'I can't open my eyes': Riley Curry snoozes her way through reality show appearance

“Say Yes to the Dress” was a real roller coaster — not so much for the bride, Sydel Curry, but for her little niece, Riley.

Warriors fans watching the season premiere of the TLC staple got a surprise when the featured bride was none other than Stephen’s little sister Sydel. Accompanying her were her sister-in-law Ayesha, mother Sonya and, of course, Riley. The chance to appear on the show was particularly special for Riley, who loves binge-watching the show.

Riley experienced the full gamut of five-year-old feelings during Sydel’s quest to find a wedding dress, from elation to frustration to crankiness and eventual sleepiness. Though usually outspoken, Riley showed her shy side meeting Kleinfeld Bridal consultant Randy Fenoli, who features prominently on the show.

“We’re not supposed to come in here,” she whispers to her mother as they browse a side aisle of wedding dresses. But then she adds hopefully: “Maybe Randy could be in here.”

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When asked by a producer why she’s so excited to meet Randy, Riley says, “Because he’s very handsome.” She is extremely serious.

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When she finally gets to meet Randy, he puts out his hand to shake hers and Riley goes fully in for a hug. After meeting her idol, she suffers an understandable adrenaline crash. While Sydel goes in for fittings, Riley gets a little cranky (“I can’t open my eyes,” she tells her mother) and eventually decides to take a nap. She sleeps through the rest of the consultation, including the pivotal moment when Sydel says yes to the dress.

“She just couldn’t hang with the grown-ups,” mother Ayesha laughs.

As for the dress, Sydel came in well under her $10,000 budget with a $6,100 Pnina Tornai design. She married Damion Lee, who plays for the Golden State Warriors and their G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, on Sept. 1, 2018.

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