This was a really fascinating experience to me. I’ve never met a bride who had absolutely no idea what her wedding was going to be: Leigh Ann allowed her groom and her groom’s family to plan the whole wedding! It was somewhat alarming to me, but then I also understood because she lived in Toronto and he was in LA. There was a bigger need for me at her wedding than just arriving and making it pretty. It was a need of giving her back what she was missing.
When I met her, I sensed this issue at hand, which was that she felt she had no control over her life–moving, her wedding, her new family and new life ahead–and she seemed very lost. Because of this, she was the first bride ever in the show, and my career, that I gave her all of the control over the decisions. And as she received this control, you watched her blossom and begin to come to life. She went from a somber, quiet girl, to a girl who glowed with a smile. And not only did she have control over her wedding, but she also had a share of surprises. Boy, this was one helluva over-the-top wedding!