Friday was the big day for Aimee (Maillett) and D.J. Genzler. The Danvers couple were married by a justice of the peace on the lawn outside the historic Felton homes at the edge of and had their reception inside the across the way.
What undoubtedly made the day more exciting for the Genzlers was that they didn't just share their "I do's" with the guests gathered in Peabody, thousands of fans nationwide will be tuning in as well and rooting for them to win an all-expenses paid honeymoon to an exotic destination.
Aimee, 31, is competing with three other brides on the reality TV series "Four Weddings," which airs Thursdays on TLC. The American version of the show is in its fourth season. Her wedding will be featured in an upcoming episode -- each episode features a different set of brides.
All four women actually attend each other's wedding -- the ceremonies are recorded by a film crew -- and the brides vote on which one of them offered the best experience. The winner gets the lavish honeymoon.
The audience watching at home gets to see candid moments of each event and hear the brides' critiques of each other.
There are four criteria for judging: the bride's dress, the venue, food and the overall experience.
The other three brides for this episode are from Kingston, Manchester, N.H., and Fall River. The Peabody celebration was the last of the four.
Aimee and D.J., 37, were interviewed earlier this summer by the Salem News and Aimee said she was enjoying the experience, getting a close-up look at different styles and different traditions. She said that if they do win, she hopes to honeymoon in New Zealand. The couple has two children, ages two and four months. D.J. owns Genzler Construction.
Peabody Historical Society Executive Director Bill Power said the historic properties never looked so good -- they were appearing on national cable TV after all. The Felton homes and the Smith Barn are owned and maintained by the historical society.
"It looks like a million bucks," said Power Friday afternoon, referring to the Smith Barn, which dates to 1903 and has been renovated to host social functions and weddings. It can hold 250 guests.
"It will never look that good again," he said, laughing.
The society's events manager Tammy Messina was in charge of coordinating the wedding and all the details with the couple, not to mention the film crew.
You can find more information on the show online.