As the third season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta comes to an end, we're all invited to watch as one of the newest castmates, model Cynthia Bailey, weds. So far, we've seen her and her fiance (now husband) Peter through their arguably awkward engagement and the financial woes that have affected their wedding. We sat down with Cynthia to get the details on her offbeat wedding style, how she stayed true to herself throughout the planning process, and what last minute trick she used to cut her budget. —Cari Wolfert
As a model, you've been wearing fabulous designs for years. How did you choose your dress?
I knew that I wanted something different and non-traditional—definitely not a white dress. I ended up with a platinum-colored gown custom made by New York designer Rubin Singer. The inspiration came from my wedding venue, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. It's a really modern venue with huge dinosaur bone installations, so the unique feel of the dress made sense to me—although I can't take full credit. My fantastic stylist Kithe Brewster helped develop the vision and the final look was a collaboration between him, myself, and Rubin—it was Kithe's vision, Rubin made it happen, and I got final say.