We doubt that it was merely the price tag of their wedding — $720,000 — that earned Catherine and Dr. Eddie Lee a slot on WeTv's hit show Platinum Weddings.
But we are sure that the over-the-top nuptials with doggies (flower rings around the canine's necks) prancing down the aisle, $100,000 worth of flowers, and a dazzling wedding gown by Lazaro convinced the show's producers that this was the stuff of champagne wished and caviar dreams. Book it.
Mark another one up for wedding planner Jo Ann Woodward of Schwartz & Woodward. This marks the third time that one of her extravaganzas has earned tube time on Platinum Weddings. This one airs
Sunday night at 8:30 Sunday May 2 at 8 p.m. (The network announced on Saturday a change of date for airing.)
The Lees were married in October at the InterContinental Houston Near the Galleria, where Plants 'n Petals created a floral fantasyland reflecting the couple's Asian heritage. The bride is Chinese and the groom is Korean. She's involved in her family's business, ownership of numerous Applebee's franchises, and he is completing his residency in plastic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.
They were joined by 270 of their nearest and dearest, who were entertained first by the Encore Strings and then, after the seated dinner, with the dance sounds of DJRocky.
The couple indulged their mutual sweet tooth with a five-layer raspberry wedding cake ($4,500) from Who Made the Cake, a Marble Slab ice cream stand featuring five of the bride's favorite flavors complete with all the mixings, and a dessert table laden with mini-dessert offerings. We assume the dancing helped burn off some of those late-night calories.
Truth in advertising: The tariff for this production soared when the bride's South Sea pearl necklace and earrings ($255,000), a wedding gift from her mother, were thrown into the tally along with the bride's $75,000 engagement ring. And there was another $6,000 added for the life-sized topiaries of the couple's three dogs. A stunning floral tribute ($2,000 each) to man's best friend and to the Lees' love for their pooches.
As a grand finale to the evening, there was a flower petal toss (forget that old-hat rice thing) as the couple rode away in a horse-drawn carriage. Of course, many more details will be revealed when the show airs.