Selling Sunset fans may have been blown away by Christine Quinn’s eye-wateringly extravagant wedding – but it seems there was a whole lot of behind-the-scenes drama kicking off.
The 31-year-old splashed a cool $1 million (£770,000) on her big day where she tied-the-knot to millionaire businessman Christian Richard, 41.
The event itself – with a Wicked Wonderland theme – took place in Los Angeles on 15 December and saw the Netflix star glide down the aisle in a black wedding gown while fake snow showered from on high.
However, disaster almost derailed the celebrations as Christine herself got struck down with illness – which she believes was the deadly coronavirus.
Wedding planner Lisa Lafferty shared all manner of secrets from the extravagant wedding and thinks she may have been hit with COVID-19 herself due to her close involvement with the event.
She told PageSix: “I got sick literally right after the wedding was over. I went to the urgent care and I had influenza, but I didn’t test for corona because it wasn’t even a thing at the time.”
Lisa explained that, although Christine managed to rally in time of her big day, the ceremony ended up running two-hours behind schedule.
The reality star made her big entrance on a horse-drawn carriage with two black stallions – but filming requirements meant camera angels and re-takes slowed down her actual arrival.
With the ceremony held at a cathedral in Down Town Los Angeles, Lisa explained that streets had to be closed in order to cater for the “ice and snow” effects Christine demanded.
She said: “The most outrageous request was definitely the snow and all the ice. She wanted it to be a spectacle and full of theatrics, and we just did it up. It took a lot of elements to have it there — fire marshals, we had to shut down streets. It was definitely a big production.”
While tears were also at the ceremony – for all the wrong reasons.
Co-star Chrishell Stause burst into tears and fled the event.
The fellow real-estate expert and Christine have clashed repeatedly on the first two seasons of Selling Sunset, however it is suspected her emotional meltdown was related to her own love life – as her TV actor husband Justin Hartley had demanded a divorce three weeks earlier.
Lisa revealed: “I think she was crying. I know my whole team was saying something was going on, and I had my eyes on everything because I have to mediate all. My whole team was basically updating me saying, ‘Oh, you know, there’s somebody storming off, they’re upset.'”
Lisa also shared other details of the event which included guests being traded to $7,500 (£5,750) worth of truffles and that the wedding cake cost $15,000 (£11,500).