Real Housewives of New York City star LuAnn de Lesseps is officially married to Thomas D’Agostino. The two wed on New Year’s Eve in Palm Beach, Florida and LuAnn says the day “was one of the best days of my life.”
To start their weekend celebration, they hosted a rehearsal dinner Friday evening on a boat with 80 of their closest friends and family members. While on board the Mariner III yacht, which left Palm Beach Marina for a three-hour sunset cruise, guests dined on a seafood menu.
“We decided to have our rehearsal dinner on a yacht because Tom is a big boater. He grew up boating,” de Lesseps tells PEOPLE. “We both own boats, we’re both into boating, so we thought, what a great place to do our rehearsal dinner.”
After the yacht, the party continued until 1AM at Chesterfield Hotel’s Leopard Lounge where the couple hosted a lounge-style soirée with cigarette girls serving hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
Saturday evening, the couple welcomed 250 guests, including fellow Housewives Jill Zarin, Cynthia Bailey, Kelly Bensimon and Marysol Patton, to witness their black tie nuptials at a lavish, modern-chic outdoor ceremony at Brazilian Court on the Tom’s 50th birthday.
LuAnn wore a veil with her white floor-length, V-neck gown by Randi Rahm as she was walked down the aisle by her brother Michael. Under a moonlit sky, de Lesseps and D’Agostino Jr., who sported a white tuxedo, were playful as they held hands and exchanged vows in front of de Lesseps’ son Noel, who served as ring bearer, her daughter Victoria, who was the flower girl, and many more friends and family members.
D’Agostino Jr. gave Victoria a Tiffany key — to show that she has the key to their hearts and that they would always be there for her — and Noel a compass, signaling that he could always find his way back to them as they would always be there for him. The couple also gave each of their mothers a rose to symbolize their love.
At the reception, which was decorated with chandeliers, fairy lights, votive candles, family photos and flowers — including pale pink peonies, white gardenia and ranunculus — the newly married couple joined hands in their first dance to the tunes of Katie Melua’s “Just Like Heaven.”
15 minutes before the clock hit midnight, de Lesseps gave a speech in honor of her new husband’s 50th and sang “Happy Birthday” to him. After the new bride gave D’Agostino Jr. a sweet kiss, a large cake was wheeled out onto the dance floor — and a Marilyn Monroe lookalike popped out!
“If Marilyn Monroe was still alive, I would ask Marilyn Monroe to come. I picked Marilyn because she’s iconic. Who can sing ‘Happy Birthday’ better than Marilyn, right?” de Lesseps said of the surprise.
Next, the guests participated in a countdown to the New Year and celebrated 2017 with tequila shots.
“It was one of the best days of my life. To celebrate our wedding, New Year’s Eve and Tom’s birthday with all my friends and family in one night was just magical,” says de Lesseps of her wedding day. “It was a dream.”
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