We're not in Pine Valley anymore. We're in Connecticut, at the Country Chapel, to witness the marriage of Bianca Montgomery and Reese Williams. In a first for a daytime drama, two lesbian characters will be united in marriage on "All My Children". But they had to do go to Connecticut, metaphorically, to do it. So the NYC sound stage was transformed for the day into a country wedding setting.
Brides.com went on set to watch the taping of the episode, which is scheduled to air on Feb. 16., to learn all the ceremony details. It's a winter wedding, so the floral decorations flanking the aisle were huge, standing cascades of white silk flowers. The brides carried identical red bouquets. Frosty snow flecked the chapel windows. Bianca's daughter was a flower girl dressed in a red velvet Lucy Sykes outfit.
Bianca, played by the actress Eden Riegel (Left), is famously the daughter of Erica Kane (the daytime drama legend, Susan Lucci) on the show. She described the ceremony style as elegant and classic. "It's very much grounded in tradition," says Riegel.
The marriage seemed a next logical step in the storyline of the lesbian characters. "It's a moment we both really believe in," she says.
The brides worked hard to have their wedding dresses compliment each other. Both had a long, lean, Grecian flowy feeling. Bianca wore a one shoulder Monique Lhullier gown flecked with gold beading. "It feels very of-the-moment," she says of the sari flourish and the gold accents. She also wore gold Aldo shoes. Gold was indeed a top trend in many collections at the most recent bridal fashion week.
Reese, played by actress Tamara Braun (Seated Left), wore a fit to flair Andrew Gn gown with center beading applique, with off white shoes. "Reese is an architect by profession," says Braun. "The dress is very structured so it fits her style perfectly."
In real life, actress Eden Riegel got married a little more than a year ago and found her own wedding dress from a private designer in Toronto. Her advice to brides how to have a wonderful wedding? "I held my husband's hand during the ceremony and it really reminded us of why we were doing this," she says.
Braun, on the other hand says, "I've never been a bride in real life, only in make-believe. But choose a gown that's a reflection of you."
And our fictional couple--Bianca and Reese? Will they live happily ever after the "I do's?" This being a daytime drama there might be a few surprises before the honeymoon. —Michelle Preli