Friday, December 29, 2006

Model Niki Taylor Weds Nascar Driver

Supermodel Niki Taylor has married NASCAR driver Burney Lamar after a four-month engagement. Surrounded by about 60 guests including her children Jake and Hunter Martinez, Taylor and Lamar wed in a ceremony Wednesday at the Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, Calif., according to her rep, Lou Taylor. The bride wore a Vera Wang dress aside her older sister Joelle Bolline, who served as matron of honor, and her niece, who was a flower girl.

For even more of a hometown touch, the ceremony was officiated by the couple's Brentwood, Tenn., church pastor. But for their first dance together, the newlyweds went along with La Jolla's oceanfront vibe, picking surfer-singer-songwriter Jack Johnson's romantic "Better Together."

Afterward, guests were treated to a five-course lunch including squash soup, potato gnocchi with wild mushrooms, steak and lobster. It was only in September that Lamar asked for the onetime Sports Illustrated and Cover Girl model's hand in marriage while her parents watched, her rep told PEOPLE at the time.

Taylor, 31, now a clothing entrepreneur and a mother of two, told PEOPLE in July that she had wanted to find the right man, but wasn't in a hurry. "If I have a date, then I have a date, but it's all about (sons) Jake and Hunter right now." Taylor's 11-year-old twins are from her three-year marriage to Arena Football League player Matt Martinez, which ended in 1996. Lamar, 26, is considered an up-and-coming star on the NASCAR circuit. He drives the No. 77 Dollar General Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series.

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