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  • 1 January 2013, 22:27

Playboy Hugh Hefner Marries His Runaway Bride

Hugh Hefner has married Crystal Harris - who broke off her previous engagement to the Playboy founder just five days before their planned wedding in 2011.

The pair reconciled early last year, and the 26-year-old glamour model went on to tie the knot with the 86-year-old in a small ceremony on New Year's Eve.

"So happy" tweeted Harris, who has changed her name to Crystal Hefner, although her Twitter account remains in her maiden name.

"Having so much fun with friends and family," she added.

Harris and Hefner did not try to keep the wedding a secret as Harris had tweeted about the nuptials before they even took place, also switching to her married namebeforehand.

"Today is the day I become Mrs. Hugh Hefner. Feeling very happy, lucky, and blessed," she tweeted.

Harris and Hefner had been due to get married in 2011 at a lavish ceremony in front of 300 guests before she had a "change of heart" and dumped him.

The ceremony was low-key this time around, with Harris tweeting a picture of a room at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles flush with an arch of white and pink flowers.

Only around two dozen white chairs were set out for the ceremony. The guests included Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, comic Jon Lovitz and baseball star Evan Longoria.

The bride wore a strapless fishtail gown in soft pink, which she called her "mermaid dress", while Hefner wore a black dinner jacket.

Harris, who has a psychology degree, was Playboy magazine's Miss December 2009 and appeared on the July 2011 cover of the adult magazine with a "runaway bride" sticker covering her bottom half.

The model, who was born in San Diego to British parents, said she asked for Christmas ornaments at her pre-Christmas bridal shower to help decorate Hefner's famed mansion.

"I was deciding what kind of shower I wanted, and I thought I didn't really want a lingerie shower, since I have more than enough lingerie," Harris told Us Weekly magazine.

Hefner has been married twice before. He and his second wife Kimberley Conrad, who is also a former Playmate, divorced in 2010 after a lengthy separation.

His first marriage to Mildred Williams ended in divorce in 1959. He has two children from each marriage.

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