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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cheryl on

i wish many years of happiness for nick and vanessa, they are beautiful togather. they dated for many years and got married when the time was right. please nick & jessica fans get over it, nick has never looked this happy. jessica caused nick a lot of pain and that pervert father of hers joe simpson did not help the situation. i can not wait for the babies ( lil nick and lil vanessa are going to be gorgeous) just like their parents. congrats to both of you, u derserve happiness. vanessa is more mature than jessica. nick has a real woman. the both of u were great in hawaii five 0.

Anon on

I agree that the guy has never looked happier. I think Nick and Vanessa make a great looking couple and seem to be on the same page intellectually and emotionally. I know a lot of Newlyweds fans can’t seem to let go but if you ever really watched that show….Jessica and Nick seemed mismatched from the get go…her meddling family only added to their issues.

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jay on

if u have nothing nice to say then don’t say nothing at all no need for the negative comments especially if you are an adult… i think they both are genuine people i watched their special on TLC and it was beautiful and shows what real love is congrads and keep doin you and let these haters continue to hate and be your motivation jealousy is a disease…. blessings

sarah on

who makes the matron of honor’s dress?? its beautiful!!!

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Kimberly on

I hate all the negative comments people make about this couple I think Nick is a very sweet and talented individual. I like that he found someone who can appreciate him and I love the dress she chose it was beautiful. Many congratulations on the wonderful ceremony.

Collette on

I really like them. I think they’re very sweet and down-to-earth. I wish them nothing but love and happiness forever. Her dress was GORGEOUS and their wedding looked amazing. If I had their money, that’s exactly the kind of wedding I would have wanted too. I cried during their vow exchange. You could tell their words were genuine. I was only sad to hear about her Mom situation. I think that Nick will fill that void though as best he can. Very happy for them.

@Pam Vanessa is best known for hosting MTV’s TRL Live and Entertainment Tonight. She was also, at one point, #15 in Maxim’s Hottest 100 list. ;)

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