IT'S A HAPPY, HAPPY WEDDING FOR GERALDO

Published on: August 19, 2003

Geraldo Rivera's fifth marriage featured two rabbis . . . a beautiful bride less than half his age . . . four best men . . . and the groom prancing down the aisle to gales of laughter.

Never a traditionalist, the 60-year-old FOX News star put some unusual twists into his wedding to 28-year-old TV producer Erica Levy.

"Now that Erica is his wife, Geraldo feels like his life's complete," a close friend told The ENQUIRER.

Nearly 350 friends and family members attended the August 10 ceremony at New York's Central Synagogue plus the ritzy reception at the Four Seasons Hotel.

And the legendary newsman promises to make news by making this marriage last.

The bride's father Howard Levy announced at the festivities that Geraldo made a personal promise to him to love and take care of Erica for the rest of their lives.

The groom looked stately in his white tuxedo, and his bride was stunning in a beautiful white Vera Wang gown.

The flamboyant news star had two best men, his sons Gabriel and Cruz, plus two honorary best men -- one of them actor/comedian Cheech Marin.

Erica's father -- who's one year younger than Geraldo -- walked his daughter down the aisle, while her mother Nancy served as maid of honor.

When Geraldo started down the aisle, the traditional music switched to Santana's hit song Oye Como Va. "Everyone in the place howled with laughter as Geraldo pranced down the aisle," said the close friend.

The happy couple gazed lovingly into each other's eyes as they exchanged Harry Winston wedding bands, and Erica was also wearing the $300,000 diamond sparkler given to her by Geraldo when he proposed.

A gala reception -- in a ballroom strewn with white flowers -- followed the ceremony.