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Best of 2013: the Bravo Weddings of the Year

From Joanna's over-the-top ceremony to NeNe's Old Hollywood bash, look back on the year's amazing nuptials.

The year was full of memorable Bravo weddings: there were elaborate gowns, over-the-top ceremonies, emotional reunions and delectable cuisine (we're still salivating over that Cheez-It-flavored wedding cake!). Take a look back at all the amazing nuptials of 2013, from Joanna Krupa and Adriana de Moura to Top Chef's Stephanie Izard and Curtis Stone.

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Joanna Krupa and Romaine Zago

Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa tied the knot with longtime beau Romaine Zago on June 13 in San Diego. And true to style, the event was over-the-top and luxurious: Joanna donned a custom couture mullet dress by Chagoury and the ceremony was bathed in all-white decor and featured ice sculptures carved with their names. The after-party was equally decadent: 120 guests partied until the wee hours, with Joanna telling the Dish that Alexia Echevarria stayed up the latest! "Usually she's the first to go," Joanna said. As for her tying the knot with Romain, Joanna gushed about finally finding her happy ending: "It was the happiest moment of my life. I had a big smile on my face as I walked down the aisle. I was shocked I was not a Bridezilla!"

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Tamra Barney and Eddie Judge

Despite a tough divorce from ex-husband Simon, Tamra Barney found a fresh start with Eddie Judge. And after a long courtship, the two made it official this year, with a fabulous ceremony held at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif. There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience as Eddie and Tamra declared their undying love for each other before family and friends, including her fellow RHOC Wives. Heather Dubrow and Vicki Gunvalson were even part of the bridal party. And on a particularly adorable note, Tamra requested that the tables at the reception be covered in vases full of gummy bears--to satisfy Eddie's sweet tooth. Of course, the road to the alter wasn’t easy, but they made it.

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NeNe and Gregg Leakes

NeNe and Gregg Leakes have had plenty of ups and downs, but they rebounded this year and are now better than ever. The couple got married (for the second time) in an elaborate ceremony—and we’d expect nothing less. For the Old Hollywood-themed bash, NeNe wore a $50,000 custom Baracci wedding gown and guests (including celebs like Vivica A. Fox and Fantasia Barrino) noshed on classic Southern fare like shrimp and grits. Perhaps the most touching moment of the night? NeNe's ex-bestie Kim Zolciak showing up to offer her best wishes to the new bride.

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Watch What Happens Live: The Wedding

For the first time ever, we took it upon ourselves to hand out nuptials in the Watch What Happens Live wedding. Kristie and Matt—two die-hard Bravo fans—entered and won the contest to be married by Andy Cohen live on air. And in keeping with the Bravo theme, Lisa Vanderpump was a bridesmaid, Sonja Morgan served as a witness, and Jenni Pulos provided the post-nuptial entertainment.

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Adriana de Moura and Frederic Marq

Real Housewives of Miami star Adriana de Moura also tied the knot this year with her beau Frederic Marq at Miami’s luxe Biltmore Hotel. Things didn’t always go exactly according to plan, leading Adriana to be a little bit of a bridezilla, but she pulled it together in time for the gorgeous ceremony. Of course, there were a few bumps along the way, not least of which was an ongoing battle with fellow Miami Wife Joanna Krupa, who also got married this year.

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Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price

Top Chef Masters judge Curtis Stone tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Lindsay Price this summer, almost one year exactly from the date they got engaged. The private ceremony took place in Mallorca, Spain at the Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca Resort. The wedding was limited to a small group of family and friends, including Price’s Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Tiffani Thiessen. To top it all off, the couple traveled through Spain and Portugal on a romantic honeymoon. "We are super excited," Curtis told the Dish of his wedding. "And we had an amazing time at our wedding and honeymoon."

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Stephanie Izard and Gary Valentine

Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard also walked down the aisle this year, saying "I do" to craft-beer consultant Gary Valentine. The ceremony took place in Izard’s native Chicago, and, of course, the food was spectacular. Stephanie gushed that their friends “put together an incredible menu,” which might have been a slight understatement. Guests were served red wine-braised beef short ribs, black cod with grilled fennel and heirloom tomato sauce, and rosemary potato gratin. And for dessert? A cake with a layer of strawberry Nesquik and chocolate marble with bacon buttercream frosting--plus a second layer of Cheez-It cake with chocolate ganache, peanut butter, and chocolate-covered Cheez-Its. Wedding cake of the year? Definitely.

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Dale Talde Sets His Sights on...Newark Airport?

The cheftestant is expanding his restaurant empire to New Jersey—get details.

Dale Talde has opened successful eateries in Brooklyn and New Jersey. But now the Top Chef cheftestant is trying out a new locale: the airport.

Dale is set to open up a dumpling restaurant named Little Purse in Newark Liberty International Airport, Buzzfeed reports. Yes, you read that correctly. In an airport.

The eatery will be a featured spot in United Airlines' upcoming $120 million redesign of its terminal at the New Jersey travel hub. It will be one of 55 restaurants opening in the terminal in 2016. At Little Purse, Dale will serve all sorts of delicious treats including shumai and wontons, with menus designed by NYC's Parts and Labor.

Bloomberg got a first look at the sleek, new terminal, which will also include foods from around the globe like pizza, bakeries, Swedish meatballs and even a sea-themed restaurant. "It's part Get Smart, part James Bond, and part theater technology," David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group told the site about the new look for Terminal C, where Dale's new restaurant will be located. "Light is an element that creates a warm glow, almost like a hearth."

Little Purse joins other Dale restaurants including Talde spots in Brooklyn and Jersey City, just a stone's throw away from his new dumpling outpost. Later this year, Dale will also open up a Talde in Miami.

"I feel like the luckiest dude in the world," he told the Village Voice last year. "In two months, I could be the head cook at Denny's and say, man I had a f---ing awesome run. Not everyone gets to do what they love on a day to day basis. Hopefully, my legacy is that I'm a guy who loved to have a good time. Professionally, it's that I'm a chef who enjoyed a good time, enjoyed good food, taught some people how to be professionals and how to think on their own. Personally, I hope people think I'm a caring guy."

[Source: Bloomberg, Buzzfeed]

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