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This Week on I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding—Gregg and NeNe Say “I Do!”

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Oct 282013
 
NeNe Leakes Wedding Photos

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Each week we'll be chronicling the ups and downs on Bravo's I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding. From wedding planner snafus to prenup negotiations and bridesmaidzilla blowouts, tune into our recaps of the Real Housewives of Atlanta star's road to the altar.

Despite what felt like never-ending Bridesmaidzilla spats, pre-nup tension, and a last-minute wedding planner switch-up, we finally got to watch NeNe Leakes marry her man of fifteen years, Gregg Leakes, on last night's two-hour I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding season finale.

Of course, the road to the altar is a bit rocky—after all, it wouldn't be a NeNe Leakes wedding without some drama along the way!

For starters, NeNe is tasked with coordinating 50+ family members who flew into town, in addition to her normal pre-wedding errands. Take her aunt Nena, who travels from Athens, Georgia—without a dress. NeNe, being the generous niece that she is, takes her aunt dress shopping in between checking on the hotel and packaging guest gifts. Then, NeNe receives an email from her father telling her he won't be attending her wedding. This clearly breaks NeNe's heart (and subsequently, ours), especially after she went out of her way to ensure he has all of the luxury accommodations fit for the father of the bride.

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Next, it's time to lock down ceremony and reception logistics, NeNe nervously watches Tony Conway, her wedding planner, direct a team of 30 to hand fasten 60,000 crystals (yes, 60,000) for her reception space in just two days (not to mention hang the hundreds of gorgeous billowing flowers, white drapery, and what looks like more than 20 chandeliers).

Even as she gets pampered, her manager interrupts to break the news that instead of walking through the ornately decorated lobby, NeNe will have to sneak to her ceremony through the service elevator and then the Intercontinental's basement to avoid paparazzi. A defeated Leakes exclaims that dealing with these security concerns (which, we're thankful we'll never have to deal with) makes her feel like less and less of a bride.

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The one good thing to come from all the pre-wedding mayhem is Gregg's pre-nup surrender. After the rehearsal, he approaches his bride-to-be to tell her he made no changes to the contract she drafted. He says he's going "all in" and signs the document with compassion and trust. NeNe returns the favor with a gift of her own: A shiny new Rolex watch that makes Gregg tear up.

But after self-centered bridesmaid Marlo interrupts NeNe's makeup application to complain about her dress (does Marlo ever learn?), and a whole entourage helps NeNe shuffle her $58,000 gilded lace mermaid gown through hotel's kitchen, it's time for NeNe to walk down the aisle.

Friends like actress Viveca Fox and Bravolebrities Patti Stanger and Kim Zolciak await as NeNe's white-washed bridesmaids glide down the aisle. But the real processional all-stars are NeNe and Gregg's dog in a tux, and NeNe's granddaughter (the reality stars' friends call her "Glammom" instead of grandma).

When all but one bridesmaid is left, NeNe nearly faints. Luckily, a sip of water revives the Atlanta Housewife and she walks down her fantasy-filled Old Hollywood glam aisle flanked by her two sons. After all, she's never one to shy away from a grand entrance!

NeNe Leakes Wedding Photos

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The ceremony was extremely touching (especially for a Bravo TV special). As TV personality Judge Mathis asks Gregg whether he'll take NeNe to be his wife, he rushes in a quick and emphatic "Yes!" before the officiant even finishes. As the judge rattles the commitments off his list, Gregg responds to each with a hurried "yes" or "I will."

When the tables are turned on NeNe, she makes all of her guests laugh as she recites the vows in true NeNe Leakes fashion. Instead of "For richer or for poorer," NeNe recites back, "For richer or richer," to which Gregg high-fives his bride.

NeNe Leakes Wedding Photos

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After the vows, the Leakes surprise their guests with the Atlanta "Seeit" gospel choir. Then, Gregg stops the ceremony right before the two are pronounced husband and wife to exclaim one more how much he loves his bride (watch the tear-jerking proclamation, below!).

The two seal the deal with not one or two, but more than three kisses. NeNe then recedes in her gold beaded mermaid gown and crystal headpiece and heads back upstairs to change into a different shimmering sheath with a sheer lace bodice and smaller crystal headband.

NeNe Leakes Wedding Photos

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At the reception, NeNe doesn't hold back on the dance floor. For their first dance, the newly-minted Mr. and Mrs. hold each other tenderly as singer Fantasia croons Stevie Wonder's hit song "I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)."

