Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – My Reality TV Debut!

Me trying on a princess style wedding gown on the set of SBSN!

I’ve been itching to share this great news and at last the time is here. Yours truly will be one of the featured brides on TLC’s new reality show, Something Borrowed, Something New! In case you haven’t had a chance to check out the show yet (it premiered February 8th), the premise is basically to shadow an engaged woman and her entourage on her quest to find a wedding gown. Two fashion experts, fashion designer Kelly Nishimoto and fashion stylist Sam Saboura assist with the daunting process. But unlike Say Yes to the Dress, I chose between a “new” dress off the rack and a “borrowed” dress. At the end of the episode with the help of my loved ones, I decide which gown I will actually wear on my wedding day.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m a pretty private person but occasionally I do (hesitantly) share more than usual and this time was so worth it. Sure the chance to snag a wedding gown with the assistance of professionals and have it documented on film to view later is a treat. But the reason I’m excited about this show is much bigger than a wedding gown. My something borrowed dress was courtesy of my mother who wed my now deceased father in 1967 during a very intimate ceremony — in a modest house — with about four other people present. My parent’s marriage was my first example of romantic love and the hard work, tenacity, communication and hefty dose of humor it takes to make a union last. Despite what material things I didn’t have growing up, my brother and I always knew we were loved. My mother and I were already close, but I know we bonded even more as a result of Something Borrowed, Something New.

(from l to r) Sam, Kelly me and my mom chatting about my wedding dress selection.

In addition to my mother I was able to bring two of my closest girlfriends with me for this great experience. We’ve all gone shopping together before but shopping for a wedding dress is a lot of pressure! They stayed cool, calm and collected and encouraged me to do the same. Cattiness in friendship is lame and our appearance on SBSN solidified my love for them and the confirmation that sisterhood is real and attainable — nope, there’s no fighting, spitting or the like in my episode. Not to mention the taping added to our list of crazy road trip stories.

In a nutshell folks, this was an amazing opportunity! I got to escape the frigid NYC temps and travel to sunny California with my mother and my girls. Yes, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, window shopping at The Grove and a taping of The Price is Right were also on the itinerary during our stay. I left California with a dress for my wedding day and the realization that I have an undeniable amount of love and support in my life which I’m hoping will be an asset for a happy and healthy marriage.

My mother and friends Tressa and Esh happily show their approval.

Be sure to tune into TLC on Friday, February 22nd at 10PM EST. (DirecTV channel 280) I’ll also be live tweeting during my show so start following me on Twitter now if you aren’t already to get more behind-the-scenes fun from the taping plus exclusive pics from my viewing party. I’ll have more info on the show as the week goes on so stay tuned!

P.S. – My experience taping Something Borrowed, Something New was amazing and all but tv really does add an extra 5-10 pounds so y’all be easy on me Friday night, okay?

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  1. Ahh. This is awesome news. I’m so excited for you. Can’t wait to watch.

  2. Many thanks, Niema! xo

  3. Can’t wait to watch. Will spread the word. So exciting!

  4. I see you more on TV ( coming attractions), than I’ve ever seen you in person. Lol! Looking forward to the episode. You all look so refined.

  5. I can’t wait! I set my DVR and spread the word. I guess I issued my own “press release” complete with a link to your site! God bless!

  6. @Anastacia, SD and Francine – Thank you so much! I’m feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

  7. Oh my goshhh! I’m so happy for you. This is great. Post reminders about the show! I rarely watch TV but want to tune in for this. Congratulations again!!

  8. Oh my (*clutching my pearls*)… I feel so proud and happy for you Bridge. My heart is full…your so deserving of this and I’m glad you’re enjoying the process. I’ll be logged on for sure. Blessings.

  9. So excited for you Bridgette! Will be tuning in and will post on our social media outlets. :)

  10. Avatar Kisha Kingston says:

    I am so excited to hear about this! I already told a few of my friends to tune in! :)! See you in two days!

  11. I am so happy for you Bridgette and I look forward to seeing the show. Also I remember when your mom and dad got together although I was kid then. Lol

  12. Great news, cant wait to watch. I’m setting my DVR as I write. Congrats, that so exciting!

  13. Congratulations! So exciting! Enjoy this time and I can not wait to watch.

  14. Thank you SO MUCH for the love and sincerity, everyone!

  15. I am so excited to watch civil black women support each other in love and sisterhood! This is what reality TV should be (take a hint Bravo) and I am proud to know you, B.

  16. So exciting! I can’t wait to watch :)

  17. Avatar Zenobia Hatcher-Wilson says:

    I guess I am the only relative on the planet Earth who will not be watching on Friday night…boo hoo!!! But I’ll be thinking of you Bridg and Oddie et al. Plus, looking at the recording will be one of the first things I do upon my return to the states in June. I am so proud of my 1st niece. Love, Aunt Zee

  18. Avatar Renee Reid-Nicholson says:

    You’re such a beautiful person inside and out and I am so, so happy for you! I’ll be watching.

  19. Again, thanks so much everyone! I truly appreciate the support.

  20. Awwww…..Congratulations, Bridgette!!! Will be tuning in to “see” you!!!!

  21. Thanks, Linnyette!

  22. WOW! What a fabulous, special, one of a kind dress you will have for your big day. Your family seems like it is rooted in love and your Dad will definitely looking down on you!! Congrats!

  23. I love the choice you made I am a sucker for tradition and vintage great choice !!!!!!

  24. Bridgette,

    I came home in the middle of SBSN, turned on the TV and stopped in my tracks when I heard “Black Bridal Blogger”. Having recently become a blogger myself, I’m always excited to see a like minded person featured on TV. Both dresses were BEAUTIFUL, but IMHO, you made the right choice! :) I also hope it drives even more traffic to your site.

    I’m only disappointed that I didn’t find your blog BEFORE I got married! I know I searched for “black bridal blogs”, and somehow I missed it. I wonder if you recently started tagging your blog?

    Congrats, and enjoy the rest of the planning process!


  25. Avatar Debora Barros, says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful relationship with your mommy :) she seems like an angel :) that is truly a blessing :) I didn’t catch which dress that you picked :( please let me know :) God bless you and your beautiful fam

  26. Avatar jermainejackson says:

    u looked my beautiful each time!!

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  28. The show was awesome…love your choice!

  29. Thanks so much for the kind words, everyone! I sincerely appreciate your support.

  30. Just watched. Loved your pick. You won’t regret it. I’m sentimental, so I thought it was so sweet.

  31. Who is the designer of this dress?

  32. Avatar Michelle Robinson-Stearne says:

    Congrats Bridgette!! So exciting!!

  33. Bridgette Bridgette says:

    Thanks again, everyone!

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