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Sandy Malone, the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional is the star of TLC's reality show Wedding Island, about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques Here, Sandy tells the true story of one bride who made a MAJOR beauty misstep.
When we made our reality show Wedding Island for TLC, everyone (except us) worried that nothing exciting or dramatic would happen when they were filming. The simple fact of the matter is something always goes wrong at every wedding, it's just a question of whether it's something that happens behind the scenes that we can fix before the couple who's getting married is even aware of the problem, or if it's a wedding guest-related matter that cannot be hidden.
The weekend we filmed what would be the "demo" for our show, I encountered an entirely new bridal emergency that could have be completely avoided, and wasn't something I could personally fix. It proved my point.
I got a ridiculously early call from a beautiful blonde bride the morning before her wedding. At least, she'd been a blonde bride when I said goodnight to her the previous evening. She'd woken up with green hair!
Chlorine can do some funky things to blonde hair, especially if the color is artificial and/or recently treated. Unfortunately, the bride had taken a late night dip with her long hair down. She didn't go under water, but her hair, from her shoulders to almost her fanny, was green. Really green. It turned out she'd bleached her hair the day before and hadn't even washed it before she jumped into the pool.
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What could I do? First, I called the stylist. Then I called the producers so they could meet me at the bride's villa with the camera crew, because we needed to do triage as quickly as possible.
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I saw her. She had been in tears, but when she saw my face, she actually burst out laughing. Which made me laugh, too. I assured her we would do everything possible to fix it, and I was majorly impressed by her positive attitude. She joked that at least she would make for good television. True life.
Her hair on her head looked perfectly normal — very, very blonde — but she was rocking the mermaid look from the shoulders down. The stylist opened up her truck and pulled out a bucket, and set to work on fixing things. The bride arrived at her beach party a few hours later with her hair tied up in a bun, wrapped with a scarf, and threats from the hairdresser as to what would happen if she got it wet in the Caribbean.
She spent the entire evening and a good part of her wedding day on her back with her hair in a bucket, but she was blonde for her wedding. Or at least it wasn't green anymore. I told the stylist she was a miracle worker.
"I'm glad it looks good," she told me, as we watched the ceremony unfold. "But I don't want to hear about it if all her hair falls out tomorrow." Yikes! But thank goodness, that did not happen.