Reality show darling, NeNe Leakes has proven that her love for her husband Gregg goes beyond gossip and the strain of living your life out in front of the cameras. The two reunited loves have landed a new docu-series all their own, “I Dream Of NeNe: The Wedding,” airing Tuesdays at 9pm EST/PT on Bravo.
Previously in “Real Housewives Of Atlanta,” we watched NeNe and Gregg’s adorable love affair go from sweet to sour and back sweet again as they loved, lost and reconnected all while the cameras watched. This new docu-series chronicles all that happens on the road to NeNe and Gregg’s second marriage and extravagant wedding, mirroring her over-the-top personality.
With a star-studded, high-profile wedding comes big responsibilities, especially for the army of women who rally behind the bride as a support system–the bridesmaids. We caught up with one of NeNe’s most outspoken bridesmaids, Marlo Hampton and she gabbed with us about every lavish detail of NeNe’s nuptials. Marlo gave us some amazing tips if we ever find ourselves in a wedding where the bridesmaids get to wear their own fabulous pair of Christian Louboutins!
HB: How did you get to be one of NeNe’s bridesmaids?
MH: When NeNe and I first met, the odds were against us. It was said that we’d probably fight because of the rumors of her having dated my ex-boyfriend. I don’t care what happened in his past. NeNe and I hit it off. It was like we’d known each other for years. We literally met at one spot and we hit it off so goof, we left and went to another spot, hanging out all day.
HelloBeautiful: What was your favorite part of being one of NeNe’s bridesmaids?
Marlo Hampton: I got to design my own gown. That was the best thing. We were all able to design our own gowns. I feel if you’re wearing something that you love that works for you–one shoulder, strapless–you can own your own look. It made me feel like I was a designer. [laughs]
HB: What are your three tips to a bridesmaid in a high-profile wedding?
MH: 1. Don’t pay the bridesmaids that you don’t like any attention. Don’t interact with them if they’re arguing, that only stresses the bride more. 2. Speak your mind. Tell the truth and be honest with the bride and the bridesmaids. You have to be honest. I don’t know how to not be honest. 3. Be supportive of your bride.
HB: What was your favorite part of NeNe’s wedding?
MH: I have two favorite parts. When she walked out, I had goosebumps. She was gorgeous in that dress! I was speechless. I think we both got teary-eyed. You could tell that it brought back memories of her first wedding and she knew it was really happening when she put her dress on. The wedding was my first wedding that I was in. I was also the creative director of the wedding. I had two big hats to wear for this wedding.
HB: What was NeNe’s biggest “bridezilla” moment?
MH: I think every wedding has that. [laughs] Her main problem was “bridesmaid-zillas.” She had her moments and every bride does. You put a lot of different women in one room, you have so many opinions and emotions. There’s a lot—you’ll get to experience it all. I had all kinds of emotions from being a part of this wedding–happy, sad, shy, crying, mad… [laughs].