6 MAY 2009

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, 38, wed in an intimate ceremony in the cloister of a 15th-century Italian convent in Brindisi on Saturday.

The long-term couple, who have been together since 2002 and are parents to two-year-old daughter Ramona, swapped vows in the Convento di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, now a luxury eight-bedroom bed and breakfast.

A family friend conducted the 30-minute service which was attended by 40 friends and family members, including the bride's sibling Jake Gyllenhaal, who's a close pal of the groom, and his girlfriend Reese Witherspoon.

Following the official proceedings the newlyweds and their guests chatted in the grounds of the convent before partaking of a wedding feast prepared in a kitchen brought in specially for the occasion.

Accompanying the cuisine was a local wine from Lecce, while the entertainment was provided by an Italian outfit which serenaded the party with Italian classics such as 'Tu Si Na' Cosa Bella Pe MeYou Are A Beautiful Thing For Me – and Volare.

On their first day as husband and wife Maggie, 31, and Peter had brunch with their family before jumping on their bikes and cycling into the town for a spot of shopping. They then headed to the secluded Acquaviva Bay, which is famous for its mixture of sea and fresh spring water reports US magazine People.

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Long-term couple Maggie and Peter said "I do" in front of 40 friends and family in an intimate ceremony in Brindisi on Saturday
The newlyweds chose the picturesque cloister of the 15th-century Convento di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli for their nuptials