Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo were secretly married today


Do you hear that? That’s the sound of Jessica Simpson guzzling a box of wine, followed by a bottle of Scotch, followed by ten vodka shots. In other words, “Friday”. No! Poor Jessica. Today is the day that her ex-husband got remarried to the little tartlet that was only supposed to be his rebound girl, Vanessa Minnillo. That other sound you hear? That’s the sound of Vanessa rolling on a bed of money from Nick’s divorce settlement from Jessica. Vanessa got the last laugh!

Talk about a day in paradise. Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey were married Friday evening in a tropical island ceremony in front of just 35 friends and family, their reps confirm exclusively to PEOPLE.

“For us, this is just a stepping stone to do what we ultimately want and that’s to start a family together,” Minnillo tells PEOPLE.

The pair, who became engaged in November, flew their wedding guests to the secret location as a surprise.

“Nobody knew where they were going,” says Minnillo, 30.

Adds Lachey, “Our wedding invitations were in the form of a plane ticket. We told them they were going away and the attire was ‘island chic.’ It was all very vague.”

Minnillo, the new host of Wipeout, donned a two-piece Monique Lhuillier ensemble featuring an intricately embellished lace corset with rose and crystal detail, paired with a signature hand tufted skirt made of silk faille.

The look was completed with a tailored bow belt at her waist and chapel length tulle veil.

Lachey, 37, who hosts The Sing-Off, sported a Dolce & Gabanna suit.

Their wedding will be televised on a TLC’s special called Nick & Vanessa’s Dream Wedding premiering on July 30 from 9-11pm ET/PT.

[From People]

Okay, does anyone else think her dress sounds WAY too frou-frou? Two piece Lhuillier, lace corset (with crystal details) and a hand-tufted skirt? Too much. Especially for a beachy wedding. I mean, every bride should make her own choices, etc, and I’ll definitely have to see photos of the gown for myself, but it sounds more like a prom dress for a 16-year-old than a wedding gown.

In any case, congratulations to the happy couple! They’re been together for so long, I think they’ve probably worked out all of the kinks in their relationship, and I hope they will be very happy. Babies soon, I’m thinking.




Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Pyewacket says:

    They don’t bother me. Best wishes, and hopefully she knows what Chicken of the Sea really is.

  2. MariPily says:

    Congrats to the happy couple! I like how they had a small intimate wedding with only close friends and family. Makes it seem more genuine. And yeah, I thnk the babies will arrive probably within a year or so. They’ve had a long relationship/engagement.

    I can’t even visualize the dress, but then I’ve never been good at design concets.

  3. buckley says:

    She looks like that Cheryl Cole chick.

  4. Dani says:

    Good for them. This is definitely Jessica’s loss.

  5. DemoCat says:

    Okay, I guess I’m dumb. Did they fly everyone in by private jet? How else could one get on a plane and not know the destination?

  6. mrsezc says:

    Yeah!! Jessica couldn’t one up them!!! I knew they were going to do this!! good for them!!! I love them together!!! Jessica is probably whining to Eric now .. we need to get married tomorrow!!!!

  7. Dirty Martini says:

    According to you guys at the time, he only got $4-5 million off of the Jessica Simpson divorce.


    Maybe Im naive, but I dont think $4-5 million is rocking VMs world that much.

  8. brin says:

    I like them and think they will last. Congrats to Nick and Vanessa!
    Bottoms up, Jessica!

  9. Amy says:

    Ha, I love it. They wed “in secret” in a quiet ceremony… to be later aired on a TLC special. What?!

  10. Isa says:

    She is SO pretty. I’m glad she wasn’t a rebound. I was supposed to be the rebound girl too in my relationship…and 6.5 years and (almost) two babies later we’re still going strong!

    Her dress does sound very frilly. But I’ll reserve judgement for when I see the pictures.

  11. Dawn says:

    How Sweet! The best luck of to them.

  12. Louiset says:

    @MariPily: Not sure how genuine they are considering the second they got married they did an interview with People Mag. I think they wanted attention but it will probably get buried by the Mark Anthony/Jennifer Lopez divorce.

