Behind the Scenes of #SayYesToTheDress! #SYTTD

Yesterday was really fun.  I was given the opportunity to model wedding dresses at Kleinfeld Bridal, Manhattan’s premiere designer bridal boutique, for upcoming episodes of TLC’s hit television show Say Yes to the Dress!  How could I possibly say no?!

I have never shopped for wedding dresses before, so I did a bit of research before I arrived (which I’m really glad I did).  You can’t exactly “slip into” a wedding dress; and there is such a wide variety of silhouettes, necklines, sleeves, trains, and other details, so it’s important to arrive at the boutique with some idea of what you think you want.

I definitely gravitated toward two of their designers: Pnina Tornai and Mark Zunino.

Jaclyn Santos Modeling Behind the scenes at Kleinfeld Bridal New York Say Yes to the Dress TLC

Wearing Mark Zunino

The first dress I wore was this MZ2 by Mark Zunino Sweetheart Mermaid Gown in Silk Satin.  This was the most simple and least expensive of the three.  This mermaid gown features a sweetheart neckline in silk satin and beaded embroidery. It has a chapel train and spaghetti straps. It was really large on me so even though it was clipped, it was hard to tell how it would actually look if it was more tailored.

Jaclyn Santos Modeling Behind the scenes at Kleinfeld Bridal New York Say Yes to the Dress TLC

Wearing Mark Zunino

Jaclyn Santos Modeling Behind the scenes at Kleinfeld Bridal New York Say Yes to the Dress TLC

Dressing room selfie, Wearing Mark Zunino

The next dress is by Pnina Tornai, and it was spectacular.

Jaclyn Santos Modeling Pnina Tornai for TLC's hit TV show Say Yes to the Dress

Modeling Pnina Tornai for TLC's hit TV show, "Say Yes to the Dress"

This dress had every feature I intuitively felt I would want in a wedding dress: a mermaid silhouette and a flattering sweetheart neckline; Swarvoski crystal embellishments and capped sleeves, PLUS the gorgeous silk organza train! It’s extremely expensive, but understandably so because it really is a work of art.

Jaclyn Santos Modeling Pnina Tornai for TLC's hit TV show Say Yes to the Dress

Look at this gorgeous silk organza train!

The final dress I modeled was this Mark Zunino A-line gown with beautiful flower-shaped organza detailing along the bottom. I love this unique detail on a classic silhouette.

Jaclyn Santos Modeling Mark Zunino for TLC's hit TV show Say Yes to the Dress

Selfie with Mark Zunino gown.

Jaclyn Santos Modeling Mark Zunino for TLC's hit TV show Say Yes to the Dress

Clearly I'm into elaborate trains!

The consultants at Kleinfeld Bridal were all really great to work with. They were so helpful in introducing me to dress designers and styles that would flatter my figure, and selecting all the important details like veils, headdresses, belts and other trimmings.

Pnina Tornai bouquet

I would not want to toss this at the end of my wedding!

How incredible is this Pnina Tornai crystal and pearl bouquet? So elegant!

Say yes to the dress

Behind the scenes of "Say Yes to the Dress"

This was such a fun experience! Thank you Half Yard Productions and the awesome staff at Kleinfeld.  As an added bonus, I now have a strong idea of the dress I would want for my "big day", which is yet t.b.d...

(All photos © Jaclyn Santos, please credit back.)