Courtesy Owain Yeoman
Owain Yeoman and Gigi Yallouz have enjoyed a modern-day fairy-tale romance so far—and their wedding day certainly didn't disappoint.
The Mentalist star and his jewelry-designer bride tied the knot on Sept. 7 on the helipad of a private estate in Malibu in front of about 100 guests that included—without naming names—cast members from the groom's hit CBS show as well as familiar faces from Glee, Horrible Bosses and The Five-Year Engagement.
"It really felt like we were getting married in the heavens, floating above the Malibu coastline," Yeoman exclusively tells E! News. "It was breathtaking."
The couple got their guests in the mood with a "Save the Date" card with an underwater theme, featuring the two of them in full-on wedding gear (though not in the clothes they ultimately wore on their big day).
Shooting the pic "proved to be a lot harder than expected given the weight of Gigi's wet wedding dress and my continuous floating to the top," Yeoman joked.
For the main event, however, Yallouz steered clear of the water in a gown by Lazaro for JLM Couture, which she wore during the ceremony before changing into a Yaki Ravid dress for the reception.
And according to her hubby, the Lazaro was a last-minute save after they found out about 10 days before the wedding that the custom dress being made for her wouldn't be ready in time.
"I contacted some bridal designers in New York and had some gowns sent to her with about a week to go to the wedding day...She went from having no dress to two dresses with only a week to go," Yeoman recalled. "So by the time the ceremony arrived, I already had a good idea of how amazing she was going to look."
Well, isn't someone already in the running for Husband of the Year?!
"It was an extremely emotional moment watching my beautiful girl coming down from the estate to the helipad," Yeoman said. "She walked to 'You're So Cool" by Hans Zimmer from the movie True Romance and she looked phenomenal."
The ceremony was "a mixture of traditional and non-conventional elements," the actor told us. "We wrote the service ourselves and it was brilliantly officiated by my best man, Louie Bayliss, with a blessing by our friend Shantha, who is a Tibetan Monk."
In his vows, "I promised Gigi I would always treat her like a princess and thanked her for always treating me like her prince. My vows started by joking that Gigi is probably the only good thing to have ever come out of L.A. traffic. If you find someone who can make L.A. traffic bearable then you know you have a keeper!"
They first met—a true L.A. story, this one—at a stoplight at the intersection of Fountain and Crescent Heights.
"She hit on me and shouted out her phone number," Yeoman said. "I called her and then we texted for two months before actually being able to meet up. We didn't tell each other our names or what we did for a living. Most of the dating hard work had already been done so by the time we met again we were kind of already in love. It's our own little movie romance, a modern You've Got Mail, but by text."
Yeoman's family flew over from his native Wales, while Yallouz's "traveled all the way from Calabasas," he joked. The groom's beloved French bulldog, Cash, was also on hand for the ceremony and even walked his best mate down the aisle.
"He didn't make a speech, he's a dog of few words, but he did happily eat a lot of dog treats in celebration of the day," Yeoman said.
Admitting that it's "tough when you have to buy an engagement ring for a jewelry designer," Yeoman said that he brought his future in-laws with him to pick up the bauble, a 2.5 carat floral vintage setting paired with a matching diamond floral wedding band.
His ring is a "very simple" tungsten band wrapped with two tension coils—and you can get a glimpse of it when it pulls double duty as Wayne Rigsby's ring when he ties the knot on The Mentalist next week!
After the bride and groom said their I-dos, the party proceeded to the estate's main house, where the guests were treated to a "surprise" flash mob of waiters, beat-boxing harpist Phillip King, a Spanish band, fire dancers and YouTube sensation Von Smith. A gourmet four-course meal was served, after which guests nibbled treats from a churros-and-grilled-cheese cart.
"The whole night was a giant party, a celebration of all of the wonderful people in our lives who have supported our relationship and made it what it is today," Yeoman said. "Our guests were the stars and the party our way of thanking them for being in our lives."
The couple honeymooned at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, staying in a bungalow built over the water, and have since moved into a new home in L.A.
But while kids aren't in their immediate future—"We just want to enjoy some time as husband and wife and we have a little boy in the form of Cash," Yeoman said—the newlyweds have some other collaborations that they're working on.
Yeoman and Yallouz just wrote a script for a comedy they're hoping to get into development and they're throwing their support behind a new foundation that aims to set up local and international support hotlines for both adult and adolescent victims of bullying.
A heartfelt congratulations to the happy couple!