Mike ”The Situation” Sorrentino Married Lauren Pesce, And The Newlyweds Celebrated In True Style

While Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Lauren Pesce have been a thing for years – since college in fact – they only got around to tying the knot in late 2018. But when the happy couple did marry, they did it with panache in a beautiful and apparently very emotional ceremony. Let’s take a look, then, at the inside details of the wedding – as well as how the couple finally got into a position to commit to each other.

Reality TV fans first met Sorrentino on Jersey Shore, which ran on MTV from 2009 to 2012. And the premise of the show was pretty simple: eight people living out the summer in the New Jersey town of Seaside Heights. Yet while the series’ ratings were unspectacular at first, Jersey Shore ultimately grew to become a phenomenon. And as a result, the former fitness center assistant manager became a star.

However, when Sorrentino first started on the show, he didn’t seem like the long-term relationship type. Being both a slacker and a party animal, he wasn’t perhaps the typical candidate for choosing to settle down. And then there was his nickname, “The Situation.” Sorrentino explained exactly how he had earned that moniker in season two of the series, revealing, “My abs are so ripped up it’s called ‘The Situation.’”

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That said, Sorrentino has had his fair share of luck with women both on and off the show – not least through his memorable fling with twins Erica and Brittany. And he had at least one enduring romance before he started filming Jersey Shore. Prior to becoming a household name, you see, Sorrentino had actually broken up with girlfriend Pesce.

Sorrentino and Pesce had met in a math class while attending community college, and they ended up dating for about four years. When the pair split in 2009, however, it was amicable. “We had gone our separate ways, but we parted on good terms and always kept in touch,” Pesce told Us Weekly in 2015.

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And while Pesce didn’t watch her ex-boyfriend’s reality show much, she didn’t always approve of what she saw on the occasions that she did tune in. “I definitely didn’t follow some of the crazy stuff going on in Jersey Shore,” she explained to Us Weekly. “I didn’t like a lot of the things he did, but we weren’t together!” She added, however, that she “was just glad he had found success.”

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“I went into the work world, and [Sorrentino] went into fitness modeling and then Jersey Shore. I was nothing but happy for him. We were on different paths in life,” Pesce told the magazine. Her own path was becoming a fashion buyer and then creating The Style Bae, her lifestyle blog.

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And yet despite all that, there was still an attraction between Sorrentino and Pesce. When the two met each other again at a gym, then, they couldn’t deny that connection. “Timing is everything. We circled back to each other about two years ago, and we kind of picked up where we left off,” Pesce added.

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Still, there would be obstacles in the couple’s path; Sorrentino’s reality TV lifestyle in particular had begun to take a toll. “We’ve been through a lot of things. One minute you’re going to get breakfast, and then you look down and you’re on the cover of the [New York] Post,” the Jersey Shore star explained to Us Weekly. “There’s a lot of curveballs been thrown our way in the last year or so. That can put stress on a relationship.”

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So, in 2015 – and despite not even being married yet – the couple appeared in an episode of Marriage Boot Camp. And from Sorrentino’s point of view, the experience was a beneficial one. “It really helped us out, and it still helps us out to this day,” he told People in 2017. “You sort of learn how other people communicate and [that] they’re coming from a different perception or a different view. And you have to value that view and listen to respond.”

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By May 2015, moreover, it seemed that Sorrentino was thinking about taking his relationship to the next level. “She is my A-1 from day one, and I think it’s time [to get engaged],” he divulged to E! News. “I want to progress in my life, I want to have a family and maybe a little Situation one day. Or soon!”

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Yet it wasn’t until April 2018 that Sorrentino finally did pop the question to Pesce. And, of course, she said yes. Naturally, then, Sorrentino chose to announce the news on Instagram – and in typical The Situation fashion. “GYM, TAN, WE’RE ENGAGED!” he wrote. That’s a reference to his Jersey Shore catchphrase “gym, tan, laundry” which came into being to explain what he got up to when not partying.

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Sorrentino posted a few more photos to the social media site, too. “The future Mr and Mrs. Situation,” he captioned one of the snaps, which shows him down on one knee proposing. And Pesce joined in the celebration by uploading a picture in which her diamond-and-rose gold engagement ring was prominently on display. “I said YES,” she wrote in accompaniment to the image. “Love you forever.”

