My Reality TV Experience

Whenever my friend, Jessica Gillon of Events By Design, calls me about a new project, I’m beyond eager to join her team and be a part of any of their fabulous weddings and events. Everything EBD does is fantastic and I’ve loved all the wonderful experiences and great clients they’ve introduced me to.

So, I was saying “Yes” before Jessica even had a chance to describe E!’s latest reality TV show, Bridalplasty. I do watch a lot of reality TV, so when she mentioned her involvement as an expert consultant, guest judge and wedding coordinator for a reality TV wedding-themed show…AND wanted to bring EITAK Design in as the invitation and stationery designer for the winner’s celebrity-style dream wedding…I excitedly and immediately gushed “ABSOLUTELY! YES!!!” I had no idea what the show was about (it wasn’t called Bridalplasty yet), I just knew I wanted to be involved and thrilled that EITAK Design would be considered part of the team for creating an “ultimate dream wedding”!

The show had already been filmed and a winner chosen, so the planning process for Allyson & John’s wedding was underway when I was brought in. Since the wedding and Allyson’s reveal would be the finale of the show, everything had to come together in a relatively short time.  Most weddings have about six months to plan. this one had around eight weeks.  

The first order of business was the invitations. I was asked to come up to L.A. and film my invitation consultation meeting with Allyson and Jessica. And though it was just B-reel footage that ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor, it was really fun to get a glimpse behind the scenes of how these shows are filmed. I must admit, I was a little concerned about how I would look if the footage made it on TV…I got all dolled up, did my own hair and makeup (we’re talking fake eyelashes and everything), and hoped that the heat of the lights would appear on camera as dewy, glowing skin rather than my sweaty nervousness. Even though the scene with yours truly never made it on-air…I had a blast, nonetheless. Allyson was super nice and she liked everything I showed her. It really meant a lot to me when she said that she had never seen anything like my invitations, especially considering that she has a background in graphic design.

She fell in love with one of my samples, a boxed invitation containing a customized Envelopments patterned pocketfold, embellished with a gorgeous ostrich plume, double-faced satin ribbon, rhinestones, and spilling over with (acrylic) crystals. Allyson loves “bling” (and feathers too), so it was all about glamour, sparkles and pretty things…with a dash of contemporary sophistication and a little bit of rock star fabulousness. 

Here are the invitations:

 Now for the “Dream Wedding”…

Going into detail about everything leading up to the wedding, all the preparations and the work behind the scenes would be enough to take up an extensive series of posts, so I’ll save that for another day when I have more time to elaborate on all of it.  I took a bunch of pictures of the progress for many of the items EITAK Design created for Allyson and John’s dream wedding…a lot of work went into many of the components: hand-painting frames for the placecards, hand-making scrolls for the menus, blinging out papier mache numbers for the tables, attaching feathers to seating cards, creating signage, embellishing the getaway car with a custom “just married” sign, and more…

But for this post, I’m excited to FINALLY share the gorgeous photos of my work, as captured by Jared of Bauman Photographers. If any of you watched the show and saw the finale, you’ll notice that the coverage of the wedding and reception was somewhat limited. Everything was so incredibly fabulous and all the vendors involved were truly amazing (I wish the finale would have shown more of their remarkable work)…I’ve listed them below. You can also view more photos and read about the wedding on Events By Design‘s blog. 

Stay tuned for Part Two where I’ll discuss all the preparations for creating some of the wedding items and printed materials, as well as Part Three where I’ll share my experience of being “on-set” to see a reality TV wedding come together.

Ceremony reserved seating cards…
Escort cards (circle hang tags with feather embellishment) were displayed on a gold birdcage.
This simple, yet elegant monogram was created for the invitations and used throughout the wedding for all signage, the dance floor and even embroidered pillows for the outdoor seating area.
Detail of the escort cards…my sister, Mary, helped me attach all the feathers and rhinestones.
Outdoor bar signage.
This is what the guests saw as they first entered the reception tent.
Love those fabulous gold mirrors and the crystal chandeliers.
Gorgeous upholstered ceiling, silver fabric draping, chandeliers, gold Baroque mirrors…stunning decor by Rrivre.
You can sort of see the “AJ” monogram I created for the dance floor by Platinum Pro, underneath the GOBO lighting.
This fabulous bar was built on-site.
Bar signage.
The Bride & Groom’s table.
The hand-made scrolls featuring the delicious menu from the amazing Pauline Parry of Good Gracious!
Glitterfied table numbers (my wonderful husband, Aaron, helped me with these)
Hand-painted and embellished black Kate Aspen place card frames for each guest.
FABULOUS floral design by the incomparable and AWESOME Kevin Lee.
Gorgeous by candlelight. with the mirrored table tops.
Venue: Villa Cascata
Catering: Good Gracious!
Decor: Rrivre Works
Floral Design: LA Premier
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Linen: WildFlower Linen
Invitations, Stationery and Printed Materials: EITAK Design
Lighting: The Lighter Side
Bridal Shots: Micah Smith
Detail Shots:
Ceremony Music: Wayne Foster Entertainment
Reception Music: Pur Digital Entertainment – Casey Conner
Cake: Hansen’s Bakery: Hansen’s Cakes
Gown: Winnie Couture
Jewelry: Get Your Rox On
Wedding Rings: Jason of Beverly Hills

Officiant: Reverend Jerry Bellamy

Dance Floor: Platinum Pro


  1. Jeffé says:

    BOMB!!! Very nice Katie…

  2. Joanne says:

    Holy amazing! Awesome job, of course!!

  3. Julie Cruz (Lot116) says:

    Frickin' FABULOUS! Amazing, amazing, AMAZING!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Everything is so beautiful.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I know you worked hard on all of it, great job! Everything turned out wonderfully!