Last Updated: 11:07 AM, July 1, 2012
Posted: 1:53 AM, July 1, 2012
Alec Baldwin finally got a lesson in anger marriagement.
After years of public meltdowns, punching photographers and verbally abusing family members, the raging 54-year-old “30 Rock” co-star tied the knot last night with beautiful yoga teacher Hilaria Thomas, 28, in a traditional Catholic ceremony at Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Nolita.
Thomas — the long-suffering bride who has endured two stalkers and her groom’s endless bickering with strangers — wore a silk magnolia trumpet Amsale gown with cap sleeves and a keyhole-back neckline accented with crystal buttons.
Baldwin, his hair freshly frosted into an off-orange quaff, wore a tuxedo by Tom Ford.
“Shockingly, everything went off without a hitch,” the bloviating groom’s brother Stephen told The Post. “It was lovely, beautiful, and we’re looking forward to a long, happy marriage.”
The Rev. George Deas performed the 8 p.m. ceremony, conducted in English with readings in Spanish. The bride’s family is from Spain.
Baldwin’s 16-year-old daughter, Ireland — whom he once lambasted as a “thoughtless little pig” — was the flower girl and also wore Amsale, as did Hilaria’s mother.
Guests included Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels, Woody Allen, Mariska Hargitay, Robert Kennedy Jr. and brothers Billy and Stephen.
None of the 200 guests received paper invitations to the cathedral ceremony.
At the ceremony, cellphones were banned.
Pictures from the ceremony were sold to People magazine — and the bride was painstakingly shielded from prying paparazzi’s lenses when she left the church with a contingent of bodyguards wielding large black umbrellas and tarps.
When the couple’s limo pulled away from the church, it was swarmed by photographers. As it tried to avoid them, it ran a red light and blocked an intersection when it got stuck in traffic.
After the ceremony, revelers headed to the reception on the top floor of the Kimmel Center at NYU. Both Baldwin and Thomas, his second wife, had been students there.
The center was decked with dozens of white rose arrangements and equipped with a dance floor.
On their way inside, the couple again hid from photographers.
For once, Baldwin didn’t use his hands to try to ward off the lenses, relying on a bouquet of flowers to cover his rubbery face.
At the reception, a guest described the party as having “very spirited dancing.”
Others admired the “great view” of the north-facing 10th-floor banquet hall overlooking Washington Square Park.
But behind the scenes, disgruntled kitchen workers grumbled about the star’s tardiness. “This party is going to take forever,” said a waiter.
“Dinner was served an hour late, about 11 p.m.”
For the wedding of a millionaire TV and film star, the menu was fairly run-of-the-mill: guests dined on sushi, clams and shrimp, were offered chicken or fish for an entree, and got to consume slices of an organic wedding cake.
“If you went, I think you would be delighted,” said Fr. George Deas, who conducted the ceremony. “But I don’t think it was anything to write home about.”
Bobby Kennedy — whose wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, committed suicide in May — did the first toast, and a guest said “it was funny.” Brother Billy Baldwin did the final one, which was “short and sweet.”
Woody Allen and wife Soon Yi left early, a source said.
The party continued until around 2:30 a.m., when a decoy car filled with random party guests exploded out of the the Kimmel Center's garage and flew down Thompson Street, leaving onlookers gaping.
Moments later a second car with the happy couple inside drove them straight home.
Before the ceremony, Baldwin experienced some jitters — and just 25 minutes before walking down the aisle yesterday, Alec took a premarital walk around the block to shake off his nervousness.
He walked up to a crowd of fans and even shook the hand of gawker Marlene Diaz, 34, of Dallas.
According to her, he said: “You don’t always believe everything you read in the tabloids, do you?”
Police had no clue that Alec was going to walk around the block — and had to go chasing after him for the sake of security.
“He probably did it to be a pain in the ass,” one cop said.
And yesterday afternoon, hours before he was to get hitched, Baldwin took to Twitter to quote lines of the Emily Dickinson love poem “ ’Twas a Long Parting.”
It was Baldwin’s second marriage. He divorced actress Kim Basinger in 2002.
Additional reporting by Amber Sutherland, Annie Karni and Larry Celona