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In addition, the couple spoke exclusively to Us Weekly about the proposal. And in the process, it turned out that the event itself would be seen on the reality series that had made Sorrentino famous. “I have always dreamed of proposing on Jersey Shore – the show that introduced me to the world,” Sorrentino told the magazine. He added that he was “proud and excited” to have done exactly that.

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Then, the following month, Sorrentino and Pesce spoke to entertainment website TooFab about their engagement. “It was really special, and it happened exactly the way that I hoped and dreamed,” Sorrentino said. Pesce added, “I wanted it to be so special. He definitely exceeded those expectations with everything that he put together and did.”

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This media blitz continued into May 2018, too, when the couple spoke to People magazine about their up-coming nuptials. However, Pesce admitted during the interview that she wasn’t entirely sure when the wedding would be. “We don’t have a date yet. I think we need to see how this timing pans out for the rest of the year. But we’ve been ready for this, so we’re definitely not looking for a long engagement,” she said.

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Still, Pesce knew exactly what kind of ceremony the pair envisioned. “Mike and I have always, always wanted a destination wedding with our close family and friends,” she said. “Our dream was always to go to the motherland and get married in Italy and have it be an experience with the people closest to us — our immediate family [and] his closest friends from the cast.”

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“Now that we’re getting down to actually planning [the wedding], I think we’re going to try to do the best of both worlds, and hopefully we’ll be able to do that with family and friends. And then we’ll be able to have a big reception and celebration in New Jersey,” Pesce went on. “You know, Italian-American style, with the whole family and every acquaintance to celebrate.”

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But Pesce didn’t just speak to the magazine about her upcoming marriage; she also talked about the struggles that she and Sorrentino had faced. “When I met Mike, I met him as a person and not as a celebrity. So I’ve always known him at his core — him being the most giving and loving family-type of guy in his soul,” she said. “And through any kind of ups and downs, any kind of darkness that he went through, I always knew that person inside was so important and worth fighting for.”

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Fans saw just how devoted the couple were to each other, too, during the June 2018 episode of Jersey Shore Family Vacation that revealed exactly how Sorrentino had proposed to his future wife. And on the show, the star explained why he had waited to pop the question: specifically, because a charge of tax evasion had left things up in the air. “The past year I’ve wanted to propose,” he explained. “I’ve had this court situation kind of holding me back. And now it’s here, and I’m ready.”

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“Lauren is the light at the end of my tunnel,” Sorrentino added on camera. “Lauren is everything, Lauren is my best friend. She is my soulmate. She is my better half, and knowing that I found that, I’m willing to face anything in life.” It seemed, then, that the moment was right for taking that next step. But before Sorrentino could do the deed, he went out with Pesce for dinner so that his fellow reality stars could specially prep the house.

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Then, upon the couple’s return, Sorrentino asked Pesce to marry him in house’s swimming pool, which the Jersey Shore cast member’s friends had surrounded with candles. Firstly, though, he presented to Pesce a slideshow of their time together, which began with a caption reading, “I fell in love with you because you loved me when I couldn’t even love myself.”

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After that, Sorrentino got down on one knee and said to Pesce, “You’re my best friend, my college sweetheart, my better half. You make me a better person. Please make me the happiest man on earth. Will you please marry me?” And following Pesce’s positive response, the rest of the Jersey Shore cast gave the couple rainbow cookies to celebrate.

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Then, of course, preparations for the wedding had to be made in the months that followed. And Pesce went about this in part by choosing to get some plastic surgery done: a rhinoplasty, to be exact. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was about 15,” she revealed to Page Six at the time. “Once [Sorrentino and I] got engaged in February, I knew it was the best timing for me to get this done before our big day.”

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With the rhinoplasty complete and the stage set for romance, the Sorrentino-Pesce wedding finally took place on November 1, 2018. And it was every bit as spectacular as the nuptials of two reality stars ought to be. Most of the Jersey Shore cast were present for the occasion, too, including Paul DelVecchio, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Vinny Guadagnino. Polizzi and Farley’s daughters were also the couple’s flower girls.

