Star of hit TV series marries former pageant queen. It’s not an unusual story … or is it?
On Friday, April 21, “Wizards of Waverly Place” star David Henrie married Miss Delaware 2011 Maria Cahill … in a Solemn High Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Wilmington, California. It’s very pretty.
The bride and groom looked pretty good too (from David Henrie’s Facebook page):
His “Wizards of Waverly Place” castmates showed up, including Selena Gomez (also from David Henrie’s Facebook page):
Contacted for comment, “Wizards of Waverly Place” executive producer Peter Murietta said exclusively to the Faith & Family Media Blog:
So proud to be part of a show that fostered the kinds of relationships that kept them so close after all these years.
All amazing people and such an amazing time.
People magazine had the whole story — well, almost. Henrie said to People:
“You always hear you should marry your best friend, and I actually get to do it,” Henrie, 27, told PEOPLE exclusively before their Old Hollywood-inspired wedding in Southern California on Friday. “You don’t meet girls like her every day.” Added Cahill, 26: “One of my favorite things about him is how funny he is and how we just get each other. Being married is going to be just that much better.”
People didn’t mention this was a Catholic wedding at a Catholic church — it just said the couple exchanged “traditional vows” — nor did it mention the strong beliefs of the happy couple.
Mezzo-soprano Clara Chung, who sang at the wedding as part of the de Angelis Vocal Ensemble, told the Faith & Family Media Blog:
It was a really beautiful and reverent Solemn High Mass, and they did well in choosing music that would properly adorn the liturgy. It was clear that the beauty of the Sacrament was of utmost importance to them.
He added that the cast had helped him “to find the greater good and awaken the little boy in my heart, and led me back to my faith, led me back to my beliefs, and it has completely changed my life.”
Since then, he’s become a devout Catholic and a common visitor at Masses around the Los Angeles area.
As for Cahill, People entirely omits that the cradle Catholic, one of seven children, is a speaker (book her here) on the issues of pro-life, chastity (which Henrie has publicly addressed as well) and modesty, which got her in some trouble during her pageant years. From her speaker bio:
After winning Miss Delaware less than six months later, that talk was released to Youtube, starting controversy, especially in the pageant community. During her year as Miss Delaware, she was instructed to remain silent on her pro-life views, being told that speaking about this issue would hinder her chances of becoming Miss America. Maria continued to speak and spread the love of Life, Liberty, and Happiness for every single one of God’s children.
Here are a couple of videos from 2016 in which Ms. Cahill, now Mrs. Henrie, talks to Catholic high-school students and then sits down for a post-speech chat:
It’s a rare day that a young Hollywood wedding is also a big Catholic wedding. We hope the witness of David and Maria impacted everyone there, along with young people across the country and around the world.
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