Picking a wedding dress is hard, and you need an expert to make sure you look and feel your best. Listen as Andy and Nayri discuss Monte Durham, his humble upbringing, his great success as a fashion expert and TV star, and his love of being a hairstylist. Nayri Kalayjian is a wedding fashion expert with Lovella Bridal, she is also a best-selling author, celebrity stylist, and she coaches and educates with a series of fantastic online courses.

Monte is a very successful fashion expert and one of the stars of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, Atlanta, where he had been the fashion director at Bridal’s By Lori, the south’s premier bridal salon. Monte is also getting ready to launch a new reality show and open a new hair salon.

Listen, as Andy and Nayri speak about her ability to gain a bride’s trust quickly, how location sets the tone sometimes but how she feels a bride should be able to wear the dress she feels most beautiful in no matter the place. They also talk about how the front of the dress is more important than a plunging back and train when it comes to wedding photographs.

Nayri shares who she believes brides should bring with them when picking out a dress and how excited she is for every good thing that is coming Monte’s way. Nayri has known Monte for a long time and has even worked with him. Listen as she shares some things about him that you might not know.



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Show Highlights:

  • [01:14] Welcome, Nayri!
  • [01:48] Nayri shares where she met Monte years ago.
  • [02:23] Nayri discusses the need to have brides trust you when selling wedding dresses.
  • [03:01] How do you gain their trust so quickly?
  • [05:11] Nayri agrees with Monte in that location, sets the tone for buying the wedding dress, but it’s not everything.
  • [07:11] Nayri agrees with Monte that the area between the waist and shoulders is critical when it comes to the photographs.
  • [08:42] Andy and Nayri discuss what Monte said about who you bring with you to pick out a wedding dress.
  • [10:04] In your experience with brides, do you feel you have seen it all?
  • [11:56] Nayri is excited about everything that is happening with Monte’s career.
  • [13:27] Nayri, thank you so much for being on the show!


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This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Nayri Kalayjian, of Lovella Bridal

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