Reality royalty met storybook perfection when former Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi tied the knot with her longtime love Jionni LaValle at the groom’s family church, Saint Rose of Lima in East Hanover, on Saturday, November 29, 2014.
Wearing a romantic, flowing Eve of Milady gown with a dramatic floor-length veil and carrying a sparkling brooch bouquet, the Snooki and JWOWW star and her man exchanged vows during a traditional Catholic Mass. On hand to back them up was their 30-plus-person bridal party, which included the couple’s children, 2-year-old son Lorenzo and 2-month-old daughter Giovanna, as well as fellow Jersey Shore alums Deena Cortese, Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Samantha Giancola.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their nearly 500 guests—among them Nicole’s Dancing with the Stars partner Sasha Farber and Jersey Shore’s Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio and Ronnie Magro—enjoyed an opulent Great Gatsby–inspired reception at the Venetian in Garfield. “It was Jionni’s idea to use Gatsby as the theme of our wedding,” says Nicole. “We saw the movie together and both loved it. Plus, my favorite colors are black and gold, which fits with the 1920s Art-Deco style, so it was perfect.”
To carry off their ultra-glam vision, the couple quickly decided the Venetian was the perfect place. “We went to a couple of venues in Jersey,” recalls the bride. “We wanted somewhere that looked like a castle and when we saw the inside of the Venetian we said, ‘This is it!’”
For dinner and dancing, Nicole slipped out of her ceremony gown and into a “fun, flirty” strapless dress by Ines Di Santo and a glittering 1920s-inspired headband with a short veil. A highlight of the evening was the cocktail hour. “Jionni and I wanted guests to be blown away by the food, and they were. The cocktail hour had everything you could imagine,” she says.
Also memorable were the couple’s first dance on the fog-filled dance floor and the cake cutting, with faux snow fluttering down around the newlyweds. But the bride’s favorite part of all was the after party. “We served burgers and fries and all the junk food you love to eat when you’re drunk,” says Nicole. “It was the icing on the cake for the guests but also the time for Jionni and me to just relax and have fun.”
In keeping with the laid-back vibe, Nicole and her bridesmaids traded in their dresses for custom-made track suits—black and gold for the maids and hot pink for the bride—and partied until 2 a.m.
When the celebration finally wrapped, the men took home bottles of Scotch and Hershey’s kisses and the ladies were given Nicole’s limited-edition wedding fragrance “Snooki Love.” From start to finish it was a combination of friends, family and fabulousness—the perfect Jersey wedding.
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