Oh my! The wedding web site was elaborate and full of pictures of the happy couple. The bride-to-be excitedly tweeted every detail as she counted down the days to the big day. There were 23 attendants — not including the bride and groom — in the wedding party.
But former Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell and fiancée Yenicia “ Jenny” Montes called off Saturday’s ceremony just hours before the couple was scheduled to tie the knot! The 162 guests, who flew to an exclusive Dominican Republican resort for the celebration were informed at a welcoming party that the marriage was off, but did not receive any explanation why.
In phone conversations with the Washington Post Tuesday, Campbell declined to go into details but said the two came to a decision to “put things off” after discussing it for a couple of weeks. “I love her enough not to leave her at the altar,” he said. “I love her enough to talk to her before it gets that far.”
Campbell, who said he was still in the Dominican Republic with Montes and her family, denied Internet rumors that he had called off the wedding at the last minute.
“That stuff is just crazy,” he said. “Jenny’s a good person and I’m a good person. I don’t even know why people would put all those lies out there. ” He said the two decided to go ahead with the trip to the Caribbean Island and “just made a vacation out of it.” Except, of course, all their guests flew down expecting a wedding.
It was, to put it mildly, a surprising turn of events. 30 year old Campbell, and 32 year old Montes, have known each other for seven years and said their relationship was rooted in their deep friendship.
The two met when he first arrived in Washington in 2005 — he spotted the nightclub hostess dancing on a bar on her 25th birthday — and briefly dated.
“She was very independent,” Campbell told our colleague Ellen McCarthy two weeks ago for an “On Love” profile that was scheduled to run after their wedding. “She didn’t need anyone else to help her. I think guys appreciate that — someone who’s out there trying to take care of themselves, rather than trying to lean on somebody.” (Montes has always dreamed of owning a hair salon: “I’m not a stay at home mom.”)
Montes, for her part, was taken by Campbell’s manner. “He was such a gentleman,” Montes said at the time. “I could tell he was brought up by great parents.”
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