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Of course, NeNe changes a third time (because why have two wedding dresses when you can have three?), this time into a short white sequin shift. Gregg and his groomsmen recite a poem (while on their knees!) for NeNe all about Gregg's love for his new wife. The occasion is so joyous that even the two enemy bridesmaids, Marlo and Diana, team up to drunkenly stumble into the bridal suite to spread rose petals for the newly married couple. As they giggle and do impressions of the couple, they realize they're actually getting along and hilariously say, "We're bonding, is it because we're intoxicated?" We'll never know.

We're so thrilled that NeNe got the Hollywood glam wedding of her dreams. Check out some more of the Leakes' wedding photos (including a cute snap of the bridesmaid's red-soled Christian Louboutin's and the couple's humongous wedding cake), below.

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Congrats to the happy couple!

—Lauren Frankfort

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This Week on I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding—Bachelorette Party Dos and Dont’s

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Oct 242013
 
NeNe Leakes Bachelorette Party

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Each week we'll be chronicling the ups and downs on Bravo's I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding. From wedding planner snafus to prenup negotiations and bridesmaidzilla blowouts, tune into our recaps of the Real Housewives of Atlanta star's road to the altar.

After the major Bridesmaidzilla showdown on last week's episode, we weren't sure NeNe and her gal pals would even make it to Cancun for her bachelorette party. But as the motley crew rolls into their resort with a mariachi band playing, sombreros atop their heads (one with a veil attached for NeNe) and smiles on their faces, it almost looks like the cool, calm, and collected weekend getaway NeNe was praying for might actually come true!

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But alas, like the good Bridesmaidzillas that they are, NeNe's BFFs cause a few bumps along the way.

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First, though, we need to discuss the good that these girls did while away in Mexico. On day one, the group goes swimming with dolphins. All seems hunky dory, especially when Diana (the 'maid who NeNe had to scold) lets Marlo grab onto her for support in the water since she can't swim (Reminder: Marlo and Diana are arch-enemies). We guess Diana took her "team player" talk with NeNe last week to heart!

NeNe Leakes Bachelorette Party

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Later, Diana, plans a lovely blue party on the beach. The idea is simple: every bridesmaid should wear a blue dress to promote peace, positivity, and love. Diana even decked out the oceanfront with cool blue lighting and billowing blue flags. But what we loved so much about the blue party was the memory book she made for NeNe filled with old photos of the bridesmaids and heartwarming, personal notes from each friend. Even better, Diana told each woman to read her letter (and subsequently tear up) to NeNe out loud. This is a really touching gift idea that any girl could give to her BFF/future bride. Plus, it doesn't cost much to put together! (It is, after all, the thought that counts).

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But of course, all good things must come to and end, and shortly after the girls share their mementos, Cynthia brings up an irrefutable fact: Marlo, one of the pot-stirring bridesmaids, is the only bridesmaid not wearing the requisite blue. Everyone in the bridal party agrees that this is drawing the attention away from NeNe when that night (and that weekend, rather) was supposed to be about her. What's the lesson here? Don't break away from the bridal party's instructions. This is the one time in your life you must act like a team player!

The next day, NeNe says her piece: "Being a part of a wedding is about showing the bride how much you want to support and love them and what they mean to you," NeNe confesses. "And I felt that Marlo failed that test last night."

Another major don't? Getting too drunk during any bachelorette activity, especially a dress fitting. NeNe, who only has seven days left until she says "I do," manages to schedule some essential wedding tasks in between tequila shots and surfing lessons. One of which is a final bridesmaid dress fitting for her girls (she even flew in her seamstress all the way from Miami!). Unfortunately, bridesmaid Lexis has been drinking morning, noon, and night and can barely stand still as she gets pinned and tucked. So much so, that she ends up vomiting in the seamstress's bathroom. No one wants to be "that girl"—especially when you're supposed to make sure the bride is having the time of her life! As NeNe so aptly says, "This is a dress fitting party, not a frat party."

Once the bride-to-be sees all of her besties dressed to impress, she breaks down in tears of joy. We can't wait to see all of the over-the-top details come together in her two-part wedding special, airing this Sunday at 9pm!

—Lauren Frankfort

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This Week on I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding—Bachelorette Party Dos and Dont’s

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Oct 242013
 
NeNe Leakes Bachelorette Party

Photo: Courtesy of Bravo TV

Each week we'll be chronicling the ups and downs on Bravo's I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding. From wedding planner snafus to prenup negotiations and bridesmaidzilla blowouts, tune into our recaps of the Real Housewives of Atlanta star's road to the altar.

