Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | 9:52 a.m.
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In another 30 days, The Girls Next Door star Kendra Wilkinson will marry fiance Hank Baskett of the Philadelphia Eagles at former boyfriend Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion. All bets are on Hef either walking Kendra down the aisle or officially giving her away June 27.
The couple was in Las Vegas this Memorial Day weekend for a pre-honeymoon-style vacation and hosted a sizzling party at Wet Republic in MGM Grand. Co-star Holly Madison even dropped by to help celebrate the upcoming nuptials. Our contributing photographer Erik Kabik captured the romance and all the party fun in an amazing portfolio of photos for Vegas DeLuxe.
The two former Playboy bunnies, wearing similar pink and white bikinis and Dior sunglasses, hopped into one of the pools to catch up and mug for fans’ cameras, but it was Kendra and Hank who stole the show as the cutest couple with their kissing and cuddling all afternoon long.
Missing the fun was the third member of the temptress trio, Bridget Marquardt, who was filming her new Travel Channel series Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches in Cancun. Kendra revealed that Bridget is planning her wedding shower and that Holly, who has moved full time to Las Vegas for her upcoming co-starring role in Peepshow at Planet Hollywood, will be jetting back and forth for the wedding festivities.
Kendra, who covered up in a green caftan, launches her new E! Entertainment series June 7. The final one-hour episode of the debut season will conclude with the wedding to the football star.
After a dinner date at Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak in MGM, Kendra and Hank strolled in through the main entrance of Cirque du Soleil’s Ka at MGM. Fans mobbed the couple with requests for autographs and photos, and security personnel, sensing potential peril, escorted her safely to a private area before giving her a stealth entrance to their seats the moment the house lights went down. The couple snacked on popcorn and stuck with bottled water during the show.
The next night, the couple attended UFC 98 and had a second date night a deux at Iron Chef Kerry Simon’s restaurant in Palms Place.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground. Read more of Robin's stories at VegasDeLuxe.com.