Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo: Why We Picked Necker Island for Wedding

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updated 07/18/2011 AT 2:40 PM ET

originally published 07/18/2011 AT 3:20 PM ET

Wedding planning was relatively painless for Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey, who exchanged vows Friday evening at Sir Richard Branson’s private island paradise in the British Virgin Islands.

And choosing the location came just as easily for the couple.

“We love to travel and we love Necker Island,” Lachey, 37, tells PEOPLE. “We’ve vacationed there multiple times, and when we got engaged, we both immediately thought of the island as the perfect place to have our wedding.”


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