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Before the big day got fully started, though, Sorrentino posted a message for his fiancée on his Instagram. “Today I marry my best friend, my college sweetheart, my everything,” it read. “Together, as a team, we can accomplish anything. I am so grateful that you are by my side. I promise to be my best self every day and make you proud to call yourself Mrs. Sorrentino. Love you with all my heart. Here’s to our big day.”

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And it seems that no expense was spared for the occasion, either. Pesce’s dress, for example, was a Pronovias number with a matching veil that reportedly cost at least $3,000. Then there was not one but two wedding cakes. The first was a huge, five-tier creation by Confections of a Rockstar; the second, meanwhile, was a smaller groom’s cake filled with Funfetti.

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Plus, the wedding venue was suitably splendid, with the couple tying the knot at New Jersey’s very fancy Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains. The location boasts two lakes, an indoor fountain and a huge banquet hall – making it ideal for showing off on Instagram.

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And the newlyweds shared some details of the big day with Us Weekly in 2018. In particular, they revealed that they had always known the event would have a massive party thrown in. “It was like the calm before the fun and chaos! It was all perfect,” Pesce said of the ceremony. Of her walk down the aisle, she added, “It’s every girl’s lifelong dream – in combination with marrying the most important person in your life.”

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The reception was where the party really got started, however – especially when.the music began. “We came out, and we had the band do a mash-up of two different songs, and then we had our first dance,” Sorrentino revealed to Us Weekly. “I was all in my feels at that particular point. I was just beyond happy.”

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A couple of anonymous “insiders” also revealed further details of the wedding to the media, with E! News speaking to somebody who said that the event was an emotional one. “After all [Sorrentino and Pesce have] been through, everyone was thrilled to see them at such a happy, solid place,” they reportedly explained. And according to the nameless source, Sorrentino cried on seeing his new bride.

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“It was a great, heartfelt party. People were so happy for them. It was jubilant,” the insider went on. And even though reality TV shows thrive on conflict, things apparently went smoothly for Pesce and Sorrentino that day. “There was no drama. Everyone seemed to be getting along and on their best behavior. It was a really happy night,” they continued.

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Then, of course, the honeymoon followed. And according to a source who spoke to E! News, the pair headed off to the mountains of Arizona and the Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa. The venue offers, as per their website, “luxurious accommodations, gourmet meals, unlimited smoothie bar and freshly prepared snacks throughout the day.”

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It seems, too, that the couple enjoyed gym and tan – although perhaps not laundry – sessions while out in the desert. At the very least, the new Mrs. Situation posted pictures of herself on Instagram enjoying the pool and sun. But as soon as the newlyweds returned from their trip, real life, it appears, caught up with them.

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Sorrentino’s tax evasion case hadn’t gone in his favor, you see, and so he ultimately received an eight-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to a single charge. Nevertheless, he spent his final Christmas before incarceration celebrating with his new wife, during which the pair took a picture of themselves for Instagram. “Merry Christmas from The Situations,” the couple wrote for their followers on Christmas Day.

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And just before Sorrentino checked himself into the federal prison in New York, he posted an Instagram video with his wife. In it, he told his followers, “The comeback is always greater than the setback.” He went on, “The Situation will reveal himself in 2019… He is currently under construction.”

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Sorrentino’s new bride took to social media, too, to release a statement on Twitter in January 2019. “Mike would like to thank all of his fans worldwide for the unbelievable outpouring of love and support. We speak everyday, and he’s doing great,” she wrote. “He’s received thousands of letters [and] he won’t be able to respond to everyone, but wanted to express his gratitude.”

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“Thank you from the both of us; it is truly heartwarming to have this support during this time,” Pesce wrote in the second part of her statement. “Love, Michael and Lauren.” Sorrentino’s Jersey Shore co-stars, including Snooki and JWoww, also left messages of support for him on social media.

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Sorrentino is due to be released from prison in September 2019, after which he can rejoin his wife and start married life properly. And it should be known that he’s always credited Pesce with keeping him on the straight and narrow. “She’s definitely my better half,” he told People in 2018, “and the reason I strive to be the best version of myself and to fight for our future.”

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