Hugh Hefner, Crystal Harris

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Hugh Hefner is ringing in the new year as a married man.

The 86-year-old Playboy founder tied the knot with 26-year-old girlfriend Crystal Harris tonight at—where else—the Playboy Mansion in front of a select group of family and friends, Playboy confirms to E! News.

The bride, who is now going by Crystal Hefner on Twitter, posted photos earlier in the evening of the wedding set-up, including a close-up of the flowers lining the altar inside. (Hef later tweeted a pic of the newlyweds.)

"Today is the day I become Mrs. Hugh Hefner. Feeling very happy, lucky, and blessed," the missus wrote.

Hef's New Year's Eve nuptials come about a year and a half after they were first supposed to swap vows—and less than a month after Harris revealed that they were reengaged.

Though Harris spared no gory detail in explaining her decision to break up with Hef in June 2011, when asked more recently why she called the whole thing off just days before their wedding, she explained that it just wasn't their time yet. 


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"I moved into the Mansion really young. I was 21 or 22," she told Us Weekly at her bridal shower, held Dec. 19 at  Femme Fatale, the lingerie store and party venue she opened with a friend in Studio City, Calif. "I needed to explore out there and take the time away. The time away really helped make me realize that where I'm meant to be is here with Hef. Hef cares for me so much, and I care for him so much. We love each other. I felt like I needed to be home and this is home for me."

Her fiancé even got her a brand new sparkly engagement ring after she sold the 3.39-carat diamond he gave her the first time around.

This is Hefner's third marriage. He has four children, two with each ex-wife.

Celebrity guests in attendance included Gene Simmons and wife and Playmate Shannon Tweed, Jon Lovitz, Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney and 2005's Playmate of the Year Tiffany Fallon.

A private reception, during which Hefner and Harris cut the wedding cake, followed the ceremony and guests later celebrated with the newlyweds at the Mansion's annual New Year's Eve party, which was an Art Deco styled nightclub with performances by jazz and blues singer Brenna Whitaker and her band. 

On Dec. 4, the publishing icon let it slip to a room full of college kids that he was off to get a marriage license after class, where he was a guest speaker that day. 

We're going to bet those kids learned a lot.

(Originally published Dec. 31, 2012, at 7:45 p.m. PT)

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