Nicole Richie & Joel Madden were married in Beverly Hills on Saturday


Well, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden were finally married after drawing it out forever. They got hitched yesterday, Saturday, in Beverly Hills. According to media outlets, the ceremony took place at Lionel Richie’s home, with about 150 family friends and one elephant in attendance. Take that, Katy Perry! Katy got hitched with elephants in India, and Nicole was all “I’m the Queen Bee, I can have an elephant in Beverly Hills, bitch.” Oooh, Samantha Ronson was there too! I bet she deejayed the party, what do you think?

Nicole Richie and her boyfriend of four years, Joel Madden, said “I do” in a winter-themed ceremony Saturday in Beverly Hills, has confirmed.

Held at the home of Nicole’s father, Lionel, the black-tie evening event was attended by approximately 150 family members and friends, including Khloe Kardashian and Samantha Ronson. One other guest: an elephant! Around 5:40 p.m., observers spotted an elephant arriving in the driveway; the animal was led into a white tent with other revelers.

The bride’s BFF, Masha Gordon, served as maid of honor, while the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Harlow, was the flower girl. (The couple also have son Sparrow, 15 months.)

Richie, 29, strived to get every detail right for her big day — putting extra special thought into her gown. Just days before the wedding, Richie remained torn over two designs: Marchesa and a vintage Chanel. In fact, she jetted off to New York City Dec. 3 for a final fitting at Marchesa with her stylist, Simone Harouche. “A lot of thought went into her dress — it was a priority for her,” a source explains.

Why the winter theme?

“Nicole is obsessed with the season,” a pal tells Us of the designer and author, who confirmed her engagement in February. (Her daughter’s middle names are Winter Kate, also the title of her clothing line).

“[The fete is] less about Joel and Nicole getting married and more about having a party,” another pal told Us of the soiree, planned by Mindy Weiss. “The spirit is that it’s a celebration and it’s very low-key.”

Though the couple — also parents to Sparrow, 15 months — has finally made their union official, Richie and Madden say they’ve long felt like husband and wife.

“We’re really focused on our family, and…we already feel kind of married, you know?” Madden, 31, told Larry King in 2009. “Our family system that we have down, we feel like this is a real family and marriage, one day it will come.”

Richie’s father, who walked his daughter down the aisle, is equally as taken by their love.

“My happiness for Nicole and Joel knows no boundaries,” the “All Night Long” crooner says. “They have given me two beautiful grandchildren, Harlow and Sparrow, and have proven to be great parents. I am not sure who is luckier, Nicole and Joel to have each other, or me, to have both of them in my life.”

[From Us Weekly]

She’s obsessed with winter? Does she know that winter doesn’t officially begin for another week and a half, right? Seems that if you’re truly obsessed with winter, you should aim for a Winter Solstice wedding – December 21st. Just a thought. And maybe I’m being picky, but isn’t Nicole some big designer now? Why wear Marchesa, the most boring of the wedding gown designers when you could design your own hippie-dippy gown? That was bitchy, I know. But Nicole is kind of annoying me this week. You want to know why? She acted like Carrie Underwood when she negotiated the sale of her wedding photos:

There was frantic negotiating to land Nicole Richie a $100,000 exclusive magazine deal ahead of her big wedding to Joel Madden today. Reps for Richie — who recently took a photographer to court to protect her and her children’s privacy — were as late as yesterday “playing the weekly magazines against each other to drive up the price,” an insider said.

Sources tell us that the reps for Richie, who said she planned to give the money to charity, had agreed to an OK! bid earlier in the week to make her a “cover chip” — a less important story referenced with a small photo on the front page — but then went to People to negotiate a full cover.

A source added, “Things got complicated because both Kim Kardashian and Christina Aguilera said they couldn’t attend the wedding because of other commitments.”

A rep for Richie, who’s expected to wear Marchesa to her wedding at father Lionel Richie’s Beverly Hills home, said: “Your information is incorrect”.

[From Page Six]

If the money is going to charity, that’s nice. But I don’t think it was just about the charity, you know? Especially if she was trying to negotiate a cover. At the end of the day, who is Nicole Richie, really? Why does her wedding deserve the cover?

Anyway, congratulations to Nicole and Joel. I hope they are very happy together.



Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. aenflex says:

    She was well on her way to becoming a train wreck. I’ve never liked her per se, but I respect the fact that she pulled out of her disaster.

  2. eja102 says:

    poor elephant 🙁

  3. mel says:

    cant wait to see the wedding photos. i hope their marriage defy hollywood odds.

  4. LittleDeadGirl says:


  5. BRE says:

    She likes publicity, she pretends to not yet goes for a cover, she has enough money without a cover to give to charity. I think she will do what portia did when she she is 35 or 40 and no one follows her or takes her picture, she will finally come out with a book admitting being anorexic (among other things)

  6. mslewis says:

    I don’t understand why any magazine would think people care about Nicole and whats-his-name enough to buy a magazine because of them. I mean, didn’t Nicole negotiate a cover for one of her babies and it was the WORSE seller of that year? I can’t imagine People would pay her #100K for an exclusive. It’s not a high number when compared to other REAL stars who are paid hundreds of thousands more than that, but still, Nicole isn’t even C-List!!

