Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz were married on May 17, 2008 at her parents home in the San Fernando Valley. Over 150 guests attended, including Nicole Richie and Joel Madden. The 6 p.m. ceremony was held in a white tent erected over the Simpsons’ pool.
The wedding was planned by Mindy Weiss, who worked with the couple to design an “Alice in Wonderland”-themed wedding inside of a topsy turvy world.
The bride, who was three months pregnant at the time, walked down a red rose petal-lined aisle in an ivory lace Monique Lhuillier gown and cathedral length veil to a string quartet playing the Beatles’ “Blackbird.” The five bridesmaids, including Ashlee’s sister and maid of honor, Jessica Simpson, wore black Vera Wang gowns.
The groom wore a tux by Dior Homme and was accompanied by his Bulldog, Hemingway, who served as ring bearer.
The non-denominational ceremony was performed by Ashlee’s father, Joe Simpson, while her mother, Tina Simpson, lit a unity candle with Pete’s mother, Dale Wentz.
Following the ceremony, guests moved into a cocktail area where they were served cocktails in miniature bottles that read “Drink Me.” Sushi rolls and mini hamburgers were passed on trays designed to look like playing cards, and an outdoor lounge was setup with white couches, ottomans and a photo booth.
As the cocktail hour got underway, the bride changed into a black silk tulle Monique Lhuillier gown and had her hair swept into a side ponytail by hairstylist, Ken Paves.
The couple was introduced for the first time as Pete and Ashlee Wentz and shared their first dance to “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes. Afterward, they sat in heart-shaped chairs at a table decorated with teapots and saucers filled with red roses and hot pink hydrangeas by florist Mark’s Garden.
The red and black reception tent was filled with 10,000 black magic roses from Ecuador along with a checkerboard dance floor, red carpets and crystal chandeliers.
A three-course dinner was catered by Wolfgang Puck and included spicy tuna tartare, Snake River Farms New York Steak and mini baked Alaska. For dessert, Sam Godfrey of Perfect Endings created a mad hatter wedding cake in the shape of a top hat, with three different flavors: red velvet, chocolate candy bar and vanilla pound cake with raspberry filling.
As guests left the wedding, they were each given a cookie that read “Eat Me.”
The newlyweds spent their wedding night in a safari tent set up on a hill behind the house. Pete surprised his bride by filling the tent with pillows, chandeliers and ingredients to make s’mores.
The couple left the following morning for a five-day honeymoon at Parrot Cay Resort in Turks and Caicos.