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The Best (Or Worst??) Of New Wedding TV PART II

There’s so much so-bad-it’s-good wedding reality on TV this season, we couldn’t fit it all in one blog post. Hence, part II of our rundown of new shows. Check out these previews, and let us know: Love it? Hate it? Hate to love it? Drop your comments here!


Premiering this week, it’s weTV’s “Jilted,” where hopeful brides hand out the ultimatum: “Marry me, or lose me forever!” Bad for real life. But good for TV? You be the judge!


On The CW, you can look forward to “Shedding for the Wedding,” where 10 overweight couples will compete, “The Biggest Loser”-style, to drop pre-wedding pounds and win wedding-theme prizes (rings, cakes, etc.). Did we mention they all have to live together? At least nobody’s getting drunk or screaming about prenups. Yet.

Vh1’s answer to the new wedding reality, is “My Big Friggin’ Wedding.” We’re calling it “Jersey Shore” meets “Bridezillas” meets “Whose Wedding is it Anyway?” And we can’t turn away. Like watching a car wreck. What are YOU calling it?

The Best (or Worst??) of New Wedding TV Shows: What Do YOU Think?

That’s it. It’s official. Weddings have overtaken cooking, fashion-design, makeovers (personal and residential) and insanely procreative families as the go-to obsession of reality TV. And we’re (mostly) loving it. Shows like “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Platinum Weddings” and “Whose Wedding is it Anyway?” have provided us with endless inspiration, tons of laughter, a few tears, and a reassuring sense that we’re not the only ones fretting over “crumb-catcher–yay or nay?” or whether to match our napkin rings to our table numbers.

So we should be THRILLED that there’s a whole new crop of wedding TV shows hitting (or soon to hit) the airwaves, right? But we just can’t shake the feeling that in an effort to vie for viewers in an increasingly crowded wedding-TV landscape, the new shows have wandered a little too far “outside the aisle” as it were.

We want to know what YOU think. We’ve pulled previews and clips from the best (or worst??) of the bunch. Love ’em? Hate ’em? Love to hate ’em? Hate yourself for loving ’em? Drop your comments here and tell us what you think!

Vh1’s answer to the new wedding reality, is “My Big Friggin’ Wedding.” We’re calling it “Jersey Shore” meets “Bridezillas” meets “Whose Wedding is it Anyway?” And we can’t turn away. Like watching a car wreck. What are YOU calling it?


On The CW, you can look forward to “Shedding for the Wedding,” where 10 overweight couples will compete, “The Biggest Loser”-style, to drop pre-wedding pounds and win wedding-theme prizes (rings, cakes, etc.). Did we mention they all have to live together? At least nobody’s getting drunk or screaming about prenups. We hope.

Remember, we want to hear from you. Post your comments here!

Real Wedding: Chic, Contemporary & Whimsical in Colonial Mexico

Houston Couple Carolina and Eric returned to Carolina’s native Mexico (where the groom had proposed on bent knee in front of the bride’s entire family the day after Christmas) for their late-spring destination wedding. He owns a hip Houston hair salon and she’s a fashionable public affairs pro, so naturally their wedding was super stylish, with the bride dressed in a custom gown of her own design and slinky Kate Spade sandals, and a fantastic reception at the contemporary Hotel La Purificadora in the colonial city of Puebla. But it was also warm, intimate and full of traditional and playful touches. Like the couple’s ceremony in an elaborate 17th-century chapel. Or the place-settings decorated with beloved Mexican toys, or the mariachi-fueled after-party… Plus we love that the handmade invites came from a co-op of Mayan artists, and the wedding cakes–a different one for each table–came from the bride’s mom’s kitchen. Big thanks to Trung Huynh of Montage Photographers for his beautiful photos of this unique and magical wedding!

Chic, Contemporary & Whimsical Wedding in Colonial Mexico by Montage Photographers Chic, Contemporary & Whimsical Wedding in Colonial Mexico by Montage Photographers
Chic, Contemporary & Whimsical Wedding in Colonial Mexico by Montage Photographers
Chic, Contemporary & Whimsical Wedding in Colonial Mexico by Montage Photographers Chic, Contemporary & Whimsical Wedding in Colonial Mexico by Montage Photographers
Chic, Contemporary & Whimsical Wedding in Colonial Mexico by Montage Photographers
Chic, Contemporary & Whimsical Wedding in Colonial Mexico by Montage Photographers Chic, Contemporary & Whimsical Wedding in Colonial Mexico by Montage Photographers
Chic, Contemporary & Whimsical Wedding in Colonial Mexico by Montage Photographers
Chic, Contemporary & Whimsical Wedding in Colonial Mexico by Montage Photographers

Venue/Catering: Hotel La Purificadora – Flowers: Edith Besenfelder (local artist) – Bride’s Gown: Custom (her own design) – Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade – Groom’s Tuxedo: DKNY – Photography: Montage Photographers (with additional photography by Rene Grobet, Mexico City)

Real Wedding: Teresa & Bryan, 2.13.10

We’re so excited to debut HWB Real Weddings with the February nuptials of Houston bride Teresa Marie Lowther to groom Solomon Bryan Mason, IV!

Magnificent Pink and Blush Wedding by Michael Carr Photography
Magnificent Pink and Blush Wedding by Michael Carr Photography
Magnificent Pink and Blush Wedding by Michael Carr Photography

This magnificent wedding’s pink motif (it’s the bride’s favorite color, wouldn’t ya know?) started at the ceremony, where blush, pink, cream and champagne floral from Plants ‘n Petals filled St. Peter’s Methodist Church for a traditional ceremony conducted by the groom’s grandfather, the Reverend Solomon B. Mason, Jr.

Magnificent Pink and Blush Wedding by Michael Carr Photography Magnificent Pink and Blush Wedding by Michael Carr Photography
Magnificent Pink and Blush Wedding by Michael Carr Photography

Teresa looked stunning in her ivory satin Kenneth Pool gown and cathedral-length couture veil, her pretty bridesmaids all in a row—in black tissue-taffeta Alvina Valenta with blush pink ribbons at the waist.

Magnificent Pink and Blush Wedding by Michael Carr Photography Magnificent Pink and Blush Wedding by Michael Carr Photography

The bride and groom arrived at their elegant reception in style, pulling up to Royal Oaks Country Club in a vintage Rolls Royce. There, they joined guests for dinner, and, of course, dancing—along with a magnificent garlanded cake from Houston favorite Cakes by Gina and a delightful candy bar with an oversize “LOVE” logo. Plants ‘n Petals beautified the already lovely ballroom with tall centerpieces and floral accents in shades of blush, pink and cream.

We’ll second that. Congratulations, Teresa & Bryan!

Bride Teresa, a self-professed “daddy’s girl,” says she treasures walking down the aisle with her father. “He told me he loved me, and then we stood there, arm in arm, waiting,” she recalls. When it was their moment to make their way toward the altar, “We looked at each other and smiled, ‘This is it!’ I could see in his eyes how much he loved me.” Seconds later, she lived out an equally cherished moment, as she approached Bryan, and their new life together: “Walking toward my groom was absolutely amazing and just as I always imagined. Seeing his face the moment he saw me was so loving and true, reassuring me that he was truly the one God had planned for me to marry my entire life—my soul mate.”

Teresa’s mom, who says her daughter “gave 100 percent in her support of me and decisions I had to make in her absence,” advises other brides: “Just love and support your mother as she wades through mounds of information to plan for her daughter’s beautiful day!”

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL CARR PHOTOGRAPHY