    I doubt that Jessica is as depressed as people think she is because of Nick’s marriage. It’s also bizarre that people are giddy at the possibility she’s sad.

  13. Quest says:

    Oh dear, Jessica probably just gained 10 more pounds…ha!

  14. Maritza says:

    I like these two, congratulations to both.

  15. georgiagrl says:


  16. You don't say says:

    Since this is going to be a TV show, I am not sure I buy the whole, no one knew where they were going and why explanation. But it does sound lovely and private..until of course it is televised to millions of people!! Did TLC pay for the wedding too?

  17. inthekitchen says:

    Awww…they’re going to have cute babies.

  18. party says:

    Congrats. They seem happy with each other and their pasts. They both have baggage but seems to have worked it out. No hate.

  19. Kim says:

    At least they didnt pimp themselves out on every tabloid cover a la classless Kim Karwreckinthemakingdashian. Cant wait to see the dress- she is a beautiful girl.

  20. Bubbling says:

    Secretly from who? All the papps crashing into the wedding? Ha joke! But I’ll let them have it cause I’m all for love and shyt…

  21. carrie says:

    who are these peoples? seriously! they’re famous for what?

  22. Sloane Wyatt says:

    It’s so refreshing they married before bringing on the babies!!

    Congrats to the happy couple and may their marriage last a lifetime.

  23. *bRaZiLiAn* says:


  24. Thea says:

    I like him, always have. I think Jessica screwed up there (or her daddy did). I hope he is very happy.

  25. CooCooCatchoo says:

    I’m sure that the plane ticket “invitations” didn’t give it away at all LOLZ! I’m also sure that TLC paid for the whole thing. Plane, wedding and all the fixins.
    Am I the only one who wonders how these two make enough $$$ to afford a Hollywood lifestyle? That MTV money must have dried up years ago. You know these two are using their d-list celebrity to hustle every free thing they can get. I bet they’re the scorge of every swag suite from here to Park City, UT. Gross. Didn’t he learn his lesson from his first reality marriage? Then again – he looks as dumb as a bag of rocks

  26. Jaxx says:

    I agree, Yawn.

  27. Amanda G says:

    A secret wedding? Isn’t it more like nobody really cared? They are barely d-list celebs in my book. In any case, best wishes to them.

  28. Boromir's bytch says:

    Her taste in evening wear tends to be very high school prom-ish. The wedding dress sounds like more of the same.

    Cute couple, though.

  29. Violet says:

    They seem like a nice couple and a good match. They didn’t rush into this and there’s never been any drama about their relationship. I definitely think they’re planning to start a family soon.

    Good for them for having an intimate wedding with just their closest friends and family. Oftentimes, these celebrity weddings get totally out of control and the whole meaning of the day gets lost in the craziness.

    I wish them all the best!

  30. kim says:


    2 people that used to be famous 6 years ago got married . . .news at 11.

    wah wah wahhhhhh

    I’d care more if they were actually doing something worth reporting about besides legalizing their fuckfests.

  31. beanie says:

    Congrats to them! A marriage I definitely give thumbs up to lasting. After all they have been together for over 6 years (longer than most marriages in Hollyweird) Nick is a sweet guy and deserves the happiness he wanted with Jessica, but she was so dumb she let her Father mess it up. I do feel bad for her (Jessica) as I know she understands what she gave up when she quietly told her friends, “I wish Nick and I had lived in a small little town and nobody knew us.”

  32. Lucky Charm says:

    Congratulations to the happy couple. Countdown to the baby announcement within the next three months begins now.

  33. Jackson says:

    Private and televised? Um, ok. Congrats. And her dress sounds way too formal for a beach wedding. But as others have said I’ll have to see pics, too, before I jump on her about it.

  34. CooCooCatchoo says:

    I’m sure that the plane ticket “invitations” didn’t give it away at all LOLZ! I’m also sure that TLC paid for the whole thing. Plane, wedding and all the fixins.
    Am I the only one who wonders how these two make enough $$$ to afford a Hollywood lifestyle? That MTV money must have dried up years ago. You know these two are using their d-list celebrity to hustle every free thing they can get. I bet they’re the scorge of every swag suite from here to Park City, UT. Gross. Didn’t he learn his lesson from his first reality marriage? Then again – he looks as dumb as a bag of rocks.

