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It’s a sad day when a wedding planner is heading for divorce instead of helping others get down the aisle, but according to TMZ that’s the case with one of our favorite men on WEtv: David Tutera.
The “My Fair Wedding” host is reportedly ending things with his husband of 10-years, Ryan Jurica, and what’s worse is the couple is currently expecting twins by way of a surrogate.
What could make this split even more complicated is the fact that David and Ryan aren’t actually husband and husband in the legal sense. The partners did have a lavish wedding ceremony in Vermont back in 2003, but as California residents they legally only have a domestic partnership. But David is seeking to end the partnership, citing ”irreconcilable differences,” and on top of that he wants full legal and physical custody of the twins, which are due in July. As far as Ryan goes, he’s willing to give him visitation rights to their children.
TMZ says legal documents filed in L.A. County Superior Court also show David doesn’t want to pay Ryan a penny for spousal support — which I didn’t even know was a question in domestic partnerships – and he wants Ryan to pay for all legal fees related to the split. Anyone else feel like Ryan may have dipped out on David and now he’s trying to make him suffer? Jus’ saying.
Either way, here’s hoping these two can at least figure out a way to co-parent if the marriage can’t be saved.
Surely by now you’ve noticed that David Tutera features more than his fair share of African American brides. You know we aren’t complaining, but we certainly were curious. In case you were wondering why “My Fair Wedding” is always full of color, the wedding planner addressed the prevalence of black brides on his shows in a recent interview.
EURweb writes: “Tutera doesn’t discriminate in regard to the clients he takes on. In fact, he has an affinity for black women. Having grown up in the inner city, his background fostered a kindredness for black brides that fuels his passion for helping them to make their special day unforgettable.”
Here’s what Tutera had to say:
“I think my passion comes from my upbringing. I went to a school that was lower middle income and either you were with the in-crowd or you weren’t, because it was a white thing or a black thing and if you showed up on the wrong day, you were in big trouble. So, I managed to manipulate my way through life and as a gay kid, I was challenged, so I had multiple things going on. I see myself as a minority and I see myself as a kid who was bullied and challenged, so I think that that’s the connection. I had a talk with someone from VH1 after the first season aired and they asked, ‘So why are African American women so in love with you … why do you show such passion? Because you see only the women that’s sitting in front of you.’ I didn’t realize that it’s how I grew up. So, I was given that path and didn’t realize it was the path that would lead me to where I am today.”
And David doesn’t have any plans to stop showcasing black brides.
“[coming up] I will be the first male to ever be on the cover of a national publication in its bridal guide magazine. But that’s not the exciting part. I only agreed to do this if they allowed me to have a black woman standing next to me. In the history of national publications of bridal, there’s never been a black woman. I’m really excited about that.”
Read what the wedding planner extraordinaire had say about NeNe Leakes, Star Jones and Kim Kardashian at EURweb.com.
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You asked and we delivered! Several of you submitted your wedding questions to party planner extraordinaire, David Tutera. Lucky for you he took the time to answer five of those questions here. See what the host of WE tv’s My Fair Wedding had to say about budgeting, decorating and the all important dress.
Once you’re done with the video check out our profile on one of David’s brides, Folshi, and be sure to watch My Fair Wedding every Sunday at 9/8c
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Folshunna Grace (Folshi) was recently featured on David Tutera’s “My Fair Wedding.” This lucky bride had her wedding dreams come true but before she walked down the aisle, she had to meet the man of her dreams and her best friend. Check out their story below:
Tell us how you met your husband
Kory and I actually went to middle school and high school together. We knew of each other since middle school but we never talked or anything. We hung out with different crowds in high school and middle school. Finally my senior year we had a class together and we just like flirted, you know the regular. And one day his friend dared him to come up and dared him to hump me in the hallway. And when he did that I was like “Oh my God! What are you doing?” But you know, it was fun. So about six months after I graduated, in 2003, he asked me out and that’s how we started.
Our first date, we went to see “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.”
Oh wow! I remember when that movie came out.
Yes we’re a very funny couple.
When you first met him in middle school, what did you think about him as a person?
Oh my gosh! I was like ‘who is this big head kid.’ I was like ok, he’s cool but he wasn’t anything I was attracted to at all! But as it progressed in high school I guess I liked it.
Did you guys date continuously or were there breakups? Because it’s kind of rare that high school romances last.
We broke up. It was like two years into the relationship because I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted. He was my first ever, real boyfriend. I had a boyfriend before but this was in middle school and it was nothing serious. So I wanted to venture out and see if I could find something else. But I eventually came back because there was nothing out there. It was just like dating, ok but at the end of the day you want someone to be there for you and understand and commit so I ended up going back to him.
When did you realize he was someone you could spend the rest of your life with?
Once we hit our five year mark, we were kind of going through stuff as far as financial difficulties, moving in together, obstacles with parents and family and I knew if we could face all of this stuff and including other stuff together, death in the family. Then I knew he was the one. Because he’s genuine, he understands me. We’re like one in the same and you don’t come across those types of people too often so when you find love, I think you should stick with it and work through all of your issues.