Now that LeeAnne Locken is engaged to her longtime love Rich Emberlin (and she's finally shared her good news with the world), you better believe that her wedding planning is currently underway. Lucky for us, The Real Housewives of Dallas charity queen recently shared with The Daily Dish what she's hoping to organize for her big day.
But what you might be surprised to learn is that LeeAnne, who always knows how to jazz up a get-together, be it with a hot dog costume or a controversial Halloween ensemble, wants to go for something a little more understated for her wedding. "I'm thinking a very, very intimate actual ceremony, not a lot of ta-da, opposite of what everybody thinks I am," LeeAnne told The Daily Dish. "I want a very intimate, authentic, soulful ceremony, and then whatever at the reception."
Yes, this true Texan is planning on having her wedding right at home in Dallas. She and Rich are considering three or four dates probably around the end of summer next year, she told The Daily Dish.
LeeAnne said that she's thinking about wearing a dress for her wedding ceremony and is considering changing into a pantsuit for the reception. As for that Badgley Mischka wedding gown that's been hanging in LeeAnne's closet for 20 years, well, that may or may not ultimately be a part of her big day, even if she joked that she can fit into it now after dealing with a flesh-eating bacteria. "You know what, and it's really beautiful and simple. I don't know if I'll end up wearing that or if I'll end up having something made," LeeAnne said, adding that she's friends with a lot of local designers, who may want to dress her for the wedding. "I don't think I'm gonna be too worried about any wardrobe."
The RHOD bride-to-be said that she's not sure if she's going to have a maid or matron of honor at her wedding. "There's so many dear friends, longtime friends that of course want to stand next to me that I think the train would just go out the church. So I don't know that we're gonna do that," LeeAnne shared. "We've actually talked about that, would we have people with us or would it just be he and I. You know, we feel like it's just been he and I for so long that we're OK with it just being us."
However, LeeAnne assured us that her bestie D'Andra Simmons will definitely be a part of her wedding, just as she was a part of hers. "Um, D'Andra will be in charge of everything. D'Andra will be what's called the church monitor, and I would not want to act up at my wedding because I'm not responsible for what D'Andra does," LeeAnne said. "Trust me, D'Andra will have a voice in everything that has to do with my wedding, I have no doubt of it."
When it comes to which of LeeAnne's other RHOD pals will score an invite to her nuptials, the list isn't so long — for now. "Um, currently I would invite probably Kameron [Westcott], Tiffany [Hendra]. I mean, look, it's a wedding and it's supposed to be a very peaceful and beautiful moment. I'm very, very spiritual. I have a very intimate relationship with God and Jesus, and to me a wedding is not a place to showboat or show off, whatever, anything. To me, a wedding is a ceremony between myself, my husband, and God, and it's a commitment that the three of us make that fills an eternal circle," she shared. "When I use the word 'intimate,' I don't have the opportunity to have a lot of intimate moments. You know, intimacy was so destroyed for me as a child. So when I say that I want something to be intimate, my words aren't light. My words are very true to course."
After the wedding, LeeAnne said that she and Rich may even want to keep the good times rolling with their friends during their honeymoon, which she hopes will be in a destination like Tahiti or Ibiza. "I just want to go somewhere with a beach and some clear water, nothing muddy. And I just want to chill and forget that anybody else exists, except for the people that I'm with," she gushed. "And Rich and I have actually talked about this, maybe having like a couples' honeymoon where we invite friends to come and we just have a good old time because, really, we're celebrating."
And LeeAnne and Rich have a lot to celebrate after more than eight years together. We should expect their future as a married couple to be just as blissful, according to LeeAnne, who told The Daily Dish that she expects "not a damn thing" to change once she and Rich officially tie the knot. "Yeah, I'm gonna still do the grocery shopping. He's gonna still take care of the pool. I mean, things don't change. The thing about it is if you're in a good, healthy relationship, a marriage shouldn't change it. It should just be your commitment to God, that's all. And I'm in a very healthy, happy relationship," LeeAnne said. "When I say that Rich is loyal, I don't mean he's not off running around with women. I mean, he's loyal to my soul. He supports me, he promotes me, he makes me feel safe and secure. To me, when I say Rich is loyal, I mean, he's my universe and I'm his. He has my six no matter what. And that's something that you can't find in today's times. It's really hard to find really, truly, authentically loyal people, and I'm grateful that I have Rich, and I'm certainly hopeful he feels grateful to have me, and I'm sure he does."
Take a peek at the wedding dress LeeAnne has owned for two decades, below.