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Friday, 10 October 2014 10:21

Biggest Loser Contestant Says Yes to the Dress

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Tumi Oguntala to Appear on Popular TLC Show Friday Night

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Viewers fell in love with Clifton Park native, Tumi Oguntala, during her time on season 15 of The Biggest Loser on NBC. Now, Oguntala will enter our living rooms once again as she searches for the perfect wedding dress on TLC’s hit show, Say Yes to the Dress, tonight Oct. 10 at 9/8c.  

Oguntala made Biggest Loser history with her 54.86 percent weight loss, or 175 pounds – the highest percentage for an at-home contestant. Oguntala and her fiancé, Jim, postponed their wedding so she could be on the show and she said it was an easy decision to make.

“My fiancé Jim always said he wished he met me when we were both younger so we could have more time together,” said Oguntala. “Now we have it.”

Friday’s episode of Say Yes to the Dress documents Oguntala’s search for the perfect dress at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City with her best friend of more than 30 years, Penny Hartfield, by her side.

“Picking a wedding dress for me was always going to be bittersweet because my mom died when I was 14,” said Oguntala. “I was worried I wouldn’t be able to feel the joy of the occasion, so I knew going to the Disneyland of dress shops would cure that.”

A visit from Jillian Michaels would do the trick, too! In an exclusive clip of the episode, Michaels surprises Oguntala at her bridal appointment and their reunion is a tearjerker.

“In all my 20 years working at Kleinfeld’s, I never witnessed something so emotional,” says bridal consultant, Debbie Asprea in the clip.

Emotional, yes; but the surprise was also unforgettable for Oguntala.

“It was a magical experience,” said Oguntala. “Jillian knew I would miss my mom and she stood up for me. I’ll never forget that.”

Oguntala says her fall wedding will be held in Saratoga Springs, with the ceremony taking place at The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs and reception at the Canfield Casino.

As for honeymoon plans and when or if they’ll start a family, Oguntala says everyone will just have to stay tuned.


Season 12 of Say Yes to the Dress premiers Friday, Oct. 10 at 9/8c on TLC. 

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