Friday, May 4, 2012

Vicki Gunvalson Talks Despair Over Daughter Briana's Secret Wedding
When her daughter Briana eloped in Las Vegas last year, Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson wasn't exactly pleased at the news. 

In fact, the 50-year-old reality star has revealed her emotions ran from dismay, to confusion and sadness when she learned Briana had tied the knot with her military boyfriend Ryan last October.

'When she told me she and Ryan had got married in Vegas I felt like I was in a dream, or more like a nightmare,' she writes on her Bravo blog. 'I had only met Ryan one time before and that was before he went on duty.'

The star, who has a reputation as a control freak on the show, star says she had no idea her daughter and her boyfriend were in love or even serious about each other. 

'She told me she was nervous about putting both feet into their relationship because she didn't want to be crushed if anything happened to him while he was away,' adds Vicki.
'I left the restaurant after the "bomb" was dropped on me, went to my car, and broke down in uncontrollable tears.  

'The tears lasted for more than a week. In my idle or quiet time I would cry. In my busy time I found myself crying.  It was all the time because I was so confused and sad.'

Unable to understand why her daughter had married in such a rush, Vicki thought she may have been vulnerable after undergoing thyroid surgery last year after a cancer scare.

'This is not typical of Briana in any way, shape, or form, and I was worried that she may have just been vulnerable due to the health issues she had been dealing with for the past two years,' says Vicki who was relieved when Briana was given the all clear. 

However, the twice divorced Housewife says she was embarrassed to reveal the news to any of her friends and family.

'I didn't even know how to begin to discuss it, and, quite frankly, I was embarrassed,' she writes. 'All of my dreams for my only daughter's BIG DAY were taken away from me in an instant (and for that matter taken away from HER. 

'More importantly, the family had not met him or his family. I knew very little about Ryan and now I had an instant son-in-law.'

Vicki now says she managed to get through the shock through her religious beliefs.

'After a lot of prayer and soul searching I was able to look at the big picture and not be angry anymore,' she says.
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  1. I NEVER take Vicki's side in anything. She is a ridiculous woman, but on this one...I actually see where she's coming from. An only daughter's wedding is a big deal for a mom and Briana took that away from Vicki. I feel bad for the missed opportunity.

    As for Briana...congrats, Girl! I hope you'll be very, very happy!

  2. here is a picture of Ryan Culberson marrying his first wife Melia Daniel in North Carolina in 2005, it's on the second page down on the left!

  3. here is a picture of Ryan Culberson marrying his first wife Melia Daniel in North Carolina in 2005, photo of them is on second page half way down.

    You'll have to cut and paste in your browser.

  4. I don't blame Briana one bit! If I had a control freak mother who only cared about what SHE would want, I'd elope to, screw the hassle. Both of the kids seem well adjusted and normal considering they have a psycotic mother. Thank God they had Don growing up.

  5. Vicki, you and briana need serious help! despite your business success you have no self esteem. why else would you be involved with brookes? all the writing was on the wall but you were so desperate to "fill your love tank" you swallowed it. He insults briana and you put your head in the sand.

    briana same. she marries a man whom she just met because let's face it...she is unattractive and overweight. she grabbed the first guy who showed her attention.

    HERE'S YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM....ryan married briana for YOUR MONEY. THAT IS REALITY. he took over your home, even said to Lydia's mother "I own this house".

    You said you want him to go into your ins business. MISTAKE MISTAKE! HE WILL RUIN YOU SOONER THAN LATER.

    You need a tight will and a lot of prayer! sadly though he'll take it from briana.