November 17, 2016 12:11 PM


Most people have a wedding rehearsal, but Adrienne Bailon had an entire rehearsal dedicated to walking in her dress.

“I had to practice walking in it,” the co-host of The Real says in the current issue of PEOPLE. “We decided on a 21-ft. train. It’s quite epic. On midnight that evening, we had dress rehearsal because I’d never walked with the weight of it. I think it weighed more than me.”

Bailon, 32, says her new husband, gospel singer Israel Houghton, 45, has called her a “once-in-a-lifetime woman” and she wanted to make sure she had a “once-in-a-lifetime dress” to wear at their Paris wedding.

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So, the talk show host decided to design a dress with Ryan Patros and Walter Mendez from Ryan and Walter Bridal, who designed her Walter Collection Dress for the Emmy Awards in September.

  • For more from Bailon – including stunning images from the wedding – pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

“They create unique dresses that are showstoppers,” say Bailon. “I love that they knows how to make a woman’s body look. I am very hippy and I love that. I love accentuating my waist and my hips — and that’s what they do best.”

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Bailon was even involved in the sketching of the dress.

“I wanted to be a part of the process of creating this dress,” she says. “I wanted it to be something that no one had ever worn before and never will wear again — and I think it’s safe to say that will be the case!”

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