After the major Bridesmaidzilla showdown on last week's episode, we weren't sure NeNe and her gal pals would even make it to Cancun for her bachelorette party. But as the motley crew rolls into their resort with a mariachi band playing, sombreros atop their heads (one with a veil attached for NeNe) and smiles on their faces, it almost looks like the cool, calm, and collected weekend getaway NeNe was praying for might actually come true!

See more: Spa Locations to Host a Bridal Shower

But alas, like the good Bridesmaidzillas that they are, NeNe's BFFs cause a few bumps along the way.

See more: 20 Affordable Beach Honeymoon Resorts

First, though, we need to discuss the good that these girls did while away in Mexico. On day one, the group goes swimming with dolphins. All seems hunky dory, especially when Diana (the 'maid who NeNe had to scold) lets Marlo grab onto her for support in the water since she can't swim (Reminder: Marlo and Diana are arch-enemies). We guess Diana took her "team player" talk with NeNe last week to heart!

NeNe Leakes Bachelorette Party

Photo: Courtesy of Bravo TV

Later, Diana, plans a lovely blue party on the beach. The idea is simple: every bridesmaid should wear a blue dress to promote peace, positivity, and love. Diana even decked out the oceanfront with cool blue lighting and billowing blue flags. But what we loved so much about the blue party was the memory book she made for NeNe filled with old photos of the bridesmaids and heartwarming, personal notes from each friend. Even better, Diana told each woman to read her letter (and subsequently tear up) to NeNe out loud. This is a really touching gift idea that any girl could give to her BFF/future bride. Plus, it doesn't cost much to put together! (It is, after all, the thought that counts).

See more: Bridal Party Gifts Under $100

But of course, all good things must come to and end, and shortly after the girls share their mementos, Cynthia brings up an irrefutable fact: Marlo, one of the pot-stirring bridesmaids, is the only bridesmaid not wearing the requisite blue. Everyone in the bridal party agrees that this is drawing the attention away from NeNe when that night (and that weekend, rather) was supposed to be about her. What's the lesson here? Don't break away from the bridal party's instructions. This is the one time in your life you must act like a team player!

The next day, NeNe says her piece: "Being a part of a wedding is about showing the bride how much you want to support and love them and what they mean to you," NeNe confesses. "And I felt that Marlo failed that test last night."

Another major don't? Getting too drunk during any bachelorette activity, especially a dress fitting. NeNe, who only has seven days left until she says "I do," manages to schedule some essential wedding tasks in between tequila shots and surfing lessons. One of which is a final bridesmaid dress fitting for her girls (she even flew in her seamstress all the way from Miami!). Unfortunately, bridesmaid Lexis has been drinking morning, noon, and night and can barely stand still as she gets pinned and tucked. So much so, that she ends up vomiting in the seamstress's bathroom. No one wants to be "that girl"—especially when you're supposed to make sure the bride is having the time of her life! As NeNe so aptly says, "This is a dress fitting party, not a frat party."

Once the bride-to-be sees all of her besties dressed to impress, she breaks down in tears of joy. We can't wait to see all of the over-the-top details come together in her two-part wedding special, airing this Sunday at 9pm!

—Lauren Frankfort

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This Week on I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding— Bridesmaidzillas and Botox

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Oct 162013
 

Each week we'll be chronicling the ups and downs on Bravo's I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding. From wedding planner snafus to prenup negotiations and bridesmaidzilla blowouts, tune into our recaps of the Real Housewives of Atlanta star's road to the altar.

With only two weeks until the wedding, NeNe has a lot on her plate. Her wedding venue of choice, a romantic Versailles-style garden, won't be able to be outfitted, tents and all, according to her vision in time. Her fiancé, Gregg, is hesitant about signing a prenup. But worst of all, her bridesmaids are continuing to act like grade-A divas.

Nene Leakes bridesmaid drama

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NeNe's nine bridesmaids (see above)—or as she's previously dubbed them, "Bridesmaidzillas"—are impossible to please. Despite donning customized bridesmaid dresses, fitted to each and every one of their curves, and receiving comped Christian Louboutin nude peep-toe pumps (which cost $1,100 a pop!), the ladies still pile on the complaints. Buying nine pairs of red-soled Louboutins is a hefty price to pay for your 'maids—especially when bridesmaids traditionally pay for their wedding day look, head-to-toe, themselves. Wouldn't an initial necklace, or a more traditional bridesmaid gift like a monogrammed robe served as a better surprise? We understand that NeNe wants her wedding to look a certain way, and maybe her 'maids can't afford a Hollywood-worthy affair, but Loub's are a bit too much in our book. Worse yet, the girls are beyond ungrateful! Marlo claims to hate peep-toes, and calls one of NeNe's other bridesmaids, Pat, "Chuckles" the clown behind her back.

