Friday night, Laura Book and her friends and family will gather to watch themselves on TV.
Book will appear on an episode of TLC’s reality series, “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.”
Book, who lives in Lakebottom with her husband and works at the Georgia Welcome Center, said she got on the show through persistence.
She had already bought her wedding dress from Bridals by Lori, the bridal boutique where the show is filmed. And then Book learned that the boutique’s owner, Lori Allen, was battling cancer.
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Book has her own connection with the disease: her father was an oncologist and she previously worked in patient advocacy. Her mother-in-law also passed away from cancer.
Leaving the store last year, Book decided to give someone a call.
“By the time I got from Sandy Springs to Columbus, I knew where I had to send the info,” she said.
She got an interview with the show’s producers. Filming — also featuring her mother, sister, best friend and others — then took place over two days in March.
Book and her husband, Charles, married in Iowa, to be with his family, but they always planned to have a second ceremony in Georgia. Much of the episode surrounds alterations to Book’s dress, as well as convincing a seamstress to take on the project with little time.
“The whole day (of filming) unfolded as a shock to me,” she said.
Producers told her that she would only be notified of an air date for her episode days in advance — the Monday before a Friday premiere.
“Everything happened at the same time, in a matter of hours, and then nothing happened for months,” Book said.
Book was leaving Sandy Springs earlier this week, just leaving Bridals by Lori, when she got an email about the airing.
The timing couldn’t be better: Book’s birthday was Wednesday and Friday is the seventh anniversary of the couple’s first date.