The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 26, 2012

EHS grad’s wedding to be featured tonight on TLC

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

— An Enid High School graduate will be featured on the national television show “Four Weddings” tonight on TLC.

The wedding of Cammi Valdez and Clayton Mathews will be featured on the program at 8 p.m. on channel 33 on Suddenlink.

The show features four brides who attend each other’s weddings and judge the other brides on the wedding experience, venue, dress and food. They then vote on those categories, and the bride with the most votes wins a honeymoon. Cammi Mathews said she knows who won, but cannot reveal it.

The first wedding was in June, and Cammi and Clayton were married in August, the last wedding of the four.

“I never did anything on TV before. I never judged anyone else’s wedding. It was a lot of fun and a different experience,” she said.

As a judge, she had to wear a microphone and endure countless interviews about her opinions on each wedding. She had to arrive very early to get ready and stay late to make comments on the days of each wedding she judged. She had to make comments as she ate dinner about what she liked and did not like. She filled out a book that helped guide the questions, but said the questions to her were general. She was asked to comment on place settings and a number of details.

“They have a sense of it and they pick out questions to get more sound bites,” she said.

On her wedding day she was not bothered and was allowed to enjoy the day, she said.

She said she saw an advertisement for the program and thought it would be interesting since her wedding was scheduled in the time period the program sought. TLC officials responded to her application and did an interview on Skype and she was selected. The finale was filmed in September.

“It was a really fun experience, getting to know the three other girls who I wouldn’t have met otherwise,” Cammi Mathews said. “I like it, and it made our wedding a little more special.”

She was a 2004 graduate of Enid High School.

She now lives in Boston, where she is a graduate student at Harvard. She is working on her Ph.D. in biological and biomedical sciences. Her area of research is on diabetic retinopathy, eye diseases caused by diabetes. She hopes to have a career in academic administration.

She met her husband, a bluegrass fiddler, through match.com. He is a professional musician with his own band, plus he plays with other bands and operates an entertainment company. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston.