The 35-year-old Italian actress/model revealed that Perri asked her father for permission and that she will wear an Alessandro Angelozzi couture gown for her special day. "I met a 46-year-old man who has never married and does not have children, a rarity," she told the mag. As for her diamond: "It is the most beautiful ring I have ever seen," she gushed. "Brian designed it, he put his heart and soul into it."
As previously reported, Canalis will be tying the knot on Sept. 14 in Sardinia, Italy — the same month and country Clooney, 53, will be marrying fiancee Amal Alamuddin. (The famous Hollywood bachelor and the 36-year-old British lawyer got engaged in April.)
"I chose the date some time ago and September is the most beautiful time — for those who do not know Sardinia — to appreciate it," Canalis explained of her decision. "Otherwise I would have had to wait a year."
The former Dancing With the Stars contestant ended her two-year relationship with Clooney back in June 2011. Despite the coincidence, Canalis only has nice things to say about the silver fox.
"I am happy for him, but I am thinking only of my happiness," she told the mag. "It is the most important day of my life, I don’t have time to think of anyone else."
She also cleared up rumors that their past relationship was seen as professional rather than passionate. "That is the wrong impression that many have made and I do not have any problems speaking about him. There is no mystery, no contract, no secrets to hide. So many people believe that a relationship with a such a famous person, always in the spotlight, was not possible," she said. "Instead we had a real connection and it ended as all relationships can end."
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