George Lucas, Mellody Hobson Wed in California

NEW YORK | Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 10:24am EDT

After seven years of dating, George Lucas, 69, and Mellody Hobson, 44, finally tied the knot Saturday at his famous Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California.

Lucas had been dating Hobson, the chair of Ariel Investments, a $3 billion firm, and a contributor on “Good Morning America,” since 2006. Photo: Angel Cabrera Productions/Flickr

Star Wars powerhouse George Lucas and CBS News finance and economy analyst Mellody Hobson exchanged vows on Saturday at his famous Skywalker Ranch, in front of 200 guests including Oprah Winfrey, Robert De Niro, Glenn Close, Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, Quincy Jones and his daughter Rashida.

The bride wore a white dress by Peter Soronen and carried brightly coloured roses as her ‘something blue.’

Director Francis Ford Coppola did a reading, and the ceremony was officiated by journalist Bill Moyers, who famously interviewed the writer Joseph Campbell at Skywalker Ranch for a landmark documentary series in 1988, reports the Huff Post.

“It only takes one person to have met the love of your life,” Moyers, who was a Baptist minister before launching his illustrious career in journalism, told the bride and groom. Moyers went on to quote the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi: “When I heard my first love story, I was thinking of you.”

Former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley walked the Peter Soronen–clad bride down the aisle.

During the reception, approximately 200 guests enjoyed performances by Janelle Monae and Van Morrison. The groom’s longtime friend, filmmaker and producer Steven Spielberg, gave a toast. According to a source, “He joked that the Force finally had a name: Mellody!”

Samuel L. Lackson took Twitter to congratulate the newlyweds: “Let’s give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his bride Melodie on this, their wedding day.”

Director Ron Howard also sent his praise to the happy couple: “George Lucas Mellody Hobson wedding was joy to behold Bill Moyers service was beautiful, nothing short of profound. Congrats Mr&Mrs Lucas,” he wrote.

Hobson is a well-established businesswoman whose most notable accomplishments include serving as a contributor and analyst on finance and the economy with CBS News as well as chairing of the board of DreamWorks Animation. It is her first marriage.

During a joint interview on OWN last year, Hobson told Oprah Winfrey of her relationship with the famed director:

“I think it works because we are extraordinarily open-minded people and we’re open to what the universe brings us and I think we didn’t have preconceived ideas about what a partnership should be and so we allowed ourselves to discover something that was unexpected.”

Lucas, 69, and Hobson, 44, announced their engagement in January following a seven-year courtship. The Indiana Jones creator was previously wed to film editor Marcia Griffin from 1969 to 1983, says US Magazine.

They adopted a daughter together, and Lucas adopted two more children after they divorced, in 1983. Lucas’ son, Jett, was his best man, and his daughters, Katie and Amanda, served as bridesmaids.

The couple will have time for a long honeymoon after George sold his company, Lucasfilm, to Disney for roughly $4 billion in cash and stock last year.

Outside of enjoying love and the newlywed life, Lucas will be busy in the coming weeks with  backing his $700 million  proposal  to feature his private collection of Americana and Hollywood art in a new museum at San Francisco’s Presidio.  San Francisco mayor Ed Lee is sold on the proposal since meeting with Lucas after a private meeting several weeks ago, writes NBC.

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