For many brides, seemingly the only songs to walk down the aisle to are Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" or Pachelbel's "Canon in D." Not so for Denise Richards, who chose a very surprising and totally unique soundtrack for her own processional during her wedding to Aaron Phypers in September 2018. It wasn't until this week, when her nuptials were the focus of a new episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, that Richards revealed her one-of-a-kind song choice.
"Walking down the aisle, we wanted a song that we listen to, so that when we hear it we'll always be reminded of this beautiful moment. We went with Metallica's 'Nothing Else Matters,' " Richards wrote in a blog post to accompany the episode, which didn't actually include the song. "It must have been a licensing issue, but you heard something different on the show," she explained. "That's OK, these things happen. I wish you got to hear it, though!"
That song—a surprisingly romantic ballad from the heavy metal band—was far from the only nontraditional thing about Richards and Phypers's wedding. For one, Richards was accompanied on her Metallica-soundtracked walk down the aisle not by her father, but by Phypers and her three daughters. "I wanted it to be a moment of us as a family instead of what's traditional in having my father give me away. This is my second marriage, we're blending a family, and I wanted to honor that and make my girls feel they were also included," she wrote in her blog post.
For another, Richards and Phypers, with the help of celebrity party planner Mindy Weiss, threw the entire ceremony together in just a few days—and designer Mark Zunino had even less time than that to craft the perfect wedding dress for Richards. In her post, Richards defended her decision to go nontraditional yet again, by wearing a short white floral-printed romper with a detachable tulle overskirt, rather than the usual floor-skimming ball gown. "I really wanted something relaxed, beachy, and authentic to who I am, plus felt it was more appropriate riding off after the wedding on Aaron's motorcycle with the 'Just Married' on the back, of course!" she wrote.
Plus, as she previously told USA Today about how she was dealing with critics of her outfit choice, "I loved it, that's all I care about...At their wedding, they can wear whatever they want."