Jessica Biel let Justin Timberlake’s mom call the shots at wedding
By Bill Zwecker October 22, 2012 9:03PM
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While Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were the ones tying the knot at a posh resort overlooking the Adriatic Sea in the Southern Italian town of Fasano, behind the scenes, Biel’s new mother-in-law reportedly was the one truly running the show.
A source close to the actress said Monday, “As far as Jessica was concerned, she would have been just as happy to have a very small wedding with only a handful of friends and close family members present.” But Timberlake’s mom, Lynn Harless, wanted a nice, splashy bash for her beloved boy.
Biel — who had split with Timberlake before they reunited and got engaged earlier this year — apparently has come to understand “that Lynn is a very powerful factor in Justin’s life and, if she wants to have a smooth marriage, she has to have Lynn in her corner. … A big part of that is letting Lynn have her way.”
Harless is not only co-manager of Timberlake’s career, she also runs his finances, his media company and his charitable foundation.
† That said, Biel did manage to keep the guest list to about 80 — including Andy Samberg, rapper Timbaland and funnyman Jimmy Fallon. The actress also decided to go her own way regarding her wedding gown — picking a pink dress reportedly created by Italian designer Giambattista Valli, who also made Biel’s bridesmaids’ gowns as well.
Timberlake himself was said to be outfitted in a wedding suit made just for him by designer and filmmaker Tom Ford.
Store staffers were amused as Gaga instinctively did a little salsa dance while shopping in the Hispanic foods section.
† Kudos to the tenacious Sherren Leigh, the founder and publisher of Today’s Chicago Woman, who is toasting the 30th anniversary of her magazine with a Halloween fund-raiser at the Chicago Cultural Center on Oct. 30 — benefitting the TCW Foundation, helping fund 30 area charities assisting women and children.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Making the scene at Gibsons the other night was comedian and actor Denis Leary, who did a double-take as he was leaving — spying Tom Dreesen and hustling over to catch up. … Yes, that was Brit singer Mika having dinner with a group of friends at Nellcote. … WLS-Channel 7’s Linda Yu was spotted dining at Rosebud on Rush. … New parents Giuliana and Bill Rancic seen having a “date night” at Joe’s Stone Crab, as were Bulls great Scottie Pippen and new Bulls center Nazr Mohammed.