Justin Guarini, runner-up to Kelly Clarkson in Season One of “American Idol,” is getting married this Saturday, Sept. 26, to his fiancée Reina Capodici, 27, of Doylestown, PA, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
The couple have known each other since high school but only started dating a couple of years ago.
Capodici has a four year old daughter, Lola, from a prior relationship.
“I’ve traveled all over the world but I found the woman I love right in my own backyard,” Justin, 30, told RadarOnline.com.
“I’ve known Reina since I was 15 but we didn’t actually start dating until two years ago.
“Her mother was my English teacher in junior high school!”
Justin and Reina decided to get married in December of last year, when Justin was at Disney’s EPCOT Center filming the “hosting clips” for the “American Idol Experience” ride.
“I asked Reina to marry me after the fireworks show in a little private grotto there,” he said. “It was very romantic!”
The wedding is “an intimate family wedding” and will be held at “a beautiful private estate along the Delaware River” not far from their families’ homes in Pennsylvania.
“We won’t have traditional wedding music,” Justin said. “We’ll have special arrangements by the Vitamin String Quartet of songs that mean a lot to us, by artists like Radiohead, Paramore and Peter Gabriel.”
Justin also told RadarOnline that he and Reina have written their own vows for the “spiritual” service.
“A female minister of the Universal Church will be presiding over the ceremony and Reina and I have picked out what we want to say,” said Justin.
“For instance, we’ll have some readings from Khlail Gibran on love.
“We’re blending a lot of different traditions because my bride-to-be is Syrian and Italian and I’m black and Italian.”
“There will be a little something for everyone,” Justin laughed.
“I’ll not only be exchanging vows with my wife, but our little girl, Lola, as well!”
Guests will be served their choice of filet mignon or salmon.
Recently, Justin covered the Emmy Awards as a host for the TV Guide Channel.
He’s also been doing a sketch comedy show for sketchedouttv.com and, this winter, Justin plans to write and record his third CD.