Home is where the heart is, according to Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz, who were pronounced husband and wife in a tent erected at the Encino, California residence of the bride’s parents on May 17, 2008. The couple made the evening a family affair, with the bride’s sister Jessica Simpson acting as maid of honor and father Joe Simpson hearkening back to his days as a pastor to unite the pair in matrimony during a non-denominational service, while the groom’s four-legged family member– his bulldog, Hemingway– proudly trotted down the aisle in his role as ring bearer.
According to People magazine online, Scrubs star Donald Faison, CaCee Cobb, the Simpson sister’s “mane” man Ken Paves, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden and Tony Romo were among the 150 guests who bore witness as bridesmaids in Vera Wang creations strolled past before the bride made her grand entrance in an ivory, lace-accented Monique Lhuillier design, the facets of her Neil Lane diamond earrings and necklace sparkling in the light cast by black chandeliers as she made her way toward the altar, where the groom stood in a Dior Homme tuxedo, waiting to make her his wife.
Following the nuptials, the newlyweds and their friends sat at tables adorned with black rose centerpieces and dined on cuisine concocted by Wolfgang Puck. The feast was topped with slices of an Alice in Wonderland-themed cake– the tea pot, top hat and stop watch images the work of Napa bakery Perfect Endings, which also created confection perfection for Jessica Simpson‘s wedding in 2002.
See the pre-wedding preparations for the pair of paparazzi magnets in the following Access Hollywood video: