Sep 082012
Colin's "First Look" at my wedding dress before our ceremony!

Colin’s “First Look” at my wedding dress! Photos by Krista Photography.

Um, so… I was on reality TV this weekend. And our wedding was, too.Β It was really fun! πŸ™‚Β Here are answers to frequent questions.

Q: WHAT? Which show?

A: The show is “I Found the Gown” on TLC, and we are in the “Bargain Hunting Brides” episode.Β See it by clicking that link or by scrolling to the bottom of this article for the embedded video.

Q: How did this happen???

A: I randomly bought my wedding dress at the store featured on the show, little knowing that at my dress fitting, the seamstress would bark, “You wanna be on TV, honey?”

When I nodded with joyful surprise, she declared, “Ok, no fitting now. You come back next week. I will tell TLC they have another bride for the show.”

Our fabulous wedding party, as photographed by Krista Photography!

Our fabulous wedding party! Yes, my “little” brother was one of my Bridesmaids.

Q: When and how did they film you?

A: I was filmed on two separate days: the dress fitting at the store, and our actual wedding (yes, Colin wore a microphone during our ceremony), for a total of at least three hours of footage. All that was condensed into ten minutes of a 30-minute episode! You have to respect TLC’s editing skills, eh?

Our dramatic dip during our First dance!

Our dramatic dip during our First dance.

Q: What was it like to be filmed for reality TV?

A: I loved it! It was dramatic, fun, and funny, and the production team was extremely nice. (I guess they have to be to get participants to be comfortable and open up on camera.)Β And… this is one of those things that I’ve always secretly wanted to do, especially since I’m a closet reality TV fan. Of course, not all reality TV experiences are so pleasant, but this is a pretty kind-hearted show.

During the filming session in the store the month before the wedding, I wore a little of my own makeup, but the producers kept dusting me with powder to make my face less shiny!Β I blabbed for a while on camera about wide-ranging subjects (my ill-fittingΒ brassiere, whether I trusted my seamstress to finish on time, whether I trust ANYBODY ever, etc.). It was suspenseful wondering which of these “drama points” would be chosen for the final show!

Q: Wasn’t it weird to have your WEDDING filmed by a reality TV cameraman?

A:Β Weddings are such massive events, and I put so much obsessive effort into planning ours that it seemed almost fitting that there was a national TV cameraman there.

Moreover, even though I am considered a “frugal bride” by TLC standards, we did put substantial funds into our wedding, so it was a nice feeling to know that people all over America (and beyond!) would see the results, too! Our wedding guests were GREAT sports about the whole thing.

It's crazy and awesome to suddenly be a "wife" to a "husband"... AND be on reality TV!

It’s crazy and awesome to suddenly be a “wife” to a “husband”… AND be on reality TV!

Q: Did you really say on national TV, “looking amazing is a priority over breathing“?!

A: Sigh… Apparently I did. Oy vey.

That said, I WAS still able to breathe during the wedding, and I declare to all the young, impressionable women watching me on the show, breathing actually IS more important than looking good. Really.

Thanks to everyone who made our reality TV adventure possible and enjoyable!

I enjoyed my reality TV debut.

Q: Was it weird to see yourself on TV?

A: It was strangely NOT weird to see myself on that screen. Maybe I’ve watched enough reality TV to just calmly think, “Oh, that’s a person on TV,” rather than, “AHH HOW DID I GET THERE?”

Q: Where can I read more about your engagement and wedding drama?

A: Read our Romantic Engagement Story here, our Crazy Wedding World” article here, my articleΒ Why I’m Not Changing my Namehere, scandalous postΒ Two Secrets to Save Money on a Weddinghere, or the articles from our Honeymoon in Belize here.

Do leave comments if you have time, because I love knowing you stopped by.

Q: Are you happy with how the episode turned out?

A: Yes, I surprisingly am happy with our episode!

Giant, shimmering thanks to everyone who helped make this adventure possible, and to all of you who’ve kindly watched our episode and sent such nice messages!

Oh, and, uh… if any producers are reading this… I kind of want to be on TV again. πŸ™‚

See the actual episode below, orΒ click this link for a bigger version. Enjoy!


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  98 Responses to “Our Wedding Was on a Reality TV Show! Details Here.”

