Nikki Reed, Ian Somerhalder: First Photos from Wedding Hit Media

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Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder tied the knot back in April, but the wedding photos are just now hitting the media.

The Twilight star and the Vampire Diaries hunk wed in a secret ceremony at Topanga Canyon. Vampire Diaries costars Kat Graham, Paul Wesley, Matt Davis, and Phoebe Tonkin were there to share in the big day.

In an interview for the October/November issue of Brides magazine, Nikki Reed dishes on her rustic wedding day and shares pictures of herself with her handsome groom.

"We really wanted our wedding to be small, intimate, and about the two of us," she shared.

To ensure that they could pull off the surprise wedding, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed invited their closest friends to a housewarming party. Upon arrival at a shuttle spot, the whole gang was then transported to Topanga Canyon.

"We didn’t want our loved ones to show up with any expectations or squeezed into formal attire," Nikki Reed says in the interview.

The couple wanted a low-key feel, and enlisted wedding planner Andrea Freeman to help them combine their love of music festivals with the flavor of Ian Somerhalder's native Louisiana.

"We wanted a Louisiana backyard-barbecue feel, with food stations and a dance floor for our closest friends and family," Nikki Reed said of their outdoor reception. "It really was all about the food, the dancing, and the love."

Noted soul singer Ellis Hall performed at the reception.

"Ellis Hall sang the night away," Nikki adds. "Live music is so important to us, and we couldn’t imagine anyone but Ellis there with us."

Nikki Reed's wedding gown was designed by Claire Pettibone.

"Claire was an absolute dream to work with," Reed said. "Not only is she an amazing designer, but she has the most wonderful energy. We were on the same page from the moment we met."

The issue of Brides with Nikki Reed's interview and loads of pictures from her marriage to Ian Somerhalder hits news stands on September 8th.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.