My Fair Wedding with David Tutera: Unveiled
9 p.m. Saturday on WE TV
Just minutes into the season finale of WE TVs My Fair Wedding with David Tutera: Unveiled, the titular celebrity wedding planner looks Concord native Rachel Reilly in the eye and says, We have to remember one thing clearly: Now that youve got me on board, Im in charge.
No, no. Its still my wedding, says Reilly, 28, as her groom-to-be Brendon Villegas sits beside her helplessly.
Its still your wedding, Tutera replies, but at the end of the day, Im executing the wedding.
Then Reilly delivers the kicker: David, dont make me go bridezilla on you.
Yes, the sparks fly on the fifth-season finale of the cable TV channels reality show sparks that are vintage Rachel Reilly, the sometimes obnoxious but always entertaining Northwest Cabarrus High School graduate who keeps adding to her lengthy resume as a reality TV star.
Reilly and Villegas who met on CBSs Big Brother in 2010 and have since appeared as a couple on Big Brother (which she won) and The Amazing Race (also on CBS) will be featured on My Fair Wedding at 9 p.m. Saturday.
The episode was shot over less than three weeks leading up to their Sept. 8 wedding.
That meant less than three weeks to develop a theme and to find a venue, a dress, a caterer and decorations. Plus, the show is about dream weddings, so Tutera has to go all out on a tight deadline (look for a helicopter arrival, wardrobe changes and a circus trick at Reillys over-the-top extravaganza).
Then theres the matter of the guest list.
I told people, I dont know where youre staying, and I dont know where the wedding is gonna be, but I promise theres gonna be a wedding, Reilly said by phone from Los Angeles. My friends out here were like, Oh, OK, its L.A. Yeah, totally, I get it. But then my friends in Charlotte were like, Are you kidding?
Reilly did wind up having a couple of bridezilla moments along the way, and so did her mother, Noreen, and her sister, Elissa both of whom live in the Concord area. (Her father, Kevin, wisely stayed out of things.)
There were three brides: myself, my sister and my mom, said Reilly, a 2006 graduate of Western Carolina University, where she earned a chemistry degree.
All moms want to plan their little girls wedding. Thats like their favorite thing in the world. And especially being a true Southern lady like my mom, she wants to make sure that she has her hand in every cookie jar. So she called David a lot. Well put it that way. They had plenty of discussions.
Youll have to watch to see who wins what arguments, but the result is amazing: The reception takes place in a glass hall filled with white orchid centerpieces with faux diamonds, sparkly silver chairs, and tables with silk, pewter underlays and silver sequins all to evoke the aurora borealis, under which Reilly had dreamed of getting married.
I told David there was no way he was gonna be able to re-create this. And he did, she said.
Every single thing leading up to it was just crazy over-the-top, but then when David puts it all together, it looks very classy and beautiful. Hes a super-creative genius.
Now that Reilly has had her dream wedding, shes ready for her dream job.
Guess what that is?
Im definitely interested in hosting or working on another show with Brendon, she said. We both love the industry, and I think we make great TV. So hopefully, well be seen on some more shows. Who knows what the future holds?