Different Strokes star Todd Bridges has officially tied the knot with designer Bettijo B. Hirschi.
The couple celebrated their union with a small ceremony with just their “closest friends and family” at the Greyston Mansion and Gardens in Beverly Hills.
Bridges said it was special to marry “somebody that I’m madly in love with.”
According to reports, Hirschi walked down the aisle and gown that she designed herself.
“I tried to find something off-the-rack that I could wear, and I just wasn’t seeing what I wanted because I wanted more coverage,” she says. “I like classic beauty channeling from older eras, like Audrey Hepburn. So that’s what I was really inspired by.”
“It was all satin, and it was a fitted bodice with a square neck,” Hirschi adds. “And then I have long legs, so I did a split skirt that was kind of like a wrap. And then for the ceremony, I had an 80-inch satin train and then a 200-inch-long veil.”
The wedding reception featured a first dance to Etta James‘ “At Last,” which took place at a local Italian restaurant after the ceremony. Hirschi claims the song holds special meaning for the couple since “we both went through a lot before finding each other.”
“We kind of both had given up on finding something this great, and we were super surprised to be able to have it kind of given to us, and we feel like God had a hand in bringing us together, she adds. “We feel so blessed.”
Bridges, who divorced in 2012, met his new wife through a mutual friend in March of this year.
“We met through a friend that I’ve [known] for a long time named Mandy,” Bridges shares. “I was supposed to actually be setting her up with someone else, but it didn’t go that way. When I met her, I was like, ‘I’m not going to set her up with anyone else. I want her for myself.’ “
“I’d just all of a sudden decided that I wanted to get married to her, and I proposed to her. It was a really nice day, it was really good weather, and she loved going to the beach,” he shares. “So we were on the beach, and I decided to propose to her. I got down on one knee and did what I was supposed to do.”