When Teresa Giudice walked down the aisle for the second time, she did it with big hair.
The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star’s Jersey wedding to Louie Ruelas was Saturday, August 6 at the Park Chateau in East Brunswick.
Photos and video shared by Giudice’s daughters, her co-stars from “RHONJ,” fellow Bravo “Housewives” stars from various cities and the RHONJ Obsessed account on Instagram show the reality TV star in her wedding gown at the ceremony and reception, along with other scenes from her happy day.
Giudice, 50, wore her hair piled high atop her head above an oversized glittery tiara (to match the scale of the ‘do), with more hair cascading below.
The wedding dress, which had a nuanced pink tint visible when she was standing next to white (like Ruelas’ suit jacket), had a ruched bodice.
Giudice sported sheer gloves that reached past her elbows. A long veil trailed her on the bridal runway as she carried a large bouquet of white roses, which also adorned the path and ceremony area.
The bride wore a second off-shoulder white wedding gown to the reception featuring lace and a high slit. In one video from the party, she tried her hand at the drums next to the wedding DJ.
Ruelas, 47, got on the tambourine as sparklers went off in front of them.
People reports that the nuptials were filmed for an upcoming Bravo special (not for regular “RHONJ” episodes).
Giudice got divorced from her ex-husband Joe Giudice in 2020 after 21 years of marriage, following his deportation to Italy in 2019. She started dating Ruelas in the summer of 2020 and they got engaged in October 2021.
Teresa and Joe’s four daughters were at the wedding — Gia, 21; Milania, 16; Gabrielle, 18; and Audriana, 13 — wearing bridesmaid dresses in the dusty rose color of the bridal party.
Milania shared a TikTok video showing the sisters dancing in their dresses.
Giudice’s “RHONJ” co-stars were also there, like longtime friend Dolores Catania, who grew up with her in Paterson, and Jennifer Aydin of Paramus. They were both bridesmaids, and were joined at the wedding by castmates Jackie Goldschneider and Margaret Josephs (not bridesmaids).
Though invited, Melissa Gorga, another “RHONJ” star who is Giudice’s sister-in-law, was not there, nor was her husband, Giudice’s brother Joe Gorga.
Their absence was apparently precipitated by a late stemming from the events of a recent reunion episode taping for the reality series, Page Six previously reported.
Another video shows Giudice and Ruelas slow dancing for their “first dance” as smoke from a fog machine billowed around them.
Other wedding guests from the Bravo set included “Real Housewives of Miami” star Alexia Nepola; Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore and Phaedra Parks from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”; and Dorinda Medley and Jill Zarin from “The Real Housewives of New York” — Giudice’s co-stars from ”The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip” on Peacock.
There was also comedian Loni Love; rumored “RHONJ” added Jennifer Guterman-Fessler (shoe company CEO/designer) and Danielle Cabral (children’s clothing entrepreneur); Ashley Boalch Darby from “The Real Housewives of Potomac”; and Chanel Ayan from “The Real Housewives of Dubai.”
“I have to say honestly it was one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever been to,” Zarin glowed in an Instagram post. “The grounds at The Chateau were breath taking but seeing T when she opened the doors of the chapel to walk gracefully down the isle thru the gardens was magical in her soft pink dress that was gathered at the bottom and a very long veil that glided behind her. The food was a 10 including the biggest cowboy steaks! , flowers 10, music 10.”
On his Instagram account, Ruelas identifies himself as a father, motivator, philanthropist and warrior — but also an entrepreneur.
The couple lives in Montville (where Giudice formerly lived in another house with Joe Giudice and their children) and met in Ortley Beach.
Giudice and Ruelas had their rehearsal dinner at The Highlawn in West Orange, again with “RHONJ” mainstays like Catania and Aydin.
Aydin and the restaurant and banquet hall posted photos of the couple and cast members at the event on Instagram (see below).
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