Four Weddings
Wedding planning tips from a Four Weddings Bride
Lucky for us, actual brides from TLC's Four Weddings are sharing their stories with us in this new series! Up today? Nadine Bubeck who made sure not to lose sight of what a wedding day is really about.

The desert, discounts and designer shoes

I admit... I’m crazy organized so wedding planning came quite naturally to me. The night Nate proposed, we chose a date that gave me an eight-month engagement to get things picture perfect.

Planning the wedding

Growing up in California, I always dreamt of getting married near the water, so it was a delight when we found McCormick Ranch Golf Club in the heart of the Desert Southwest.

"I found my designer shoes at Marshalls!"

The plan was to have our ceremony outside, utilizing the natural backdrop as décor. The reception hall was a huge window-enclosed gazebo with high ceilings. We wanted twinkling Christmas lights around the room, in addition to ceiling bling and white hanging lanterns. The goal was simple, classy and elegant.

We went with magnet save-the-dates, designed online by yours truly.

My wedding dress

I always wanted a backless wedding dress, and I somehow got my wish. Lucky for me, a bridal boutique was going out of business, so their all-silk runway dresses were on total discount. I bought a dress off the rack but it needed a lot of TLC (no pun intended).

I brought it to my fabulous Scottsdale alterations lady who transformed my gown into something totally me. She added a crystal sash, emphasized the heart-shaped front, and formed the perfect backless drape.

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TIP: Make your wedding personal. Keep it about you and your husband.

I found my designer shoes on discount at Marshalls. (Score!)

The cake

Oh my gosh, the cake was a piece of art. I’m a picture person, so our talented cake designers made a flavorful concoction flaunting black and white photos of me and Nate.

I made our personalized programs, guest book, name cards, menus, and other personal touches along the way.

For a kicker, our reception was interrupted by a BOOM -- yep, following the cake cutting, our guests enjoyed a fireworks spectacular.

The ceremony

To this day, Nate and I say the best part of our wedding was the wedding itself -- the seriousness and beauty of our ceremony. It was so wonderful to be surrounded by our friends and family.

Our music choices...
  • Our bridal party walked to a lovely instrumental version of The Beatles’ “All My Life.”
  • I then walked the first portion of the aisle with my mom, strolling to her rendition of Harry Belafonte’s “Turn Around.”
  • My dad and I completed the aisle to The Beatles’ “In My Life.” 
  • We kissed to The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.”
  • We danced our first dance to Rod Stewart's "Long Ago and Far Away."
  • Instead of a traditional speech, my dad sang Frank Sinatra’s “That’s All” a capella.

Cocktail hour and reception

We had a Greek Orthodox ceremony and after, we sipped on a traditional Greek drink called Ouzo. Our dance floor was jam-packed the entire night.

We spent the night at the hotel he proposed. Nate carried me into our room, just like you see in the movies.

Any advice?

Remember what your wedding is all about: a marriage. Don’t let anything or anyone come in the way of what you want and how you envision things. Even on a budget, you can make anything beautiful. Get creative, get personal, and have fun.

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Photos courtesy of Tracy Kreck, Photographic Passion

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Comments on "Bridal Talk: TLC bride relives her wedding day"

Samantha November 30, 2012 | 1:23 PM

I agree, Nadine's wedding was absolutely beautiful, just like her. What I didn't like was what I saw in the episode. Her nasty attitude towards the other brides and her behaviour, as if she was better than all others, really made her wedding seem too cold and calculated. It seems that it was all only done for show, as opposed to things that relate to them as a couple. There was just a general lack of feeling and love. Maybe it's just me though.

Kenia August 30, 2012 | 9:54 AM

I loved this! I totally agree with her advice. I will definitely consider all this for when I get married. My wedding doesn't have to be expensive to be perfect!

barbra August 17, 2012 | 2:55 PM

Nadine's poise and charm made this wedding a stand-out. She kept the focus on the love between Nate and Nadine, and didn't let anything stand in the way. Her precise planning, beautiful choices, and collaboration with vendors made this a dream come true for her.

Emma August 16, 2012 | 11:45 AM

I love this brides final advice - remember that this is about a marriage! Not a wedding! It can be so easy for brides to get caught up in the day and forget this is a lifelong commitment. I love all the ways that she was able to save and still have her dream wedding.

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