'Say Yes To The Dress': Are the brides from previous seasons happily married?
The wedding as they say is not the tough part, it's the marriage that is. So once the brides who have been a part of 'Say Yes To The Dress' sashay off into the sunset with their grooms and their perfect dresses, do those dresses serve as lucky charms for a successful married life as well?
We decided to talk a walk down memory lane and check in on some of the most memorable participants on the show that has spanned over 20 seasons. If you are a fan of the Randy Fenoli hosted bridal extravaganza, then perhaps shows such as 'Bridezilla' and 'Say I Do' will also appeal to you.
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1. The 'Bionic Bride'
One of the most memorable contestants on 'Say Yes To The Dress' was model Rebekah Marine, also known as the Bionic model due to her extremely advanced prosthetic arm. Rebekah, who was born without her right forearm, was an inspiration for living life to the fullest depite the many challenges. That's why it's extremely heartwarming to know that Rebekah, who wore a tulle and lace mermaid gown along with a beautiful gold prosthetic on her wedding day on Season 17, is still happily married and welcomed a baby boy with her husband in 2019. She still continues to tour and motivate others to live their best lives.
2. The Running Bride
Olympic runner Dawn Harper appeared on Season 10 of 'Say Yes To The Dress' with her medals in tow. But while her personal life seems on track with her and her husband still very much together and now parents of a little girl, her running career did suffer some fairly serious setbacks. In 2017, she found herself in the middle of a doping scandal and served a three-month ban from the track for taking prescribed blood pressure medication without realizing that it contained a banned substance. However, post her controversies and having a baby, Harper has found herself back on track in more ways than one.
3. The Fired Bride
Bride to be Emily couldn't stop gushing about her husband who worked in the mortgage industry. Interestingly, he had to fire her in order to be able to date her. Emily found it tough to stick to the budget for her wedding and that seemed to be just the tip of the iceberg when it came to financial troubles that the couple would have. In 2015, David Gotterup and his business partner Jason Green were charged in an 11 count indictment that alleged that Gotterup operated fraudulent mortgage loan modification businesses. In 2017, he was originally sentenced to 15 years in prison which was then brought down to 135 months. Turns out because her husband fired her, Emily was not entangled in this scam. It is unclear whether Emily and David Gotterup are still together as she is not present on social media.
4. The Celebrity Bride
Sutton Foster, who appeared on Season 12 of 'Say Yes To The Dress', was a Broadway star at the time and we swear that she seems to be just getting 'Younger' since then. Foster went on to have an extremely successful career after 'Say Yes To The Dress', thanks to her much loved role as the star of 'Younger' with Hilary Duff. She also returned to Broadway in 2019 with 'The Music Man' with Hugh Jackman. Speaking of her personal life, she and her husband adopted a little girl Emily. It looks like Sutton's instincts which served her well with her Pnina Tornai gown have also served her well in other spheres of life.
5. The Boston Marathon Bride
On Season 12, bride to be Rebekah Gregory came to the Kleinfeld boutique on crutches because of injuries she had sustained from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. She had already endured more than 15 surgeries at that point. But it looks like Rebekah had a lot more to go through before finally getting her happily ever after. While she may have got her dream dress from Kleinfeld, her marriage lasted just 10 months. This was shortly after Gregory had to tragically have her leg amputated. But Gregory has fought back against great odds and found a second chance at happiness. She remarried in 2015 and had her daughter Ryleigh in 2016. She is also the author of the book 'Taking My Life Back'.
To find out which brides will be truly memorable on the upcoming season of 'Say Yes To The Dress' you can catch the latest season on July 17 at 8/7c on TLC. Catch the trailer below.