Manny Perez Marries Yumilka Valerio

Manny Perez is a married man.

The actor, who has had roles on Homeland, Rescue Me and Third Watch, married Yumilka Valerio on Friday in a private ceremony in the Dominican Republic.

“This is the happiest and most blessed moment in our lives,” the couple tell PEOPLE in a statement.

The pair said their vows at sunset while on the beach near the Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort in Puerto Plata. Raffaele Pitrella designed both the wedding gown and Perez’s cream-colored suit. The bride’s impressive veil had embroidery detailing.

Rescue Me's Finale: Why It Worked

The series finale of a beloved TV show is like the last bite of a great dinner: You want all the flavors and complexities of the meal to blend together, creating that perfect note to end upon and savor.

It’s a tall order.

So, as a longtime fan of FX’s post-9/11 firefighter drama Rescue Me, I wondered whether the final episode could live up to such high hopes.

Turns out, the opening sequence alone was among the most satisfying of the entire series.

Rescue Me's Denis Leary: Ending the Show Was 'Very Emotional'

Nothing like a room full of tough guys to help keep your emotions in check.

“It was very emotional,” Denis Leary tells PEOPLE of shooting the series finale of Rescue Me at a screening of the episode Wednesday night in Manhattan. “But I couldn’t really cry there. There were firefighters there … it wasn’t one of those things where you could cry if you were a guy.”

Callie Thorne: Wrapping Rescue Me was 'Terrible!'

After seven seasons with the Rescue Me “boys club,” Callie Thorne says she can more than hold her own with the guys.

“I developed my own truck driver mouth,” the actress tells PEOPLE with a laugh. But when the cast filmed the final season – which will air Wednesdays (10 p.m. ET) on FX – the gang of tough guys softened up.

Callie Thorne Laughs Her Way Through Sex Scene with David Duchovny

Making love on screen is rarely easy, but actress Callie Thorne found playing opposite Californication’s David Duchovny was a piece of cake – thanks to her leading man.

“I was a big sweaty mess because it’s nerve racking enough doing a guest spot on something and then to have it be [a sex scene], but David made me feel very comfortable,” Thorne, 40, who guest-starred on his Showtime series, told PEOPLE at the season-six premiere of her FX show Rescue Me.

Rescue Me's Andrea Roth Expecting a Baby

After five months spent attempting to start a family, Rescue Me actress Andrea Roth and her fiancé, producer Todd Biermann, have received their wish: The couple are expecting their first child, they tell TV Guide.

Due in mid-April, Roth, 42, says that despite a pregnancy bout with swine flu, everything since has been smooth sailing.

Maura Tierney Goes from ER to the Firehouse

On the night ER’s County General shut its doors for good, Maura Tierney hit the town in support of her new show, the FX firefighter drama Rescue Me.

At Thursday’s New York season-five premiere and Rescue Me Comedy Tour, benefiting the Leary Firefighters Foundation, Tierney, 44, told PEOPLE of the ER finale, “I haven’t seen it. I’m TiVoing it. There was a party this weekend, so I got to see everybody and say goodbye.” And, she adds with a laugh, “I’ve moved on!”

Lenny Clarke Loses 144 lbs. on 'Denis Leary Diet'

When Rescue Me actor Lenny Clarke hit 380 lbs., his best friend and costar Denis Leary took notice – and action. He encouraged Clarke to get healthy and with Leary’s help (and that of Weight Watchers), Clarke has lost 144 lbs. and counting. PEOPLE sat down with the two comedians for a funny, tough-love take on taking off the pounds.