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After hitting it off on their first date last December, Jennie Garth didn’t drag her heels before introducing new beau, actor Dave Abrams, to her three daughters — Luca, 18, Lola, 12, and Fiona, 8.
“It was a big decision on my part, but I said, ‘I really like this guy and he really likes me and if we think we have a future together, I need to introduce him to my life as soon as possible,’ ” the actress, 43, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
She adds, “I threw him in 100 percent and he fit in without missing a beat.”
“I’ve always wanted kids,” says the Virginia-raised Abrams, 34, who worked hard to ease his way into a blended family and embraced the prospect of being a stepdad.
When Jennie Garth’s mommy-friend asked if she’d go on a blind double date with her, her boyfriend and his buddy Dave Abrams, the actress thought, ‘Sure, why not?’ I thought, ‘I’ll just go for dating practice,’ ” Garth tells PEOPLE exclusively.
“I looked him up online, and he shared a name with a real beefcake-y male stripper, and I was like, ‘Oh no!’ But luckily it wasn’t him.”
Meanwhile, Abrams assumed he didn’t really stand a chance. “I didn’t think I had a shot,” says Abrams, 34. “But I went.”
It’s a good thing, too. The couple hit it off that first night – and neither ever looked back.
“After we left the restaurant and were at the valet, I gave her a hug and said, ‘Well, can I call you?’ and she’s like, ‘Nope, but you can follow me,’ ” says Abrams. “I thought, ‘On Instagram?!’ She goes, ‘No, just follow me.’ ”
Abrams hopped in his car and the two landed at a local café where they talked into the night over drinks. Recalls Garth, 43, “He made me laugh so much!”
Since that first date on Dec. 2, 2014, the couple hasn’t spent more than three consecutive days apart.
“We fast-tracked,” says Garth, who introduced Abrams to her three girls – Luca, 18, Lola, 12, and Fiona, 8 – almost immediately. “It was a big decision on my part, but I said I really like this guy and he really likes me and if we think we have a future together, I need to introduce him to my life as soon as possible.”
“I threw him in 100 percent,” she says.
Abrams didn’t balk: “I’m sure people are like, ‘You guys are insane,’ but when it hits you like that, you know,” says the Virginia-raised actor, who proposed on March 30.
From the beginning, says Garth: “It just felt right.”
For Jennie and Dave’s exclusive wedding album and even more details from their big day, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
When it came to choosing a hair and makeup team for her wedding to actor Dave Abrams, Jennie Garth turned to the people she trusted most — like hairstylist Michael Anton, who she worked with on the 90210 set!
Jennie Garth WeddingChristopher Polk/Getty
What inspired the feminine romantic updo Anton created for the actress? “Grace Kelly and this beautiful gorgeous dress,” he shares with PEOPLE in the exclusive behind-the-scenes video, below. “We just wanted it soft and beautiful and pretty.”
The actress, 43, stunned in floral embroidered custom Claire Pettibone dress with lace trim, which matched the rustic theme of the couple’s nuptials, hosted at Garth’s 6-acre ranch in Los Olivos, California. Garth worked closely with the designer to bring her bridal vision to life.
“Jennie’s dress was actually a perfect combination of all her ideas she pulled together from Claire Pettibone who was the designer,” her stylist Seth Chernoff, who she collaborated with recently on Mystery Girls, tells PEOPLE. “You pulled a lot of ideas from a lot of different dresses together and added it all into one. This is the most unique wedding dress I think I’ve ever seen.”
To bring the bride’s whole look together, makeup artist Dana Hamel — who worked with Garth on the set of the film The Eleventh Victim in 2012 — also took most of her inspiration from the beautiful wedding gown.
“We did a sort of ethereal, romantic soft makeup with her big blue eyes,” she tells PEOPLE, adding, “No hard lines — everything smudged and dewy and fresh.”
And Garth was totally a fan, adding: “She made me look younger somehow. I don’t know how she did that.
Some brides prep for their wedding by getting massages and mani-pedis. Jennie Garth hangs lanterns, hand-paints signs and helps rewire outdoor chandeliers.
And that’s just the tip of a gloriously jam-packed To Do list the actress, 43, – and self-professed DIY fanatic – tackled in the days leading up to her July 11 nuptials to actor Dave Abrams.
Her hard work paid off. By the time the roughly 120 guests arrived at Garth’s bucolic six-acre ranch in Los Olivos, California, they were treated to a romantic and vintage-inspired wonderland: flowers freshly picked from her garden, antique doors and lace from her mother’s collection hanging from wires in the open air and homemade touches throughout the rambling property.
But nothing could steal attention away from the bride herself when she walked down the aisle, wearing a nontraditional Claire Pettibone gown and a bright smile.
“She was drop-dead gorgeous,” Abrams, 34, tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue. “When I saw Jennie in her dress, nothing else mattered. I just lost it.”
With her three girls – Luca, 18, Lola, 12, and Fiona, 8, daughters from her marriage to Twilight actor Peter Facinelli – looking on as the couple’s only wedding party, Garth and Abrams exchanges hand-written vows.
In between emotional and love-filled sentiments that moved guests to tears, there was plenty of levity. Garth, for one, promised to “watch the Golf Channel 24/7″ while Abrams, at one point, vowed to her daughters “to take your jokes about my skinny fatness like a man.”
At the reception, family and friends, including Garth’s Beverly Hills, 90210 costar Tori Spelling, enjoyed a homestyle dinner (cheesy grits and fried chicken!) and drank Tensley and Lea wine and local brews.
The intimate shindig, says their wedding stylist Landi Stone of Green Plate, was “focused on what they both love – each other, family and friends” and captured a “warm and rustic but refined feel.”
After the newlyweds shared a sweet first dance to Angels by The xx guests hit the dance floor to the tunes of Beat Mosaic, a California soul and groove band and a favorite of Abrams.
Towards the end of the evening, the couple took a moment to reflect on their day. “It was unreal,” Garth told PEOPLE. “It was perfect.
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Jennie Garth and David Abrams, her actor beau of eight months, got married on Saturday night in an intimate ceremony outside of Los Angeles, PEOPLE has exclusively learned.
“It was the perfect night,” the couple tells PEOPLE exclusively.
“We are so happy to have our family and friends surrounding us on this special occasion!”
Garth’s wedding party was an adorable family affair – her three girls, Luca, 17, Lola, 12, and Fiona, 8, daughters from her marriage to actor Peter Facinelli, all played important roles in the ceremony.
Since meeting late last fall on a blind date, Garth, 43, and Abrams, 34, have been inseparable and got engaged in March.
“Dave had been working on the [proposal] for months, and really wanted to plan something special for her around her birthday and make it perfect,” a pal told PEOPLE at the time.
More at peace than she’s felt in years, the Mystery Girls actress found her perfect match when she least expected it. “Things just lined up and I was like, ‘I don’t need it, I don’t want it,’ and there it came,” Garth told PEOPLE.
“He completes me,” she says.
The feeling is clearly mutual. As Abrams Tweeted to Garth soon after the engagement: “#loveumoreandmoreeachday.”
For Jennie and Dave’s wedding album and all the romantic details, pick up next week’s issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday
I want to send my well wishes and heartfelt congratulations to the couple. I wish Jennie Dave and their family nothing but the best and a lifetime of love and happiness.
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