Royal fans may get an inside look at how Meghan Markle’s wedding plans unfolded when her best friend and stylist debuts a new nuptial-themed Netflix show next year.
Jessica Mulroney, 39, has landed her own reality TV series, which is due to hit the streaming site in 2020, and will see her helping married couples who faced wedding disasters the first time around say ‘I do’ again in style with their dream ceremony.
According to a press release shared by the show’s Canadian production company CTV, I Do, Redo, will document Jessica as she ‘revisits first-time wedding disasters before re-making the wedding dreams of 10 devoted couples’.
Tips from a pro! Meghan Markle’s best friend Jessica Mulroney, seen at the royal’s wedding, has snagged her own Netflix show, which will see her helping couples to plan their nuptials
‘When I believe in something, I go after it at full speed, and I’m blessed to be able to create a show that truly inspires me,’ Jessica said of the news. ‘We are aiming to make a significant difference in the lives of our chosen couples whose first weddings did not go as planned due to tragic circumstances.
‘This is a side of the wedding industry that has never been shown on television before.’
Production on the show has already begun, however royal fans will have to wait until next year before the 10-episode show is available to view on Netflix, as well as Canadian streaming service Crave.
Flashback: Jessica, 39, who is pictured at her own 2008 wedding in Montreal, is said to have helped Meghan plan her May 2018 wedding to Prince Harry
‘We’re thrilled to welcome Jessica to the CTV family with this really thoughtful, feel-good series,’ Mike Cosentino, President of Content and Programming at Bell Media, said.
‘We are delighted that our continued collaboration with Netflix will see I Do, Redo and Jessica’s ingenious style shared to viewers around the world on Netflix.’
His sentiments were echoed by John Brunton, CEO and Executive Producer at Insight Productions, who praised Jessica’s ‘tremendous talent’ and said that the team was ‘beyond thrilled’ to be partnering with her on the project.
‘Jessica is a tremendous talent with a huge heart who has committed herself fully to this project. We are beyond thrilled to be partnering with Jessica on I Do, Redo, and to be creating a show that is not only full of heart and soul but also makes a difference in the lives of everyday people.’
Anyone hoping for an insight into Meghan’s wedding plans may well be disappointed however as Jessica has remained incredibly close-lipped about her relationship with the royal, even when making her appearances on GMA.
In fact, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed in February that bosses at the ABC show were becoming increasingly frustrated about Jessica’s refusal to speak about Meghan on-air – although at the time, a source at ABC denied this claim, and said Jessica was ‘hired as a talented stylist and not because of her friends’
Although this is Jessica’s first solo TV project, I Do, Redo will not be the first time that her fans have been able to watch her wedding planning skills in action on the small screen.
Over the past few months, the Good Morning America fashion contributor has been sharing her best tips and tricks for planning the perfect nuptials on the ABC show, while helping one lucky couple to get ready for their dream ceremony in the Dominican Republic.
Expertise: I Do, Redo will air on Netflix in 2020, and will see Jessica, pictured with Meghan in 2016, helping couples who had a terrible first wedding plan their perfect second ceremony
Practice: Jessica has already been sharing her wedding planning tips through her role as a fashion contributor on GMA, where she has even planned a wedding for one lucky couple
In August, Jessica – who is said to have helped Meghan with the preparations for her wedding to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle in May 2018 – revealed her favorite trends for the occasion, explaining that decorating tables with natural greenery and grass, offering all-you-can eat food stations, and wearing multiple dresses are all the rage right now.
Jessica then put her expertise to good use, planning a special destination wedding for one lucky Texas-based couple, after surprising them with the news that she would be serving as their wedding planner back in March.
‘There is no real cookie cutter ceremony or event anymore,’ the mother-of-three said back in August, adding that ‘anything goes’ in weddings these days.
‘Really, people are just doing anything they want, which is great.’
Listing the biggest trends she’s seeing, the TV fashion expert said that huge ‘grazing stations’ with meats and cheeses instead of canapes are increasingly popular, and people are opting for food trucks instead of desserts.
And — taking the ‘natural greenery trend to the extreme — couples are even hosting their big day in forests.
‘Grass is really big right now,’ Jessica said, explaining that it’s used in both setting and tabletop decor.
Naturally, being a stylist, Jessica had her eye on bridal fashion trends as well, however she made clear that – no matter what might be trending at the time of your wedding – ‘classic looks that never go out of style’ are still what she advises brides to go for.
‘If you see your wedding dress in 10 years in a photo, are you going to love it?’ she always asks brides-to-be. ‘Trends tend to not be something that we love 10 years down the road.’
