Everyone seemed to arrive at once. Excited brides-to-be with grooms and mothers in tow strode purposefully among rifle-toting gun enthusiasts. Neither seemed to mind, or even notice, the other on the crowded sidewalk. A natural separation occurred as brides headed to entrances A,B and C while those at the George R Brown for the Gun Show made a bee-line to entrances D and E.
Early bird brides, like Brittany, a kindergarten teacher, and her future sister in law, Jacquelyn, sported VIP passes. For an additional $25.00, guests at Sunday’s Bridal Extravaganza Show gained entrance to a makeshift theater to see and hear Randy Fenoli, star of TLC-TV’s Say Yes to the Dress. Brittany and Jacquelyn were there as big fans of the show but also to glean some of Randy’s words of wisdom before Brittany starts shopping for her wedding gown for her November nuptials.
Those in attendance were not disappointed. Randy was the same kind, enthusiastic, charismatic character in person you see on TV. For a full hour he entertained the enrapt audience with his stories and gave advice. At the end he had everyone on their feet chanting, ‘I am beautiful!’ ‘I am beautiful!’
Despite living on in farm in rural Illinois, Randy had no interest in agricultural pursuits. Instead, Randy developed a flair for fashion though he received little encouragement at home. After a short stint in Louisiana following high school, Randy made his way to the Fashion Institute of New York. As a student he won a design contest for the best wedding dress even though he had attended only two weddings in his life. His halter style gown was ground breaking at the time and brought him to the attention of world famous Kleinfeld Bridal Salon in Manhattan. He was promptly hired and worked his way up the ladder.
Fast forward to 2012. Randy has written a book, It’s all about the Dress, has three hit TV shows, Say Yes to the Dress, Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss and Randy Knows Best and a popular website, RandyFenoli.com. Not one to rest on past accomplishments, on Sunday Randy announced a brand new show to air this summer. Called, Randy to the Rescue, Randy will visits eight cities in an 18-wheeler outfitted as a complete bridal makeover studio. The huge truck will hold 200 of the most popular Kleinfeld gowns in addition to accessories, hair products, makeup, shoes and more. Randy calls the makeovers, ‘head to hem’ transformations and we’ll get to see the big reveals in the new TLC series this summer. The broadcast dates have not yet been announced.
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