Rather than yell, NeNe finds a more sly way to stick it to her pestering gal pals—literally. Leakes secretly sets up appointments for the girls to get Botox and fillers as payback for all of the headaches they've given her during the planning process (at which point, she not-so-secretly let's them know that they need beautifying). As NeNe reveals, "My idea of payback... 'pinch pinch pinch.'"

Nene Leakes Bridesmaid Botox

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The needles pinch to no avail. At a "Spilling the Tea, tea party," Leakes' favorite ladies manage to spoil something meant to be sophisticated. The plan was to pass the teapot. Then, whomever held the teapot could "spill the tea" about whoever they felt was unjustly throwing them shade so that the group could collectively move on and stop bickering. However, after Pat spills the tea about being called "Chuckles," Diana nabs the pot, and goes on and on about what everyone was doing to her.

Nene Leakes Bridesmaids Spill the Tea Party

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In the end, Diana calls NeNe to talk. She starts by saying that NeNe should shut all of the drama down, but NeNe comes back and says that Diana needs to sit there, take it, try to be a friend, and try to have fun. Although the other girls are also at fault, Diana's poor attitude and uninviting nature is contributing to it and she needs to acknowledge that fact. Kind words end the conversation—for now.

Be sure to check in for our recap next week, after NeNe and Co. travel down to Cancún for her bachelorette party!

—Lauren Frankfort

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This Week on I Dream of Nene: The Wedding—Drama with the Wedding Planner!

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Oct 092013
 

Each week we'll be chronicling the ups and downs on Bravo's I Dream of Nene: The Wedding. From wedding planner snafus to prenup negotiations and bridesmaidzilla blow-outs, tune into our recaps of the Real Housewives of Atlanta star's road to the altar.

We're only four episodes in, and already this season of I Dream of Nene: The Wedding has been chock-full of juicy drama—from a therapy session with her step children that unearthed the blended family's complicated issues, to dealing with her feuding bridal party, or as Nene dubbed them, "Bridesmaidzillas." Last night's episode, "Cancel the Wedding!" wasn't short of hiccups. Reality-star-turned-sitcom-regular Nene Leakes came to a head with her wedding planner, Tiffany. As expected, the sassy Leakes turned her lemons into some hilarious lemonade, but not without some tough decisions along the way!

After many missed phone calls and non-existent event design sketches, Nene was fed up with her laid-back planner (who, Leakes so unabashedly emphasizes, happened to be her third choice). The Bravolebrity faced a tough decision: Ditch her planner five weeks before the wedding, or stick with someone she knows won't achieve her self-described over-the-top, fairytale-scale gold- and silver-themed wedding extravaganza for 400 guests, celebrities included. After all, this is Nene and Gregg's second marriage to one another (the pair divorced, realized what they were missing, and decided to re-marry)—it deserves a big celebration!

When Nene was finally able to get a hold of Tiffany for a meeting (for which she was late) the Glee regular brought up some important points. She needs someone as responsible and detail-oriented as she, who will act professional and communicative, and who can make her dream come true (bridal rule of thumb: do what makes you happy!). While Tiffany responds that she's handled some large-scale productions (a Pokémon event and Michael Jackson in Egypt), none seemed to sync with Nene's ideal, blingy-glam big day.

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Tensions ran so high that Nene's ex-husband/fiancé Gregg suggested they cancel the wedding, go to the justice of the peace, and be done with it. After the big blowout, Tiffany cut off all communication with Nene. In response, Nene consulted her bridesmaids and chose fellow Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey's wedding planner Tony Conway instead.

Upon arrival at Tony's office, decked out in hanging crystals, gilded floral arrangements, and a huge inspiration board, Nene knows Tony is the one to see her half million-dollar budget come to flawless fruition. Like Gregg's and her marriage, it seems that the second time is the charm!

Tell us: Would you fire your wedding planner if she wasn't making wedding a dream come true? Sound off over on Facebook. And be sure to check-in next week to see how Nene handles her feuding bridal party now that she and Gregg are finally hammering out their prenup.

—Lauren Frankfort

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