Some happy news to offset the recent announcement that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have split : Longtime lovebirds Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey officially tied the knot Friday evening (July 15) on a tropical island in front of 35 friends and family.
“For us, this is just a stepping stone to do what we ultimately want and that’s to start a family together,” Minnillo told People magazine.
Despite that planning-ahead state of mind, the couple, who began dating in 2006 and became engaged last November, decided to do the opposite with regard to exchanging vows; they didn’t tell their guests that they were being whisked away to a wedding ceremony.
“Nobody knew where they were going,” Minnillo told the mag.
“Our wedding invitations were in the form of a plane ticket,” Lachey added. “We told them they were going away and the attire was ’island chic.’ It was all very vague.”
For those who didn’t score a fancy invite, you can still be a part of the newlyweds’ special day. Lachey and Minnillo’s destination wedding will be televised on a TLC special called “Nick & Vanessa’s Dream Wedding,” premiering July 30 at 9 p.m. ET.
Although the couple split briefly in 2009, they’ve maintained a very healthy relationship ever since. The key to keeping things interesting, according to Minillo, are their twice-daily showers together.
“It’s not a sexual thing and it’s not a romantic thing,” she told People. “It just becomes an intimate thing. … I’ve had some of my most intimate conversations with him in the shower.”
It was the first marriage for Minnillo; Lachey was previously married to Jessica Simpson.
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