Their interview with People gives an exclusive look at Simon and Porsha’s second wedding day.
The couple’s epic wedding weekend was all about blending families and cultures. On Friday, the couple transformed the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta into Simon’s hometown of Benin City for a traditional Nigerian wedding. They honored Porsha’s Black American background with an extravagant American celebration the next day.
“I definitely want the Lord to be in the place,” Porsha said about her white wedding. “I want the Holy Spirit to usher us into being a husband and wife. I’m from the south, so I love being in church. I’ve never been married in a church, and Simon’s never been married in a church, so it’s going to be a new experience for both of us.”
Porsha looked like she stepped out of a fairytale in a lavish white lace ballgown by Frida. Accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra, Tasha Cobbs Leonard led a gospel choir singing “For Every Mountain” as she walked down the aisle.
The guest list of 350 included Rickey Smiley, Quad Webb, T.I. and Tiny Harris, and fellow Housewives stars Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, Monyetta Shaw, Kim Zolciak-Biermann, and Drew Sidora.
A blended family affair
Porsha’s brother, Hosea Williams III, gave her away. Her sister Lauren served as maid of honor. Porsha and Simon featured their four children in the ceremony. Porsha had her 3-year-old daughter Pilar Jhena with Dennis McKinley. Quentin, Nicole, Christian, Benjamin, and Ximena are Simon’s children from previous marriages.
“Pilar is going to be a flower girl, and her dress is so cute, I could’ve copied it for a wedding gown. Then my niece, Baleigh, my sister’s daughter, is going to be another flower girl,” Porsha said.
“Our daughter, Ximena, is going be a junior bridesmaid. Our sons, Christian and Benjamin, are going to walk my grandmother down the aisle. Simon’s oldest son, Quentin, is going to walk him down the aisle,” she continued.
Inside the over-the-top reception ball
The celebration continued at the reception ball at St. Regis Atlanta. Porsha had her fifth wardrobe change of the weekend into an Albina Dyla gown. Porsha rocked a new wig from her Go Naked hair line for each new outfit. She also said her wedding cake was so massive she would need a “sword” to cut it.
“If extra was a bride, it’d be me. I promise you I did not know that I was this extra,” she laughed.
Porsha got the wedding singers of her dreams for the occasion. Dru Hill reunited for a surprise performance to serenade the couple.
“I really wanted to hear the song ‘Beauty Is Her Name.’I have always thought about having on a wedding dress and dancing to it. And then my husband would say, ‘Beauty Is Her Name.’ I love Dru Hill and am so glad the whole group is back together,” Porsha said.
If that wasn’t extra enough, Porsha changed outfits for the bouquet toss and again for the after-party.
“I thought, ‘Why not? It’s my last wedding forever,” the RHOA alum.
“Thank you to my HUSBAND @iamsimonguobadia for our magical Fairytale Wedding!” Porsha wrote on Instagram. I will love you now and forverrrrrrr! Till death and even then we will never part lol.”
Newlywed Porsha joked that she plans to wear out the word, “husband.”
“It’s just going to be like, ‘My husband, my husband, my husband!’ I’m going to irritate everyone! It’s our last marriage, okay? We belong together. That is it. It’s a blessing to be able to find your person. It doesn’t happen often,” she said.
Congratulations (again) to Mr. and Mrs. Simon