It was a busy weekend for Omarosa Manigault.
Proving politics can be put aside for wedding bells, a bipartisan group of power friends threw the 43-year-old White House staffer a cherry blossom-theme bridal shower at a private residence near Rock Creek Park on Saturday. Over lobster and sushi, the former “Apprentice” star got to flash her massive 5-carat engagement ring among an impressive crowd of movers and shakers that included Beverly Perry, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s right-hand woman; Cleve Mesidor, a former Obama Commerce Department appointee; minister Marcia Dyson, wife of outspoken author slash pundit slash minister Michael Eric Dyson; and Monique Pressley, comedian Bill Cosby’s former lawyer (and also a minister).
At the shower, the bride recounted the story of how her BFF, man-about-town Paul Wharton, unwittingly jump-started her relationship with John Newman, whom Manigault will marry on April 8 in Jacksonville, Fla. For the couple’s first date, all three were supposed to head to a cherry blossom festival event together (bringing your bestie along makes things less tense, right?), but Wharton eventually bowed out, leaving Manigault alone with Newman. The rest, as they say, is history. (Wharton, though, was missing from the all-female festivities.)
Then on Sunday, Manigault headed to New York to prep for her upcoming episode of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress,” because you can take the girl off reality TV but, then again, you actually can’t.
This post has been updated to reflect the following correction: Omarosa Manigault went to New York to prep for her episode of “Say Yes to the Dress.” She did not do any filming.