By Rob Shuter
Nick Lachey isn't just looking forward to spending the rest of his life with soon-to-be wife, Vanessa Minnillo -- after an awful experience with ex father-in-law, Joe Simpson, Nick is excited to marry into a "normal" family.
"Vanessa's folks are so amazing," a friend of the future Mrs. Lachey tells me. "They are not parents who live through their daughter's success; they're not desperate to find a place for themselves in the entertainment business. They are simply parents who just want their daughter to be happy."
Vanessa's father, Vince Minnillo, was a member of the U.S. Air Force, stationed in the Philippines; he's a guy Nick respects so much he asked permission for his daughter's hand before popping the question to Vanessa herself.
"It's going to be a small, intimate wedding with just close friends and family," an insider tells me. "They would like it to be as private a day as possible." Unlike his first marriage to Jessica Simpson, where pictures and details were given to all media outlets, whether they wanted them or not.
"This time around there will be no reality show cameras or creepy father/managers lurking around making decisions on what is best for the couple's careers rather than their future," my source says. "Nick will once again take a back seat, but this time around it will be to his bride, not his father-in-law."
Thursday, December 9, 2010