Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson got married in Santa Barbara on Saturday


Well, we pretty much knew it was going to happen this weekend, and so it did. Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson are now married. It’s the second marriage for both. Eric and Jess have been together for four years, and they already have two babies, Maxi and Ace, together. So far we don’t have any photos of Jessica on her wedding day, but I think People Mag already bought the rights to the wedding portraits and such, because People is already saying that the next issue will involve a lot of wedding coverage, plus Jessica released an exclusive statement to them:

It’s official! Jessica Simpson tied the knot with former NFL player Eric Johnson at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

“We are overwhelmed with complete happiness and love having made our eternal commitment,” the newlyweds told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement on Saturday. “To say ‘I do’ in front of family, friends and, most importantly, our children has been the happiest moment of our lives.”

Simpson, 33, wore a custom Carolina Herrera gown to exchange vows with Johnson, 34, in front of more than 250 guests, including Ashlee Simpson and her fiancé Evan Ross, Jessica Alba, Cash Warren, CaCee Cobb and Donald Faison.

The couple’s son, Ace, who just turned 1, served as a ring bearer and their daughter, Maxwell, 2, walked down the aisle as a flower girl accompanied by Ashlee’s 5-year-old son, Bronx. Simpson started dating Johnson four years ago, when they were introduced by mutual friends, and the pair instantly fell for one another.

“I couldn’t ask for a better man in my life right now,” Simpson told PEOPLE in 2010. “I’m in a great place and if right now could last forever, I’d take it.”

Johnson took her up on that offer and proposed in November 2010 with a stunning ruby engagement ring by Neil Lane. But wedding plans were put on hold – twice. First Simpson gave birth to their daughter Maxwell, and then she welcomed their son Ace Knute last June.

“I definitely look forward to the day that I can look into his eyes and make that commitment that we both really long for,” Simpson told PEOPLE last year. “He’s just got to stop knocking me up!”

After getting her post-baby body back thanks to Weight Watchers and diligent workout sessions with trainer Harley Pasternak, Simpson is ready to start this new chapter in her life with Johnson.

[From People]

Thank god she wore Carolina Herrera. I heard somewhere that she was going to wear Marchesa. You know who else recently wore Herrera for her wedding? Olivia Palermo. I’m guessing Jessica won’t wear a tulle mullet skirt and a cashmere sweater though. Anyway, congrats to Eric and Jessica – I hope they are the real deal. I think they might be. As in, I think they’re very happy together and there’s very little drama in general.

Also – Us Weekly had some additional details on the build-up to the wedding. Jess and Eric made it into a whole holiday weekend of celebration, with a pre-wedding BBQ, karaoke, and a round of golf for Eric. Here’s a weird detail about the wedding ceremony: an instrumental version of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” was played. Huh. It’s a beautiful song, for sure, but it’s weird for a wedding (IMO).



Photos courtesy of Jessica’s social media, WENN.

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  1. Frida_K says:

    Am I terrible person because the first thing I thought upon reading “…her two children, Maxi and Ace” was “Maxi pad and Ace bandage…wow, that’s certainly a pair of names for those two children”?

    That really is the first thing that popped into my mind.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:


    • Brin says:


    • JustChristy says:

      Nope. You were not alone in that mental imagery. Kind of makes me wonder if she didn’t pick her names while strolling through a Walgreen’s.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      Omg Frida, I thought the very same thing. So YES, you ARE a terrible person. Welcome to the dark side. xxx

    • John Finn says:

      ahahahah that’s funny

    • holly hobby says:

      Nope that crossed my mind too. So sad for those children. Teased mercilessly. At least they aren’t calling the boy Noot (Knut). Yes I know that’s not how it’s pronounced but every child in America will call him Noot.

  2. MrsBPitt says:

    Awww…I hope People Magazine has pics of the kids in the wedding…I would love to see how adorable they look! Congrats to Jessica and Eric! Sad to mention, but I hope Jess got an iron-clad pre-nup….just in case!

  3. Dawn says:


    • janie says:

      Congrats to Jessica and Eric! I wish them a life of love and happiness! I can’t wait to see how cute the kids are, including Bronx.

  4. Stef Leppard says:

    He seems like a great hands-on dad. It’s easy to automatically think “golddigger,” but I do think they are happy together for real.

  5. peachcobblerby says:

    They make a nice couple, but I always get this kind of douchey vibe from him.

