Screen actress who gained recognition for her starring role in the 1991 film Father of the Bride and its 1995 sequel. Her other credits include Safe House, The Christmas Shoes, and Lucky 7. In 2018, she starred in The Christmas Chronicles.
She began her acting career at age thirteen and directed the Rye High School Musical Revue in 1989.
She left Northwestern University to appear in the film Father of the Bride, but returned shortly afterwards to complete her degree.
She married country singer Brad Paisley in March 2003. She and Brad have two sons together, William and Jasper. Her sister is actress Ashley Williams.