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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

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Lola on

Milkin’ this for all its worth.

samantha on

Boo Hoo Ho

suzannejc on

Sorry–but does anyone care about this couple? Wish them well and all but don’t understand why they are in People online everyday…

Cinder's mom on

I think the dress is lovely (and especially innovative since it’s a two-piece). I wish we could see a full photo of just Vanessa wearing it. I’m sure she’s just beautiful. Happiness wishes to the newlyweds.

Kari on

Hmmm, ok? I had to completely change my dress at the last minute but for good reasons; I had lost 50 pounds (on the myfreedomfit diet)!! That was emotional but for all good reasons. Anyhow, glad she found the right dress I guess. Doesn’t seem like it would be too hard working with a designer!

Carol on

zzzzzzzzzz They are soooooo boring!! Next…

Rachel on

I am sorry that your mom wasn’t there with you when you were dress shopping. I could only imagine how hard it was for you. I just wanted to say congratulations to the both of you. Your dress is very pretty. I wish you and Nick a life time of love and happiness! =)..ps. ignore the haters that are commenting!

Pam on

I wish them the best.

However, Nick is only famous because of 98 degrees and being married at one time to Jessica Simpson.

What is Vanessa famous for?

We do not need daily updates on this couple.

Kristie on

I think she seems so sweet and genuine I hope they last a lifetime. I love her bouquet, what kind of flowers are in it?

Teresa on

This is the same article from right after the wedding, just recycled with a different title…enough, already!

Maria on

I used to like him when he was married to Jessica Simpson. Oh well good luck.

Stella on

GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

Kitty on

Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness.

Savannah on

Aaah, I feel so bad for her. I know exactly what she’s talking about. I went with my Mom and if i hadn’t, it wouldn’t have been the same. She has since passed and I miss doing so many things with her. But Vanessa is blessed to have such a wonderful husband in Nick… :)

Giggles on

What is Vanessa famous for??? Someone PLEASE tell me why she is famous (besides for being with ex-boybander and former Mr. Jessica Simpson). Nick is semi famous for being the lead in 2nd-string boyband and being married to Jessica, so I kind of get that (though he is nowhere near as famous or interesting now).

PS – People, how much did you have to pay these wannabes for all this boring “exclusives”? Enough already!

Giggles on

That is a REALLY bad pick of a dress for a tropical paradise wedding. The top part looks like a frilly bustier you would wear at a Christmas event. Jessica’s Vera Wang lace and pearl gown was phenomenal. This one pales in comparison.

Big Whoop on

How about no family at all? And wanting to get married but cannot afford the wedding you want? Count your blessings!

tk on

I was in the same boat with a much lesser gown. I wish I had the same blessings but I was at a cut rate store by myself eating the regular life. I chose my dress via photo. I understand the aloneness it is what it is. She ended up with a fairy tale and for the the rest of us it is another boat but I understand the struggle. Congrats!

Gypsy on

Isnt her dress EXACTLY as the one Guilianna DiPandi wear on her weddng? BTW also a ML….
I think she could pick something more “unique”

clb on

The dress is beautiful… Wish we could see more of it…

Kat on

Very pretty. She should have styled her hair, though. It looks wilted.

Missy :) on

I have to admit, I got a little emotional reading this article. I can imagine it might be difficult to pick out a dress for such an incredible milestone without the help of the person who’s been your support system for years (Nick) and the person who’s supposed to be there for you unconditionally (her birth mother).

Also, I love love love how she talks about making decisions with Nick as a team. It shows incredible maturity – and I can’t wait to see this beautiful couple start a family together! I’ve always loved Vanessa and Nick together, and with how they’ve played out their relationship, marriage was the obvious next step.

Congrats to them!!

Ashley on

The dress in gorgeous. The couple is ideal. Nick and Vanessa appear to be perfect for each other and are obviously very much in love. Glad to see that Nick got it right, finally. Cna’t wait for the special of the wedding on TLC on Friday.

Whoop-de-do on

Boo-hoo. It must be difficult being rich, famous and working with a designer on your wedding dress with no budget. Life is hard.

