Four area brides are competing for paid honeymoon on TLC show
Many couples getting married prepare themselves for distant cousins or in-laws to judge wedding arrangements, questioning every choice from food to flowers, but a Penn Township couple decided to leave that up to three strangers — in front of a national audience.
Lauren Ciccaglione, 25, and Brad Evanovich, 31, were among four engaged couples in the region to be chosen to participate in TLC's television show “Four Weddings.”
The show follows four brides who attend each other's weddings and rate them based on venue, food, wedding dress and overall experience.
The couple with the highest score wins an all-expense paid honeymoon.
Long days of taping have included meeting the women for the first time while cameras were rolling, Ciccaglione said.
“It's been fun; it's totally been the opposite of what I've expected,” she said.
She had attended two of the four ceremonies before her own Friday at St. Vincent Basilica in Unity.
Evanovich said he expects when the show airs — in early spring — Ciccaglione's personality will easily shine through for the television audience.
She said she applied on a whim, staying up until 4 a.m. to complete the application that caught the attention of producers.
“I don't know if I was delirious, but it was really funny,” Ciccaglione said.
The couple applied in April and went through a series of interviews before they were notified of the final decision in July.
Evanovich said he encouraged his bride-to-be to apply, but he did not expect they would be chosen.
“I really didn't think anything of it until we were further down the line in the running for the show,” he said.
The pair graduated from Penn-Trafford High School — Evanovich in 2001 and Ciccaglione in 2006. Their age difference kept them from meeting until mutual friends introduced them while he was attending St. Vincent College and she was studying at Duquesne University.
The couple, who dated for seven years, lives in West Palm Beach, Fla., where Evanovich works as a vice president of sales for a medical supply company, and Ciccaglione works as a Realtor.
After getting engaged in January, the couple realized they wanted the ceremony to be held closer to family and friends, so they set the ceremony for Evanovich's alma mater before a reception at West Overton Village & Museums in East Huntingdon, near Scottdale.
“We planned this bad boy in seven months from 1,200 miles away. That was fun,” Ciccaglione joked.
While she couldn't divulge details that might give the Westmoreland pair the edge over their competitors — she believes the other couples are from Zelienople, Washington, Pa., and Pittsburgh's North Side — Ciccaglione said she feels confident about winning the show's prize. The couples only know each other by their first names.
Seeing other weddings while filming for the show, Ciccaglione said, gave her some “clarity” while putting the finishing touches on her own. It helped her not to fret over too many small details and calmed her nerves for her walk down the aisle, she said.
“Now that I've probably embarrassed myself in front of America, dancing and being myself (at the other receptions), I'm not that nervous for my own wedding day,” Ciccaglione said.
The groom said the couple enjoy the thrill of the competition.
“Anything to make your big day even more exciting is a good thing,” Evanovich said.
A producer declined to comment on the show or to release the other brides' names.
An air date for the episode with the local couples has not been announced.
Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660.