The lovebirds may have faced some controversy when first they announced their engagement, but the subsequent marriage of Lachey’s ex (Jessica Simpson) helped to smooth over public opinion and pave the way for the couple’s future nuptials, which occurred just a few days ago. The wedding took place on Neckar Island (owned by Sir Richard Branson) in the Caribbean, on a cliff overlooking the cerulean waters. Minnillo wore a silk, Monique Lhuillier creation that featuredcrystal beadwork while Lachey sported a Dolce & Gabanna design. Of course, anyone interested in getting a peek at the ceremony can see the two-hour special airing on TLC July 30th, entitled Nick & Vanessa’s Dream Wedding (you didn’t think the reality TV duo would do anything less!).
And of course, no celebrity wedding would be complete without some spectacular bling on display. Those who paid attention to the engagement of late last year were probably in awe of the fabulous, 4-carat, Asscher-cut diamond that the soon-to-be Mrs. Lachey was seen sporting. The central stone, flanked by trapezoidal diamonds and set in a platinum band, was designed by Bader and Garrin and reportedly cost around $125,000. Of course, Kim Kardashian’s $2 million stunner would shortly surpass Minnillo’s ring in the bling department, but as of last November, Minnillo had one of the finest celebrity engagement rings on the market.
Now the couple has added a pair of gorgeous wedding bands to the mix. Also designed by David Bader (of Bader and Garrin), Minnillo’s band was made to match perfectly with her engagement ring, featuring smaller Asscher-cut diamonds in a platinum eternity band. Even Lachey went for an embellished ring. Although he obviously wanted something more masculine (opting for a thicker band) the design of his ring featured 24 diamonds. Also reportedly included in Lachey’s ring was a special inscription penned by his now-wife. As to what that message might be, the couple has thus far remained tight-lipped on the subject (apparently wishing to keep at least one part of the wedding arrangements private). All that was revealed was that the engraving was “heartfelt”. If you want to know more, tune in on Saturday to see the wedding for yourself!