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Grand Forks native a participant on TLC's 'Four Weddings'

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A Grand Forks native will be making her debut on the small screen Thursday when the result of her quest for the ultimate luxury honeymoon is revealed.

Carrie (Horpedahl) Cathey, 28, and her husband Janeiro, 35, will appear on the season premiere of the TLC show "Four Weddings," a show that pits four brides against one another for a chance to win the honeymoon of their dreams.

"My husband and I would watch the show together and critique the people's weddings," said Carrie Cathey, an event coordinator in Chandler, Ariz.

They decided to apply after seeing a casting call for couples in their area, and Cathey said she was thrilled they were selected.

The filming for their episode started in early March and ended with the Cathey's wedding on April 7.

As part of the show, each bride attends the wedding of the other three participants.

"I had other friends' weddings to go to during the filming," Cathey said. "I ended up attending six weddings in seven weeks."

"I like weddings, but that was a little much," she said.

After attending each wedding, the show participants then graded each bride's wedding dress, venue, food and experience on a scale of 1 to 30 points, for a total of 120 points possible. The couple with the highest score wins the honeymoon.

Cathey chose "Under the Stars" for her wedding's theme, inviting 150 guests and holding the event at a local country club. Her budget was $10,000.

"It was nice we all had about the same amount for our budgets," she said. "Sometimes you see people with budgets of $30,000 and up on the show."

Cathey knows who won, but isn't allowed to reveal who until the show premieres. What she doesn't know is how the other brides scored her wedding or what scenes made the final cut.

"I don't know how they edited everything so I might have to apologize to my family for things I say on the show," she said with a laugh. "It'll be entertaining that's for sure."

Shooting the episode was no easy task. The couple would show up at 1 p.m. for filming and not return home until midnight or later. Retakes and interviews were also conducted in addition to live filming.

Despite the amount of time the show required, Cathey said she enjoyed the experience.

"It was worth it," she said.

The Catheys' "Four Weddings" episode will air at 8 p.m. Thursday on TLC.