Weddings of the Year

Lucy Lawless & Rob Tapert

March 28, 1998

People weekly

June 22, 1998

Did she cry? Yep. Sure, tears are as rare as scrawny biceps on Xena: Warrior Princess. But an emotional Lucy Lawless, 30, left her iron-maiden persona (and her trademark bangs) behind on her wedding day. "She really got choked up," says a friend. "It was the most moving moment of the whole ceremony." At the traditional Catholic wedding service in Santa Monica's Saint Monica Church, the 5'11" Kiwi beauty dazzled her groom, Xena executive producer Rob Tapert, 43, in a ]ow-cut, hand-beaded silk-satin ivory gown by her show's costume designer, Ngila Dickson. Lawless's 10-year-old daughter, Daisy (from her first marriage, to Garth Lawless), was maid of honor.

At the reception in the ritzy Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, an Elvis impersonator entertained some 340 guests, including Kevin Sorbo, star of Tapert's other series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. And after a repast that included rack of lamb and a four-tier wedding cake, couples hit the crowded dance floor. Although Lawless was generally a laid-back bride, she had insisted that the Xena cast and crew learn ballroom dancing, bringing instructors to the show's New Zealand set a few weeks before the wedding to teach the fox-trot and the rumba. So well did the tactic succeed that the Xena-ites kept up their footwork even after they returned to work. "lt really picked up everybody's spirits," reports Lawless pal Renee O'Connor, who plays Xena's sidekick Gabrielle. "The other day I saw a couple of guys in the lighting department doing the mambo."

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