July 19, 2013

Bye-bye: 'Bridezillas' ending decade of wedding terror

By Leanne Italie / The Associated Press

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This image from video released by WE TV shows Kirsten Walker, left, and her husband Seth, a couple showcased on the sixth season of the popular wedding series "Bridezillas." Walker was a theater actor before hitting the show with enough drama for an Oscar, warring with her band, lamenting that her dress had been cut too short and sobbing on her wedding day.

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Hence the heavy drinking for oh so many bridezillas. Kirsten Walker of Season 6 was among the thirsty.

She was a theater actor before hitting the show and demonstrating Oscar-worthy drama, warring with her band, lamenting tearily that her dress had been cut too short ("It's called math!") and sobbing "My tan is running" on her wedding day.

Leigh Edwards, a professor at Florida State University in Tallahassee, said "Bridezillas" and their TV kin put a tangle of cultural anxieties on the line.

"At stake is a larger cultural debate about the status of the family as a social unit, i.e. expanded definitions of what counts as a family, questions about whether the household will replace the family as a social unit, questions about how central family is as a social unit at this point in American culture," said Edwards, who wrote "The Triumph of Reality TV: The Revolution of American Television."

Walker and husband Seth also landed on "Marriage Boot Camp," noting at the start that they no longer slept in the same room most nights. They now have a 2-year-old daughter who Walker happily dresses in tutus.

"I think that every bride has a bridezilla in her," she said from Dunedin, Fla., outside Tampa. "The people they put on 'Bridezillas' just happen to maybe get a little bit crazier than some of the others in the world."

Crazy is one thing. (Hello Jeanine of Season 9 and your in-law hating infamy.) But made crazy by the wedding process is another.

Alpha-bride Calisse Latta of Season 3 did the proposing to hubby De'Andre.

As her DIY wedding approached, she threatened a dress seller with a punch and a lawsuit when he gave her the wrong size for a flower girl. She fell seriously apart when her father went missing the day before the wedding and melted down on her sister for defying her over the timing of a rehearsal just hours before the ceremony.

Then the rings went missing, prompting her mad dash around town only to realize she had them all along at the church.

"They don't coach you or tell you to do anything. My husband was like, this is all you in your natural form. You see this? This is you," Latta laughed.

Happily married with two sons, what's the rage level these days for this bridezilla alum in Los Angeles?

"I try not to get so upset or angry, but it's taken time to implement," Latta said nearly seven years after her episodes aired.

And was she fairly portrayed? "Yes, unfortunately."

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