Well, this is interesting. On this Saturday's episode of Say Yes to the Dress, Kleinfeld is welcoming its first polygamous family: Jennifer, her fiancé, Peter, and her fiancé's wife, Ellen.
Peter and Ellen had been married for 10 years, but due to Ellen's health issues, their relationship became strained. "Right after I had my daughter, I started having symptoms related to obsessive compulsive disorder," Ellen revealed. "One of my main symptoms was I could not deal with touch. That, of course, affects intimacy, and I had full recognition of that. I thought that was quite unfair for him, so I let Peter have the option to be with someone else."
Peter quickly defended their decision to have an open marriage. “I never wanted to embarrass Ellen, and I never wanted people that don’t understand all of the details of our life to know that I was lonely," he shared. “This isn’t really religious-based. We were all Catholic; [this is] clearly pretty far from the religion in which we were raised.”
Ellen continued, “This was something that I kind of pushed. I wanted to be sure that he was okay.”
The TLC series is definitely growing more diverse. Just last month, the show introduced its first transgender bride. New Jersey native Gabrielle Gibson, engaged to her 32-year-old love, Jaden Rogers, served as the first trans bride for the show's New York version. During an interview with LGBT blog Unicorn Booty, she admitted she was "humbled" by the experience.
“We walk in the store and I almost lost it. I was so overwhelmed with emotions because you see this show that you have watched so much, and it’s now your turn,” she recalled. “It’s like, 'Oh my God! I’m here.' They don’t let you go past a certain point, because they want your reaction to be authentic. So they greet you at the door. You feel like you’re a kid at Christmastime and you aren’t allowed to open your presents until Christmas morning.”
Tune in to this Saturday's Say Yes to the Dress at 8 p.m. ET on TLC.