The Buffalo-area bride whose search for a wedding dress was featured on the reality series “Say Yes to the Dress” last fall, will be featured in a follow-up episode airing at 9 p.m. Friday on TLC.
Zabrina Reich of Williamsville visited Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City where she was filmed searching for her dress, ultimately deciding on a custom-made Anne Barge gown. Later, cameras caught up with Reich at her first fitting which, she said, “went badly.”
“The dress was designed so small, I couldn’t raise my arms above my waist,” Reich said. “The seamstress didn’t realize it was a custom-made dress and said it couldn’t be fixed. That wasn’t making sense. We were talking in circles.”
They had to take scissors to the gown and at one point Reich’s mother, who sews, told them to “rip the dress.” Though it was nerve-racking at the time, Reich said it’s funny to look back at it now and added she laughed when she saw that the title of Friday’s episode is “Drama, Drama, Drama!”
She returned for three additional fittings and said she loved the finished gown and the experience of being on the show. “They did a beautiful job. I couldn’t have gotten this dress anywhere else,” she said. “I could not have been more thrilled.”
To shoot additional footage for the follow-up episode, a “SYTTD” camerawoman arrived at 11 a.m. the day of her New Year’s Eve wedding to Frankie Jacobi at Karpeles Manuscript Museum and stayed through the reception at Asbury Hall at Babeville until 1 a.m. Having multiple photographers as she prepared made her late to her wedding, but it still worked out well. “Frankie already had a joke in his vows about me always being 20 minutes late,” Reich laughed.
– Toni Ruberto