    • AryaMartell says:

      I get douchy rich kid vibes from him but not like K-Fed douche vibes. I heard his family is old money and he strikes me a bit as a trust fund kid.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        I actually feel better hearing that. I’d hate him to be there for the rich empire she’s built. I like to think these two are in it for love and actually might make it. They sure as hell make beautiful kids.

      • Bridget says:

        They met and got together when he had a girlfriend, and he totally cancelled his plans to go to Wharton for business school, instead to just follow Jessica around. Since they’ve been together he’s never had a job. There’s a reason why no one likes this guy. However, I’m sure she has a prenup.

      • Kim1 says:

        I just read his divorce was finalized in Oct 2010 and he got engaged to Jessica in November 2010. I didn’t know he had a girlfriend when he got with Jessica.He is good friends with Cash Warren,Jessica Alba’s husband. I like Jessica I hope it works out.

    • bella says:

      yeah, they seem happy together, but i get a douche vibe from him as well.
      i bumped into them with ceecee and another guy in NYC.
      eric looked like he had just rolled out of bed…
      aside from his crumpled clothes, his face looked like he had just awakened from a deep sleep.
      he must be from old money.
      all of the trust fund kids i knew growing up looked exactly the same.
      crumpled and sleepy and dopey.
      don’t know why that is???
      anyway…i wish jessica the best.
      they have beautiful children – hope it works out.

  6. Sabrine says:

    At one point I don’t think he wanted a prenup but he probably realized he would be a fool not to sign one. Since Lachey made off with a good chunk of her money, I doubt she would walk down the aisle again without protecting her interests.

    I think Jessica did okay here. He looks after the kids while she works (I think) and he seems to be a great dad. Also, it doesn’t appear that he cheats and he makes her happy.

    • Jessica says:

      Nick only got what he was entitled too. Do you not remember the show Newlyweds Nick & Jessica?

      HE should have gotten a LOT more than he did but he didn’t want to fight it.

      That tells you what kind of man he is.

      • Anon says:

        That tells you he got exactly what he was entitled to..Nick PR would have you believe otherwise. Most of that divorce is sealed and the reason is Nick couldnt get anymore or the divorce would go public. Jessica has taken a lot of heat for things that are really Nicks. The marriage ended and Jessica has never spoken about it .

      • Bridget says:

        @anon: that’s a vast oversimplification of how divorce proceedings work. Chances are, they negotiated a settlement that paid Nick well because while Jessica became more famous, it was *their* money as it was earned during their marriage and they lived in California. Most likely, they settled because both parties wanted to be done and a court case would have no doubt been embarrassing for all involved, and the party with the most at stake at the time was actually Jessica. An ugly divorce could have utterly killed her career and her public image, which was at the time as the sexpot next door. And realistically, Nick was always going to get a good payout in that divorce.

      • TRUTHFULLY says:


    • AryaMartell says:

      It always kind of bothered me how Nick Lachey made off with so much of her money. Actually, it’s not so much that he made off with her money but I think there’s way more to the story than she just dumped him. He seemed to be avoiding responsibility in the role he played in their breakup.

      • Bridget says:

        While Jessica may have been the breakout star, there would have been no Newlyweds, no endorsements, no nothing without Nick. He was definitely entitled to a good chunk of change – because they got married in California, that wasn’t *her* money, it was *their* money. And again, none of those opportunities would have happened without Nick. Plus it was her own fault they didnt have a prenup, because at the time she and Nick married he was the more successful one and her dad didn’t want the prenup. The breakup between Nick and Jessica wasn’t really that mysterious anyhow. Her star was ascending while his wasn’t, and he had major clashes with her dad which was really the tipping point. Papa Joe and Nick pretty much hated each other in the end, and Joe pushed for Jessica to divorce Nick.

      • Ericka says:

        I thought I read gossip that Jessica cheated on him with jonny Knoxville

      • AryaMartell says:

        I’ll be honest, I never liked Nick. I got way more douche vibes from him than I do Eric. I do think marrying Jessica killed Nick’s career and I think he had a bit of a chip on his shoulder from that. My main beef is that for someone who was supposedly dumped and supposedly the victim in all of this, he seemed to move on pretty quick with Vanessa which for someone who was so wronged, which mind you she moved on quickly herself. I always got the feeling he gave her an ultamatum between him and her father which despite the fact her father IS a scumbag is pretty unfair. I’m not saying he didn’t deserve the money he got but I also think he played victim a little too hard.

