Why ‘RHOA’ star Cynthia Bailey chose a rose gold wedding dress

Cynthia Bailey may not have worn white at her wedding, but the color of her stunning dress had a special meaning.

The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star, 53, married Mike Hill on Oct. 10 in a glamorous rose gold gown designed by Nneka C. Alexander of Brides by Nona, with the gold symbolic of all the good in her life.

“The only real direction that she got from me is the fact that I knew I didn’t want to wear white. I did not want to wear a white dress, especially not [for] my ceremony dress,” Bailey told Page Six Style while promoting her partnership with McDonald’s for their McCafé Bakery.

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“I ended up wearing a white dress [also from Brides by Nona] for my reception dress, which was a lot more casual. But for my ceremony dress, we came up with gold. The dress color was rose gold. And the reason why I wanted to go with gold is because I feel like these are my golden years and I feel like … I kind of struck gold with Mike.”

Continued the star, “I’m at a priceless time in my life. I’m older. I have my health. I have love again. I have my beautiful peaceful Lake Bailey, where I’m at now. I have career opportunities still coming in. My life is golden, so I went with the rose gold dress.”

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Bailey said that she wasn’t a bridezilla when it came to planning her nuptials with Hill, 50.

“I’m not like a princess kind of girl,” she said. “So I knew I didn’t want to be a big, poofy, Cinderella kind of bride. I knew I didn’t want that … I wanted something kind of sleek and simple and sexy. This is not my first rodeo, but I didn’t want to be uncomfortable, like super sexy, where I’m like constantly pulling up my shirt and my split is too high. So I was like, I have to look good, but I want to be comfortable. And I feel like she did a great job.”

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Bailey did run into a few challenges during her fittings.

“I definitely gained a little pandemic weight, which I did not lose for the wedding … I thought I was going to, but it just didn’t happen!” she laughed. “I had to have my wedding dress designer make my dress bigger. Both of them!”

Continued Bailey, “I always try to be a little weight-conscious, because it just doesn’t move as you get older like it used to. I always feel like if I just order a Happy Meal, then I’m not eating as much as I want to — I really want the Quarter Pounder with cheese. But I’m always like, ‘Okay, let me just get a Happy Meal.’ But sometimes I’ll get two! Or I’ll get the Happy Meal burger and the Happy Meal chicken nuggets.”

McCafé customers can pick up a free apple fritter, blueberry muffin or cinnamon roll with the purchase of a McCafé Premium Roast or Iced Coffee until Nov. 9.

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