When Tamra Barney announced her wedding date to fiance Eddie Judge, we had one question on our minds: Which Real Housewives of Orange County co-star would have the good fortune to be Tamra’s maid of honor?
Her relationship with former BFF Vicki Gunvalson has been tenuous since Season 7, when the two of them got into a heated fight over Vicki’s boyfriend, Brooks Ayers. While Tamra has grown close with Gretchen Rossi recently, Gretchen was not among the Housewives invited to Tamra’s bachelorette party in Las Vegas. Newcomer Lydia McLaughlin didn’t seem like a feasible maid of honor candidate either, nor did frenemy Alexis Bellino.
So who had the honor of being Tamra’s right hand woman on her big day? According to Tamra herself, she had a man of honor instead.
“For everyone that has been asking I did not have a "maid of honor" I had a MAN OF HONOR... my long time friend Ricky Santana,” tweeted Tamra on June 18.
We’re not sure exactly how long Ricky and Tamra have been friends, but Ricky tweeted happily about being included in Tamra’s wedding party last month.
“What a honor 2 be ‘gay of honor’ (maid of honor) at my beautiful friends @TamraBarney fairytale wedding 2 her love of her life @eddiejudge,” he wrote on May 22.
In the end, it was probably best Tamra didn’t play favorites with her Real Housewives of Orange County cast mates. Who knows how well that would have gone over!