered, we are gathered here today because the Fisher-Stevens clan loves to throw a party." The one-liners continued as another friend announced that the top 10 reasons Joely and Chris decided to renew their vows included, "Breaking the old vows just isn't the same rush it used to be." While the seaside ceremony was the highlight, Fisher ensured that the entire weekend played out like a big-budget blockbuster. Guests received a three-page itinerary upon arrival-along with cocktails -while a live mariachi band performed nearby.
The Ceremony Decor
When Joely made her appearance at the ceremony in a sea-green gown (bought at Les Habitudes in L.A.) and began to walk down the aisle, the DJ cued "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls. The setting couldn't have been more cinematic: As the sun began to sink into the Pacific, Fisher joined Duddy under a canopied gazebo draped with white fabric and decorated with white roses and orchids.
The Guest List
Toting Fisher and Duddy's 1-year-old daughter, True, Connie Stevens told the bride, "You look so beautiful, honey!"
The Guest List
Mariska Hargitay, who attended with husband Peter Hermann and their infant, August, appreciated the weekend's family feel (Fisher and Duddy's daughter, Skylar, 5, was the flower girl). "This event was much more than Joely and Chris renewing their vows," Hargitay says. "The thing I admire about Joely is how precious her family is to her-and today was all about three generations celebrating their beautiful bond."
Guests fueled up on a tower of cupcakes post-ceremony before departing for a New Year's Eve party at Nikki Beach, where a formal wedding cake awaited.
An expansive view of the stunning Nuevo Vallarta coast.
Overlooking Banderas Bay and the Puerto Vallarta coastline, Connie Stevens' casa, which was Fisher and Duddy's honeymoon spot a decade ago, provided the location for the New Year's Day dinner party. The evening's only downside? "We lost our water that night," Fisher recalls. "There were over 100 people at my mom's house, and you couldn't flush a toilet!"
One of the entertainers at the Puerto Vallarta outpost of the international chain Nikki Beach, the nightclub where guests rang in the New Year following the couple's vow-renewal ceremony.
The Guest List
Camryn Manheim, who attended with son Milo, shared a laugh with fellow guests. "It was truly magical from start to finish," she says of the weekend. "It began with champagne and ended with fireworks cascading in the sky. What more could you ask for to ring in the New Year?"
After enjoying a flurry of fun activities all weekend, partygoers kicked off their sandals and lounged on an array of outdoor beds at Nikki Beach.