Here comes the bride! Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney married Eddie Judge on Saturday, June 15 in a jaw-droppingly gorgeous ceremony, and Us Weekly has all the exclusive "I do" details from the unforgettable day.
Describing the nuptials that took place at St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif. to Us Weekly, the Bravo reality star used one word: "Breathtaking!"
"Words can't even describe the weekend," she shares. "It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. It went by so fast!"
As her eldest son, Ryan, 27, walked Barney down the aisle in an $8,900 hand-beaded Mark Zunino Haute Couture gown towards her misty-eyed groom, clad in an Armani tux, the moment she recalls as "surreal."
"Oh gosh … [Eddie's] so handsome and then he was in that tux," she says. "In the three and a half years I've known Eddie, I've never seen him cry. It was really wrenching to see him standing there with tears in his eyes. I thought, 'Oh my God, this guy really does love me!'"
Barney chose to wear her hair down for the affair; stylist Julius Michael of Julius Michael Salon created the gorgeous wedding day look, curling her hair into perfect beachy waves. At the altar — which was decorated with gold chandeliers, hanging white flowers and an upside down bicycle — Judge, a fitness instructor, pledged to always love and support Barney and her four children, Ryan, Sidney, 14, Spencer, 13, and Sophia, 7.
"Eddie promised to take care of them and Sophia started bawling," she tells Us of her youngest daughter, who was a flower girl. "It was happy tears of course." (All of Barney's kids had a role in the nuptials, with Sidney serving as a bridesmaid and Spencer as a groomsman).
The pair took their vows, exchanging stunning onyx and white gold wedding bands designed by Brian Hassine of Nuggets & Carats. Barney's ring (valued at over $35,000) was a perfect choice for the fashion-forward bride: Set with 368 diamonds and weighing over five carats total, the ring also had a personal detail — their initials, T and E, are engraved in the diamond basket. Judge's $5,000 ring, created in six parts, features two carats of black princess cut diamonds and 10 pieces of black onyx, with their first names also engraved inside the band.
The stunning ceremony was just the starting point for Barney, who wore three dresses on her big day. With the help of her wedding planner, Diann Valentine, Barney created a one-of-a-kind reception — complete with a photo booth and a one-of-a-kind wedding cake display, (the layered confection was suspended in midair!). The couple's guests, which included all of her Housewives castmates, drank cocktails by Cuca Fresca, noshed on pear salad, short ribs and black cob, and danced to a Mariachi band (a surprise that Judge, 40, coordinated for his new wife).
The newlyweds had their first dance to the Spanish version of Prince Royce's "Stand By Me" but that wasn't even the most memorable dance of the night. Barney, 45, later changed dresses and the two chad-cha-cha'd together, showcasing moves they learned from six weeks of lessons.
"Eddie is an amazing dancer," Barney told Us. "He's Latin so he got this. It was all his idea to do a cha cha."
Before the night was over, Barney also had a surprise for her new hubby — a Gummy Bear station featuring over 3,000 pounds of the sweet treat from GiantGummyBears.com.
"Eddie is a health and fitness freak but we always have gummy bears in the house for when he needs something sugary," she explained. "So I thought it would be cute to have a gummy bear candy bar. He had no idea, I surprised him with it."
After weeks and weeks of planning and hitting the gym for their big day (the C.U.T. fitness owners did five days a week of classes like Whine Barre and Body Pump to get wedding-ready), Judge told Us that he's just happy to have Barney as his lifelong mate.
"We've been a family in my mind for a couple of years now," he gushed. "The most magical thing was watching the kids have so much fun at the wedding. It helped me feel like 'Hey, this is really happening. We're all one now.' It felt really good."
The nuptials will be featured on Bravo's Tamra's OC Wedding, premiering Monday, Sept. 2.
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