My favorite show this month would have to be the wedding special...or lack thereof. TLC aired a two hour wedding special featuring Nick Lachey (of 98* boy band fame) and Vanessa Minnillo (of MTV fame). The week before, Lifetime aired a special about the breakup of Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris, which was supposed to be a wedding special, but Crystal ripped out Hef's heart and stomped on it. I shall explain-
If you are like me you were addicted to the tv show, The Girls Next Door featuring Bridget, Kendra and Holly. These three girls were Hugh Hefner's girlfriends. Yes, that is unusual to normal people, but he is Hef! Plus, this is a vast improvement from the seven girlfriends he used to have after his marriage ended in 1998. I digress- so, everyone that watched the show knew how much main gf, Holly, was in love with Hef and just wanted to get married and have kids. Unfortunately, that ended...supposedly because Hef can't have kids. Hef got a new main girlfriend, Crystal Harris. He also was dating the Shanon twins, but that ended quickly (thank goodness, not a fan). To every one's shock, Hef ended up proposing to Crystal! You could've knocked me over with a feather. I've always been Team Holly. Anyway...fastforward to months later...a week before the wedding- Crystal dumps Hef!
The show discusses all of this from planning the wedding to Hef and Crystal commenting on the aftermath. To make matters worse, viewers found out they actually cancelled the wedding the week before, but Hef and Crystal decided to just go back to dating. Seemed fair enough to me, but oh no, Crystal said she could not stand to be in the house a moment longer. She created a secret plan to get both of her cars out of the mansion and then said she was making a trip to Walgreens, but by Walgreens she meant San Diego. That was the end of that. Now she has been doing publicity and being super mean to Hef (example: her interview with Howard Stern). I thought the special was fair to both Hef and Crystal. Hef has new girlfriends now because obviously he must keep up his playboy persona...but if you watched The Girls Next Door you know how much of a romantic and sap Hef is. I'm sure Crystal broke his heart. My only wish is that someday he gets back together with Holly. And hes like 85, so he doesn't have much time!
On a happier note, the wedding special of Nick and Vanessa was to die for! I loved every part of their wedding! The special begins with a brief overview of how they met and how Nick proposed. Super cute story of him asking her to be in his music video, by the way. (She responded- "talk to my agent"...I love it!) So they basically planned this destination wedding in the British Virgin Islands in two months. They didn't want paparazzi to be there, so they were very hush hush about the whole thing. They didn't even tell their guests where they were going. His mom was not too happy, but Nick thought she would blab to her nail salon and it would get back to the press. Too funny! They had multiple parties in LA and Cincinnati (Nick's hometown) to celebrate with everyone they knew. They kept the actual wedding ceremony to just a few close friends and family.
There were some emotional parts where Vanessa talks about missing her mother (she walked out on the family when Vanessa was eight). Although it was sad, it seems like she is marrying into a wonderful family that loves her. It was cute to see how close Nick/his family was to her. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there were many fun, happy parts too. Nick and Vanessa surprised everyone with a wedding weekend in the British Virgin Islands at Richard Branson's (he owns Virgin Mobile) private island, Necker Island. Everyone seemed to have a great time relaxing and getting to know one another. The couple even organized Wedding Olympics, fun games for everyone to participate in. These included sumo wrestling and a relay race. Team Nick against Team Vanessa. There was also a sunset private catamaran cruise (which I've always wanted to do!).
Anyway- back to the good stuff. Vanessa wore a Monique Lhuillier gown. It was actually two pieces- a sparkly one piece top with a puffy/semi ruched gown attachment. I loved it! You couldn't even tell it was two pieces, but the two pieces are actually quite practical. She had a different dress for the reception, but she actually could have just changed skirts from a long one to a short one if she wanted. That's what I probably would have done. Below is the sketch of her dress. Below that is a picture of Vanessa and Nick coming down the aisle.
The reception was really pretty because the ceremony looked like it took place at sunset, so the reception took place after dark. Everyone was dancing and eating cake. They smashed cake onto each other's faces and then fell into the swimming pool behind them. They also ran along the beach and played in the sand. It looked like a fun party and a great wedding. They make a really wonderful couple, so I hope they have a great marriage. They've been dating for five years already, so they're off to a good start!
The only negative thing about the whole special was that I was disappointed in their lantern send off. While planning the wedding they made it seem like they were going to have lots of lanterns like at the end of The Hangover 2, but in actuality, they only sent off one. I was very disappointed in this, but it was the only downside to the whole two hours! I definitely recommend watching both if they play again!