“You got this Brendon!” I didn’t think I was going to go a summer without hearing that famous phrase after it was announced that reality star Rachel Reilly was potentially entering the Big Brother House once again. Thankfully, she dropped out and had Britney take her place. While there was some confusion as to why the red-head left the show, it all became clear this past weekend when Brendon Villegas and her finally tied knot in Los Angeles in a pretty, over-the-top ceremony.
“Brenchel,” as their alliance was aptly named, came into formation when the two met on season twelve of the hit reality series, Big Brother. The two bonded over chemistry, a subject the two were both studying. But honestly come on, did anyone EVER believe that Rachel Reilly was ACTUALLY studying chemistry? If there was any sort of science she was studying, it was the science of dye that turns her hair red or the science of mixing vodka with soda. As much as I razz on the couple, the pair has sort of become my guilty pleasure. “Floaters, grab a life vest!”
According to People magazine, Reilly arrived for her ceremony via helicopter to the top of the AT&T Center in downtown Los Angeles. Guests of the wedding watched on a screen as Reilly boarded the helicopter and eventually arrived at her destination. How reality show style. “She wanted to arrive like a big celebrity,” stated celebrity wedding planner David Tutera. That’s quite the arrival if you ask me.
Reilly walked down the aisle at sunset in a floor-length, silver-sequined Missoni gown with a sweetheart neckline that was “not at all a bridal gown,” says Tutera.
“She’s more comfortable in evening wear that you would wear down a red carpet than a white carpet,” he says of the bride, who was accompanied by bridesmaids – including Big Brother’s Chelsia Hart – in short, gold-and–silver sequined cocktail dresses with chiffon trains.
After the ceremony officiated by Big Brother’s Matt Hoffman, the groom – dressed in a white dinner jacket with black tuxedo pants – and his new bride were lowered in to the all-glass reception room using skills they learned while taking circus classes.
Fellow Big Brother couple Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd were among the 130 guests at the celestial-themed reception that included all-white flower centerpieces with faux diamonds in the orchid heads, silver chairs with custom silver sequence chair backs and tables with silk, pewter underlays with silver sequins overlays that “looked like the patterns of glittering stars.”
“She wanted to have something that made her feel like she was in the sky,” Tutera said of why he chose the downtown venue. “I wanted one of the highest locations in Los Angeles, giving her the ability to be the closest to the stars.”
Guests dined on a buffet of arugula and tomato salad, grilled chicken breast with balsamic glaze and grilled corn and black bean salad before enjoying sparkly silver and blue cupcakes from a display designed to look like a wedding cake, and they were treated to a performance Tutera referred to as “a retrospective of dance throughout time” that featured the bride in a white sequined tutu and the groom in bedazzled loafers and a sparkly shirt.
In true fashion of reality stars getting married, this lavish and over-the-top wedding will be featured on My Fair Wedding: Unveiled on WE tv this coming Saturday (9/14) at 9pm EST. Make sure you tune in to see all of these shenanigans go down.