Neil Patrick Harris Was ‘Super-Duper Choked Up’ at His Italian Wedding

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Neil Patrick Harris says he was "super-duper choked up" at his Italian nuptials with David Burtka.  Walter McBride/Getty Images

Neil Patrick Harris is a gushing groom!

Just over a week after marrying David Burtka, the How I Met Your Mother alum, 41, spilled some new details about their Italian wedding ceremony, including how he became so "super-duper choked up" that he was shaking at the altar.

"When you watch other people say their vows and they get all choked up you think, 'C'mon, pull it together, man!'" the 41-year-old said Wednesday on The View. "Then when you're standing there and it's you, and you have this piece of paper that's shaking… You can't help but just get super-duper choked up… I wasn't a crying mess or anything, but they're important words that need to be heard by [David]. It was fun."

[Related: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Share Spaghetti 'Lady and the Tramp'-Style in Hilarious New Book Trailer]

Fun and intimate. While Elton John and David Furnish, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, and Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend were there to witness the men, who had been together for more than 10 years, tie the knot (Pam Fryman, the longtime director of How I Met Your Mother, officiated), the guest list was a short one.

"It was very small, intimate — only 45 people were there," Harris said. "We did a destination wedding, so it kind of kept the numbers down. I just wanted to be able to say nice things about David, to David, in front of the people that matter the most to us… A declaration that I was able to share in front of our kids."

As reported, the couple's 3-year-old twins played roles in the wedding, though their son Gideon was the "orange boy," not a ring bearer, and daughter Harper wasn't up for her flower girl duties when it was go time.

"Gideon was supposed to be the ring bearer. He said, 'I'm the orange boy.' We said, 'What in the world is an orange boy?' He explained this whole thing that he comes down with a basket of oranges and he hands the oranges to everyone," Harris said on the talk show. "Harper was going to go first and do the flower petals. She's into Frozen and Tinkerbell and performing, [so] she was very excited to throw flowers at people." However, "We're about to start. Harper doesn't go and she panics. She's starting to cry and we're all stressed, like, 'You have to go now! We've timed this to the sunset.' I was like, 'David, let's pick her up and we'll all go together."

Minor meltdown aside, Harris, who has a memoir coming out Oct. 14, said that the children were the impetus for their decision to tie the knot.

"We just have been together over 10 years," he said. "I think when our kids got to the age where they were having reasonable conversations — where they're asking lots of why questions — then it seemed right to be able to have a real clear cut explanation of who their daddy is."

He added that now "it's great [to say], 'He's my husband.'"

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