While Giuliana DePandi is accustomed to reporting Tinseltown’s top stories as the co-host of E! News, on September 1, 2007 the small screen anchor became the news as she exchanged vows with reality TV star Bill Rancic, the winner of season one’s “The Apprentice.” As the sun began its descent on Anacapri, on the Italian isle of Capri, E! Online reports that bridesmaids in pale yellow chiffon dresses by BCBG walked down the aisle of Santa Sophia Church before the bride made her grand entrance. Like a celebrity at a Hollywood event, the television presenter stepped on to a red carpet, the rose petal-sprinkled trail leading her past 190 friends and family members who smiled as they watched her make her way to the altar in a two-piece, white silk wedding dress designed by Monique Lhuillier, whose bridal attire has been worn by such stars as Britney Spears, Pink, and E! columnist Kristen Veitch, who said “I do” in July 2007.
The traditional Catholic ceremony, which was conducted in Italian, Latin and English, was a family affair, with the bride’s sister supporting her sibling as maid of honor and her brother providing a reverential rendition of “Ave Maria.” Like any proud parent, the TV’s host’s father, Eduardo DePandi, escorted his daughter to the altar, where the groom stood in a classic black tuxedo lovingly created by his new in-law.
Following the nuptials, People magazine online reports that the newlyweds and their guests sampled slices of a vanilla and cream wedding cake accented with red rose petals, which was served at the Grand Hotel Quisisana, the hilltop retreat which was the site of chef Wolfgang Puck’s wedding reception in July 2007.