  1. Wow it’s so awesome to see you on TV! πŸ˜‰

  2. The fact that your ”little” brother was a bridesmaid makes me laugh.

  3. What a cool experience! Nicole loves these shows

  4. I really enjoyed this, Lillie! Your dress is fantastic and you looked gorgeous! The Q and A format was fun, too. Congrats on the wedding and here’s to a wonderful life together! πŸ™‚

  5. Very very cool! Gorgeous dress too.

  6. I just found your blog from reading the NY Times article on make-up. I’ve been flitting around on the blog, and found the t.v piece. I had never heard of or seen this show until a few weeks ago, and have only watched it once. Guess which one I saw? Yours! How funny is that?! You were a beautiful bride, and you’re a beautiful woman, make-up or no make-up!

  7. you look lovely!!! what a gorgeous wedding, and how fortunate that you’re able to have those beautiful memories on tape to keep forever πŸ™‚ congratulations

  8. Did you get paid for that show?
    TLC is interested in working with me as well and i was wondering if they pay anything?

    • I did not get paid. I did it for the experience. Would have been nice to be paid, though! I know some reality star folks are. Keep us posted and good luck!

  9. WOW, so cool, Congratulations!!
    I think there needs to be an on-going show! πŸ™‚

  10. That is so awesome! You look beautiful and congratulations! I hope that they covered your wedding costs, that’s always a great perk about being on TV, they pick up the tab:)

  11. Where is the shop? Is it in New Jersey? It is soooooooooooooo cool that you were on TV!!!!!!!

  12. This is such an awesome experience! The Bridal shop that you went to, was it a smaller shop or a big store? That’s like a dream come true, get married oh and being on tv! Did they give you a copy of the 3 hours you filmed? Either way, this is such a memorable way to have a wedding. It’s not every day that an every day couple get their wedding on tv. Enjoy that feeling and thanks for sharing!

    • Kali, thanks for your comment. Indeed, it was fabulous! We will get a DVD of the episode and I will obtain the rest of the footage later.

  13. You both look superb. …. made for each other… such a ravishing photographs,,

  14. Congrats on getting hitched! πŸ™‚

    And cool that you enjoyed the reality TV show experience.

  15. Wow! Thats so cool and you look beautiful! It seems like such a cool experience to buy a dress from Vows!

  16. That’s awesome! and Congratulations!
    Like the dancing photo with the ring!
    And your tallest bridesmaid looks cute πŸ˜‰

  17. Yay! My teacher is famous! Just an FYI, Ms. Marshall has gotten me watching TLC all day long!

  18. Congratulation Lillie! I bet it must be so special that your wedding in Reality TV! Both of you look gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  19. Lillie
    WOW! What a gorgeous day you had! How wonderful to be able to share your special day on TV! I think it sounds FANTASTIC!! Lisa

  20. How cool! You made a very beautiful bride πŸ™‚

  21. You were such a gorgeous bride — they must not have been able to believe their lucky day that you agreed to be on their show. I am going to look for it! Congratulations!!!

  22. So cool! I think I would be too self-conscious. You look very natural πŸ™‚

  23. You look so beautiful, Lillie! Congratulations! I’m impressed that you managed to deal with not only a wedding, but an entire film crew on wedding day and pull it off with such grace. πŸ™‚

  24. Congratulations! What a great way to capture your wedding. Thanks for the insights into what goes on behind the scenes of reality TV and what it’s like to be on one. I am also a closet reality TV fan. πŸ™‚ Beautiful pictures!

  25. You sound like the anti-bridezilla. Congratulations! Very nice dress, btw!

  26. That’s so awesome. Congratulations! You look gorgeous. I don’t think I could be filmed on my wedding day though. I would be too nervous! πŸ™‚

    • It was such a crazy and emotionally powerful day that it seemed only fitting to have national television cameras. πŸ™‚

  27. It is so cool getting to see my Humanities teacher on TV. The wedding was amazing.

  28. Wow, so amazing and exciting! Wish I could watch the video, but it’s not available to me in Australia – always the case. You guys look fantastic though!

