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Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean Ties the Knot


As the saying goes, when you’re down, there’s no place to go but up. This has been true for Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean’s 2011. He started the year by entering rehab, and before the year ends, he ties the knot.

A.J. McLean and girlfriend Rochelle Karidis at a concert in August 2011

Under a gazebo adorned with white hydrangeas, McLean exchanged vows with longtime girlfriend Rochelle DeAnna Karidis. Guests were surrounded by glowing chandeliers.

The wedding took place at the Crystal Lawn on Saturday at Beverly Hills hotel where McLean’s bandmates — Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, and Kevin Richardson — were in attendance. Kathy Griffin and New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre were also witnesses to the event.

Photographer Tyler shields officiated the wedding.

McLean, 33, wore a red bow tie for his wedding. While the bride walked down the aisle to Guns N’ Roses power ballad “November Rain.”

McLean tweeted Friday night “Wedding is tomorrow, Ro and I could barely sleep last night. I think we’re a little excited.” McLean told People Magazine in an April interview that he was a hands-on groom.

After the ceremony, the guests dined and danced at the hotel’s Crystal ballroom.

Preparing to have a family of their own, McLean and Karidis moved from Hollywood to the Valley early this year because it gave them more space to raise a family. However, the two are in no rush to have little A.J.s or little Rochelles. “I think we’ll be married for about three years before we have kids,” says McLean.

A.J. proposed to Rochelle about two years ago at his solo concert in Las Vegas where he brought Rochelle onstage to pop the question.

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