The vows have been exchanged, the rice has been thrown and now it’s time for the world to see what went into the planning of Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker’s wedding on Real Housewives of Atlanta presents: Kandi’s Wedding.
VIBE Vixen chopped it up with Kandi’s maid of honor Carmon Cambrice to talk about the show, the wedding and her own transition into a reality star. Tune into to Bravo Sunday night on June 1 at 8 p.m or the premiere.
How was the overall experience of filming the show?
It was crazy because we only had a short time to plan this wedding. We did this in like 4 to 5 weeks so it was a lot, you know? We are filming and planning at the same time. So it really was a lot going on.
Did filming interfere with planning?
No we didn’t have time. We just had to plan and they filmed and what they got is what happened.
We all saw on the last season of RHOA that you and mama Joyce bumped heads. Did you have any run ins with Mama Joyce on this show?
I wouldn’t say we had any run ins with each other but it was definitely a lot of tension whenever we were around each other.
Did anything change for the better during the show or afterwards?
Nothing. I mean, I don’t think anything has changed with mama Joyce but definitely I feel like I have changed as far as my feelings towards everything. I’m just over it and I’m just ready to put this behind us.
I know it’s hard to fight with your best friend’s mom and you’ve been around since you were a child.
Right. It’s real hard. It’s like fighting with your own mom. Someone you look up to and consider a mom. It was very difficult and it was hard.
So what did you love and hate about filming the show?
I love being a part of the wedding itself and of course filming comes along with that but you hate that sometimes every moment is not a great moment and it’s gonna be caught on tape for everybody to see, so that’s hard. I think for me, I’m more of a private person so just being on camera that was very difficult for me even in the beginning being on Housewives. It was super difficult because I’m the type of person like, okay, Kandi this is your thing this is not my thing, you know? I’m cool with being in the background. I don’t want to be in front of the camera like that. She was like okay well with working for me this is something that is going to be a part of it and you’re gonna have to get used to it. So I was reluctant at first.
I can’t say no because I’m gonna be around her and of course I’m in the wedding so how can you not be on camera? It would be like well, “I’m not gonna be in the wedding,” and of course I’m not gonna say that. So it was just a lot to deal with that camera being there and you’re not used to something like that. Then the mama Joyce situation happened I was just like okay I’m over this camera stuff like I didn’t sign up for all of this. But I’m dealing with it and everyday I’m getting more and more comfortable with it. I guess it’s part of my life now as long as I’m working for her and we’re around each other. I guess this just something I’m going to have to deal with.
Now the world knows you and wants to see you on RHOA, so now you’re experiencing a transition from private person to reality star in a way.
And that’s kind of crazy to me to be a reality star or even having people know who I am when I go places. It’s weird. I’m the type of person where I wanna throw on a baseball cap and roll. Now you think about it like, “Wait a minute. I may want to put on some makeup before I walk out this door” (laughs).
Now people want to take pictures.
That is so weird. Like take a picture with me? Really? You don’t want a picture with me!
How was the wedding?
The wedding was beautiful. I enjoyed that wedding so much. I’ve never went to a wedding and enjoyed it that much. Like I danced all night long. I don’t know if it was the whole planning in one month situation too but after it was over and they said “I do,” it was like party from that point on all night long. It was great.
What can we expect from the show?
I think this show is going to probably be the best wedding special that you’ve seen on Bravo because it’s real. Everything that goes on is what really happened. It’s real emotions and things that happen with a wedding. It’s always crazy trying to plan a wedding because some things don’t work out like you want them to, but in the end, the end result is so beautiful and it’s so worth it and you’ll see it in the end. The theme was Coming to America so it was just crazy. We got lions and it was so much stuff going on. Dancers, so it was a lot to put together in one month but it came together and it all happened.
Did anything surprising happen during filming?
I mean its gonna be a lot of surprises (laughs). You’ll catch a few. It’ll be a lot.
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