Congratulations to Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, son of singer Diana Ross, who married at the diva’s Connecticut home on Saturday. Sadly, any hopes Simpson had of financing an extravagant honeymoon by selling exclusive pictures to a celeb magazine had to stop, in the name of reality. No one cared.
“The Simpsons have a long history of selling pictures to magazines,” an insider tells Confidenti@l. “When Jessica was at the peak of her success with Nick Lachey, her dad made an exclusive several-part deal with OK! magazine. Just a few months ago, Jessica sold her most recent wedding pictures to People for $300,000. But now it seems no one cares about Ashlee anymore.”
As Simpson, 29, and Ross, 26, exchanged their vows, they were surrounded by family and friends, including Jessica, who served as a matron of honor; Ashlee’s 5-year-old son, Bronx; and the legendary mother of the groom.
One would think the mere presence of the supreme Supreme would be enough to help Ashlee’s photos fetch big bucks, but that doesn’t appear to have been the case.
“The only outlet that had expressed any real interest is People,” another insider said. “But they made it clear that a picture of the two sisters together would be better than a picture of Ashlee alone or with her groom. And (People) will not guarantee a cover.”
An hour after Confidenti@l contacted Simpson’s rep Janet Ringwood for comment, wedding photos were suddenly, and not exclusively, released for sale to any magazines or papers that were interested — in the late afternoon on Labor Day!
We’re also told that Ashlee had considered releasing the pictures via social media. The couple had announced their engagement on Jan. 13 via Twitter.
“The love of my life said YES!!!!!!” Ross announced, with Simpson adding, “My baby love and I are ENGAGED!!! Hallelujah Hawaii!!!”
Following the engagement, Simpson’s divorced mother, Tina, threw the couple a party in March at her home. Jessica threw Ashlee a bridal shower at her home in August.
“It’s not just the money — Ashlee wanted her wedding to be as important as her sister’s,” adds a source close to the bride. “She’s always been in Jessica’s shadow and wanted this to be her time to shine. She would give the images away to get a cover, even if it means sharing one with her maid of honor.”
After being reached out to once more, this time regarding the wedding-photo fire sale, Simpson’s rep didn’t get back to us.