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586. Saying Yes to the Dress with Valerie Bowman

The cover of RT Book Reviews which features the cover of Valerie Bowman's The Unexpected Duchess which has a white woman in a green dress that's being pulled off her shoulders and down her back by a shirtless man but you can't see any of their faces. their heads were cropped out, poor modelsIn the May 2014 Ads and Features episode of our Romantic Times Rewind series, the cover feature was all about Valerie Bowman, her latest book – and inside was a mention of her appearance on Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta in 2014!

So Amanda and I connected with Valerie to hear all the details! We talk about weddings and dresses and reality tv, including a side trip discussion to the real housewives, Scandoval, and $17,000 sunglasses. Then we invent our own reality shows. This is a goofy, silly, very fun episode.


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Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:

Most importantly: Valerie’s wedding picture with her husband Marcus! Thank you so much for sending it to us!

Valerie Bowman, a petite white lady with long brown hair, stands with one of her novels in her hands, and she is wearing a tea-length white lace dress with short sleeves and a very pretty neckline. She is standing in front of a smiling white man with salt and pepper hair and a beard, wearing a white shirt and tie with a boutonniere and he's holding her bouquet between them. behind them is green grass leading to a lake

Congrats on 10 years to you both!

You can find Valerie Bowman and her books at her website,, and she’s on Instagram, Facebook, and Threads.

We also talked about the fact that the Neil Lane engagement rings are paid for by the Bachelor/ette show budget. 

And, if you wish to watch the whole episode, here’s Valerie on Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta


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  1. Kareni says:

    Sarah, Valerie, and Amanda: thanks for sharing your fun conversation. GarlicKnitter, thank you for the transcript.

    Sarah, I’ve been having issues on the site recently with pages freezing while I’m scrolling. This comment also froze several times as I was typing, and ads covered the comment box. I use a Kindle Fire. Ah, and I frequently have to tap up to a dozen times to see the transcript.

  2. Stephanie says:

    The popularity of the pearls down the back was from Princess Diana – my mom also had a similar, pearl-dow -the-back dress in 1982 when she was married, plus a wide brim hat with a small veil.

  3. denise says:

    great episode.

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