And, according to Vanessa, Jessica Simpson was the 'elephant in the room' during the wedding plans.
If you watched TLC this past weekend, you may have caught Nick and Vanessa's Dream Wedding, the reality show special documenting Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo's recent and super-secret nuptials on Necker Island.
And while the couple was shown, going through the typical wedding process of picking out flowers and deciding on a location, there were times when 30-year-old Vanessa, a first-time bride and a first-time reality show subject, seemed like she was trying really, really hard to be entertaining on TV. Meanwhile, Nick, 37, came across like he was a little over it, as if he was going through with the wedding in order to make Vanessa happy but could have probably done without the whole ceremony and cameras-in-their-face aspect of the festivities. Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo Got Married On A Tropical Island
During one moment, Nick even pointed out that his taking his dad to a scenic overview in order to (dramatically) ask him if he would officiate his and Vanessa's wedding seemed a bit much, even to him. (Had there not been cameras there, low-key Nick probably would have just asked his dad over a beer, but the pretty setting did make for good TV!)
There was also the "elephant in the room," as Vanessa so subtly referred to Nick's famous ex-wife, Jessica Simpson. Vanessa and Nick, who had dated since 2006, probably realized that many viewers watching that show would likely be reminded of Nick's first foray into reality TV, Newlyweds, which documented his marriage to Jessica and thrust both of them into the spotlight.
"To address the elephant in the room," Vanessa said to the cameras, "Yes, coincidentally at the same time our wedding is going, his ex is actually also doing the beautiful thing of getting married herself," she said. "I think that she would probably pray as much as I do, that [we're allowed] to have our own moments," she said. Jessica Simpson Is Sad About Nick's Engagement