By CHRISSY SMITH
LACOMBE – Alexa Hardy and Ryan Eades have found it.
True love, that is.
Both Northshore High School graduates and now residents of Lacombe, Hardy and Eades were featured on the popular TV show, “Say Yes to the Dress,” on TLC after the couple became engaged. “Say Yes to the Dress” is a show that reveals the inner workings of the world’s premier bridal salon, Kleinfeld Bridal. Part fashion show, part bridal story, part family therapy, the series uncovers the hurdles every staff member faces to make each bride completely satisfied on what may be the single most important day of her life.
Hardy was selected as one of the bride’s to pick her dream dress on TV, and while she did pick a stunning gown, her fiance’ Eades has not watched that part of the episode so he can be surprised on the big day.
Eades is the son of Marian and the late Ned Eades. The baseball field at Northshore High School is named after Ned, who passed away from cancer when Ryan was 12. Ryan was a star pitcher while at Northshore, and went on to play for Paul Mainieri at LSU. He was so successful there that he was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Hardy graduated from Millsaps College with a degree in psychology and works at a business in Covington. She plans on going back to school to further her education in nutrition. Eades’ mom is the head softball coach at Northshore High School, and Hardy actually played for her when she was in high school.
The couple got engaged on Halloween last year, but it was several years before that Eades said he knew Hardy was the one for him.
“It was in my second year of college, and we were doing the long-distance thing, and it was just easy with her. The long distance made us figure it out quickly,” Eades said.
The right-handed pitcher proposed right after he signed with the Twins.
Hardy said she applied online for the show because of their unique story.
“They contacted me after I submitted the application, and I had several interviews on the phone,” Hardy said.
Once she was picked, she and her family flew to New York where the show was filmed. Hardy has a sister and three brothers, but it was her mom, dad and sister who were involved in the filming.
“I was nervous about it because I am sarcastic and a goofball and I didn’t want to show all that,” Hardy said. “It came out really nice, though.”
The show focused on the fact that Hardy’s dad is very conservative and was worried about how revealing the potential wedding dress could be. However, Hardy ended up with a dress that both she and her dad liked.
The show originally aired at the end of November, but the episode, titled “Dueling Visions,” can be watched online at TV.com as well as Charter On Demand.
Hardy and Eades will be getting married on November 28, 2015, at the Tea Room at the Audubon Zoo.