Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley

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Canadian rockers Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley tied the knot late Saturday afternoon in front of family and friends in Montecito, California.

“I’m used to going on stage and stuff but this was totally different,” Lavigne said Sunday, “It was more exciting. It was the biggest moment of my life.”

Lavigne was walked down the aisle at the service, which took place on a 10-acre private estate not far from Oprah Winfrey’s property, by her father John as a jazz band played the “Wedding March.”

Her mother Judy and siblings Michelle and Matthew looked on, as did Whibley’s mother Michelle. Members of Whibley’s band, Sum 41, and a longtime friend of Lavigne’s were among those in the wedding party. There were no famous faces at the service.

The bride wore a Vera Wang custom-made ivory strapless tissue organza gown with wrapped bodice and appliqué lace beaded skirt. She carried a bouquet of white roses.

“I had my mom, my sister and my grandma come in and help me put my dress on,” Lavigne said. “I wanted it to be very traditional.”

Her bridesmaids were in Vera Wang draped petal pink crepe chiffon gowns. Lavigne’s 18-year-old sister caught the bouquet.

Whibley and his five groomsmen, including best man Steve Jocz (Sum 41 drummer), wore Boss Black tuxes by Hugo Boss. The groom’s rock roots showed in his choice of footwear.

Lavigne and Whibley exchanged vows under an awning of white flowers. As they walked back up the aisle as a married couple, about 100 friends and relatives tossed rose petals.

At least two dozen paparazzi were camped out in front of the property hoping to snap pictures of the bride, who arrived in a classic Rolls Royce with curtains in the side windows. Security was tight — including armed private guards and Santa Barbara police officers. Two photographers who allegedly tried to sneak on to the property were seen being taken away by police.

It was a nice day for a white wedding. Temperatures were in the mid-80s under a sunny sky.

Guests were shuttled to the wedding in grey stretch limousines and SUVs. Once the brief ceremony was over, they enjoyed cocktails while Lavigne changed into a Vera Wang ivory strapless draped Chantilly lace gown.

Dinner of salmon, steak and ravioli followed in tents decorated with red roses and other flowers. The multi-layer cake was half-chocolate and half-vanilla.

The newlyweds’ first dance was to “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls. “It’s my favourite song in the world,” Lavigne told ET Canada. “it’s just a pretty ballad.”

Lavigne, 21, and Whibley, the 26-year-old lead singer of Sum 41, were friends for several years before they started dating in early 2004. Whibley proposed to Lavigne during her European tour last June.

Both sold their Toronto homes and moved in to a luxury home in Bel Air.

It’s the first marriage for both.

At her bachelorette party on June 30, Lavigne opened gifts that included handcuffs, pink 2Belles panties embroidered with “The Mrs,” and a bra, panties and camisole set from Cherish.

Lavigne, wearing a veil with devil horns, dined with Whibley and nearly two dozen friends at L.A.’s upscale Koi before hitting Lobby nightclub.

Born in Napanee, Lavigne dropped out of school before the 12th grade when she was offered a record deal. She released her debut CD, Let’s Go, which went six-times platinum thanks to hits like “Complicated” and “Sk8r Boy.”

Whibley was born in Scarborough, Ontario and bounced around until settling in nearby Ajax. He played in several different bands before landing a recording contract. Formed in 1996, Sum 41‘s first CD, All Killer No Filler, came out in 2001 and allowed the band to tour extensively in support of singles like “Fat Lip,” and “In Too Deep.” – adapted from canada.com

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