David Tutera Explains His Passion for Black Brides

December 12, 2011  |  

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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