Joel Madden Nicole Richie Married As Wedding Day Elephant Looks On!
Just call her Mrs. Madden! Good Charlotte rocker Joel Madden made an honest woman out of reformed wildchild Nicole Richie in a sunset ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday. The couple of four years tied the knot in front of approximately 130 guests at the upscale estate of the bride’s dad, R&B crooner Lionel Richie.
The bride wore an “elegant” Marchesa gown, priced at around $20,000, a source told E! News Saturday. Nicole chose the dress over a vintage Chanel gown.
A host of celebs attended the tented nups, including No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani, Ashlee Simpson, reality mom Kris Jenner, the groom’s twin brother Benji Madden, and DJ Samantha Ronson. Nicole’s godfather, music legend Quincy Jones, arrived shortly before the bride made her trek down the aisle — but the biggest arrival of all was an elephant! Noticably absent from the ceremony was Nicole’s former Simple Life co-star and childhood friend, Paris Hilton, who we hear was not invited to the weekend wedding.
Tough break, PH.
Meanwhile, a bidding war has broken out over the first rights to Nicole and Joel’s wedding snaps. Nicole’s reps have been frantically trying to negotiate a $100,000 deal, which would land a cover story for the wedding. They’ve even been “playing the weekly magazines against each other to drive up their price.” The newlyweds plan to donate any cash earned from the sale of their wedding album to charity. (FYI: PEOPLE Magazine published the world’s first snaps of the Richie-Madden kids…)
The first marriage is the first for both. Nicole was previously engaged to the late Adam Goldstein – aka DJ AM, who she met in 2005. The couple split after a nine-month engagement.
Nicole, 29, and Joel, 31 are the parents of two. Their youngest child, son Sparrow, was born in Sept. 2009. So what’s the best part about having kids before tying the knot? Having adorable daughter Harlow stand in as flower girl!