Vanessa Minnillo's 'Very Emotional' Wedding Dress Decision

07/26/2011 at 01:30 PM ET

Vanessa Minnillo Wedding Dress
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When Vanessa Minnillo ventured out for that wedding dress shopping trip every girl dreams of, it didn’t go as expected. Minnillo, whose birth mother hasn’t been in her life for more than 20 years, struggled with not having her mom there with her on that special day. “Normally this is something you do with your mother, and my birth mother hasn’t been in my life since I was 9,” she explains emotionally to PEOPLE. “I have been okay with that up until now but for some unexplained reason, it really overtook me. I felt lost, confused and sad. It was very emotional.” With her matron of honor, friend Jennifer Birmingham-Lee, by her side, Minnillo worked with Monique Lhuillier to try and find the perfect dress. “This was the hardest decision in the whole wedding planning … probably because I didn’t have the support of Nick [Lachey],” Minnillo says. “We decided everything together, even his [Dolce & Gabbana] tux. For the first time, I felt a little bit alone.” To gain some clarity, the bride-to-be decided to ask for her groom’s opinion. “I said, ‘What do you want to see me in when you marry me and I become Mrs. Lachey?'” she recalls. And much to Minnillo’s surprise, Lachey didn’t give a generic male response and instead, was eager to say, “Something traditional with a little modern flair.” So following their chat, Minnillo headed back to Lhuillier’s Los Angeles boutique … and the rest is history. “Literally the next day I went to Monique and tried on my three dresses for the zillionth time. As soon as I put it on, I knew this was it.” –Jennifer Garcia

Vanessa Minnillo Wedding Dress
Courtesy Monique Lhuillier

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Nancy on

suzannejc….your a very bitter woman

kct on

she is a beautiful bride and they look very happy!wishing them a wonderful life together!

Deb on

She looked absolutely stunning! Wish all the best and much happiness to this couple.

Jill Scott on

I am SO happy for Nick Lachey. Jessica Simpson was the worst choice for him. She was very lucky to have Nick and she destroyed her marriage with the help of her obnoxious family.

Vanessa Minnillo seems to ADORE Nick Lachey. And she is heads and tails prettier, smarter and mature than Simpson will ever be. I hope they have lots of children together. I have no doubt this marriage with last. And she was a beautiful bride.

just saying on

Oh waaa…such problems…..get a life! Who are these people anyhow?

Lynn on

Some of the comments are so unrealistic they are funny. The love between Vanessa and Nick is so transparent. These two are definitely in love with each other. Poor Nick had to experience the disappointment of his marriage to Jessica in order to find his soulmate and true love, in Vanessa. Congrats.

Vanessa on

Obviously you haters care, because you wouldn’t be commenting! Let them be happy, and quit reading it if bugs you so much.

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Fabi on

Geez why can`t you people be happy for someone else? I doubt if / when you were preparing YOUR marriages didn`t piss other people who do not want to hear about your marriage again. gimme a break! If u don`t like them why do u read about them????

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