The Biggest Loser
When being labeled “The Biggest Loser” means saving your life you embrace the title with a smile, as did our new dynamic couple. Nicole Brewer, age 38, Fashion Wardrobe Stylist and Correspondent, contestant on the hit shot “ The Biggest Loser” with her fiancé Damien Gurganious, age 32, Industrial designer, and entrepreneur.
We ran into Nicole at the event at Robert Verdi’s- Blue Print Cleanse.
How did you meet?
In water Aerobics at Bed-Stuy YMCA in Feb ’06
When did you get engaged?
Nov ’07 -my birthday, total surprise
How did it happen?
It was a day of royalty fit for a queen. He created a fabulous program (also does graphics) that laid out the day: Private Brunch at Bowery Bar. -5 hour-Day of Beauty at Great Jones Spa, which included lemon visiu massage, full facial, Jacuzzi and steam treatments.
-Coffee at Serafina
-Appetizers at Dos Caminos on Park Avenue
-Dinner at Casa La Femme, Egyptian restaurant in romantic private tent!!! It gets better. Belly dancers, the works
-Finally, desert at the jazz vault in the Blue Water Grille, where he finally pops the question, to my complete surprise!!!!
Next day, brunch at Cafe Lola and tickets to Wintuk, Cirque de Soleil
Needless to say, I was on the phone with my friends and family all day and all night from CA to UK spreading the news.
When are you getting married?
Originally it was Nov 9th, 2008 but after being cast for the Biggest Loser we happily postponed! And now we are thrilled to have reached out goals of starting a new healthy life+family together!
New date: August 16th
Where are you getting married?
The Renaissance, LIC, NY
Did you find your dress?
Amsale and her national sales director, fans of the show, were inspired by my return/elimination episode on Biggest Loser and not only custom designed my finale dress, but surprised me with an offer to design my wedding gown as well.
We chose it on Friday!
Damien’s tuxedo and groomsmen?
Working on that now but colors looking like ivory, reds, oranges, browns with a touch of hot pinks
My bridesmaids are wearing beautiful red formal gowns by David’s Bridal-very elegant and sexy. We are very happy with the style+ silhouette that flatters every figure.
What’s on the menu? Or final tasting is Sun 31st of May! We love to indulge our guests on this special day with a variety of international foods
Who are your vendors?
Chef LoveJones, Bill Jones Epicure
Guest Vocalist, Nikki Blonsky from the movie, Hairspray-a client and dear friend
Ravel Hotel in Long Island City, its very chic and modern, brand new with great views and outdoors decks for celebrations
Parris Whittingham photography
What is your biggest challenge?
-Sticking to our very lean budget. There’s absolutely no wiggle room. Our priority is
To start a family and buy a home, so budget is very important!
-Keeping the guest list intimate!
-Decor, the venue is so elegant on its own and needs very little by way of design. I want minimal flowers + candles, but gorgeous + very simple arrangements. Lighting will be important.
-Finding the right flower girl dresses. I want our two nieces to looking like me, not like Jr. bridesmaids, and they are 10 and 11 years old, so its tough-but I will find the right dress!
-I am trying to get Damien to take a ballroom dance class so we can have a choreographed first dance. I am trying to convince him that its not corny, but I am still working on him. He is a great dancer; I am the one who needs some brushing up. I’d love to shock our guests with a tango!
So there you have it. Stay tuned as we follow this amazing soul of a human being continues her journey of planning a healthy and fabulous wedding.