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Bling, Boobs and Bridezillas Abound on 'Brides of Beverly Hills'

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Jun 15th 2011 12:45PM
If 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' has left you wanting even more real-life drama from the chic 90210 zip code, and you live in Canada, you're in luck. This week, Slice TV is rolling out the new reality series 'Brides of Beverly Hills,' featuring lots of bling, big plastic boobs and some serious 'bridezilla' meltdowns.

The show is set in the celeb-magnet boutique Renee Strauss for the Bride, and stars Strauss and outrageous celebrity florist Kevin Lee. (Fun fact: the over-the-top 'Father of the Bride' wedding planner Franck, played by Martin Short, is inspired by Lee!)

Strauss has done gowns for everyone from Heather Locklear to Diane Keaton, as well as every single 'General Hospital' wedding for the past 20 years. Meanwhile Lee has handled some of the biggest weddings in recent memory, including Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's big day.

AOL TV caught up with the fun duo to chat about what to expect from the show, as well as juicy details (like who was more hands-on when planning Brad and Jen's nuptials).

What can we expect from the show?
Renee Strauss: You can expect lots of boobs and lots of laughter.

Kevin Lee: Lots of excitement and crazy moments! We're living in Hollywood, this is La La Land! Everything goes here.

Kevin, how often will we see you on the show?
KL: Every single episode! It's going to be great, non?

Will we see any of your celebrity clients?
RS: You will see recognizable people. You won't see celebrities who are actually getting married because during the planning part of it it's usually very private, but you definitely will see recognizable people. And you will see some celebrities, but they won't be getting married.

Renee, I read that you've done some of the 'General Hospital' weddings. Which were the most memorable for you?
RS: You know what, I've actually done all the 'General Hospital' weddings. When they come into the store, quite frankly I don't know the names at all of the characters because I've never seen the show. I've been doing it for them for almost 20 years. They usually come in with the head costume designer and they tell me about the character and the scene and I run around the store and pull dresses that I think will be appropriate. You can look up "'General Hospital' weddings" and anyone in a wedding gown is from Renee Strauss.

Kevin, I've got to ask about Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's wedding. What was it like working on that?
KL: Omigod, it was sooooo magnificent. It was like a dreamland. It was so fabulous. I mean, there was no budget, pretty much. It was incredible and Brad Pitt was so sweet and nice. He had a vision and it was a really fabulous wedding.

So he was involved and he had a vision for even the flowers?
KL: Oh definitely. He had all the ideas. He is definitely a style guy. I was totally shocked. He was more involved than Jen. He decided everything. The theme, the décor, the flowers, you name it. He was very detail-oriented. He went through the guest list and looked at the ceremony area, and he said, "You know what, we should have a bunch of flowers in between the seats. Why don't you put a bunch of blooming rose bushes around the seats?" We did it and it was so magnificent. It was a fabulous idea, it was great. Since then I've been doing all of my weddings that way! He was my inspiration! [Laughs]

So speaking of that, how often do we see grooms on the show? Are there any hands-on grooms?
RS: You see grooms and then you see guys with the brides and you're never sure if they're the groom or just the best friend. There are men in every episode.

KL: I've seen some handsome guys! [Laughs]

Are there any meltdowns on the show?
RS: You know what, there are. But you really have to watch to see. There are emotions running high and low, laughter, tears and excitement. It's all very emotion-flooded.

So how do you two stay calm throughout it all?
KL: Of course we know how to control ourselves! [Laughs]

RS: Who says we stay calm?! [Laughs] We're crazy. We're crazier than everybody else. But we've got great staff. When you're a good delegator you can temper the situation. You can lose it, but nobody around you on the payroll is allowed to lose it. So that's where we get away with it.

Will we get to see anything about your personal lives?
RS: A little bit, yes. And it's kind of funny. There's kind of a running joke throughout the show, and you'll see how it turns out. There's a very famous plastic surgeon that's a guest star on the show. You'll see.

Both of you have done so many weddings. Do you have any favorites?
KL: Well of course! The wedding that I loved the most in recent years was Christina Aguilera's wedding. It was really spectacular. That was my favorite wedding for the moment. It was so fabulous. We had three separate nights and three separate days. It was incredible. The first night was like a night in Paris, very Versailles. The second night the theme was a night in Tokyo, it was very Japanese, Asian-y, really fun. The third night was a Winter Wonderland theme. It was really spec-tac-u-LAR!

RS: The most incredible wedding I ever did was at the Vatican in Rome. I've done two amazing Italian weddings. One was the one at the Vatican, for the family that's the largest importer of Italian wine and vinegar into the United States, and the other is the Barilla pasta family. Very interesting family, they got married up north in the lake district of Italy, both families flew me out to do their weddings.

Is there anything else you'd like to add about the show?
KL: This is going to be the most fabulous show you have ever watched! It's going to be so much fun. We are so excited!

'Brides of Beverly Hills' premieres Thursday, June 16 at 9:30PM ET on Slice TV in Canada.

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