Forget TomKat, Bennifer 2.0, and, uh,ParisParis—the hottest Hollywood wedding this summer is the Augustnuptials of Patrick Whitesell and LaurenSanchez. Who, you feebly ask? The 40-year-old Endeavor agentWhitesell—long known as one of Tinseltown’s most activebachelors—and his FOX Entertainment reporter bride may not be householdnames, but they’re so entrenched in the L.A. scene that climbers on bothcoasts are practically killing each other for an invite to the $2 million Malibuwedding.
The guest list so far includes Whitesell clients BenAffleck, Matt Damon, and JessicaAlba; former carousing buddies Mike DeLuca and managerRick Yorn; directors Steven Spielberg andBrett Ratner; and L.A.’s skirt-chasing chairman emiritusRobert Evans. “I know people who are planning theirsummer vacations around this wedding,” says a source close to the couple.“There’s this neurotic buzz in the air, like, if you’re notinvited to this then you’re nobody.”
Whitesell, who previously dated New York celebutante Charlotte Ronson—sheended their relationship by “accidentally” running over his footwith his own car in 1998—has never been married before. Sanchez was oncemarried to Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez, withwhom she has a 3-year-old son, Nikko. “This kind ofattention to a non-celebrity wedding is unprecedented,” notes oneobserver. “I’ve never seen people so desperate to be invited in mylife. I just got off the phone with a friend who called it The Academy Awards ofweddings. She said she has to go so she can sell her script.” Someone should tell her it’s too late: The Wedding Crashers hits theatersthis summer.