Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Reality Show Appearance Tied Bride Up in Knots

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Reality Show Appearance Tied Bride Up in Knots

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Although she knew what was coming, Paloma DeNardis was nonetheless "shocked."

TLC's "Something Borrowed, Something New" is part of the network's wedding-themed Friday night lineup. Mrs. DeNardis, who married her husband, Mark, in May at St. Philip Church in Crafton, is featured on the program at 10:30 p.m. Friday

The premise is simple: brides-to-be present a vintage gown that holds sentimental value. Perhaps it was worn by a distant relative, or, in the case of Mrs. DeNardis, her mother, Tina Baffoni.

Designer Kelly Nishimoto then literally rips apart the dress and repurposes it into a more modern wedding gown. Also in the picture is fashion expert Sam Saboura, who shops for three brand new dresses, from which the bride chooses one.

Then it's time for a bridal showdown. What will she wear: the "new" vintage dress or the off-the-rack one?

Mrs. DeNardis, 27 and an executive recruiter who grew up in the Fox Chapel area, said she felt more pressure than the average reality show bride. By the time TLC came calling, she was five weeks from the wedding.

"I thought, 'How different and cool that could be, to use [mom's gown] instead of buying off the rack.' It could be special and unique."

As she flew to California for the taping, Mrs. DeNardis said she was confident the "Something Borrowed" team wouldn't let her down.

"But as the week progressed, the stress definitely got to me because it became very real. I needed to make a decision, and I had made this commitment to wait so I could be on the show, so it had to work."

Viewers will have to wait until Friday to see how it turned out. Let's just say that when Ms. Nishimoto set out to deconstruct the dress, she was dramatic.

"She definitely took the most extreme approach I'd seen, being a fan of the show," Mrs. DeNardis said.

* The wait had to be killing him.

As the closing credits began crossing the television screen during Wednesday's live results show on NBC's "The Voice," Pittsburgh's Chris Jamison still did not know whether he'd made it through to the top 12. Two of his Team Adam Levine mates already had, via viewers' votes, but now the coach would make one more pick. …

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