January 31st, 2011
11:11 AM ET
There were lots of tears during Sunday night’s finale of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
Cynthia cried over her money woes, her mother and her sister cried over her choice of husband, Peter cried as he watched his bride walk down the aisle and I cried over that wedding gown.
Cynthia is a gorgeous, gorgeous woman but I just wasn’t feeling her marital get-up, which looked to me like a platinum trash bag which was – in the words of my colleague Bree – reaching up to choke the very life out of her. The whole wedding was just sad for so, so many reasons.
Let’s start with the fact that money was so tight, it looked like they wouldn’t be able to come up with the final $3,000 payment for booze at the reception. Now, I subscribe to the belief that the wedding is just a one day event which is really for your family and friends. What is important is the marriage.
And therein lies the problem.
Peter and Cynthia appear to have major communication issues and it’s not just about the money. Note his anger during an earlier episode when she voiced concern over their finances. No bride should have to go into her big day feeling so much stress that she's downing champagne and turning to her 11-year-old-daughter as the bright spot in convincing the bride that she is making the right decision.
Not to mention all the talk that hey, if it doesn’t work out there’s always divorce. Is that really how you want to start your marriage? Watching both Cynthia’s sister and mother not only cry, but contemplate hiding the marriage license from her spoke volumes. It's one thing to follow your heart, but don’t forget your head at the same time.
And they definitely appeared to have lost their heads when it came to the budget for their shindig. My good friend and “Wedding Diva” Linnyette Richardson-Hall (one of the star’s of the Style Network's “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?”) pointed out that the flowers (phalaenopsis orchids) alone were probably enough to break their bank. There wasn’t even money left over to buy wedding bands!
Of course when times are tough you need your good girlfriends around you for support, right? Wrong! Kim brought her own bottle of wine along with her date Kroy to the wedding as she figured if finances were that tight the booze would be bad.
Phaedra talked about Cynthia behind her back and noted that the financial troubles were no surprise given that Atlanta is a city where people pretend to be wealthy while they are actually in foreclosure and facing bankruptcy. Yes Fakedra, we think that pretty much aptly describes a castmate or two.
Sheree was busy accepting accolades on how good she looked – though I thought hairstylist Derek J. was giving her a run for her money in his pearls and heels. Hilarious!
NeNe was too preoccupied trying to pretend Kim didn’t exist to offer much love. Though I imagine it was hard to ignore Kim and her boobs, which kept threatening to burst free from her ill-fitting dress and prompting other guests to help stuff her back into said outfit. Kandi gave voice to everyone’s concern when she said she thought Cynthia had made a run for it when it took her awhile to appear.
Here’s hoping Cynthia and Peter can overcome their rocky start and make it longer than NeNe and Greg. He tried to apologize to her for their issues, but at this point NeNe’s not having it.
Those two weren’t the only one’s having a serious conversation. Kandi took Kim to task for trying to work around her regarding the business end of the single “Ring Didn’t Mean a Thing.” I think Kandi’s much better off focusing on Miss Lawrence because his song “Closet Freak” is hot and he can actually sing.
Shout out to Sheree for her movie audition. She will learn quickly that in Hollywood you give them what THEY want, not what you want to give.
I’m looking forward to the show’s reunion to see what Cynthia has to say about all of the drama and Kim’s proclamation that she would “lay money” on the fact that Cynthia and Peter won’t be together for a year. Do you agree?
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