Billy Joel and Katie Lee

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Billy Joel and Katie Lee were married on October 2, 2004 at his home on Centre Island, New York. Katie was 23 years old on their wedding day, 32 years younger than Billy Joel.

The five carat engagement ring that crooner Billy Joel slipped on to his fiancee’s finger during a vacation to the Caribbean island of St. Barts was joined by a wedding band at a lavish autumn ceremony held at the singer’s fifteen-acre estate on Centre Island.

Overcast skies were unable to dampen the spirits of over one hundred guests, including shock jock Howard Stern, former Eagles frontman Don Henley and the groom’s ex-wife, model Christie Brinkley.

Oscar de la Renta designed a white, sleeveless gown fashioned of Chantilly lace. The scalloped hemline accentuated the bride’s Jimmy Choo shoes, which were adorned with crystals on the stiletto heels. A fifty carat diamond necklace completed the elegant look.

To juxtapose the bride’s delicate attire, the famed fashion designer created a black, strapless sheath for the bridesmaid, (the groom’s daughter, Alexa Ray), who carried a small nosegay of black roses for a dramatic effect.

The groom opted for a dark Ralph Lauren business suit paired with a black and white striped tie.

The romantic melody “Moon River”, played for the newlyweds first dance, echoed in the white tent erected for the occasion by wedding planner and co-author of Weddings For Dummies, Marcy Blum. After dining on Italian-style edibles and a chocolate-covered wedding cake, The Piano Man took to the stage to entertain his guests with a number of fast-paced tunes before launching into the Otis Redding classic, “Try A Little Tenderness”, which he dedicated to his new bride.

Joel was previously married to Elizabeth Weber, his business manager, in 1973 but they divorced in 1982. In 1985, Joel married Christie Brinkley, their daughter, Alexa Ray was born on the same year. Joel and Brinkley’s marriage ended in 1994.

Katie Lee is a native of Huntington, West Virginia. She recently graduated from Ohio’s Miami University.

Since graduating, she has been a TV restaurant critic for PBS’ healthy lifestyles and cooking TV series, George Hirsch: Living It UP!

Lee is also a cooking student and aspiring TV personality.

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