    And, at the risk of sounding old fashion . . . I don’t understand all this fuss over a woman finally marrying her baby daddy. It’s tacky. Just go off somewhere and get it done.

  7. TeeTee says:

    she pulled out of her muck and they seem happy, good for her..

    no Paris huh?? LOL

  8. DoMaJoReMc says:

    Just curious…why all the disdain for Nicole Richie? She seems to have done what Lilo (and other train wreck so-called celebs) only WISH they could do. She has certainly turned her life around completely. I agree with her stand about photogs stalking the school grounds for photos of their kids. I’m sure a lot of other Moms in Hollywood are thankful for Nicole’s stand and action on this. I don’t know, but I wish Nicole and Joel and their family MUCH love in their lives.

  9. Aspie says:

    Wow, what a snippy story! She donates her wedding photo sales to charity and she still gets slammed in the write up. Jeez…What happened to just a simple congrats for the couple?

    Well I’ll say it – Congratulations to the happy couple!

  10. brin says:

    Well they have two adorable kids so that is worth celebrating and I wish them happiness.

  11. mln76 says:

    Well I wish her luck in her marriage but the whole diva thing is lame. She’s way past the peak of her ‘fame’

  12. Louwho says:

    I’m ashamed to say I can’t wait to see the dress.

  13. Kaiser says:

    Re: My criticism of Nicole. I don’t really dislike her, and I do appreciate the fact that she turned her life around, etc. Good for her.

    BUT – I’ve started to feel like she’s a legend in her own mind, you know? Eh. She’s not important enough to argue about.

  14. Liana says:

    I don’t think Nicole has a proble with the paps per se, just when they stalk her children, although why they would is beyond me. She was just famous for being famous.

  15. Lukie says:

    @mslewis: I don’t know about Sparrow’s cover, but Harlow’s cover out sold Christina Aguilera’s son by a lot.

    I didn’t buy either one of those and I don’t feel the need to buy this one.

    I prefer the snarky fun on Celebitchy, D-Listed and Lainey…my gossip trifecta! 😉

  16. Lukie says:

    Oh yea, and I wish them many blessings and a long, life together 🙂

  17. Anon says:

    I agree, Lukie. Those three are my favourite too.

    And I think Nicole is a legend in her own mind too, Kaiser. The Regina George of Hollywood, yes?

  18. clorismetchum says:

    i know most of yall are all “i’m so proud she turned her life around etc etc” but am i really the only one that kinda misses trainwreck nicole? i mean, don’t get me wrong, she’s a mom now, she doesn’t need to be having trains run on her while she sniffs coke off a toilet seat anymore, but i always thought she was kind of amusing back when she was driving backwards down the highway in a vicodin daze, cooter flying freely. i dunno….maybe it’s just me. but if anyone remembers “the simple life” she always seemed really funny and very self-aware. i like her.

  19. malachais says:

    I agree, she is a socialite that has done pretty well – that’s it. I wouldn’t care to see her on a People magazine cover. or Kim Kardashian. or Christina Aguilera.

  20. Louise says:

    I guess I’m missing something because I don’t understand why people are saying Nicole is fame hungry. She doesn’t do anything to get papped in the sense she doesn’t show up at random openings or pap hotspots. She doesn’t even talk to the paps. In most pap photos she’s just going in/out of the gym or school. That’s why I don’t believe the wedding photos story. It seems like that would be really over the top for somebody who doesn’t put themselves out there.

  21. merry says:

    And so it begins…

  22. Kate says:

    Not all the money will go to charity, just a portion, but she let that leak to get good press. People magazine is reluctant to give her a cover because she never sales good, last year her cover with the kids wast he worst selling cover of the year. I never liked her. Louise she was trying to get hype for her wedding all week, calling the paps to take her pictures while out. She is like that.

  23. Wendy says:

    Marchesa is most certainly not boring.

  24. MissVJJ says:

    Im happy for them.. Finally a “celeb” couple getting married for love without whoring it out in every direction possible..

  25. gigi says:

    I wouldn’t be so quick to believe all the gossip about her wedding.

    I mean they said that it was only 75 guests…there was 130 people.

    They also said that no celebs would be in attendance which is why Paris wouldn’t be there….there were actually several celebs. Only Possible conclusion? Paris wasn’t invited. Period.

    So about the wedding pictures thing? I think we should just wait to see.

    By the way…How rad is it that REV RUN officated the ceremony!?I wonder if he does non-celebs wedding too.

  26. gWest says:

    I am with Kaiser on this one. But as someone said, these people are rich as, they don’t need magazine cover paycheck to give to charity. Its famewhoring, simple as that.
    Congrats anyway

  27. Mouse says:

    She is so pretty! I’m happy for her, she could have ended up like Hilton but she got her shit together and seems to be really down to earth. Congrats to them both.

  28. MrsOdie2 says:

    I’ll bet Paris wasn’t invited because everything has to be about HER. I used to have a friend like that. She had to be the center of attention at all times, everywhere. So, I didn’t invite her to my wedding, because I needed ONE day that was about me. Not surprisingly, she dropped out of my life when I had a child. No way to make that about HER.

