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Kyle Garlett & Carrie Riordan Get Married on Extreme Makeover: Wedding Edition

May 08, 2005 11:01 PM by Joe Blackmon

Meet deserving couple Kyle Garlett and Carrie Riordan, whose heart warming story of love and courage inspires an incredible team of wedding planners and designers — dubbed the "I Do Crew" — to throw the wedding of their dreams in just three days, on "Extreme Makeover: Wedding Edition," MONDAY, MAY 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Groom Kyle Garlett, 33, is the very face of courage: A four-time cancer survivor, he has spent most of his teenage and adult life in and out of hospital. The toll of ongoing chemotherapy has destroyed his heart, and he is currently waiting for a heart transplant to save his life. Our bride, Carrie Riordan, 29, is a community activist and marathon runner who met our groom when she was training for a charity run for the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society in 2002. Despite their deep love, they’ve been unable to have a wedding due to costs they will incur with the heart transplant.

The couple get the surprise of their lives on the grounds of City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, CA, where Kyle has received medical treatment for the last several years and where the ceremony is to take place. To prepare for the big event, celebrity dance choreographer Cris Judd teaches Kyle, who has never danced with Carrie, moves for their first dance together as husband and wife. And to keep the fun going, Kyle’s favorite hometown team, the Kansas City Chiefs, sends one of their own, Tony Gonzalez, to help celebrate at his bachelor party. Bride Carrie wears a custom made wedding gown by cancer survivor Amy Michelson, and is covered in diamonds by Tacori, as is her entire bridal party, creating a spectacular sparkle effect during a ceremony that is lit by 1000 candles.

The theme of the reception is "Christmas in New York," to combine the couple’s favorite city and holiday — marking a milestone in Kyle’s life as, at one point, he wasn’t expected to live past Christmas. A New York City skyline is built to create Christmas-decorated store fronts, and Kristi Yamaguchi helps install a synthetic ice skating rink which can stand the California heat, built to resemble the famous rink at Rockefeller Center. To complete the New York at Christmastime theme, snow falls at the reception and the newlyweds, surrounded by 150 family and friends – who were flown in within 48 hours – dine under 10,000 strands of twinkle lights on filet mignon and lobster. To top it off, legendary Liza Minnelli performs the classic "New York, New York" at the newly married couple’s reception.

The "I Do Crew" includes: Stephanie Lydecker, who helps guide the couple through the special moments leading up to the wedding; Scott Corridan, responsible for theme and concept of the wedding; Joel West, in charge of building the venue and construction; Joann Richter, overseeing everything to do with style and etiquette; renowned chef Eric D. Ernest; and Steve Kemble, the organizer, whose years of experience with major events make him uniquely qualified for this grand undertaking.

"Extreme Makeover: Wedding Edition" is produced by Stoney Hill Productions. Craig Armstrong is the executive producer. Sally Ann Salsano is the co-executive producer.

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6 Responses to “Kyle Garlett & Carrie Riordan Get Married on Extreme Makeover: Wedding Edition”

  1. On Television Says:
    May 9th, 2005 at 10:50 am

    Kyle Garlett & Carrie Riordan Get Married on Extreme Makeover: Wedding Edition

    I guess Carrie’s stud detector is working….

  2. Jere Says:
    May 22nd, 2005 at 10:00 pm

    How do I get a copy of this show with Kyle Garlett getting married on Extreme Makeover, Wedding Edition. Mine got accidently taped over.

  3. kelda Says:
    June 24th, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    I recently watched a marathon of extreme makeover wedding edition and I saw a wedding that had a circular seating arrangment during the ceremony. I was wondering if anyone had any info on this because it was beautiful and I want it for my wedding. Thanks! Kelda

  4. renee Says:
    August 21st, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    i just saw the 5/9/05 episode. kyle and carrie had a beautiful wedding. they are truly a committed couple; the team did a fantastic job! my question is whether or not kyle has received the much needed heart transplant and if the couple are still together. I would appreciate an update. thanks

  5. Katrina Van Ekkendonk Says:
    September 22nd, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    How do I get a copy of this show with Kyle Garlett getting married on Extreme Makeover, Wedding Edition. The circular seating arrangement during the ceremony is something I want to recreate for my wedding.

  6. Tana Says:
    November 10th, 2007 at 4:19 am

    I just saw the 5/9/05 episode with Kyle and Carrie, and the love that they share just blew me away. I was in tears. I would love to get a taping of the show if at all possible. I just happened on the show so didn’t have a chance to record it. Is there a way to get a copy? Thank you

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