‘Hart of Dixie’s’ Cress Williams marries; costars celebrate too

Cress Williams at the CW's upfront presentation at the London Hotel in New York.
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“Hart of Dixie” star Cress Williams has tied the knot with girlfriend Kristen Torrianni.

The actor, 42, who plays beloved football-star-turned-Bluebell Mayor Lavon Hayes in the CW series, wed the actress on the island of Kauai on May 21 and had a formal wedding reeption in Los Angeles on Saturday, according to his rep.

“The wedding was an intimate affair on the beach, with the bride’s and groom’s parents and Cress’ daughter in attendance,” Williams’ rep said. “After getting married in Kauai, they stayed and honeymooned there for nine more days.”


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It’s the second marriage for Williams, who was married to actress Simbi Khali from 2000 to 2011, and the first marriage for Torrianni. The two met in 2006 at the church they attend, and became closer friends about two years ago when they started hosting a weekly dinner party together.

The weekend reception took place in Los Angeles’ ATX by kitchen 12000 and included about 150 of their family members and friends.

Williams wore a khaki suit and a very Lavon-like fedora for his big day. You might also recognize the native German from “ER,” on which he played Officer Reggie Moore, or his stints on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Prison Break” and “Friday Night Lights.”

His “Hart of Dixie” costars Scott Porter (George Tucker), Wilson Bethel (Wade Kinsella), on-screen girlfriend Kaitlyn Black (Annabeth Nass) and show creator Leila Gerstein were also in attendance. However, the show’s star, Rachel Bilson, and a pregnant Jaime King were unable to attend.

Porter is a newlywed himself -- he married casting producer Kelsey Mayfield on April 20 in Texas and excitedly shared numerous details from Mr. and Mrs. Williams’ big day. He posted several photos from the event on Instagram, posing with the bride and groom and with a very casually dressed Bethel.

“Celebrating @1loveCress and his beautiful bride!! #wishinganeternityoflove,” Porter captioned a pic of himself with the happy couple.

#Lavon (aka C-Dub) and #George (aka SP) might’ve done a #BoyzIIMen trio. #EndoftheRoad #lavonswedding,” Porter wrote, making it pretty clear that the actors performed the 1992 hit at the celebration.

“I guess I should get Vine for these karaoke moments,” he added, referring to the 6-second video app.

As for Black, she was happily sharing photos, saying “Great couple. Great night,” about the reception.

“I got the Dixie boys all to myself!” Black added, posting a photo with her male costars on Instagram.

Porter replied, “All because of @1loveCress and his nuptials. Great times!”

Their CW dramedy has been renewed for a third season and is set to return this fall.


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