Vanessa Minnillo’s Mom Didn’t Know About The Wedding

Helen Bondoc is Vanessa Minnillo’s mother. But, Bondoc has not seen her daugher since she was 9-years-old. She didn’t even know Minnillo was getting married.

When shown a picture of Vanessa, Bondoc gets emotional. “Oh my goodness, she’s beautiful! She’s changed so much, though I can still see that little scar on her forehead from where she picked at her chicken pox when she was a child. I didn’t have a clue that Vanessa was getting married. We last spoke about 12 years ago, on the phone. I just wanted to talk to her and tell her everything straight about my life. But I still think about her all the time, and I still love her dearly.”

So why the animosity? Helen dropped Vanessa and her brother off at their fathers when she was 9. She said to “keep them for now.” And Helen never came back.

So sad.

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Vanessa Minnillo Learned Many Things From Marrying Nick Lachey

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo’s wedding aired during a TLC special Nick & Vanessa’s Dream Wedding on Saturday (July 30). And now that two have tied the knot, Vanessa is opening up about all the she learned by marrying the former 98 degrees singer.

Minnillo shared her top ten wedding planning tips on Twitter:

1. Try on different styles of dresses. Even if you know what you want, it may surprise you. Go for it all and be girly! Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

2. I love a little splash of color! I had a beautiful bouquet, BUT I didn’t put my matron of honor in a fuchsia dress.

3. Listen to your groom and have elements of what he wants in the wedding. After all, it’s both of your day. Nick had great suggestions.

4. A welcome bag with personalized goodies is always nice! We did beach towels with [our guests’] names embroidered and [included] all the beach essentials.

5. Make sure to take time before the wedding and spend it with your fiance. A night with a glass of wine, or a weekend away! Quality time.

6. To save money: Use the venue’s place settings and glassware, but we brought in our personalized linens and chargers for a more custom feel.

7. If you can, have multiple photographers. We loved Yitzhak Dalal, and he brought two other [photographers] with him. There’s always more than one angle you’ll want!

8. Consider weather when planning an outdoor ceremony. The ONE thing I regret is we didn’t have fans or air-conditioning at the ceremony.

9. Do something special for your fiance before the ceremony — [give them] a gift, and/or a hand-written card. Let them know how you feel and that you love them!

10. HAVE FUN! Once it’s the day of, try your hardest not to let ANYTHING get in the way. You’ll regret it if you obsess about small stuff!

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