Eight couples were selected from about 200 applicants. "I was looking for people who had great personal stories, people that really needed help. Most had a really tiny budget but big dreams. One couple put their last $5,000 down on a venue and the guy stole their money. I also look for themes," she says, noting that these included "everything from Indian to Arabian Nights, Marie Antoinette, shabby chic, a Jewish pug wedding — a couple obsessed with pugs. There was a budget for each wedding but I tried to fulfill their wishes and then some, take what their vision is and bring it to the next level."