Watch Augusta bride 'Say Yes to the Dress'

Show airs at 9 p.m. Friday

With her slim waistline, the last thing Courtney Cox Johnson expected to be compared to was a cow. But when the 21-year-old stepped out on the runway of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, fashion director Monte Durham made cow noises.


“He actually mooed at me, and I told him you just don’t moo at a girl in her wedding dress,” Johnson said.

Although she doesn’t know about the bovine sounds, the rest of Johnson’s wedding dress selection experience will be televised at 9 p.m. Friday on TLC.

The mooing was prompted by a conversation between Johnson’s brother and father, who run a cattle ranching business. While the bride-to-be was in the dressing room searching for her dream dress, the two men were comparing wedding expenses with cattle costs. Knowledge of the conversation has Johnson a little worried about what’s going to be on the show.

“I’ve been checking the internet every day, hoping to see previews, because I’m a little bit nervous,” she admitted.

Johnson, who works as a nutritionist at Fort Gordon, said she and her friends always have watched Say Yes to the Dress: New York and became even more hooked when the Southern version of the show was introduced. Now in its second season, the show takes viewers behind the scenes at Bridals by Lori in Atlanta to see what each bride goes through to find the perfect wedding dress.

Many brides on the show bring their mothers, best friends and sisters or aunts for support. For Johnson, it was only natural that her entire family be there. After all, she was marrying her twin brother’s best friend, Tip. Johnson said the two had been friends since early childhood.

“One day, he showed up at the door, and my dad asked was he there to see Kevin, and he said ‘no, actually I’m here to see Courtney,’ ” Johnson said.

Courtney and Tip grew up in Toccoa, attended Young Harris College and then the University of Georgia together. Then, Tip became a resource teacher and a football coach at North Augusta High School. After accepting his proposal of marriage, Courtney found work at Fort Gordon.

“The other coaches at the school are giving him a hard time, telling him they’re going to get together and watch the show,” Courtney said, adding that she was not going to attend that party, but would watch the show with family.

The couple married on April 2, the anniversary of their first date to the high school prom five years earlier. The Say Yes camera crew not only filmed the dress selection process, but the wedding too.

“They filmed us getting ready, and walking down the aisle, the entire ceremony, the kiss, the first dance, everything,” Courtney said.

These days, Courtney describes her marriage with one word – “blissful.”

“He’s the most amazing man ever, that’s for sure,” she said of Tip.