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In the 10 years Say Yes to the Dress first aired on TLC, hundreds of brides have stopped into Kleinfeld's wedding dress shop on their way to the aisle. Some had happy endings and, for others, the wedding gown lasted longer than the marriage. Here, five of the show's most memorable brides share where they are now:
Niche Caldwell, Season 7
"I was on the show about six years ago and I still get Facebook messages every time my episode comes on a rerun. The first question is usually, 'Was your dress free?' And, of course, the answer is, 'No.' Then they ask, 'Well, did you get a discount?' And the answer is, 'I got a little bit and they covered my taxes [on the dress] and my airfare.' The third most popular question is, 'How did you get on the show?' And I say, 'Well, I just applied like everybody else!'
Married life is good - we’ll be married five years this May and we have two kids - Savannah is 3 and Aiden is 10 months - and my husband [former Denver Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell] has played in two Super Bowls. My husband and I don’t really get too much alone time! I started an interior design firm two years ago called Caldwell Home and Interiors. And my husband started his own branding company. We still haven’t done a honeymoon yet, and we’re hoping we can do that this year."
Rebekah Gregory – Season 12
“My life has changed quite a bit since going on Say Yes to the Dress. When I went on the show, I was engaged to the person I went to the Boston Marathon with. We had watched his mom run in the race. [Editor's note: In 2013, two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Due to injuries from the blast, Rebekah's leg later had to be amputated and her then-boyfriend, Pete DiMartino, suffered a ruptured eardrum, and shattered ankle and lost his right Achilles tendon.] My [now] ex and I had been dating just a couple of months prior to the marathon bombing, and we were also long-distance. I think when you go through a tragedy like that, you feel like you’re destined to be with the person you went through it with. Once the dust settled, and we got married and moved in together, I realized unfortunately he was not the person I had in my mind. It was heart-breaking and it was devastating and it was also embarrassing because I had gone on Say Yes to the Dress and had made the engagement and wedding this big public thing. But I had to make the decision to cut him out of my life, because that was what was best for me and what was best for my son.
About a year later, I connected with an old college boyfriend on Facebook. We met up for dinner just as friends and he basically told me that I was the one who got away from him when we broke up at age 18 and he wasn’t going to let that happen again. We got married on the beach in Jamaica on December 22, 2015.
For the wedding this time around, I did things the way I had envisioned them. I wanted something small, so we eloped on the beach. I went to a dress shop and I picked out something that I felt beautiful in. There was no pressure from anybody else telling me, 'This is what you should wear' or 'This is what you look good in.' And there wasn’t that stress and chaos and hectic stuff with it like with the first one. I think that’s how I realized this is right. I feel ashamed that I didn’t get it right that first time, but I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to do it again. Here we are, a year-and-a-half later with a nine-month-old daughter and I have a book coming out in April - and I’m in the best place I’ve ever been. I’ve got a husband who loves me for me and it doesn't matter that I’m missing a leg or if I spend most of my days in a wheelchair. He’s the one who truly accepts me for everything that I’ve been through."
Megan Bacino – Season 12
“My experience on the show was crazy because my now-husband proposed to me that morning - the whole thing was a surprise. He and I had planned a trip to New York and he says he was Googling ideas on how to propose and something came up saying, 'Would you be interested in proposing in NYC on a TV show?' A casting producer called him and it snowballed from here. The morning he proposed, cameras popped out of corners and the two consultants popped out and were like, 'Are you ready to shop for a dress?' I’ve watched our episode maybe two times in its entirety, and I still can’t really believe it happened.
Life since the show has been chaotic. Eight months after the wedding, my husband Jonathan, who is in the Air Force, was deployed for six months. He got back in April and now we are in the process of doing IVF for a baby and it has been a lot more emotional than I thought it was going to be. My husband had a vasectomy a few years ago because he has four children from his previous marriage. He had a reversal done, and it was unsuccessful. He had a second surgery and we’re hoping that will make IVF possible. I never thought we’d have to go through these lengths to have a baby."
Kristy Tam – Season 6
"My episode was the Season 6 premiere, and I had a white party to watch with my friends when it aired. We all gathered around and watched the show. It was terrible! I was like, 'Is that what I look like in real life?'
My life since going on the show keeps getting better and better. I was separated in 2014 and my divorce was finalized in 2016. I have a new boyfriend. He’s my best friend and my soulmate. We took it easy because, when we got together, I was just going through my divorce. But we became great friends and started a relationship and realized that, hey, this is the person that I think I want to spend the rest of my life with. Then we got pregnant in January 2016 and we had a baby boy October 1.
Marriage is in the future, but we do want to have two kids. So, I’m like, well it’s not really fair that [our baby] Jack is in the wedding and then the second baby won’t be there. So I want to do baby first. My dress would be really different this time around - now I want simple, I want sexy. I don’t need the sparkle explosion that I wanted for the first wedding."
Queen Precious-Jewel Earth Zabriskie-White, Seasons 10 and 11
"I have always been a big fan of the show, which is why we decided to [apply to be on] it. I always thought, 'I don’t see any gay people on the show! They need more black lesbians on the show!' I get recognized all the time and people always want to know about my weight loss because I explained on the show that I was one month out from gastric-bypass surgery. Before the show I was a size 30 and now I can fit a size 16 - I’m down about 150 pounds.
Our marriage has been through a lot of trials and tribulations. Right after we got married, my wife Jacqueline went straight to school. We didn’t have a honeymoon. For two years, we were a single-income household after being a two-income household.
I love food and I love eating, which started my weight problems. And after my surgery, I couldn’t eat the same things, so I got kind of depressed. I was mourning food and the whole social dynamic of food - like going out to eat certain things with friends. So I started preparing my own food and people liked what I was making and they kept asking me to cater events. Jacqueline and I started our catering company focused on healthy foods about three years ago. It’s been a blast."
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