West Pittston native to ‘Say Certainly to the Dress’

Stephen J. Arias

If you are a lover of “Say Yes to the Dress” you know the TLC display can introduce you to any person from a bride who needs to glimpse like a Barbie doll to a bride who intends to run a 50 %-marathon on her marriage working day.

The episode established to air at 8 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 12) looks to supply a more sentimental story.

Posing the problem, “Is It Crown-Worthy?” it follows West Pittston native Jacqueline Nowakowski as she queries for a gown to complement a household heirloom, the crown her grandmother wore as a bride 60 a long time in the past.

“I was incredibly, quite shut with my grandmother Judy,” Nowakowski explained in a telephone job interview. “She would just take me to and from preschool and kindergarten. We’d get collectively and make piggies and pierogies, and Easter pizza was also a big matter. I recall her taking me to the outdated K mart on Pittston Boulevard. We have been normally on the go.”

Regrettably, Judy Nowakowski shed her battle with esophageal most cancers in September 2019. But she had already fulfilled her granddaughter’s fiance, Brett Williams — and authorised the match.

“She was so thrilled to know that I was receiving married,” said Nowakowski, who lives in Mont Clare in Southeastern Pennsylvania. “She actually opened her arms to him.”

As for the heirloom crown, that had deteriorated above the yrs. When Nowakowski’s Aunt Laura needed to dress in it at her individual marriage ceremony, she approached quite a few jewelers to request if they could repair it, with no achievements.

But bride-to-be Jacqueline Nowakowski is an artist. She analyzed sculpture at Tyler College of Artwork at Temple University and she works as a scenic artist, building landscapes for such jobs as the HBO collection “Mayor of Easttown” and the videos “21 Bridges” and “Creed 2.”

She was self-confident she’d be in a position to restore the crown, which she explained as “originally produced out of nearly a plastic frame wrapped with ribbon, and they used sterling silver wiring to make a strand of beads that was wrapped and woven and tucked to develop floral, ornate shapes, accented with pearls and some crystal gemstones.”

“I generally understood I desired to reconstruct it for my marriage,” claimed Nowakowski, who experienced developed up viewing photos of her grandparents, Judy and George “Nipper” Nowakowski, on the day they exchanged vows.

She and her mom, who also is named Jacqueline Nowakowski, normally viewed “Say Yes to the Costume,” and when the bride-to-be became engaged in 2018 her mother suggested she fill out an on line software for the present.

“I’d just about forgotten I did that,” Nowakowski stated, conveying that when the display contacted her past autumn, she only had two months to reconstruct the crown in advance of the filming.

“I was placing in 10-hour days (at get the job done) moreover commuting,” Nowakowski claimed, remembering how she requested her fiance, who also performs as a scenic artist in the movie industry, to help “put these little minimal beads on wire” to save some time.

However he served with that part of the preparations, Nowakowski has instructed Williams not to check out the demonstrate when it airs. She wants the robe to be a surprise when he sees her carrying it in individual.

“Say Of course to the Dress” will clearly show Nowakowski at the exceptional Kleinfeld’s Bridal salon in New York. Her mom, who is from West Pittston, her potential mother-in-law, Lynne Williams of Phoenixville, and her sister-in-legislation KaeDee Nowakowski of Bangor, Maine, all accompanied her as she searched for a gown that would be worthy of the crown.

“I preferred some thing with a wow element, anything with a drama factor,” Nowakowski mentioned, incorporating that the filming was “amazing, surely an knowledge we’ll hardly ever overlook.”

The coronavirus turned a issue a handful of months right after the episode was filmed, and Nowakowski and Williams adapted their wedding day programs. They will still trade vows this October, but with only immediate family members users existing. The much larger reception has been rescheduled for November 2021, when they hope much more visitors will check out them renew their vows — and admire the crown and gown.

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