Twenty minutes after their wedding began, the governor and the new first lady stepped out onto the stoop of First United Methodist Church, under a full moon, in front of a pack of reporters and television cameras and into their new life together.
''It's a great night for Florida,'' said Charlie Crist. ''It's a great night for us,'' he said, gazing at his new bride, New York socialite Carole Rome.
He became the first sitting Florida governor to wed in nearly 42 years, exchanging vows Friday at a ceremony attended by 200 relatives, friends and celebrities. Crist, 52, and Rome, 39, wed a short walk from his rented condo in St. Petersburg.
Their wedding was no paparazzi flashfest, but familiar Florida names abounded -- former Gov. Bob Martinez, former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller, Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg, former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, Geraldo Rivera, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks and Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler.
Before the ceremony, inside the church, Rome and her sisters got ready in a huge room decorated with Victorian couches and cherry tables. A bible was open to Isaiah.
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