Jamal Hall and Cortney Dunmyer appeared on an episode of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids.” The couple is schedule to be married Valentine’s Day 2014. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)
RIVERDALE — Cortney Dunmyer was surfing the web last November looking for a wedding dress when she came across a link to apply to be on The Learning Channel’s “Say Yes to the Dress” television show.
“I applied on a Thursday, and the following Monday I got a call from the producers,” Dunmyer said. “By Wednesday we were filming.”
Dunmyer and her wedding party were chosen for the Bridesmaids edition of the show.
Filming took place at Bridals by Lori in Atlanta, the largest full-service bridal salon in the nation, according to their website.
“We were there filming for 12 hours picking and trying different dresses on.”
Bridal shop owner Lori Allen was on hand to help the women narrow down their choices and choose a style that everyone could be happy with.
“I went in not knowing what I wanted at all,” Dunmyer said. “But with Lori’s help we were able to find something really nice.”
To celebrate their show appearance, Dunmyer and her fiancé, Jamal Hall, hosted a viewing party.
“We had a really good time,” she said. “We had good food and good friends.”
The pair said once commercials of their episode began to air on TLC their phones started ringing.
“I got lots of people calling and asking if it was really my girl they saw on TV,” Hall said.
As for the show, Dunmyer said she was glad to have the chance.
“Nothing was scripted, she said. “It was a very real experience and I enjoyed it.”
Though they have the bridesmaids dresses picked out, the rest of their wedding remains unplanned.
Dunmyer and Hall were to be married in February, but a car accident in June of 2012 “threw everything out of whack,” she said.
Following the accident, Dunmyer had to have 13 surgeries to help repair the damage in her lower back.
“There are many days that I don’t remember,” she said.
To make matter worse, Hall also lost his job.
“We went into survival mode,” Dunmyer said. “We had to take care of our children and pay the bills.”
The couple is getting back on track and Dunmyer said no matter what, they’re sticking to the Feb. 14, 2014 date.
They’ve had to whittle their guest list from 150 down to 50 and begin the planning all over again.
“Right now I’m praying about it. We lost our venue and everything,” she said. “But we’re a very positive couple and hoping for a miracle.”
Dunmyer said the setbacks have reminded her of why the two wanted to be married in the first place.
“People pray for and write songs about the kind of relationship we have.” she said. “I want to celebrate this with the people we’re closest to.”
“Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids,” “Singled Out” episode is schedule to air again Friday at 8:30 p.m. on TLC.