From on­screen WAG to real-life wife

Upscale Living Magazine - - Features - | By Heléne Ra­mack­ers

From on­screen WAG to real-life wife Heléne Ra­mack­ers

When Nicole Wil­liams said ‘I do’ to Larry English, she knew she had evolved from on­screen WAG to a real-life wife. She spoke ex­clu­sively to Up­scale Liv­ing mag­a­zine about the best day of her life, her four-legged chil­dren and her boom­ing swimwear busi­ness.

Nicole, tell us a bit about your for­ma­tive years. You were born in New­found­land, and fi­nally you are liv­ing the good life in Los An­ge­les. What are your most pre­cious mem­o­ries of the dif­fer­ent places where you lived?

My move to Toronto was the big­gest move for me, be­cause I was leav­ing a small town in New­found­land and mov­ing to a big city. That was when I was signed with NEXT Mod­el­ing Agency. From there I moved to New York by my­self, away from my fam­ily. I had my first apart­ment in Brook­lyn, where I slept on an air mat­tress and had no fur­ni­ture for a year. That was a ma­jor point in my ca­reer and mod­el­ing re­ally took off for me. I met Larry in Los An­ge­les, and still kept my apart­ment in NYC be­cause I thought I would even­tu­ally move back. But we ended up get­ting se­ri­ous and bought a house to­gether.

Why the move and what were your first im­pres­sions of Los An­ge­les?

I had no in­ten­tion of mov­ing to Los An­ge­les; I re­ally didn’t like the thought of it. But, I was al­ways trav­el­ing there for work. NEXT LA asked me to stay for two months, to book con­sis­tent work. It was dur­ing that time that I met Larry. Look­ing back, I was kind of ‘tricked’ into liv­ing here, it was never my in­ten­tion.

How did you and Larry (English) meet and when did you start dat­ing?

We met in the win­ter of 2011 at a mu­tual friend’s birth­day party in LA. We be­came friends and started hang­ing out every week­end. Larry would drive in from San Diego; he was play­ing for the Charg­ers then. We got a lot closer, and maybe around April 2012 we started get­ting more se­ri­ous. I started think­ing about giv­ing up my apart­ment, and then he asked me to live with him.

When and how did you re­al­ize he was ‘the one’?

I re­al­ized he was ‘the one’ after the first six months we started dat­ing more se­ri­ously. He was my friend first, and I had never dated any­body that I felt like I could hang out with all the time. He knew all my friends, and every­one loved him. It was dif­fer­ent than any­thing I have ever ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore.

With­out stat­ing the ob­vi­ous – he is re­ally hand­some – what at­tracted you to him?

Larry’s ath­letic build was the first thing I no­ticed. He was wear­ing a tight white T-shirt when I saw him. The sec­ond thing I no­ticed was his amaz­ing smile. I love it when a guy smiles and it’s pretty.

When and how did he pro­pose?

Every­one who watched WAGS saw my pro­posal on tele­vi­sion, which was very spe­cial, be­cause now I can al­ways look back at that moment. I was on a girl’s trip in Thai­land and he showed up un­ex­pect­edly. The en­gage­ment was al­most called off, be­cause I couldn’t get hold of him dur­ing the time he was on the flight. When he landed, he had a lot of mean mes­sages from me. I re­ally let him have it. He ended up for­giv­ing me and sur­prised me with a beau­ti­ful pro­posal.

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your wed­ding last year. You looked like a princess in your Michael Costello dress and Larry looked very dapper in his at­tire. What made you de­cide which de­signer to pick?

There was no ques­tion I was go­ing with Michael. He’s one of my very close friends. I trust him to make me look beau­ti­ful. We talked for years abut de­sign­ing my dress, al­ways jok­ing about when Larry would pro­pose.

Talk us through one of the most spe­cial days of your life. And don’t leave out any de­tails.

Our wed­ding was all cap­tured on film, so we’ll al­ways get to see ex­actly how it all hap­pened which is amaz­ing! Larry and I got mar­ried in La­guna Beach at the Mon­tage. We said our vows to each other while the sun was set­ting over the amaz­ing view of the ocean with an orches­tra play­ing Céline Dion. After the cer­e­mony, all the guests had cock­tails around a bon­fire on the cliff­side. Our re­cep­tion had a beau­ti­ful white dance floor with our ini­tials on it. We had a live band play­ing cov­ers of the hottest songs at the time. We had Avant Gar­den do our amaz­ing flow­ers and cen­ter­pieces, which were all white flow­ers to ac­cen­tu­ate the dance floor. We had a 7-tier white mar­ble cake from Bel­ladonna Sweets. I had two dress changes, three gowns all done by Michael Costello. Our first dance was to New Edi­tion’s “Can you Stand The Rain”, sur­rounded by our brides­maids do­ing chore­og­ra­phy. I tossed my bou­quet, we did a garter toss, and then one of my best friends, Christina Mil­ian did a sur­prise per­for­mance to her song “Dip it Low”. Ten­daji Lathan was our in­cred­i­ble DJ. The night wasn’t long enough, and I wish I could do it again be­cause it flew by. My friends and fam­ily flew in from Canada and all over the world. It was amaz­ing to have all of my loved ones in the same room for this mag­i­cal evening. And I can’t for­get to men­tion that my dog ba­bies, Jas­mine and Ace opened the wed­ding cer­e­mony. That was very spe­cial to me.

