Are you ready for “The Hitch-uation”? Thursday’s two-part episode of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation will focus Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s wedding to Lauren Pesce. The couple wed last November in a lavish ceremony. But the honeymoon was short-lived. Just a few months after getting hitched, Sorrentino headed upstate to serve eight months in federal prison for tax evasion.
Sorrentino is due to be released from the slammer any day now, and he’s reportedly eager to reunite with his wife and hopefully start a family. In the meantime, fans can get an inside look at the couple’s ceremony and reception, which took place at The Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.
The Legacy Castle: A wedding venue fit for a reality TV star
Sorrentino and Pesce chose to get married at The Legacy Castle, a luxury wedding and event space about an hour outside of New York City that opened in 2017.
The massive venue, which is surrounded by two lakes, can accommodate up to 1,200 guests in the Grand Legacy Ballroom. Rooms are decorated with Italian marble, gold leaf detailing, and crystal chandeliers. There’s a 15-foot chandelier inside as well as a 21-foot granite fountain in the grounds outside. In other words, it’s a wedding venue tailor-made for a Jersey Shore star’s big day.
The couple said “I do” in front of a wall of white flowers. Pesce wore a gown by Pronovias and Sorrentino and his groomsmen donned tuxes from Robbie’s NYC. For dinner, guests had a choice of classic filet mignon, Atlantic black cod, or chicken dauphinoise. The elegant, flower-covered five-tier cake was from Confections of a Rock Star.
“This was the royal guido wedding,” Sorrentino told Us Weekly.
There were 205 guests at the Sorrentino’s wedding
More than 200 guests celebrated the Sorrentino’s big day with them, according to Us Weekly. Almost the entire Jersey Shore cast was in attendance — only Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola didn’t attend, though she did send a gift — and everyone got along beautifully. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley’s daughters even served as flower girls.
“I can’t believe that we were able to pull off such an unbelievably beautiful wedding like that,” Sorrentino told Us. “We’re on cloud nine right now. We had our wedding at a castle fit for a king and a queen.”
A pricey party
The Situation and his bride appear to have spared no expense for their big day. Wedding website The Knot puts The Legacy Castle in the four dollar sign “expensive” category. On the most in-demand nights, an event can cost $300 per person, according to a 2017 article in NorthJersey.com. However, the Sorrentinos got married on a Thursday, meaning they likely paid less than that.
While the cost is high, the venue delivers on the promise of a perfect day. Review on The Knot call The Legacy Castle “amazing,” “absolutely perfect,” and “magical.” From the sound of it, the Sorrentinos felt the same way.
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