Ricki Lake Says Her Late Husband Helped Her Find Love Again

It was. But it took a while to get there.

“We had a bit of an awkward hug at the end of the date and then neither of us followed,” said Ms. Lake. For weeks, she was distracted by the reappearance of a man she had previously dated. But when she realized that relationship was going nowhere, she texted Mr. Burningham. “I said, ‘Are we ever going to go out again?’ He said, “Yeah, sure.” ”

That Halloween, Ms. Lake canceled plans to go to a party out of Covid concerns. Then, still in costume like a chameleon, she invited Mr Burningham over. He told her he would only come if she wanted to make it a sleepover. “You’ll have to deal with me in the morning,” he said.

They fell in love that night, under a blue moon. “A light bulb went out,” Ms. Lake said of their connection.

On February 14, 2021, Ms. Lake and Mr. Burningham moved into her dream home in Malibu together. That night, when they climbed naked into their new jacuzzi for the first time, “I felt an overwhelming desire to ask her to be my wife,” said Mr. Burningham. Mrs. Lake prefaced her “yes” with a swear word that she said would have offended Mr Burningham’s devout Mormon parents.

“It was just that every step of this relationship felt so right and so aligned,” she said.

The date of their backyard wedding of January 2, attended by 23 guests, was chosen so that all six of their children could be with them. Mandy Ingber, a friend of the couple and a pastor of Universal Life Church, led the short ceremony with their other friend, Christopher Morris, who attended.

Mrs. Lake wore an orange caftan – a reminder of their first date. Mr Burningham wore a black long-sleeved shirt and khaki.

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