From the Editor: Keeping It Real
Photograph by Bob Capazzo
There comes a point when we all have to admit to the dirty little secret that, at one time or another, we have tuned into a reality show. Yeah, yeah, I know, it was when you were laid up with the flu, snowed in, recovering from a late night out…normally you’d never waste your time on the train wreck likes of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Keeping up with the Kardashians or Toddlers and Tiaras, but there was simply nothing else on.
Indeed, most reality television shows have taken entertainment to an all-new low. Never in a million years would I have imagined a reality star on the cover of this magazine. But then again most reality stars don’t rearrange their schedules, donate their time and all of the décor (including 10,000 roses) to style a benefit that helps fund the future of hundreds of kids. David Tutera did.
No stranger to opulence, the host and star of the hit reality show My Fair Wedding has styled plenty of big events in and around Greenwich. But when Greenwich resident Christina McAleer called on Tutera to help with the annual Corpus Christi–Holy Rosary School fundraiser, the event-planner-to-the-stars was all ears. Divine intervention? Nope. Just a former student wanting to show his thanks to the school that helped nurture him.
Unlike some of those other wedding programs, Tutera’s show is not about high drama and catfights. Bridezillas need not apply. It’s about making dreams come true and offering a little TV magic to people who deserve it.
We sit down with Tutera to talk about his most emotional episodes, what it takes to get hired by Elton John, what’s on his professional horizon and, of course, how you can plan the best events of the season.
The next time you’re on the couch with the “flu,” maybe consider flipping past the melodramatic antics of back-stabbing housewives and tune into a show that is about making people feel good—for real.