Jenny McCarthy Marries Donnie Wahlberg, Brother Mark Wahlberg Absent From WeddingBy: Val Powell - September 2, 2014
On Sunday, former The View host Jenny McCarthy tied the knot with actor-singer Donnie Wahlberg in an intimate ceremony outside of Chicago. The couple was surrounded by their closest friends and members of their families, including The View co-host Sherri Shepherd and New Kids On The Block members Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood.
McCarthy looked radiant in a white strapless gown she reportedly bought at Berdof Goodman, which she paired with a white see-through veil. The wedding was held in her hometown of St. Charles, Illinois at the Hotel Baker.
The couple started dating last year and became engaged when Wahlberg proposed to McCarthy in April of this year. He reportedly enlisted the help of McCarthy’s son Evan when he popped the question and gave McCarthy a 10-carat sapphire ring.
Some family members of Wahlberg’s could not make it to the ceremony, including his brother, actor Mark Wahlberg. The latter was in Los Angeles on the same weekend, celebrating his daughter Ella’s 11th birthday. However, Mark Wahlberg tweeted on Sunday, “Congratulations @DonnieWahlberg and @JennyMcCarthy, so happy for you both today,” as well as posted an Instagram video of him, his wife and their children sending their love and congratulations to the happy couple.
TMZ reported that Mark Wahlberg and his wife are not close to his brother and McCarthy, implying that this was the reason behind their absence. The site also reported that brother Bobby and Mother Wahlberg would not be in attendance, although brother Paul was. However, the groom responded warmly to his brother’s greetings on social media, tweeting, “Thank you @mark_wahlberg. Thanks to you & @rheadur for the adorable video for me & Jenny! Please wish a Happy B-Day to my god daughter Ella!”
This is the second marriage for both McCarthy and Wahlberg. McCarthy had previously been married to director John Asher before dating comedian Jim Carrey, while Wahlberg was married to Kim Fey from 1999 to 2008.