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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Maria on

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

Stella on


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…

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