The happy bride is, yes, Academy Award-winning performer Liza Minnelli. The groom is David Gest. They married in a star-studded $3.5 million (by Forbes estimates) wedding extravaganza in New York City.
Gest described himself as a "world-renown concert producer-promoter," including of a "Michael Jackson tribute extravaganza" which was "the highest rated music special in the history of television."
Why are Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor there? Well, these two models of emotional and marital stability were standing in as, respectively, best man and maid of honor. Jackson was a childhood friend of Gest's. Gest also admitted (surprise, surprise) that he had multiple plastic surgeries in the 1980s. His plastic surgeon was Michael Jackson's.
Gest made his claims about his world renown in a $10 million suit he filed against Minnelli in October 2003, a few months after they separated. In addition to calling her abusive, he said that, at the time of the marriage, she was way past her career prime.
Anyway, thanks for indulging my trip into tabloid territory, which, if truth be told, takes place more often than I should probably admit here.