Second time’s the charm for these two! After putting their July 2014 nuptials on hold, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles stars Josh Altman and Heather Bilyeu are recommitting themselves to wedding planning — and each other. In the new issue of Us Weekly, the betrothed-again stars reveal they’ve set a new date: April 2, 2016.
“Heather and I are in a great place right now,” Altman, 36, tells Us. “We’re happy and everything is good and we’ve kind of thrown out all the other noise. Last year we were trying to do everything at once and we couldn’t, even though we felt we could. And that was one of the reasons why we canceled the wedding.”
Now, Bilyeu says, they’re focused on what really matters — each other. “I think that the craziness of last year really helped put things in perspective for us, and as difficult as that was, it did bring us closer,” she explains. “It made us kind of focus on what we wanted individually and then what we wanted as a couple for our future, which has ultimately made us realize that we do want the same things out of life and for one another.”
They’ve also come to an agreement about their wedding. Altman, who previously wanted a big, over-the-top production, has scaled back his vision to something more in line with Bilyeu’s preference for a small celebration.
“Last year, our guest list had become the who’s who of my clients, and it shouldn’t be like that,” the It’s Your Move author shares. “It should be about us.”
With that in mind, the couple of five years are planning a more intimate ceremony with around 90 family members and friends at the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado.
“There’s a rooftop deck that overlooks the mountain. You can be more effortless with the details when you have such beautiful surroundings,” the bride-to-be tells Us of the location.
Given that it’s Aspen, there may still be a chill in the air come April, but Bilyeu has some ideas about how to keep their guests nice and toasty. She’s been combing Pinterest for ideas, like little cups of tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, and passed trays of hot toddies and hot cocoa.
The husband and wife-to-be have also hired an expert to help plan the event — Altman’s mom, Judy. “She has great taste and I trust her with everything. And she’s the only one who can really handle Josh!” Bilyeu quips of her future mother-in-law.
“She is having a great time doing it,” Altman adds. “She knows when to call me and when not to call me … and obviously I love the relationship my mom and Heather have. It’s just kind of a family thing, and it’s a lot of fun.”
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