      • realmccoy says:

        @arya, give it a rest. Jessica was a virgin when when she married. She became famous and everybody wanted to @#$ her. She gave in and now they are divorced. I think they both will be happy in their marriages now. Nick may not reach the pinnacle of fame that Jess has but he still makes a living. Jess has a man that worships her and she’s tickled. Happily ever after for everyone. THE END!

      • the original bellaluna says:

        She had affairs or flings with more than one man. I felt she got what she gave from that Cowboys dude, so karma’s squared there.

        It was majorly Papa Joe’s doing that there was no prenup & he couldn’t stand the thought of his little girl being happy with a man other than him.

        Whatever, they’ve both moved on and are happy with other people. Let it be.

      • Tiffany says:

        The reason there was prenup was because Nick had more assets when they married. Jessica was in serious debt and Nick took on helping her pay it off. Papa Joe made sure of that and then they both got pissy when Jessica has to part with some of the money per California law. Whether Nick was douchy or not, he stepped up and took care of his then wife.

      • Bridget says:

        I got the impression that it was the other way around – that Joe was the one that pushed Nick out. We now know how seriously shady that man is… and Joe was heavily, heavily involved in his daughter’s careers and lives. He pretty much ran Jessica’s into the ground (its no coincidence that the only lasting success she had was the fashion, because Joe wasn’t anywhere near it). And considering that Jessica (reportedly) cheated on Nick (aftermaking him wait until they got married) and then tried to avoid paying him out in the divorce, there’s no wonder he got the victim narrative. Fortunately both have moved on and seem quite happy in their personal lives.

      • Josephine says:

        I think her dad did a great job on his smear campaign of Nick, and I suspect it is because Jess stepped out and daddy was covering her butt. This bit about Nick making out financially is garbage.

      • TRUTHFULLY says:

        WELL SAID.

    • holly hobby says:

      It seems everyone here forgot why he got a lot of money and why there wasn’t a prenup. If memory serves, Nick was the more famous of the two when they got married. He suggested a pre-nup but Papa Joe advised his little hunny bun from signing one because he probably thought that in the event of the divorce, Jessica will make out like a bandit if there’s no prenup. So that’s why they didn’t sign one. Her daddy told her not to. I bet they are still smarting from that dumb move when they had to hand Nick more than they wanted to.

      He didn’t steal from her. She “the virginal bride” bumped uglies with a guy named Bam and then told him she wanted out on Thanksgiving. yeah I read all of it from the press.

  7. AryaMartell says:

    Mazel tov! I do think they are the real deal and I think Eric’s been good for Jessica. While she went a bit overboard during her first pregnancy (I blame her dad for that more than I blame her), I do think he’s helped her become more low key. They do seem genuinely happy together and while I do get some spoiled old money rich kid vibes from him, at least he doesn’t give me any sort of K-Fed vibes. They have always seemed like a lovely match though.

  8. hannah says:

    Mazel tov.
    I bet her dress was strapless.

  9. Aussie girl says:

    Not the best tounge pic. It looks kind of like a giraffes. Anyhow all the best to her, I wonder if ken paves did her hair and was there?? I’m guessing Cacee was her bridesmaids. Oh did Ashley perform and lip symph..?

  10. HappyMom says:

    I know I’m just being a snarky, but eye roll on the “eternal commitment.” What a bizarre phrase. It sounds so ominous imo.

    • RJ says:

      I think she’s a fruitcake-couldn’t imagine being married to that (the whole “I’m a cute widdle princess, worship me” cooed in a baby voice schtick she used on her old show with Nick Lachey). Call me a cynic, but I give it 5 years tops-which is like 25 in Hollywood years.

    • Josephine says:

      I thought it was an odd choice of words as well. Hard for me to excited up about these celeb marriages since they seem to be business deals/magazine covers more than anything else and so few people seem to take them seriously.

    • Zigggy says:

      I know- lol, what a weird thing to say when it’s your SECOND wedding!

  11. don't kill me i'm french says:


    • kri says:

      Eh, well. I do not seeing her inventing a new source of clean energy or curing Robin Thicke of his full-blown case of Major Douche Complex, but good luck and all. And let’s face it-the girl had made herself some good deals over the years. No clue who he is.