  29. OMG Congrats Ms. Marshall!!!!!

  30. I think that having your humanities teacher on TV is the coolest thing ever! Congratulations!! πŸ™‚

  31. You look stunning and the dress is beautiful! Congratulations πŸ™‚

  32. That’s amazing! I guess I know how they pick the people for those shows now.

    • Well, random chance is one way, however, they were also advertising online for people who wanted to audition. If being on reality TV is your dream, seek out those casting calls! πŸ™‚

  33. Ah! I’m so happy for you guys. That’s so awesome. I just watched the episode. You look amazing!

  34. You look gorgeous and very happy – congratulations!!

  35. You look so beautiful in that dress!! And you were a varsity jumper? Super impressive.

  36. Hey Lillie! Been a long time. Congratulations! On so much – blogger fame, returning home, finding the love of your life, getting hitched and your reality TV debut πŸ™‚

    If you’re answering questions, one I’ve always had about reality TV is this: don’t they pay you? Doesn’t that affect the ‘plot’ since it’s about trying to find a good deal on a dress?


    • Thank you so much, and good question! Different reality shows are compensated in different ways. In my particular case I was not paid in money, but I do now have video footage from our wedding, which if you know the usual cost of a videographer is worth a lot! Plus, to me (and perhaps to others, too) getting a hilarious new experience and a little fame is priceless. πŸ™‚

    • Yessss… professional videographing I would think ain’t cheap. I would totally do it for the experience too, but I still wonder what the situation is for people who are consistent characters on reality shows about making/needing money.

      The example I have in mind is Storage Wars, one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but it’s about people making money off buying abandoned storage units at auction and selling the contents. It just seems impossible they they aren’t also getting paid to be on the show consistently and have these cameras following them around and mounted in their cars… but it’s never mentioned!

    • Hmm… Maybe it is mentioned, but in small print in the credits at the very end? I know I’ve seen some reality shows like “Millionaire Matchmaker” (er, not that I watch that or anything) where there’s a quick-scrolling disclaimer like, “Participants were provided with services free of charge in exchange for appearing on this show.” If you really want to know about Storage Wars in particular, scope around online. Our show has the hashtag #IFoundTheGown on Twitter, so I’ve used that to chat with several other women who were on the show (including the former Miss Massachusetts!). You could do the same to track down participants and ask them! I’m not sure what type of non-disclosure papers they signed, though. Let us know what you find!

  37. Very cool Lillie! I can’t watch the episode here in NZ, but if I remember to when I get back to North America in December I will definitely check it out! You looked absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing this experience with us and the rest of the world on TV! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for your kind comment, Melissa! Bummer that the clip is blocked abroad. Boo! I wonder if there’s a way to get around that…

  38. So I will make a pretty bold confession…I have watched way too many of these bride/dress hunt shows. It starts with MJ turning on TLC or something while we are both working, and then before you know it I’ve watched 8 episodes and killed an entire day. So maybe one day soon I’ll see someone I “know” on the show:)

  39. Very cool! It’s exciting enough to get married, but to be on TV is awesome. You were an absolutely beautiful bride, too. Congratulations! I’ll go watch the episode now.

    • Gracias, Cathy! Note that my section of the show is more in the last third of the episode. The first woman has a really compelling story, though.

  40. I know this is about the reality TV show, BUT… that is an insanely low dip. I bet lots of practice went into that.

    • Good eye! I was a varsity high jumper in college and thus have such ridiculous back strength that I beat anyone and everyone at limbo contests, and apparently at dips, too! πŸ™‚

  41. This was so much fun to watch. You are just a magnificent couple and I wish you all the best that life has to offer. Yep: my pal Rhoda is one hot babe. Hug her for me.

  42. You looked beautiful on your wedding day, and how cool that TLC was there to capture it so brilliantly. Well done!

  43. So cool to see you on TV! Maybe I’m biased, but I think the whole episode should have been devoted to you πŸ™‚

  44. – Wow what a crazy story, then again this doesn’t surprise me with your life πŸ™‚

    – OMG your “little” brother is even taller than you (and thus me).

    – You look gorgeous!

  45. Omigosh, the photos are GORGEOUS. You looked amazing and you got to breathe. Yay!

  46. Yes, very busy and Thank you very much for participating.

  47. Great article Lillie! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Eeeiii, Rick from Vows?! So honored. Thanks for reading and commenting, and thanks for the dress! I’m thankful I got my dress before the show aired because you all are mobbed now, eh?

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