While many people only dream of being featured on their favorite television show, Allison Jacob alongside her now-husband, Avery, got to live out that dream last summer.
The Jacobs were selected by TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” as the Iowa couple for the show’s recent special which aired last week, which featured couples from all fifty states as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The 52 brides-to-be were invited to say yes to the dress at famed wedding dress store, Kleinfeld, in New York City. In addition to choosing a dress, the show also held a mass wedding ceremony with all the couples at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.
“The show came out in 2007, so I was 8-years-old. I think I’ve been watching it since it came out,” Allison said.
For the 21-year-old, the show has always been a family staple.
“My mom and grandma are really fashionable so we just always loved watching it together,” she said.
Allison’s first phone call with her grandmother after getting engaged on Christmas Day in 2018 was about when the family would be going to Kleinfeld to choose Allison’s dress.
“She just asked, ‘so when are we going?’” Allison said. There was no doubt in her mind that she would be taking her mother and grandmother if chosen for the show.
But the process of getting onto the TLC fan favorite was lengthy and thorough. For Allison, it began in January of 2019 with an hour-and-a-half-long application. The online application was followed with three phone interviews, a Skype interview, a Skype interview for her mother as well as a casting video.
“When I got the email saying I was the Iowa bride, I squealed. My boss thought I saw a mouse because I got the email while I was at work,” she said.
While Allison was extremely excited to be featured on the show, Avery took a little more time to warm up to the idea.
“I was excited to go to New York, I just wasn’t excited to be on TV,” he explained.
As the Iowa couple, Allison and Avery got to spend four days in the Big Apple last July, mingling with people from across the country. As part of the show, the trip as well as Allison’s dress came at no expense to the couple.
“I think we represented Iowa really well. Iowa is small town, everyone knows everyone, polite, friendly, welcoming,” Allison said.
In addition to shopping at Kleinfeld and taking part in the mass wedding ceremony, Allison and Avery were also featured on “Good Morning America.” For the couple, the show was a gateway to many new experiences.
“It was really cool. He had never flown before and I hadn’t been on a plane since I was in the 2nd grade. Neither of us had been to New York before. One night, we had ice cream at Times Square at like 2 a.m. in the morning and people were just out like it was 8 p.m.,” Allison said.
In addition to new experiences, the pair also made lifelong friends. Several of the other couples Allison and Avery met also attended their second wedding for extended family and friends, which was held in November of 2019.
Of the 52 couples, Allison and Avery were one of the youngest to be featured on the show. Avery explained their relationship actually started on an app in 2012, when Allison was in 8th grade and Avery was a sophomore in high school. While Avery grew up in New London, Allison, who later moved to Burlington, was originally from Illinois. It would take two years before the pair would meet up in-person for the first time.
“We met online. We talked for a while. We had met a couple times and I had hung around her family and whatnot but it was kind of too far for us to officially date. When we first met, I wasn’t even old enough to drive yet,” Avery explained.
When Allison moved to Burlington after her mother began training to become a mortician, the couple began to see each other more seriously.
“We were best friends before we started dating. We would chat until 4 a.m. each night,” Avery explained.
Now, as the pair get more settled, they’re hoping to put down roots in Henry County. Currently, Avery, who is studying to become a nurse, is working on touching up a house owned by his family in New London that the couple is planning on purchasing.
“It was just a really cool experience. I’m grateful we’ll get to look back on it. It was fun to see everyone again in the episode and relive the whole experience,” Allison said.