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Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo Get Married in Tropical Ceremony! They Beat Jessica Simpson To The Altar!

Fri, July 15, 2011 6:20pm EDT by William Earl 7 Comments

Nick & Vanessa have a blissful, private ceremony!

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo have finally tied the knot!

Nick, 37, and Vanessa, 30, walked down the aisle on July 15 on a tropical island in front of 35 friends and family members, his rep confirms to

“For us, this is just a stepping stone to do what we ultimately want and that’s to start a family together,” Vanessa told PEOPLE.

Nick said the ceremony was shrouded in secrecy — even for the guests!

“Our wedding invitations were in the form of a plane ticket,” he said. “We told them they were going away and the attire was ‘island chic.’ It was all very vague.”

While Nick was dressed in a traditional Dolce & Gabanna suit, Vanessa donned a two-piece Monique Lhuillier outfit, with a custom-made corset, belt and veil.

The whole event will be aired on TLC in a Nick & Vanessa’s Dream Wedding, which will air on July 30 at 9 pm.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

— William Earl