  35. Nah, nah & nah... says:

    Cute and congrats:-)

    Like him. When 98o was with Motown, he was the standout. He coulda been the original Robin Thicke if they’da packaged him right.

    She’s pretty but…meh.

  36. kelbear says:

    I am watching the TLC channel right now and apparently they already have the footage of the wedding and are doing a wedding special on them later this month. Sell Outs! I think we all know what happened last time Nick put his personal life on tv.

    It’s called Nick and Vanessa’s dream wedding and it’s on July 30th.

  37. Kimbob says:

    I think McFarty Simpson is probably crying her eyes out drunk right now. I always suspected after she had all those bad relationships that she regretted leaving him. She was too young to realize what a good guy she had in him…too bad. Lachay, I believe, is a Scorpio, & Scorpios ARE GOOD IN BED. I mean, look at that dude McFarty’s about to marry…no comparison.

    CONGRATS to the newlyweds. I know Minillo truly loves him. I think they may last a while.

  38. SANDIP says:

    He seems to be a nice guy and she is cute. Congrats

  39. the original bellaluna says:

    *gasp* SQUEEEEEEEE! Yay for them! Now let’s see some babies! :D

    So, now that Tony & Nick are married, countdown to Jess’s rehab trip in 3…2…1…

    I got married on the beach (barefoot) in a very nice HEAVILY pearled (seriously, it weighed at least 15 lbs) cream-coloured mermaid halter dress, with a back-slit up to THERE. It was GORGEOUS. (Yeah, I know; the description doesn’t do it justice. Just TRUST ME.) Perfect for me. So if this dress was perfect for her, go ‘head on Vanessa!

  40. Shannon says:

    So far their relationship alone has lasted longer than a lot of celeb weddings, so good for them and I hope they’re happy together. They do always look like they’re enjoying themselves, and they’re pretty low key personality wise which is nice.

  41. Jana says:

    Cute couple. They will work after all this time.

    For those of you who think Jess cares, she doesn’t. You can’t fake feeling. She married too young and lost interest. Timing is everything. Now timing seems to have brought her to her new guy, but I wonder if that will work or if she’s just tired of dating and wants to be in love and he wants her, So he’s her rebound guy after Tony, the football player. Tony was the one she hated to have lost to a cute young thing that he’s now married to or engaged. That’s the one that got away.
    Now she’s stuck with a smart guy wit no job. who is maybe Mr. Now For Right Now. We’ll see.

  42. Bodhi says:

    Well, damn! Congrats to the happy couple! I went to high school with Vanessa & while she was always a fame hungry snot, she seems to have done really well for herself & seems to have found a great guy & to have settled into a good relationship.

  43. michelle says:

    Eeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwww gross gross gross gross gross!!!!

  44. april says:

    Awwww – so happy for them!

  45. dleen says:


  46. Kosmos says:

    I like Nick, but I saw Vanessa on a talk show once and wow, was she ever over the top with her opinions. She was extremely talkative and didn’t stop the entire time. I thought, wow, she’s pretty high maintenance. That was my first impression of her.

  47. Justaposter says:

    Is she replacing the girl on Wipeout? I really liked her.

    I seriously doubt Jessica cares. I don’t get why most people hate her.. she is pretty harmless.

    I just hope Nick learned a thing or two from his last reality show.. time will tell.

  48. lrm says:

    Um, the only reason it was ‘private’ is b/c they are televising it!!!
    They don’t want it spoiled for the viewers, from the sounds of that press release….
    If we all know where and when and what it looked like, then why tune in later for the ‘special’ on t.v.?
    TACKY and cheesy.
    and i’m sure they are getting paid beaucoup dollars, on top of it-to get married.

  49. mick says:

    yawn, enjoy ur self.

  50. Melancholy says:

    God he’s gross.