    I thought these two were already married. Yawn.

  29. Jayna says:

    Turned into a sweet young lady. I see no trashy Paris invited. Glad to see at 29 she has grown compared to Parish and doesn’t need trash like her around.

  30. Jayna says:

    Cloris, why would you miss that at 29. She was a riot when she was young, but it wouldn’t be funny now. And she’s admitted she was on the road to no where with drugs. I think she is a funny girl, though, and could see her in a sitcom.

  31. Jen says:

    She will always be a heroin addict that smiled while pregnant in her mug-shot to me. She can pretend she has class all she wants she is nothing but thrash. Now a book? Gimme a freakin break. Now she thinks she an author with some lame story about a priveleged girl. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!

  32. Confuzzle says:

    She was way more entertaining as a smack head and pill popper. This boho hippie routine is so fake.

  33. Lady LaLa says:

    Why is she famous again??!!

  34. slymm27 says:

    kaise you sound upset? Are you having a bad day? I do not know why these two had to self destruct this relationship by getting married… Nah, nah, nah…some1 should have told the do not do it, because in 3yrs when he starts whoring around, the heartbreak will begin….no, no, no..not aa good idea.

  35. fallen says:

    I love her with dark hair so much better than the blonde and i am happy for her, her kids are beautiful. Dosen’t she come on chuck sometimes, not sure i don’t watch that show

  36. LittleFATMe says:

    They are actually one of my fav couples out there! I put them on my top ten list when they first were rumored to be dating.

  37. kelly says:

    Wow, a vanity elephant at your f*cking wedding.
    At least it probably felt like the smartest one there.

  38. Raven says:

    Agree with Jayna. The smartest thing she ever did was dump Paris.

  39. Sarcasma says:

    some of you need to get a grip.

    I love you Nicole!!

    Keep up the good work you’ve got gg there.

    Ignore all the jealous harpies~!

  40. original gracie says:

    Wow, people…let’s save the hate for people who deserve it.

    I hope that in 20 years Nicole and Joel are still together and happily married.

    These two people have done NOTHING to deserve all these hateful comments. They live their lives under the radar most days and so what if they want to have a fancy wedding? Why all the snark?

    Let’s save our pointed knives for people who really deserve it like Paris Hilton or Jesse James.

    I wish Nicole and Joel and their adorable children a very happy life and many years of peaceful living.

  41. Hautie says:

    I will say congrats to the couple. 🙂

    Ohhh I know why Nicole wanted that cover of People…. to p*ss off Paris.

    There is no way in hell that Paris ever gets the cover of People ever again. But to see Nicole married and on the cover will kill Paris.

    And I completely agree with the thought of Paris not being invited since she lacks the ability to behave. She would have ended up drunk and dancing on the bride’s table had she been there.

  42. Zelda says:

    WTF does an elephant have to do with “winter”?

  43. thegorilla says:

    i don’t think negotiating for more is weird, if i were her i would rather be on people than us magazine, us is trash, and while people has become more trashy then before it’s still more reputable than us, i have a few charities that i really love and i’d fight to get more money for them too, especially since their wedding’s going to get coverage anyway, so you might as well make something good come out of it. and they are a cute couple

  44. gigi says:


    One more thing. I hope you were not bitchy for nothing because if you read correctly Nicole’s rep said to Page Six “your information is incorrect”. Which either mean that she’s not selling her pictures to a magazine or they are refuting something else. Either way we will see in the upcoming weeks. *shrugs*

  45. P.J. says:

    I am tired of all of these elaborate weddings to commemorate marriages that will probably last a couple of years at most.

    Good luck to them, though. Maybe they will beat the odds.

  46. Cat says:

    The comment about if she was truly obsessed with winter she would wait another week until it was ‘officially’ winter is untrue…. Ask anyone who has spent the last couple of weeks knee deep in snow. Just because the winter solstice hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean it isn’t winter – it was minus 19 here last week!

  47. Just a Poster says:

    Ahh Kaiser, bless your little jaded heart.

    Many people who marry in December have a winter themed wedding. Would you have preferred her to come waltzing down the isle in an elf costume? 😉

  48. Stubbylove says:

    I hope they are both happy together and don’t screw up their kids. But really, WTF cares about these two? How are they celebrities? I’m almost at my breaking point of what constitutes celebrity when one has NO TALENT NOR IS INTERESTING IN THE LEAST.

  49. C-DUB says:

    Let the girl have the wedding she wants, damn!

    That was sweet of Lionel! Congrats!

  50. original kate says:

    her eye makeup is always fabulous. why can’t mine turn out like that?

  51. Irene says:

    Congratulations to the lovely couple!

  52. Jeri says:

    They should split the cover with Joanna Garcia (Better Together and Reba) who also got married this weekend. That would prove it’s not about “Nicole.”

  53. Trillion says:

    She is truly exquisite. In looks, I mean. Don’t know really anything about her. For reasons I’m just not sure of, I like her far more than the other “famous for being famous” types.