  12. Kali says:

    Am I the only one who sees Dean McDermott here?

  13. Itsetsyou says:

    Always wondered how does it not bother her that he doesn’t have a job, some sort of helicopter pilot career? It’s not about the money, have a hobby-job. I think both people should have something else going outside of their roles as parents and husband and wife. He just seems to tag along everywhere…

    • AryaMartell says:

      I always got the feeling that part of the reason he doesn’t have a job and tags along is because that is what Jessica wants. Jessica has alwaus struck me as being incredibly needy and I don’t say that to insult her, some people are just that way. Provided Eric is willing to meet her needs then who are we to judge? But she has more than enough for both of them so as long as she is okay with him not having a job and he’s okay not having a job, then it’s what works for them.

      • itsetsyou says:

        @AryaMartell, yeah, I get the same vibe from her and like you I have no problem with her wanting 100% of attention. I’m trying to put myself in his shoes now – wouldn’t you as a person want to have something of your own going, that has nothing to do with Jessica or kids or being a part of the family? That’s just me. I cannot imagine not having a career – even if it doesn’t make me any money, – nor my husband have nothing else going for him outside of our marriage.

    • Jayna says:

      I’m sure he’s on her payroll now with some title, just like Christina Aguilera’s boyfriend is on her payroll where their career is the focus.

    • Catk says:

      Why? I would work if my spouse was a multi-millionaire and we had little kids. Heck, I don’t work and we aren’t millionaires.. Should I get a job instead of staying home with my children? To please strangers’ ideas of what makes a good marriage or a good spousal relationship?

      I don’t see people slamming wives of actors who don’t work. Does Matt Damon’s wife get hate for quitting her job?

      Gross double standard.

      • Alarmjaguar says:

        Preach it, Catk!

      • Mandy says:

        +1. I was hoping someone would bring up this point. Is everyone so very against stay at home dads? Pretty sexist no?

      • Lady says:

        You can’t compare staying at home with your children and him staying at home doing nothing with no one. The day will come when your kids are grown which is akin to his position right now in the sense that its not imperative that he stay home with his children. And when that day comes will you just do nothing at home all day? Of course not. You’ll either find employment or pick up a side hobby or whatever. He is NOT a stay at home dad.

      • astra says:

        Yep! I’m the same way. I worked before i got married and I HATED it. I absolutely hate being around people, I have zero interest in dealing with them and their nonsense, even if I’m getting paid. No amount of money is enough! I have never missed working in the years since I quit and I would hate to have to ever go back. I don’t care how others choose to live their lives and I certainly don’t judge people who consider their career important to them, but I was never and never will be, one of them. It would be nice if we could get the same respect in return.

  14. Jag says:

    Congratulations to them!

    Interesting that in all the pictures, she’s looking straight at the camera – even the ones where he’s focused on her. Perhaps she doesn’t return the sentiment that he does?

    • Antonym says:

      I noticed that too, then I realized she’s the one holding the camera for the selfies. She’s just making sure she gets the picture, I don’t think that says anything about her feelings toward him.

      Off topic: I find it interesting that Siri insists on auto-correcting ‘selfies’ to ‘selfish’.

  15. Reece says:

    Congrats to them!

  16. serena says:

    I though it would never happen, like Aniston wedding, my bad I guess.

  17. Anon says:

    The dress looks absolutely stunning from the sketches. Ivory champagne and gold glitter full skirt. She had everyone fooled on this wedding.. Good for her.. Now could we ask of women why they don’t have jobs when with wealthy men. Equal is equal right.. LoL. There is a lot not known about Eric and his family and they are well protected. Excellent family.. Don’t keep eggs all in one basket as he doesn’t have a job. He does just fine.. Loved all the nfl players there excellent group of friends

  18. Antonym says:

    I’m happy for them! I love that he’s in the ‘homemaker’ role, she’s in the ‘breadwinner’ role and they accept each other. Call me crazy, but part of equality in gender roles means that we shouldn’t judge (or assume ulterior motives) when men take a traditionally female role. (note: the use of traditionally. I do not subscribe to these gender roles). I also like the kids names; I have a nephew named Ace and I adore Maxwell for a girl.

    Jess and Nick were married, and had their show, during the same time that I was married to my ex – so I have a bit of a soft spot for her and really want her to find happiness.

