Lisa Vanderpump has briefly resumed filming on “Vanderpump Rules”, following the recent death of her mother.
The reality star posed for pictures as Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright kicked off their wedding weekend in Kentucky on Friday. Cameras will be rolling all weekend long on the festivities, despite the fact that Lisa recently stepped back from production to privately mourn the loss of her mother, Jean, who died unexpectedly last week.
“Lisa & Ken Vanderpump has made it to KY💕,” Brittany’s mom, Sherri, captioned a smiling shot with Lisa, her husband, Ken Todd, and the couple’s hot pink-clad pup, Puffy.
ET learned last week that Lisa was planning to take a step back from filming for her Bravo series, following her mother’s death. The reality star’s reps confirmed the news to ET, saying she was “shocked and devastated” by the sudden news and asking for privacy as she coped with the loss.
However, ET also learned that Lisa still planned to attend the wedding if it didn’t conflict with memorial plans for her mother.
“It feels amazing,” Cartwright told People before the big day. “We’re stronger and happier than we’ve ever been. We’ve been through a lot, but we came out on the other side. I feel like we’ve just gotten stronger and stronger.”
Taylor added, “We know we love each other. We know we want to be together. We’re just really excited. Just really happy with where we are right now.”
The wedding bands were designed by Kyle Chan, with Netta BenShabu behind the wedding gown that transformed three times throughout the night. Taylor wore a tux from Jack Victor.
The 12 bridesmaids were gifted with robes, slippers and sleep masks from the Victoria’s Secret Bridal Collection while the 13 groomsmen were given Givenchy sunglasses.
Two sources also confirmed to ET that *NSYNC singer Lance Bass will be officiating the ceremony, which is being held at The Kentucky Castle. Bass and Taylor are partners together in several business ventures, including Just Add X non-alcoholic mixers.
“He’s become one of our really, really great friends, and he has really stepped up for us in this moment when we needed somebody. He stepped up and is such a nice, kind person,” Cartwright added.
When ET’s Brice Sander spoke with the couple at the 4th Annual World Dog Day celebration in West Hollywood last month, they said wedding planning was going “really well,” but still had a few things to sort out, including their married name.
Jax’s legal name, Jason Cauchi, was included on the couple’s “Beauty and the Beast”-themed wedding invitations, and the couple told ET they’ll likely go by Jax’s legal moniker after the wedding, in part to honour his late father, Ronald Cauchi.
“It’ll be our family name,” Jax said. “For sure, our kids will have my last name.”
Cauchi and Cartwright’s late grandfather were remembered in the programme. “We know you’d be here today if heaven wasn’t so far away,” it read.
The wedding took place throughout the castle with cocktail hour next to the pool, the reception in the greenhouse decorated with gold chandeliers and sunflowers to the afterparty in the ballroom with food from Hooters where Cartwright was working when she met Taylor.
See more on the nuptials in the video below.
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