Jersey Shore’s Deena Cortese To Honor Late Dad At Her Wedding

Deena Nicole Cortese will keep her late father close to her heart in more than one way at her wedding.

The 30-year-old Jersey Shore alum is set to marry fiancé Christopher Buckner in New Jersey on Saturday. On Friday, she posted on Instagram a sneak peek look at her wedding dress, which features a piece of her father John Cortese‘s shirt sewed inside the chest area.

“Even though you won’t be with me tomorrow physically .. I’ll have a piece of you with me and close to my heart while I’m walking down the isle,” she wrote. “I love and miss you daddy #justacoupleofbucks #dadsshirt #missyou .. I cut a piece of his shirt and sewed it to my dress next to my heart.”

She also posted a photo of a framed wallet-sized picture of her dad, with two charms, reading “Dad” and “I used to be his Angel now he’s mine,” all connected with a small, white tulle ribbon.

Deena’s father died in 2016, after five months after Deena and Christopher got engaged, following a battle with leukemia.

“Before Deena’s dad passed away he told her he could not wait for her to marry Chris and to have grandkids, he wanted her to have a happy life,” read a post on a wedding website that bears the couple’s names.

Deena had announced her father’s death on Instagram last year, writing, “Last night I lost the first man I ever loved my biggest supporter and best friend .. My dad was one of the toughest people I know and had such a big sense of pride and fought until the very very end and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

“My heart hurts knowing he won’t walk me down the aisle or see my kids grow up,” she wrote. “Although I do know he will be with me spiritually, But I’m very happy he got to meet the man I will one day marry and his amazing family .. And he helped me with my new home that I will one day raise my children in. I love you so much dad.”


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