LeeAnne Locken is days away from walking down the aisle, and she’s giving PEOPLE a sneak peek at what’s to come!
The Real Housewives of Dallas star, 51, is marrying longtime boyfriend Rich Emberlin, 56, on April 27 in Texas. And while the big day will surely be filled with lots of glitz and glamor, she and Emberlin have already settled on something simple and understated for their wedding cake.
Just kidding — they went with a 12-foot-tall, 72″-round champagne cake with buttercream frosting from baker Shane Morgan and his company, Posh Cakes.
“Everything is bigger in Texas, and this cake will be by far the largest wedding cake to ever be served in this state!” Locken told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.
“I think the sheer size not only demonstrates the love that Rich and I have for each other, but also the love that is felt between us and our community,” she added. “I feel like I am having the most amazing Cinderella wedding ever!’
PEOPLE also had a preview of the design for the cake, which Morgan drew.
Judging from the sketch, the cake will include a sea of cascading flowers and intricate patterns. It looks to be topped with a castle design, perhaps to symbolize their fairytale marriage.
On the side of the cake? An “L&E” monogram, designed by GB Design House — who are also providing napkins, silverware, and personalized wine bottles.
Back in November, Locken opened up to PEOPLE about her big day — saying that she was looking forward finally marry Emberlin after being with him for nearly a decade.
“I’m so excited. I can’t wait!” Locken gushed.
The actress and philanthropist has been working closely with her wedding planner, Steve Kemble — whom she jokingly calls “the sequin master of my life.” The two are hoping to craft an “over-the-top, crazy fun party.”
“The wedding, I’m going to keep simple in the cathedral. Because I want to be respectful. But then the reception, I want to be a big celebration,” she said. “I want to do flower walls with neon signs in them for social media pictures. We’ve started going through a bunch of stuff. Napkins, silverware, personalized wine bottles — just different stuff. I want it to be such a fabulously fun party.”
And starting that next chapter with Emberlin is part of the reason she chose April.
“It signifies rebirth. It’s when spring comes and all of the flowers are blooming. It’s when all the dogwoods are in bloom. To me it’s a signal of God saying, ‘Life goes on. Here’s the beauty of life,’ ” Locken explained. “So April’s a month that’s always been precious to me.”