An Omaha native will be the first openly transgender bride to appear on "Say Yes to the Dress" tonight.
Precious Davis and her husband-to-be, Myles Brady, will appear on the Atlanta version of the show, designed to help future brides find their wedding dresses.
Davis, 30, graduated from Burke High School and then went to Iowa Western Community College for one year before transferring to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After she participated in a study-abroad program in London and Paris, she decided that she wanted to live in a more metropolitan area. So she moved to Illinois to finish her degree at Columbia College Chicago.
Now she is a motivational speaker and the assistant director of diversity recruitment initiatives at Columbia. She also does consulting work in diversity and inclusion for corporations and nonprofit organizations.
Davis and her fiance, who also is transgender, share their story openly on social media. A member of the "Say Yes to the
Dress: Atlanta" production team saw them online and reached out to Davis on Twitter.
Davis found a dress on the show, which airs at 8 tonight on TLC.
"The dress is definitely fit for a queen — a royal moment in my life," she said.
Her wedding will be held in Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. The couple plan to invite 1,000 people. Davis said in a preview for the show that they want the community to celebrate with them.
Davis and Brady met while she was working at an LGBT community center on the north side of Chicago. Brady came to talk to her about doing some work in partnership with her organization.
"He says it was love at first sight," she said. "I wasn't really feeling him. I gave him the runaround for months."
Brady would see Davis at community events and tell people that he was going to marry her, she said. She told him that she was a career woman who didn't have time to date.
"My work is my life, and I don't have time for you," she told him.
It didn't work. He kept coming around and flirting with her. One day, he showed up outside her job and asked her to dinner.
After that, the pair connected at a transgender health conference in Philadelphia. That night, Brady told Davis that he wanted to take care of her for the rest of her life, and they danced the night away. They've been together ever since.
They got engaged in February. Brady tricked Davis into going to Millennium Park landmark Cloud Gate, affectionately known as "The Bean." He told her that Beyonce and Jay Z were there. Davis didn't find the celebrities, but she did see Brady, down on one knee.
"I think I scared people because my scream was, like, shriekish," she said.
The couple want to share their story to show others that love comes in many different packages.
"I really want people to consider that love is not always how we think it looks," Davis said. "It's not just what the movies show us."
Davis said it's affirming to be the first transgender couple on the show.
"Our visibility on 'Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta,' I hope it inspires people everywhere to stand in the authenticity of their truth," she said. "That they can be who they are, just by sharing their story."