It has been kind of like pulling teeth to find out what really happened at Cynthia’s wedding last Saturday. For weeks I had been in contact with production sources regarding the tedious preparation for Cynthia Bailey’s wedding. The COVID situation was a huge deal for production. The event was supposed to be outdoors. Masks, social distancing and other PPE were the main focus of production. Guests were to be given the usual releases to sign as well as a liability indemnity for production, Bravo, NBCu etc. Even months before the event was considered a production nightmare.
Flash forward to the wedding day. I was spending the weekend with my sister in Kennesaw. The weather was awful. There were very few breaks when the wedding might have been able to happen, but the grounds would have been drenched. And there were tornado watches. So the wedding had to be moved indoors.
Rumors (that turned out to be true) Started…
Then, I got a question on Twitter asking if the wedding was filmed. There were 30 members of production there in Acworth ready to roll. This has been one of the biggest production events of the entire season. It had been planned for months. As far as I knew they were filming. Also the “source” of the information was a very questionable source. I could not believe that after months of planning by production that the filming did not occur.
But it did not. Production, executives, and insurance approved all of the steep measures including all attendees testing negative for Covid prior to the event, temperature checks, masks, and social distancing protocols for an outdoor ceremony. The filming would’ve just including Cynthia prior to and walking down the aisle. The reception and aftermath would’ve been self-shot by the cast.
Cynthia Bailey’s Wedding Was Rained Out
When the weather deteriorated and the event was moved indoors Bravo legal, network executives, and the showrunner had to make the hard decision to not cover it as the crew of 30 people could not safely attend an event of that size with 250+ guests under the Cobb & Douglas Public Health protocols.
This event was a huge legal liability for Truly Original and Bravo Media. The network and producers are not happy they were not able to cover this event as it was Cynthia’s main story for the season. She is upset about it as well, but the ceremony went on uninterrupted.
There was footage shot that will be used for the show. It just wasn’t the RHOA production team who shot it. The videographer will turn over footage as well as self-shot footage from cast members to fill in the hole. But this was Cynthia’s ONLY storyline. Think about that. A season that was centered around this event and then the RHOA production team was forbidden by the suits from entering the (super spreader) event.
Cynthia Bailey’s Wedding Will Still Be On The Show
Insurance and network would not allow the crew of 30 to attend the event. Those two entities made the decision at the last minute. After numerous protocols were put into place by both assuming the ceremony would take place outdoors. Boots-on-the-ground crew and producers were all ready and geared up to go. As execs in NYC deliberated and called it off.
Everyone is pissed. No one wants to talk about it. Despite the problem being caused by an “act of God,” heads are going to roll for this. And everyone is trying to lay low. I am hearing that Cynthia’s peach is in danger because it was her event that caused a catastrophic lows to the budget. I have never in my life heard about any cast changes at this point in filming before. Cynthia is pissed that the filming was cancelled. Everyone is pissed that filming was cancelled. There have been emergency meetings all week which is why I couldn’t get in touch with anyone.
It’s a giant mess. This was Cynthia’s only storyline all season. It was all building up to the wedding day that production sank a whole lot of money into and it got shut down. And that’s the tea. I refused to believe until I heard it from my own sources. But, now I know that is how it went down. And it’s bad and things are really tense with production this week. More heads may roll besides just Cynthia’s.