The fashion-forward TV personality added that she loves that women are increasingly opting to have more than one dress.
‘They can’t decide, they want to have two looks. The appropriate dress to walk down the aisle in and then something a little bit more fun that reflects their personality. Shorter dresses and jumpsuits are really in,’ she said.
Lucky! The fashion stylist planned a wedding for Texas-based couple Bobbie Case-Akins and Alonzo Vallecillo, who were chosen as part of a competition run by GMA
So romantic! The couple said ‘I do’ in a gorgeous Punta Cana destination wedding
As well as fashion advice, Jessica offered plenty of tips to other couples prepping to host nuptials in far-flung locations, explaining that the most important thing to take into consideration is scheduling.
‘Plan ahead because that’s when you will find the best travel deals, the best resort deals, and it’s a courteous thing to do for your guests because ultimately they’ll be taking time off work and you want them there,’ she said on Good Morning America.
Jessica, who wed her husband Ben Mulroney in 2008, said that hosting a wedding abroad can ‘definitely’ be cheaper too.
She advised couples to look for package deals and all-inclusive resorts, in particular deals that come with the price of a wedding planner and alcohol included.
‘I know for my wedding the alcohol was a huge expense, but also the wedding planners, that all comes including in your package,’ she laughed.
When it comes to decoration, Jessica said that brides who are determined to import their favorite flowers should re-consider.
‘I’ve worked with many brides who want to import their favorite flower,’ she said. ‘There are so many tropical, beautiful flowers, it’s less expensive and also they can withstand the climate.’
Another handy tip was to save money on the professional photographer for the after party by stocking the tables with plenty of disposable cameras, allowing guests to capture the memories.
All of these tips were put to the test when Jessica was tasked with planning a wedding for a Central Texas-based military couple.
Bobbie Case-Akins and Alonzo Vallecillo, who first eloped in a park while wearing jeans, were treated to their dream destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, designed and planned by Jessica.
At work: The Canadian fashion stylist showed off her wedding planning skills, helping to set up the perfect ceremony for the happy couple
Beach vibe: For Bobbie and Alonzo’s ceremony, Jessica opted to have a lush green garland with lilac flowers representing Bobbie’s favorite colors
Amazing! The couple appears to have great weather for their outdoor nuptials
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Yum! For the reception, guests dined on a signature ‘Love on the Beach’ cocktail, a mix of peach schnapps, vodka, orange juice, a splash of cranberry juice and an orange wedge garnish
Nice! They dined under wooden canopies loosely draped with organza and decorated with candles, string lights and handing terrariums
Bobbie and Alonzo said ‘I Do’ in a meticulously organized beach-side ceremony, reciting their vows under a floral gazebo against the backdrop of the ocean.
As part of their prize, mom-of-one Bobbie wore a sweetheart lace and chiffon gown from New York City’s Kleinfeld Bridal Salon, which she selected with the help of Jessica.
The white bohemian-meets-beachy dress designed by Pnina Tornai retails for $5,500 at the iconic bridal store in Manhattan.
Celebrity stylist Jessica has been a consultant for Kleinfelds (made famous by the show Say Yes To The Dress) since 2014.
Husband: Jessica married her TV host partner Ben Mulroney in 2008
She even helped her best friend Meghan Markle pick a dress from the Toronto Kleinfeld store for the fifth season episode of Suits when her character Rachel Zane was supposed to wed.
Groom Alonzo also was given the celebrity treatment, as Jessica helped him pick out a Chatham navy suit by Indochino, which he personalized by adding a monogram inside.
She chose the Royalton resort in Punta Cana as the location for the picture-perfect ceremony. Noting that Bobbie’s favorite color is purple, Jessica ensured that lilac petals were scattered down the aisle.
For Bobbie and Alonzo’s wedding, Jessica took their desired aesthetic on board.
For the ceremony, she opted for a bohemian wooden altar with loosely-draped cream fabric and arrangements of greenery with lilac, blush and ivory florals. There were also gold geometric lanterns and wooden chairs with comfortable cream cushions for guests.
For the reception, guests dined on a signature ‘Love on the Beach’ cocktail, a mix of peach schnapps, vodka, orange juice, a splash of cranberry juice and an orange wedge garnish. Then, they dined under wooden canopies loosely draped with organza and decorated with candles, string lights and handing terrariums.
The couple was toasted as guests were treated to a menu that involved fried chicken taquitos and seafood ceviche hors d’oeuvres and an island-inspired menu of savory saffron seafood cazuelita, a Surf and Turf entrée and Baked Alaska for dessert.
Ensuring a sweet treat, the couple’s son Lucas had chosen the lilac-hued icing on the vanilla wedding cake.
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