Lizzy on

suzannejc: It obviously tweeked your curiosity….

kimberly on

wtf.. why is this news? at. all.

sara on

my daughter & i haven’t spoken in almost a year and it’s horrible:( i wish for vanessa that her mother could of shared in the happiness of her wedding day…if anything, the pain of not having her there hopefully will show them both that reconciling may never be too late. i myself have put way too much emphasize on my own hurt feelings and should really consider not losing anymore time.

Ivy on

Who cares. What a ridiculous story.

Kate on

Well dont know she is but I remember he was married to a girl with blond hair and she was as thick as two short planks right? There the fool is doing all over again

Dahlia on

This marriage will last long enough to produce a couple of kids. Then the divorce proceedings will start. She should save her tears for the divorce.

Jessica is probably laughing at these two and rightly so.

Carolyn on

Love this couple and so glad to see them finally get married. If you don’t know who they are, its because they haven’t the fought for the limelight as many stars do. They’ve been together for years. Not everyone you read about is going to catch your fancy. Just turn the page and move on if you don’t like what you see.
Congrats and much happiness to them both!!!

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NORA on

SHE LOOKS VERY BEAUTIFUL WITH HER WEDDING DRESS.I LIKE THE COUPLE, IS A SEXY COMBINATION.BUT I DON’T KNOW, WHERE SHE’S FROM.

Guest on

I can think of a lot of things more upsetting and pressing in this world than a spoiled, pampered, Hollywood wannabe who’s crying because her birth mother isn’t there to help her pick out a wedding dress. If that’s all this pathetic creature finds to get upset about, she needs a serious reality check.

Deborah on

Pretty dress but really no one cares about this couple

CJ on

Here is what I do not understand about women today……….why can they not make ONE decision, with JOY, like picking out a wedding dress WITHOUT their soon to be partner?! It baffels me to no end.
Once upon a time, wedding planning and dress shopping was a fun and special time for a woman, now, it seems that every event in life really has to be done with their partner.
Don’t get me wrong it is good to share things with the person you love but honestly if you can’t make ONE decision without them without feeling sad and lost then there is a HUGE problem. I don’t mean that Melissa had these feelings about missing her Mom, that was natural, but her comment that Nick wasn’t with her on ONE decision about the dress, to me, that spells ISSUES!
Take a look at shows like “Say Yes to the dress”, LOTS of women simply cannot venture out in life and pick their OWN dress without their partners approval, THAT is pathetic!

rlb237 on

Cinder’s Mom — you can see a photo of her in the dress in the issue of People with JLo on the cover.

The dress is beautiful and Vanessa looked wonderful in it. Congrats and best wishes to both her and Nick.

Anna on

This couple is so boring and she seems to have no personality.

Bitsy on

Does anyone else get the feeling that this poor guy doesn’t get a say in any of the “press” they do on these two? We’re reading these mundane details about them everyday, and it all seems to be coming from her. Does she have People.com on speed dial? Nothing against these two, but it just appears as though she keeps running to the media to dish on their lives together in an attempt to “out shine” his life with Jessica – hence the televised special. She knows very well how the majority of the public adored Jessica and Nick together, and it seems like she’s constantly shoving the details of their relationship in everyone’s face in an effort to make everyone forget about him and Jess or somehow convince the world that their relationship is better. Sorry Vanessa, but we can’t….their chemistry was undeniable and her sillyness paired with his patience and love for her was heartwarming to watch. Just an observation. Nick and jess, you KNOW you belong together! You only marry your true love once! Please get back together :(

Jada on

Vanessa was a scream on 30 Rock. Nothing but praises from the critics for her performance with Tina Fey. Perhaps that is why Wipeout chose her to work with the very funny two Johns. Obviously the producers are happy with her personality, Anna, and that is what counts. Perhaps they even have had the opportunity to actually have spoken with her! As for the choice of dress, gorgeous.

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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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

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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.

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This is such an irrelevant couple. Vanessa is trying so hard to get attention. Always talking about bad stuff about Jessica when she has not spoken a single word about them. Envy. Try hard but no one’s buying your junk.

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