Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson are officially husband and wife! The singer-turned-fashion mogul, 33 and former NFL player, 34, tied the knot at the luxe San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California on July 5th.
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The couple said "I Do" in a traditional outdoor ceremony on the ranch's lush lawn with more than 250 loved ones in attendance. The Weight Watchers spokesperson looked ravishing in her custom champagne and gold Carolina Herrera gown, a departure from the princess-y Vera Wang ball gown she wore when she married Nick Lachey back in 2002. The newlyweds' children, Maxwell (two years old) and Ace Knute (one year old), served as the adorable flower girl and ring bearer, along with Bronx Mowgli Wentz, sister Ashlee Simpson's son.
"It'll definitely be extravagant. I don't do things small," Simpson hinted in an interview with The Today Show's Savannah Guthrie back in May. The couple explored many different options during their four-year engagement, including a destination wedding in Capri, but in the end, the bride opted for a classic and modern celebration close to home. Mindy Weiss did the honors of planning their big day. The couple kicked off their Fourth of July wedding weekend with a rehearsal dinner and a Southern-inspired barbecue (complete with a pie station!).
During a Google Plus live chat, the bride revealed that it's important to keep a good sense of perspective when planning: "It's easy to get stressed out about it, and put pressure on yourself. I mean your man proposed to you, so you don't have to do anything for him, he already likes you the way you are. So, really it's just about finding the love within yourself, and accepting the love that everybody is basically there giving you."
Simpson tells Redbook that in order to have a successful partnership, being madly in love with someone isn't necessarily enough: "I think you have to have personalities that mesh well...you also have to be open to figuring things out together and communicating even when it's the last thing you want to do." She added, "I have to admit, it doesn't hurt that Eric is one of the hottest men I've ever seen and he looks amazing naked!" she jokes.
On a more serious note, becoming parents changed their lives in a profound way: "Having my kids has made me feel so much more at peace with myself. I see how loving and kind we can be to our children, while never noticing all the things we have done well ourselves," she writes in a Parents.com blog post.
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The Simpson clan has another wedding to look forward to: Ashlee is set to wed The Hunger Games actor Evan Ross in a bohemian-style fête during Labor Day weekend.
Congratulations to the happy newlyweds! Check out Fourth of July-Inspired Wedding Ideas.
UPDATE: The first photo of the bride is in, courtesy of People magazine! How gorgeous does Mrs. Johnson look?
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