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Many productions have discovered the advantages of coming to Michigan. The production companies have been pleased with the results, and hundreds of residents, vendors and business owners have had positive experiences, also. Here are a few of their stories.



Every couple dreams of having the perfect wedding. For many, it’s the most important and emotional day of their lives. But for some, insurmountable obstacles create barriers to making their dream day a reality. WEDDING DAY is here to prove that a girl doesn’t have to be rich to have a wedding fit for a princess. In this uplifting series, deserving couples from all over the United States will get a helping hand to ensure the most important day of their lives is also the most magical. Each week, celebrity event planner and food expert Alan Dunn (For Better or Worse) and celebrity wedding planner Diann Valentine (author of Weddings Valentine Style) host as family, friends and community come together to create a dream wedding. Along the way, viewers will learn each couple’s compelling story, from their first date to the big day.

Next Airdate: Wednesday, January 13 at 12:00pm (ET) on TNT

Tuesday, June 16 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT),Holli & Steve: Saginaw, Mich.
Just four days before his wedding day in 2007, Steve received a call that his bride-to-be, Holli, had been injured in a near-fatal car crash and had only a 50% chance of surviving. After six days in a coma, she finally came to, but everyday since then has been a struggle to withstand the long, painful road to recovery. Holli and Steve’s walk down the aisle includes a New York shopping spree, a Badgley-Mishka wedding dress and Manolo Blahnik shoes. The couple even gets to enjoy a special performance by Boyz II Men, who were moved when they heard Holli and Steve’s story.

Thursday, June 25 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT),Jaénelle & Nyk: Detroit
Nyk had been in love with Jaénelle since he was 10 years old. Years later, she noticed. Jaénelle and Nyk started dating and quickly fell in love. When Jaénelle became pregnant, the two decided to get married. But their plans had to be put on hold when Jaénelle delivered early, and their daughter, Anayah, had a non-functioning kidney. The crushing prognosis was especially tough onJaénelle, who is a neo-natal intensive care nurse at Children’s Hospital. After Anayah’s risky surgery, the couple no longer had the funds to throw a big wedding.

Saturday, July 18 at 9 a.m. (ET/PT), Jen & Shawn: Clawson, Mich.
Working with inner-city youth can be quite a challenge, but that has never stopped teacher Jen or high-school basketball volunteer Shawn. The couple goes above and beyond to help those who are less fortunate but, with Shawn out of a job and Jen’s parents hit hard by the financial crisis, the couple only has about $200 saved up for their wedding. WEDDING DAY presents the couple with a donation to their favorite charity and a college scholarship. And for the wedding itself, the families come together to build an authentic Irish church and a lavish spread is arranged, including a special performance by soul singer Kenny Latimore.

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