Alyssa Whatley, right, and her bridesmaid Laurie Moot will be featured on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids” airing Friday. (Special Photo)
CONYERS — Several Heritage High School graduates will appear on an episode of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids” airing at 9 p.m. Friday.
Alyssa Whatley, a 2006 Heritage graduate, is the bride-to-be with seven bridesmaids in tow. The episode centers on the girls deciding the style of the bridesmaids’ dresses they’ll wear.
Four of the bridesmaids — Jessica Galloway, Holly King, Jennifer Wu and Lindsey Pinkerton — attended Heritage with Whatley.
The episode was filmed at Bridal’s by Lori in Atlanta. Whatley purchased her wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses there and was contacted to be on the show. Friday’s show will feature two other wedding parties, with Whatley’s segment focused mainly on the dress alterations and her relationship with one of her bridesmaids, Laurie Moot, whose tomboy nature clashed with Whatley’s dress choice.
“Our issue was I have a lot of different types of friends. They’re all very individual and unique people. Some of them are really girly and some of them are more laid back. I was trying to find a dress to compliment each of their personalities and that they would like. It’s kind of hard when you have a different group of girls to appeal to their individual tastes,” Whatley said.
She said she was excited and nervous to be on the show, adding there is no script.
“Whatever you say, it’s on there. They’re not telling you what to say or anything like that. Once you say something, it’s out there,” she said.
Whatley currently lives in Atlanta but frequently visits her parents, Donna and Paul Maloof, in Conyers. The Maloofs run Romp N’ Roll skating rink.
Clips from Whatley’s wedding, which took place at her husband Peter’s family farm in Rome, Ga., in April, will also be shown on the episode.
Whatley said she and her friends will have a viewing party and she can’t wait to see the final result.
“I’m excited, because you know when you’re a bride, you’re so focused on getting married that you miss everything that happens,” she said.
Whatley said the experience will be a fond memory for her and her friends.
“It will be like, remember that time you got married, and it was on TV?” she said.