    She hosts Wipeout now? Damn, I loved that show. :(

  51. Jen says:

    I used to watch The Newlyweds with Nick and Jessica and I thought he was a really grounded, relatable guy. He didn’t seem to be in the Hollywood mindset. I love Nick. Meh on Vanessa.

    Jill from Wipeout has been guest starring on Teen Wolf on MTV. I wonder if she’s gone to full time acting. I love her on Wipeout.

  52. liamarie says:

    So much for “wipeout” now.

    Congrats to them

  53. OtherChris says:

    Does he televise all his weddings?

  54. Jessica says:

    Congrats to Nick and Vanessa! At least Nick has a JOB, Unlike Jessica’s Deadbeat Loser “Fiance” who is just using her.

  55. t says:

    Now is the perfect time for Jessica Simpson’s paid escort to renegotiate his contract. With Romo and Nick happily married, her desperation to appear to be in a relationship must be in high gear.

    The paid escort could demand anything. No need to settle for that $10,000/month she’s paying him now to pose as her boyfriend. He should tell her he’s walking unless she triples it.

    And that $500,000 she offered him to go through with the wedding is insulting. Saving face in the tabloids is priceless to her. He should tell her he wants at least 25 million or he won’t show up.

  56. Faye says:

    Wow there’s a lot of vitriol for Jessica Simpson in these comments.

    Congrats to the two of them.

  57. Lady D says:

    @Louiset, I too think it’s bizarre. She’s harmless, funny, and fun, as Faye said, why all the vitriol?

  58. GradStudentEatingHotPockets says:

    I saw a commercial for the their wedding on TLC…and he dress isn’t THAT bad. The description provided/was released (that is in the article) does not make it sound appealing but when I saw it I was like, “Eh, not bad.”

  59. shane says:

    Vanessa is so much more attractive than Cheryl Cole, and seemingly much more intelligent!

  60. t says:

    The commercial for the show is here:

    Vanessa is really pretty.

  61. Victoria says:

    They waited waaaaay TOO long. I say divorced in 1 year. She’s on her way to the TOP baby! giddy up! tee hee

  62. Kara Ann says:

    I’m happy for Nick (and Vanessa)! Mostly Nick though because he does appear to be a really nice guy. I don’t know much about Vanessa except she, apparently, has good taste in men!

    I wish everyone would give Jessica Simpson a break. She’s not brilliant but she has parlayed what she has got (name recognition) into a very successful business empire. I thought she was immature and caricaturish (new word) on Newlyweds but surely she has grown up since then. I hope her love life turns out well. Maybe now that her ex is married, she’ll wake up and realize that his marital state in no way affects her life. I would hope that if she does marry whatever-his-name-is that she waits a year or so. I do think her engagement was a reaction to Nick’s engagement.

  63. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    What did Vanessa do before “scoring” the gig as host of wipeout? I mean, I can’t thing of one thing she’s done.

    @bodhi, the famewhore does seem strong with this one. She’s, most likely, the same self-entitled you knew in highschool.

  64. B86 says:

    I dont like Nick. Ofcourse, sounds bad to say so if I dont know him at all, and his public rep. But just from watching his and Jessicas show, 1, or 2 times, he didn’t look like he’s that in love, as she did. And the way he danced at some show and halfnaked girls rubbed themselves against him… He had wife, and performing like he’s single, was not that atractive. And he’s voice, stagekarisma, wasnt a Singer’s performance. His candypretty face, and those sexy girls, made the show. But I wish them all the best. And Jessica is great girl. I wish her double the luck and love

  65. Linda Lou says:

    Vanessa is very lovely. But, did Jessica Simpson’s alimony money pay for this? Yikes! Jessica will probably get married very soon in ….start counting……5…4….3..2…1

  66. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Kim your comment is excellent, spot on. If they did charity work they would be more respectable in my eyes.

    Perhaps both made some good investments so that is why they have money when they do not appear to work. I am curious to see the wedding dress, because I like her taste in clothing, perhaps it is the eighties in me.