One year as a mar­ried cou­ple. Has there been a shift in your re­la­tion­ship and how do you deal with con­flict?

Our re­la­tion­ship has shifted a lit­tle. Now we don’t bicker about when we’re go­ing to get mar­ried; now we bicker about small stuff like leav­ing a glass on the sink. We laugh about it! We al­ways say, “wow that’s a real mar­ried cou­ple ar­gu­ment”. Now we’re more ready to talk about our fu­ture, fam­ily, and grow­ing. We’re build­ing to­gether now.

It looked like a lot of fun to film WAGS. But then there were also chal­leng­ing times with some of the ladies not get­ting along. Was that very stress­ful and how did you re­solve is­sues amongst each other?

It was def­i­nitely stress­ful. When they bring in new girls, and you don’t know each other, it’s dif­fi­cult to be rushed to get to know some­one. It was some­times def­i­nitely a bit awk­ward. Not every­one on the show gets along. If some­one doesn’t get along with my best friends, then it’s dif­fi­cult for me to be around those peo­ple. I did my best to be au­then­tic and real and not play things up for TV.

Are there some of the ladies who have be­come long-time friends with you that you share a spe­cial bond with?

I’ve known Natalie, Olivia, and Sasha be­fore we started the show, but I do have a spe­cial bond with Bar­bie, who I’m still friends with to­day.

You have the most in­cred­i­ble fig­ure! How do you stay in such great shape and what is your fit­ness regime?

I don’t eat meat or dairy and I try my best to drink a lot of wa­ter and stay hy­drated. I don’t have a huge ap­petite. Larry says I hate food, but I can just have a cou­ple meals a day and be fine. Be­ing ve­gan has helped my health over­all and I feel like I have more en­ergy. My skin is clear, and my over­all well-be­ing has greatly in­creased. I do ex­er­cise at least three times a week with a lit­tle car­dio, but mostly weight train­ing.

Talk us through your beauty se­crets.

I al­ways wash my make-up off at the end of the day. I never sleep with my make-up on, it’s not healthy for your skin at all! I like to use or­ganic oils un­der my eyes for puffi­ness and fine lines and I like to keep my face out of the sun, which is ex­tremely dam­ag­ing.

You have trav­elled ex­ten­sively. What have been your most spe­cial des­ti­na­tions and why?

Larry and I went to Mykonos and San­torini in Greece. It was ab­so­lutely breath­tak­ing. We took a boat and sailed to a nat­u­ral hot spring. Larry got out and swam all the way to the hot spring be­cause it was the only way you could get there. I stayed on the boat be­cause I was su­per scared, they said the cur­rent was strong and I didn’t want to risk it. I told him one of us had to stay on the boat to call for help if the other got swept away. Larry says the hot spring was amaz­ing though!

You were cre­ative from a young age, sewing your own cloth­ing and de­sign­ing jew­elry. You have re­cently created your own swimwear range, Nia Lynn. What made you de­cide to go head­first into some­thing so unique and how in­volved are you in the whole process?

I’m the only one in­volved in the Nia Lynn Col­lec­tion, no busi­ness part­ners, it’s all me. I de­cided to dive head­first be­cause I’ve al­ways wanted to be a de­signer and it goes hand-in-hand with mod­el­ing. Be­ing around fash­ion my whole life has in­spired me to start my own line. That, and watching my mom sew since I was young. She was a seam­stress and made the most beau­ti­ful clothes. Start­ing my own line has been very suc­cess­ful and I’m hav­ing a lot of fun with it.

How suc­cess­ful has the swimwear range been?

It’s go­ing ex­tremely well. I just launched in De­cem­ber 2017 and I’m al­most sold out of the first col­lec­tion. I’ll be com­ing out with my new col­lec­tion this sum­mer, check the Nia Lynn In­sta­gram (@nia­lyn­ncol­lec­tion) for up­dates.

Tell us about your four-legged chil­dren – they are sim­ply adorable! Two French Bull­dogs, Ace and Jas­mine.

They’re our chil­dren. They’re prob­a­bly the rea­son I don’t have any hu­man ba­bies yet, be­cause I can’t imag­ine lov­ing any­thing more than them, so it’s hold­ing me back! I got Jas­mine at six weeks old she just turned five. I res­cued Ace when he was four months and he’s four years old now. They’re best friends. I wanted Jas­mine to have a friend, so I flew to Chicago to pick him up. Ace and Larry are both from Aurora, Illi­nois and when I saw that, I just knew he had to be ours!

You sup­port PETA and ASPCA.

I did a cam­paign for PETA a few years back and I do­nate a lot to shel­ters to get cats and dogs out of kill shel­ters and into res­cue homes. I post a lot of dogs that need homes all over my In­sta­gram sto­ries. I’ve saved a lot of dogs via so­cial me­dia. I re­cently got a photo of a dog that I helped get a for­ever home last night. See­ing her happy gave me goose­bumps!

Any ex­cit­ing projects com­ing up?

I’m de­sign­ing my new col­lec­tion for Nia Lynn Swim. I do have a few other things that I can’t talk about just yet, but you can still ex­pect to see me on TV and there is def­i­nitely a lot more to come. I up­date ev­ery­thing on my In­sta­gram (­sta­­lyn­ncol­lec­tion/).

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