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Meet the First Transgender Bride to Appear on 'Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta'

by Desiree Murphy 9:35 AM PST, January 15, 2016
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TLC's long-running wedding series has said 'Yes' to their first transgender bride-to-be.

Precious Davis, a 30-year-old motivational speaker originally from Omaha, Nebraska, will appear on Friday's episode of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.

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ET spoke to Davis about her decision to join the show, wedding preparation, her relationship with her fiancé and of course, that dress!

"It's such a moment in time, to be able to share our love story in this moment of trans visibility, resilience and equality," Davis told ET when asked about her decision to join the show. "It feels like a gift. This is a moment for people to see that trans is beautiful and that we have hopes and dreams just like everyone else. We are human."

Davis told ET that she and her fiancé, 30-year-old Myles Brady (who is also transgender), will be tying the knot in a "beautiful" summer wedding at Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago, Illinois.

"Originally I wanted to invite 1,000 people because we're community figures, and community outreach has always been so important, but we decided that we're going to have 200 people -- our closest family and friends -- joining us," she explained.

Drawing from Cinderella, Davis revealed that her wedding colors are Wedgwood, blush and gold. "It's going to be very extravagant and very royal," she gushed, adding that the chapel is "one of the most historic venues in Chicago."

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While Davis was inspired by a number of "royal" weddings, including Kate Middleton's and her close friend and fellow advocate Janet Mock, there's one in particular that stood out to her.

"My sister, Tina, got married in 1993, and at the time, dyeable pumps were all the rage," she said. "I remember going with my sister to get a pair of beautiful, '90s stiletto white pumps re-dyed to ivory. She put them up in her closet, and when she left, I remember walking down the hall, playing in those shoes. My sister came back and was like, 'What happened to my shoes?!' because they were bent on the ends because my feet were so tiny."

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"But I remember being in her wedding and seeing her. She looked like Snow White," she continued. "When I look at images of that wedding, because I had such a tumultuous childhood and then my family kind of fell apart, that was the last memory of family to me -- we were all together, thinking of good times. As I go into my wedding, I still want to invoke the grandness of it. She as was a queen, she was a princess!"

Her regal vibe will undoubtedly be seen in the dress she chooses. When Davis stepped into Bridals by Lori, the boutique featured on the show, she immediately let the consultants know she had an unlimited budget.

Photo: Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta

"I grew up as a gender non-conforming child, always playing with dolls and being a diva and loving Whitney Houston and tying blankets around my waist, belting out 'I Will Always Love You' and envisioning myself as beautiful," she shared. "So, all my life I've had a vision of what my wedding and dress would be like."

See a sneak peek of Davis picking out her dress in the video below.

While the dress is key to the wedding, Davis revealed there's an even more powerful message at the center of her and Brady's love story -- and one that she hopes viewers will be inspired by.

"I hope that they will see two human beings in love, and that love doesn't come in the package that we think it does," she explained. "Our love story challenges people to step outside that stereotypical notion. We as transgender individuals have hopes and dreams that we are human beings who deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. I think the visibility of what me and Myles represent can bring light to another piece of being transgender. When I think of the current landscape of the transgender community, you have Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner. We are all part of this beautiful patchwork. This is a moment in history."

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Viewers at home may recognize the couple, who was featured in Miley Cyrus' Happy Hippie Foundation's #InstaPride social media campaign last June.

"She's such a wonderful person and that experience was amazing," Davis revealed about the 23-year-old pop star. "The love and light of her bringing together all these transgender and gender non-conforming individuals for a photo shoot of twelve different people of very different identities was absolutely beautiful."

"It wasn't just like working with another celebrity, it was working with someone who also feels that they don't fall on just one place on the gender spectrum," she continued. "I love her story, coming from a girl who was on Disney and was forced to be something. That's very similar to being transgender, we're all expected to be in this little box that there's male and female, so I love that she's really shattered that."

As we patiently wait to see what dress Davis says 'yes' to on Friday night's episode of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta airing at 9 p.m. ET on TLC, watch the video below to hear more on Cyrus' social drive.

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