Another local woman will be on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids. The show will air at 9 tonight on TLC.
Sarah Tucker, 26, the daughter of Scott and Debbie Tucker, and her soon-to-be husband, 25-year-old Lawson Swan, will be getting married June 8, 2013 at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Chapel. Their reception will be held at The Peach Barn at TimberMill Acres.
Tucker has been teaching fifth grade at Matt Wilson Elementary School for three years. She said after she got engaged April 27, she was on the Bridals by Lori website and decided to apply to be on the show. She stated that it’s a long process; it took about two hours to complete the application.
“You have to make it original,” Tucker said.
She stated that she was contacted the next day by representatives with the show. She said, smiling, that her immediate reaction was: “I started screaming and then I called everyone once I got off the phone.”
Tucker stated that they wanted her and as many as her bridesmaids to travel to Atlanta the very next day to film. With most of her bridesmaids living out of town, she could only get five out of 10 of them to possibly go. Therefore, filming was rescheduled for June 13. Tucker’s mother and Lawson’s mother and stepmother also went.
Tucker said the day of filming was “exhausting.” Also, she was somewhat nervous.
“It took eight hours (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). We were the only people in the store,” she stated. “From the time we walked in until the time we left, we had cameras stuck in our faces.”
She added, “We were not allowed to have a lunch break or snacks. They gave us water. We started getting grumpy and ill with each other.”
However, Tucker said, “It definitely was a wonderful experience and something we’ll never forget. It was hilarious, but as soon as we left, I needed a couple of days to recuperate.”
She stated that they met Monte Durham and Brandon Bryson, who was their consultant.
“They were all very sweet,” Tucker said, mentioning that they took pictures with Durham and Bryson. She noted that Lori wasn’t present at the store for them to meet her.
She explained that only three of her bridesmaids were chosen to try on two dresses each. She noted that when the show airs tonight, her dress and the dress she chose for her bridesmaids are actually not the dresses she eventually chose.
The dress she said yes to for her bridesmaids came from Uniquely Yours in Tifton due to no one being available to take measurements at Bridals by Lori; the store was closed the day they were there for filming. She described the dress as being light, baby pink with a tea length sweetheart neckline and a huge bow in the back. She said her dress, which she wants to keep a surprise, did come from Bridals by Lori.
Her wedding colors are baby pink and neutrals.
Tucker said she had to travel to Atlanta on three different occasions — the first trip was to film, then she got her wedding dress and the third trip, they needed to do more interviews. She stated that TLC representatives will not be coming to Tifton to film her wedding in June of next year because the season will be over by then.
Tucker and Swan grew up together and graduated from Tift County High School in 2005.
“We’ve known each other since we were three,” Tucker said.
She stated that they were best friends in college and then randomly started dating in November 2010. Swan is an insurance salesman with Horace Mann Insurance in Brunswick, which is where he and Tucker plans to settle down after marriage.
Tucker said on the day she got engaged, April 27, Swan’s mother, who is also a teacher at Matt Wilson, hinted at her that after the school’s field day event, maybe she needed to go home and get ready for Swan, who was coming to Tifton that day.
Tucker said she knew she had to be at Swan’s mother’s house for dinner, but she had no clue he was going to propose.
She stated that she noticed he wasn't wearing his cap and he had his shirt tucked in.
“He said he had a surprise and did the whole spill,” she said.
She smiled and stated that local photographer Carla Whitley was hiding in the bushes to take photos. Also, Tucker said both of their families were there for the surprise. She noted that Swan was going to propose to her at a Braves game in Boston.
Meg Matthews, a teacher at Matt Wilson, will be throwing a viewing party for the couple as the show airs tonight.
To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.