4/10 UPDATE: Bravo released even more details about Kandi’s big day! Here’s what we know:
The couple splurged on an over-the-top ceremony modeled after the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America. “[It’s] an homage to Africa, where we first met,” Kandi said. There were even lions outside the entrance to greet the guests! The overall budget for the event? A whopping $400,000!!
The bride wore a custom $20,000 Reco Chapple gown (complete with a 12-foot train) and Christian Louboutin’s 5-inch Body Strass crystal-studded transparent stilettos.
Kandi’s bridesmaids: Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris, Fantasia Barrino, matron-of-honor Tamera Wynn, maid-of-honor Carmon Cambrice, Rasheeda Frost, Phaedra Parks and Joyce Dallas, wore differing white gowns.
Guests dined on soul food and sushi and for dessert, they sampled pieces of the $2,500 seven-tier key lime, vanilla and chocolate cake, which was adorned in jewels.
Kandi & Todd’s first dance was to R. Kelly’s “Forever”. Then the Grammy-winning songwriter, her beau, and their guests boogied to performances by Doug E. Fresh, Musiq Soulchild and Bell Biv Devoe until 2 in the morning.
In Touch also released the first official photo of the bride and groom in their wedding-day finest!
4/8 UPDATE: Bravo officially confirmed Kandi & Todd’s wedding spinoff under the working title The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding. No premiere date has been announced at this time.
Despite a few bumps in the road on their way to the alter, RHOA’s Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker are officially man and wife! The pair wed April 4, 2014 in a ceremony at Le Fais do-do in Atlanta. What’s more, it sounds like Mama Joyce decided to participate in their special day after all and even had the honor of walking Kandi down the aisle, despite all of her impassioned protestations about Todd this season on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. (Although we hear she did throw up her hands in disgust when asked ‘who gives this bride?’…at least she kept her cool long enough for the happy couple to say their “I do’s”!)
While we’re super happy for Kandi & Todd and send them a resounding congratulations on their nuptials, we must admit there’s a more selfish reason that we’re excited about their happy news. Rumor has it that Bravo cameras were among the invited guests and that a WEDDING SPINOFF IS IN THE WORKS!!! So, while security was super tight and, so far, there haven’t been any pictures or many details leaked, at least we can look forward to getting the full behind-the-scenes scoop in the near future! Bravo hasn’t officially confirmed the spinoff yet but Kandi took to Twitter to confirm that the wedding special is a go!
— Kandi Burruss (@Kandi) April 6, 2014
We don’t know, of course, how many episodes to expect. Will it be a full-on series like NeNe Leakes 7-episode spinoff I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding or will Kandi’s special be more similar to Tamra Barney’s 3-episode spinoff Tamra’s OC Wedding? Perhaps it will depend on the amount of drama leading up to Kandi’s big day. And, if Kandi’s storyline this season of RHOA has been any indication, I’m betting on plenty of drama!
Despite the lack of confirmation or details available, we are able to bring you a few hints about what we can expect to see at the wedding! Reportedly, Kandi’s wedding gown and all of her bridesmaids dresses were custom made by Atlanta designer Reco Chapple. Kandi’s bridesmaids included Tamera Wynn, Fantasia Barrino, Rasheeda, Kandi & Tiny Harris.
Guests, including Porsha Williams, Phaedra Parks & Apollo Nida, Cynthia Bailey & Peter Thomas and ex-housewife Sheree Whitfield, were asked to wear shades of purple for the event. Kandi & Todd’s celebrity guests also included: Musiq Soulchild, Doug E Fresh, Monica Brown, Tamar Braxton and her husband Vince Herbert, Derek J & Miss Lawrence (Fashion Queens), Shekinah (Family Hustle), Sherri Shephard (The View), Jawn Murray (Journalist), Q. Parker (112) and his wife Sharlinda Parker (Big Rich Atlanta), Keyshia Knight-Pulliam, Big Tigga, Monyetta Shaw (Atlanta Exes), Jazzy Pha (Producer) and Jervon ‘Vawn’ Simmon (The New Atlanta), Toya Wright, Stevie J and Benzino (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta), Chef Roble and a host of family and friends.
NeNe Leakes was busy in LA filming Dancing With The Stars and Kenya Moore is currently filming Celebrity Apprentice.
Kandi seemed thrilled with how everything went on her big day. She told In Touch “This is one of the best days of my life! I never imagined that I would marry my best friend. Todd’s been that to me and to have just had the wedding of my dreams, it’s all been so beautiful. Now it’s time to party!”
Congrats, Kandi! We can’t wait to see how it all went down!!