Off the court, WNBA star Brittney Griner celebrates her own unique sense of style. But it was her bride-to-be, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, who took the driver’s seat when the pair went shopping for a gown that Johnson would wear down the aisle.
Johnson, 24, a forward with the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, and Griner, 24, a center for the three-time champion Phoenix Mercury, announced their engagement last August. Together they appear on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, airing Jan. 30.
“Being on a court, I know exactly what I’m doing,” Griner says on the show. “Being on a bridal floor, not so much!”
In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Griner adds: “I was nervous, but I knew at the end of the day we would have a dress. It also let me know how real things are – when I saw Glory in her dress I just couldn’t keep the tears back.”
The TLC series, currently in its eighth season, follows the emotional search by brides for their dream dress at Bridals by Lori in Atlanta. Johnson ultimately selected a full-length, strapless champagne design by Matthew Christopher, featuring silk chiffon and lace floral overlay with contouring bands and a small train.
“Dressing Glory was not as I had envisioned,” salon owner Lori Allen tells PEOPLE. “I expected this fabulous athlete – who would not really want to look like a traditional bride. I’m thinking maybe a pants suit? Boy was I wrong.”
“Ultimately Glory was very traditional and was only interested in pleasing Brittney – like most other brides,” says Allen. “This is why I love bridal – it keeps you on your toes! In the end, Glory looked glorious.”