“Their party took [place] in the private rooftop garden surrounded by tall hedges and several security guards,” an insider told Us Magazine of the couple’s London Hotel fete. “The area was closed to the public and roped off. There were white couches, chairs and ottomans set up on the lawn area to create a lounge feel … A DJ spun lounge music and a big bar was set up with martini glasses.”
Gearing up for their Sunday night shower, the couple spent the holiday weekend relaxing at the hotel pool. Minnillo was no doubt soaking up the rays so she would look extra radiant in her white party dress. The pair stayed side-by-side all night greeting their guests and beaming about their forthcoming nuptials. Guests at the soiree included Lachey’s brother and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner, Drew Lachey, as well as NFL quarterback, Matt Leinart.
Talk about an elegant but relaxed affair — Lachey, 37, and Minnillo, 30, dated for four years before the former 98 Degrees boy-bander popped the question in November 2010. The lovebirds first locked eyes when Minnillo played the love interest in Lachey’s ‘What’s Left of Me’ music video — not long after Lachey and Jessica Simpson divorced in late 2005.
But let the wedding wars begin, Simpson became engaged to former NFL player, Eric Johnson, just before Lachey and Minnillo annoucned their impending nuptials. Although the exes say they’re on friendly terms, we have a feeling there may be some not so friendly bridal competition.