Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge marries fiancé Linda Wallem

By Amanda Holtzer,

Melissa Etheridge and partner Linda Wallem, both 53, tied the knot Saturday night at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California.

Grammy Award-winning Etheridge is also a gay rights activist. She and Wallem, co-creator of the television series Nurse Jackie, began dating in 2010, and announced their engagement following the Supreme Court’s decision on gay rights.

Miami Herald reports that the ceremony was small and intimate. Etheridge’s four children participated in the ceremony. Several celebrities attended the wedding as well, including Chelsea Handler, Rosie O’Donnell, Whitney Cummings and Peter Facinelli.

During the outdoor ceremony, Etheridge sang Wallem a song she wrote especially for her, one that she had never performed before.

A guest at the wedding told People Magazine, “The ceremony was such a beautiful start to the night. The setting was perfect. It was something Melissa and Linda wanted early on. It was as perfect as they envisioned.”

The newlyweds left Sunday morning for their honeymoon. Etheridge plans to surprise Wallem at a secret location.

image via INFevents.com



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