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Dorinda Medley Introduced Luann to Her Fiance & Is "Thrilled" About the Engagement
The #RHONY matchmaker reveals exclusive details about the Countess and her new man.
On Monday, Luann de Lesseps confirmed her engagement to Thomas D'Agostino Jr. after a whirlwind romance. The Real Housewives of New York mom and the businessman had been teasing their plans to marry ahead of the official engagement, which may not have happened without the incredible matchmaking efforts of Dorinda Medley. The RHONY pal spoke to The Daily Dish following the pair's engagement news, and confirmed that she was the one who introduced them. "Yes I did! Absolutely, 100 [percent], much to Ramona's chagrin — she would say otherwise, of course," Dorinda shared, referencing the fact that Thomas did once date Ramona Singer.
As the legend goes, Luann and Tom met eight months ago, when they were each seeing other people. Then, they reconnected in New York and started dating. So is Dorinda surprised by how quickly they've decided to marry? "[I'm] thrilled and surprised that it happened so quickly, of course, but I knew from the beginning that they had met each other's match," she said, noting that she "runs in the same circle" as Thomas. "I always thought they were practically mirrors of each other — very similar personalities, tastes, and definitely sense of humor."
Now that the twosome are one step closer to becoming Mr. and Mrs., Dorinda opened up about what she thinks their wedding will look like. "It'll most definitely be in Palm Beach," she said (Thomas lives there and in NYC). "Because that seems to be her new stomping grounds, and I believe — since she eloped for her first wedding — that this will be a truly magical Palm Beach almost-fairy-tale classic, old world wedding."
And while she says she doesn't think "there's necessarily a rush" to the altar, she did add that she believes the couple is "already mentally and emotionally 'wed,' so to speak" which makes her feel confident that the wedding will happen "sooner than later."
Of course, this raises the question about wedding entertainment. Will we see Luann hitting the stage after she says "I do"? "Unless she wants to remind the rest of us not to break the 'Girl Code,' then no," Dorinda added with a laugh.
Luann has posted photos of herself out and about with Thomas, and Dorinda thinks she knows why the RHONY mom is always smiling in those selfies. "They're just very similar — the same interests and they both have this joie de vivre that's as endearing as it is infectious," she said. "I think they have reflective personalities — they seem to view life through the same lens. They both love traveling, being on a boat, having great food, being among friends... They're definitely spur-of-the-moment people who love to be out and both are very enthusiastic about living it up!"
Thomas has previously confessed to being a "private person," so life with a reality star wife might take some getting used to. "I think he'll transition into it bit by bit and, like a lot of these Housewife hubbies, he'll pick and choose what he wants to be part of," she said. "Knowing him as I do, it'll be interesting to see."
We're going to officially declare Dorinda RHONY's Best Matchmaker. But what do the ladies think of her place in the crew? Check out the clip below to find out.