Former “Girl Next Door” reality star/Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson married her football player fiancé Hank Baskett Saturday. The two were wed at the Playboy Mansion, but Kendra’s ex-boyfriend/father figure Hugh Hefner did not give the bride away. According to US Weekly’s sources, Hef was Kendra’s first choice to walk her down the aisle, but she ended up going with her brother, Colin.
The ceremony was held on the lawn of the Playboy Mansion, which is supposed to be lovely. I’ve seen bits and pieces of the Mansion’s grounds (yes, I watched Hef’s A&E Biography), and they are beautifully manicured and extensive. The bride, the groom and the groomsmen all wore white (which I think is a little tacky, but whatever) while the bridesmaids wore lavender:
In a wedding fit for a princess, Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson wed her NFL player beau Hank Baskett at her onetime residence, the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles’s exclusive Holmby Hills, on Saturday, PEOPLE confirms.
At around 6:45 p.m., the Playmate and former Girls Next Door star, 23, walked down the aisle in a white dress, dripping in more than $100,000 worth of platinum jewelry by Michael Barin, including drop earrings, a pendant and bracelet. The groom also wore white, as did the groomsmen, while the bridesmaids were in lavender.
Among the hundreds of guests were former boyfriend and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and fellow Playmate Bridget Marquardt, who was among the bridal party.
The bride and groom married out in the open on a lawn, and there were white rose petals and flower wreaths decorating the aisle.
“She was beaming,” says an eyewitness.
The wedding week kicked off with date night Monday evening at the premiere of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, where Wilkinson told PEOPLE, “I feel great! We’re just ready to say our ‘I do’s’ and just go on our honeymoon and we’re ready to be married.” Her sole concern? “Tripping down the aisle,” she admitted.
Wednesday afternoon the bride-to-be relaxed with some personal pampering and girl time with her mother, grandmother and bridal party at Face to Face Los Angeles, a salon in Studio City.
The happy couple announced some other big news earlier this month – their first child, due on Christmas day.
Man, that’s a lot of jewelry. I’ve never understood the need or desire for a bride to deck herself out in gobs of diamonds – should the wedding ring be the only piece that really “pops”? Maybe I’m just old-fashioned that way. Oh, well. Congratulations to Kendra and Hank – I have a feeling he’s going to have to put up with a lot. Not that Kendra’s a bad person, just that she’s not very bright, and she annoys the hell out of me. But that’s wonderful that she found love, and she’s probably absolutely thrilled with her dream wedding and the baby on the way, so good for her.
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