posted on June 24, 2013 13:42
University of Mobile graduate Annaclaire Wilbanks sang with Voices of Mobile at the Pentagon on Thursday, then at the Brooklyn Tabernacle on Sunday. On Tuesday, she had a chance to “Say Yes to the Dress” when TLC filmed her shopping for that special wedding dress at premier bridal salon Kleinfeld in New York City.
“It’s been incredible,” said Wilbanks, who has performed with Voices of Mobile during her four years at the Christian university in Mobile, AL. She graduated with a bachelor of science in marketing on May 11, 2013, just a few days after she said “yes” to a wedding proposal from hometown sweetheart Rob Tadlock of Clinton, MS.
She has been traveling from Texas to south Florida to Washington, D.C., to New York City with Voices of Mobile since May 13. The concert tour
ends with a July 7 concert in Baton Rouge, LA.
“The whole summer tour with Voices was already planned and we knew we were going to New York,” Annaclaire explained. “I got engaged on May 5, and about a week later my mom said ‘Let’s start planning.’ We booked the church (First Baptist Church of Jackson, MS in April 2014) and reception. Mom had already planned to come to New York and see us perform at the Brooklyn Tabernacle – that’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We had two free days, and she said ‘Why don’t we get an appointment at Kleinfeld.”
Mom – Alicia Wilbanks – made the appointment online and also filled out a form agreeing to be filmed by TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” show if selected.
A few weeks later, Alicia received a telephone call from TLC. So on Tuesday, June 25, Annaclaire, her mother and sisters Allyce Majors and Abigail Wilbanks will be filmed selecting that perfect dress. Annaclaire’s father, attorney Chip Wilbanks, had planned to come as well but is in the midst of a trial.
They arrive at 1 p.m., and filming starts an hour later. Annaclaire said they were told it would take three to five hours to film their visit, and it “doesn’t 100 percent guarantee you will be on the show.”
On Wednesday after her visit to Kleinfeld, Annaclaire said consultants Randy Fenoli and Christiane Boyiakis "were amazing!
"I had so much fun meeting the producers, directors and film crew! AND I was able to Say YES To The Dress! I found my perfect wedding dress at Kleinfeld in NYC," she texted. "It was such a fun and exciting experience!"
Annaclaire and Rob met in high school and have dated over four years. Once he graduated from college, he obtained a nursing position at Springhill Medical Center in Mobile, AL, to be near Annaclaire for a year. About six months ago, he moved to Nashville and works at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where the couple will live after the wedding.
They chose Nashville so Annaclaire can pursue a career in the country music business. An alto and graduate of the UMobile Center for Performing Arts, she has recorded a six-song EP to shop around in Nashville.
Annaclaire said her four years at the University of Mobile and as a member of Voices of Mobile have been “the biggest blessing.”
“God somehow directed me there,” she said. “I have been able to travel places with Voices, had the best education I could have gotten, and the best relationships with professors.”
Being part of the Center for Performing Arts and Voices of Mobile has been “fun and exciting,” she said, and something she will miss.
“It’s prepared me for whatever comes next,” Annaclaire said. “I’m ready.”
Rob and Annaclaire - Photo by Elizabeth Looney
Annaclaire, center, with sisters
Annaclaire with consultants
Sisters, mom and consultant