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Edmonton's 'wedding whisperer' joins cast of Say Yes to the Dress

It was a proposal Edmonton's Tyrel Abbott couldn't refuse.

Tyrel Abbott will be helping brides on their quest for the perfect dress

Abbott started working in Edmonton's wedding industry three years ago. (Supplied )

It was a proposal Edmonton's Tyrel Abbott couldn't refuse.

The local bridal consultant has joined the cast of the popular television reality series Say Yes to the Dress Canada.

"It follows the journey of women finding the perfect wedding dress. It's neat to see the drama that goes on," said Abbott, who will make his television debut when Season 2 of the show premieres Wednesday night on the W Network.

"There will be some happy tears, and some sad tears, and you get to meet a lot of interesting women," said Abbott.

Abbott got a call from a producer with show "out of nowhere'"  and was offered the job of fashion director. Before filming of the new season began in Toronto last year,  Abbott admits that he had a mild case of cold feet.

"The dress shopping part, I have down. But the TV part, I was a little nervous about."

Tyrel Abbott from Say Yes to the Dress Canada talks with Mark Connolly about wedding dress shopping and how it makes compelling TV. 4:51
 

Abbott has navigated a mountain of lace and chiffon during his three short years in the industry, and his knack for helping even the most demanding brides find their dream gown has earned him the moniker the 'Wedding Whisperer.'

"This is most emotionally heavy dress you will ever wear in your life, so finding the perfect one is important," said Abbott.

"I guess I must be doing something right."

Abbott, who worked as a hairstylist in Edmonton for more than 14 years, considers his career as a bridal consultant a happy accident. He went wedding dress shopping with a friend, and the store manager was so impressed with his advice, she hired him on the spot.

His advice for brides shopping for the perfect dress? Follow your heart and don't forget the big picture.

"Some will spend a lot of money on a dress, some will spend a fortune on flowers," he said. "It's all where your priorities lie."

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