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Katharine McPhee "emotional and moved" by wedding to Nick Cokas

By Christopher Rocchio, 02/13/2008 

Katharine McPhee initially awoke "peaceful and calm," however since it was her wedding day, that would soon change.

"I was so emotional and moved by the whole thing," said McPhee in People's February 18 issue.

The American Idol fifth season runner-up tied the knot with Nick Cokas in a late afternoon ceremony on February 2 at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church.

"I had been holding onto my dad, trying not to cry," McPhee told People, adding her father Daniel was "happy" to give her away.  "Then the doors opened, and I was blown away."

McPhee and Cokas -- who had been dating for two years before he popped the question last spring -- exchanged "I dos" in-front of 305 guests, however the 42-year-old only noticed his 23-year-old bride.

"Her beauty and the beauty of the moment exceeded anything I could have ever dreamed of," Cokas told People.  "It was incredible."

Once the ceremony was over, McPhee and Cokas' wedding reception was held at St. Viviana's, a former cathedral that is currently used for private parties.  Cokas then sang Bill Joel's "She's Got a Way" to his new wife, while she sang Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable" for him.

"We're a perfect fit," Cokas told People.

The whole affair was also apparently unforgettable for McPhee's fellow Idol 5 finalist Kellie Pickler, who roomed with the bride during the show's Summer 2006 installment and formed a personal relationship with her.

"I was so honored when Katharine asked me to be a bridesmaid," Pickler told People.  "[The day] was so magical.  It was like a fairy tale.  I didn't want it to end."

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