  67. REALIST says:

    Congratulations! I have a good feeling about these two…

  68. eternalcanadian says:

    TLC must be having a slow summer. I just saw a promo for their wedding show. Timely, eh? Pfft. :P

  69. Carolyn says:

    Whilst I’m suprised these two are still together, they make a cute couple and I hope they make it work. Neither seem particularly smart but that’s OK. They seem far happier than poor Jess and Mr Gravy Train.

  70. really says:

    CONGRATS! She is such a tarlet, hopefully pretty babies soon, if she is smart. Meanhwile, his ex-Jess-a-cow… looks like a twit!

  71. Susan says:


  72. Me says:

    I really dont think they needed to make it a secret. No one cares.

  73. Camille says:

    Awww, good for them :D .

    They make a very attractive couple (unlike his ex and her current man).

  74. Sue says:

    I have a feeling if Jessica hadn’t broken up with Nick they would still be married…… Thinking Jessica is not as upset as everyone thinks she is….. What exactly does Nick do now? Besides being an ex boy bander and ex husband of Jessica?

  75. Melinda says:

    I agree that secrecy didn’t matter because no one cares. She was a vj, and he was married to Jessica Simpson. That’s what these two are famous for. Well wishes to them for being a happy couple, but their careers are practically non-existent at best. They sold their wedding to TLC for Christ sake. The home of Kate Plus 8 and those ridiculous Duggars. Enough said.

  76. Bodhi says:

    @morticians ~ I’ve no doubt!

  77. jemshoes says:

    I don’t dislike Jessica Simpson but I do dislike Joe Simpson. Jess just seems easily influenced and easy to control, and that’s why I feel sorry for her – and hoping she doesn’t marry Eric Whatisname for the wrong reasons. If she’s still hung-up about Nick, it just makes things worse. Anyway, congratulations to Nick and Vanessa. They will definitely have very cute babies!

  78. Nikki Girl says:

    I can’t wait until they release pictures of her dress and the wedding!

  79. bugsy says:

    I guess I’m the odd one on this. I don’t like them together and never have. And it doesnt have anything to do with Jessica, who I think ruined the whole thing by imagining that there could be more. Seriously, Nick seems like a really good guy in a town of douches. But I just couldn’t stomach these two together. Yeah, everyone said he was going after her on the rebound, but people forget that she had a reputation of doing the same thing with Derek Jeter. Maybe Jeter didn’t want her back this time, so she stayed? It’s just an opinion, but whatever. And no, their relationship hasn’t always been solid. There have been many rumors (where there’s smoke, there’s fire) that they fight over tons of stupid stuff, and they actually broke up for a while in 2009 or something like that. It was made public. Then a few months later they got back together. It’s pretty normal couple-stuff, but I kinda see it not lasting.

  80. Annie_Grey says:

    I kind of wonder if Nick allowed it to be televised just so that Jessica would see it. An “In your face” sort of thing.
    The freebies probably aren’t bad, though!

  81. cb says:

    Although I am happy for Nick I wonder how much he really does love Vanessa;I know she loves him!He was really in love with Jessica and didn’t want out of the marriage-but it takes two to make it!Jessica had a good guy and gave him up to someone who really loves him-but believe he will always love Jessica.Hopefully it will work out for them and Jessica will be married and find love again soon!

  82. Hanh says:

    I don’t know if they live a crazy lavish lifestyle. With wise investing, they could live off the interest of Jessica’s payout plus what they make with appearances/TV specials in a moderately lavish way.

  83. d says:

    I didn’t like him on the reality series with Jessica. He was cheap, crabby and seemed to talk down to or belittle Jessica quite often. I’m sure he still has every cent he got in the divorce. Good luck to them but I’m team Jessica.

  84. Jessica says:

    Nick Def. traded up, at least he’s no longer with his Tranny wife, Jessica.

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  86. ruffnsweet says:

    They’re both boring. *Yawn*

  87. Jenn says:

    Ah who cares.. Nick was always a douche bag. Jessica made the cash and he couldn’t handle it… lol
    Good luck to jessica and Eric I wish em all the best, and she certainly done better.

  88. kathy says:

    They will split up because he has no money remember they couldn’t pay for the wedding that’s why it was on t.v.and she wants money honey.