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Mekhi Phifer Marries Longtime Girlfriend Reshelet Barnes

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Mekhi Phifer and Reshelet Barnes (Wireimage)

For Reshelet Barnes, there may not be a movie, but there's plenty of Mekhi Phifer. The longtime couple tied the knot Saturday, March 30, in a lavish ceremony at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.

TV's Judge Greg Mathis officiated the ceremony for the former "ER" doc and his bride, who were both dressed in white.

Phifer, 38, entered the outdoor event to Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon in the Sky," while one of his sons escorted the couple's Chihuahua down the aisle, according to E! News. The bride kept it a bit more traditional and walked to "Here Comes the Bride" as the crowd of 100 family members and friends looked on.

"When she made her entrance into the courtyard, Mekhi was completely overcome with emotion and you could tell she took his breath away," an eyewitness told E! News. "He had to wipe tears from his eyes for several minutes."

The brief ceremony lasted only about 15 minutes, during which time the couple stood beneath an arch of yellow flowers, where they exchanged rings and held a unity sand ceremony. (A sand ceremony, in short, involves the bride and groom each simultaneously pouring two different-colored containers of sand into one container. The result symbolizes the hopes for the marriage – that it will last as long as it would take to separate the grains of sand once again.) It concluded with a well-deserved standing ovation.

This marks the "8 Mile" star's second wedding – he was married to actress Malinda Williams from 1999 until 2003, and has a son with her named Omikaye. He also has a five-year-old son, Mekhi Thira Phifer Jr., with ex-girlfriend Oni Souratha.

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