    • Bridget says:

      There’s a difference, though – when the roles are reversed, and a woman hooks up with a famous guy and immediately quits their job/career path, we’d call her a “golddigger” not a “homemaker”. So how is he any different?

      • Itsetsyou says:

        Exactly!! If we are going to be equal lets really going to be equal then.

  19. Zombie Shortcake says:

    That’s definitely a unique choice of song for a wedding ceremony.

  20. IvanaVodka says:

    That syrupy, nonsensical statement they released makes me want to vom.

  21. sundaygal says:

    Congrats! They genuinely seem happy together, even though he looks like a younger version of Papa Joe. Speaking of which, wonder if he brought his young boyfriend as his date… 😉

  22. OhDear says:

    Congratulations and best of luck to them!

  23. Cupcake says:

    “Eternal commitment,” eh? What happened to each of their previous eternal commitments? I think they are in love and have a happy life. He does what she says and he knows he hit the jackpot. However I do not think it will last. Jess is all about the fairy tale (see Newlyweds) and when it starts to feel like the fairy tale is over she will pull the plug. I think they will have a good run though. I wonder when she will be pregnant again? Honeymoon baby?

    • H2O says:

      “he knows he hit the jackpot” Professional atheletes usually do pretty well for themselves finding a mate.

      She’s pretty, has a great business with a huge bank account however, I remember she was calling him very smart for some reason so he may have given up something there as she comes off as a little light in the head.

  24. GIRLFACE says:

    She looks amazing. Good for her! (Also, I think it wrong to judge a woman by her wedding dress. For example, I went in with a sensible budget, tried on a couple and was already sick of wedding planning at that point so I was all like “Okay this one looks pretty good I guess.” It does not look amazing in pictures but I never cared that much about the wedding itself. Most of the decisions I made for my wedding were made in 15 minutes or less. Some women just aren’t into weddings.) Good luck to them!

  25. Nicolette says:

    She’s happy and I’m happy for her. The jury is still out on him for me, but I wish them the best. Congrats.

  26. PoliteTeaSipper says:

    I’m happy for them, but I can’t help but roll my eyes when a couple goes on about their eternal commitment and one or both of them have had previous marriages. Come on, guys.

    • Gigi says:

      But how is it so wrong for someone to realize that now they feel what perhaps they didn’t before? Who cares if it’s the second marriage? I’m sure no one enters matrimony thinking “eh, this may work” so it’s kinda shady to snark on someone for feeling truly like this is the be all, end all, even if they have previously felt that way about someone else. Maybe the retrospect gave them a new perspective on what they do/don’t want or what is/isn’t right for them this time around, especially if the first time they were much younger or on a different path? Who are we (you) to judge someone for wanting to feel, or actually feeling, that sense of ever-after?

  27. A Fan says:

    Can we put the tongues back in the mouths, please?

    They do not photograph well. Ever.

    [*Special thanks to Miley Cyrus, et al for drawing that to my attention*]

  28. Hissyfit says:

    I remember reading something about him and Jessica’s dad having an agreement that if he stays with her for how many years, he’d get a huge paycheck. I hope it was just a rumor.

    Anyway, congrats to them! Jessica seems very happy with her life now with him and the kids and he seems happy to be taking care of their kids.

  29. Zigggy says:

    She looks great in the first pic. Not so much in the tongue one!

  30. O'Angie says:

    I’m just happy they kept it local rather than dragging the kids all over the world. I have a soft spot for her so I hope this one sticks.

  31. AnnaMae says:

    I’ve always liked Jessica for some reason. But I don’t like this Eric guy for her, something seems off about him. I don’t know, hopefully I’m wrong.

    • Itsetsyou says:

      I think it’s pretty hard to find a perfect guy when you are a famous billionairess. He might not be amazing, but he’s not a douche like John Mayer or that other football player she dated. Eric seems like he satisfies most of her needs.

  32. Ag says:

    Congrats to them – to many happy years together.

  33. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    The Eric and Jessica Simpson ‘his & hers tongue scraper collection’ is expected to be in stores for Holiday gift giving.

  34. jwoolman says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with their arrangement. It really helps if one parent has a completely flexible schedule. Since when is taking care of kids and a spouse not a real job, even for the wealthy?

  35. Whitney says:

    She’s so beautiful.