Jennifer and Nayel Nassar were spotted arriving at the Plaza Hotel on Wednesday, ahead of Jennifer’s wedding to Nayel Nassar.Melinda, 57, looked stunning in a bright pink ensemble, while the bride-to-be, 25, chose a lacy white gown.”They started the celebrations yesterday in New York City,” a source previously told PEOPLE. “Last night, Jennifer was with her family and friends, and Nayel was with his.””They both appear to be very excited about their wedding week,” said the source.Jennifer is Melinda’s eldest daughter with her ex-husband Bill Gates. The couple, who divorced in August, have two children: son Rory John, 22, and daughter Phoebe Adele, 19.
Melinda, in addition to accompanying her daughter to this week’s pre-wedding festivities, has taken an active role in Jennifer’s special day preparations.”It will be a big wedding,” a source tells PEOPLE of the wedding, which will take place this weekend in Westchester County, New York.”Jennifer is extremely close to her mother,” the source adds. “Melinda is an important part of the wedding planning.” Jennifer has spoken fondly of both of her parents since their divorce.Jennifer paid a series of heartfelt birthday tributes to her mother in August, just two weeks after Bill and Melinda’s divorce was finalised.”Happy birthday, one-of-a-kind mom, woman, and hero,” she wrote.
“Wishing you the happiest of celebrations today and a fantastic year ahead.” She has also spent time with her father, who is a Stanford graduate.”Nothing beats quality time with family members,” she captioned a happy photo of herself with Bill in May.Never miss a storey again by subscribing to PEOPLE’s free daily newsletter, which keeps you up to date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.Jennifer, who is currently an MD Candidate at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, announced her engagement in January 2020.Instagram/Nayel Nassar Nayel Nassar and Jennifer Gates”You are one of a kind, Nayel Nassar.
This past weekend, he completely swept me off my feet, surprising me in the most meaningful location over one of our many shared interests, “She captioned a photo of the couple, who started dating in January of this year.”I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together learning, growing, laughing, and loving,” she continued. “A million times yes.”
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