Nick Lachey married Jessica Simpson on a rainy October day at the Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas. The 5 p.m. ceremony took place at Smith Family Chapel in front of 350 guests, including Nick’s 98 Degrees band members Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffries. The couple worked with wedding planner Mindy Weiss to create a soft romantic look. Hundreds of candles and pale pink roses were placed throughout the church.
The bride arrived in a 1937 Cadillac limousine with her mother, Tina Simpson, and sister, Ashlee Simpson. As “The Wedding March” played, the bride walked down a rose petal-covered aisle on the arm of her father Joe Simpson. She wore a custom-made white strapless beaded Vera Wang gown, with a 11-carat Harry Winston pave diamond headband attached to her veil. Her hair, styled by Ken Paves, was pinned back on each side with vintage Van Cleef & Arpels brooches. The groom wore a black Hugo Boss tux with a white silk tie.
The couple were married in a traditional Christian ceremony officiated by Jessica’s childhood friend, Brian Buchek. During the ceremony, Lachey and Simpson’s mothers lit a unity candle together. Jessica’s friend, Trina Harmon, played piano and sang a song Jessica wrote for Nick called “My Love,” while Nick’s bandmates from 98 Degrees peformed a song Nick wrote for Jessica called “My Everything.”
At the conclusion of the 40-minute ceremony, a 25-member gospel choir sang “Oh Happy Day,” as the newlyweds walked up the aisle.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa in a ballroom filled with 30,000 roses from Mark’s Garden. Each table had centerpieces of roses and candles held in mismatched candle holders. Guests found personalized menus tucked into their napkins. Dinner included Maine lobster bisque, spinach salad with candied pecans, chicken and Southern crab cakes.
For dessert, Sam Godfrey of Perfect Endings presented a five-tier cake, with white butter cream icing, pound cake with raspberry filling, carrot cake and red velvet cake. Nick also enjoyed a groom’s cake made of German chocolate and decorated with a Cincinnati bear claw logo representing his favorite team.
The couple shared their first dance to “Crazy Love” by Neil McCoy, who was accompanied by Walter Afanasieff on the piano. Later in the evening, they serenaded each other with “My Everything” and “My Love,” the songs they had written for one another. At the end of the night, guests were given CD recordings of the songs as wedding favors.
The couple honeymooned at Turtle Island in Fiji.