Melissa Etheridge and her girlfriend exchange vows. The rocker and actress Tammy Lynn Michaels held a wedding ceremony in California on Saturday

By Brian Hiatt
September 22, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Melissa Etheridge and her girlfriend, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, held a wedding ceremony in Malibu, California, on Saturday, exchanging vows in front of friends and family. ”We are so grateful for the blessings from our friends and family as we commence our vows, and begin the rest of our lives together,” the pair, who exchanged platinum-and-diamond wedding bands, said in a statement issued by Etheridge’s publicist.

Etheridge, 41, wore a custom-made linen pantsuit to the ceremony, while Michaels, 28, wore a white lace coat over a gown. The couple will share custody of Etheridge’s son and daughter with her former girlfriend, Julie Cypher (David Crosby was the father, via artificial insemination). Etheridge is planning to release a new studio album in January, and Michaels is set to appear in a Showtime series, the same-sex drama appropriately titled ”The L Word.”