Posted by Reblog: Lehigh Valley News.
Gina Charowsky had a water ski show, an interpreter and her dogs. She came in on a boat for her wedding.
Flipping through channels, Gina Charowsky is caught off guard at seeing herself on TV.
The Plainfield Township woman put her life in the public eye when she agreed to have her wedding aired on the TLC show “Four Weddings.”
Charowsky, formerly of Phillipsburg, married her husband, Mark, in June. She attended the weddings of three other brides and each rated the other weddings on food, dress, venue and overall experience to determine whose was the best.
“The whole situation was crazy,” she said.
Charowsky said wedding vendor advertisements started popping up in her Facebook news feed after she changed her relationship status to “engaged.” She saw an ad there from “Four Weddings” asking for New Jersey brides-to-be to call in to be featured on the show.
With additional interviews and paperwork, her wedding was one of four picked for the episode entitled “Four Weddings … and a Water Ski Show.”
Her wedding was the one with the water skiers who provided entertainment for guests during the cocktail hour.
She saw the water skiers practicing while she was checking out the venue and later asked if the team could perform during the hour in between the ceremony and the reception.
“It fell into place,” she said.
Her walk down the aisle was done by boat with her father because she and her husband own a boat and she thought it would be fun.
She said she didn’t want a white wedding, so she chose pink and green to stand out more.
“We didn’t want a traditional wedding,” she said. “We wanted a really fun party.”
Her two Chihuahuas were the ring bearers, dressed as a bride and groom, and she also had an interpreter because she works as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing at Colonial Intermediate Unit 20.
Her wedding tied for third place on the show while a simple beach wedding took first place. Some of the days were long, she said. Many of the interviews were done at 2 a.m. after the weddings they attended ended.
Before the show aired Dec. 13, none of the brides could exchange contact information and they didn’t even know last names, Charowsky said. Now, they plan on staying in touch.
Charowsky said her parents and her husband supported her decision to be on the show, although some of the siblings weren’t big fans of the idea.
She said the show provided a way for other friends and family to see the wedding, though she said her students say they were “robbed” of the experience.
Though Charowsky said she would recommend going on the show for future brides, she said you need a tough skin to put your wedding on national TV.
“It was probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,” she said. “But you have to have thick skin because not everyone, I guess, thought it was cute.”