Erik and Nadine Courtney Newlyweds Bravo

Set Your DVR: Erik and I are starring on the Bravo show Newlyweds: The First Year!

Long-time readers have noticed that I’ve been scaling back on the personal posts this year. It’s literally been the best year of my entire life, but I haven’t posted about it very much–no wedding photos!–which is SO not me.

Now, after months of being coy and hinting at exciting news to come, I can finally reveal the reason for the aloofness:

Erik and I have been filming a reality TV show for Bravo!

Bravo Newlyweds Erik and Nadine

It’s called Newlyweds: The First Year, and it follows us for 12 whole months as we navigate the first year of marriage. We’re one of 4 couples on the show, which is now in its second season. The first episode will air Tuesday March 10th at 10pm.

Obviously, I hope you’ll set your DVRs, tune in, and tell all your friends, “Hey! I know that girl!”



If you head over to the Bravo website, you’ll see a microsite devoted to the show. Here’s a sneak peek:

Season two of Newlyweds: The First Year, follows four new couples — Samantha Abby and Laura Leigh Abby, Erik Courtney and Nadine Jolie Courtney, Kirk and Laura Knight, and Rouvaun and Toi Walker — in this groundbreaking series that documents newlyweds for the entire first year of marriage. From challenging in-laws to fertility struggles and merging complicated lives together, the show will feature all of the trials and tribulations that can arise as a newlywed.

Nadine Jolie Courtney Newlyweds

And the bio for Erik and me:

When Nadine first met Erik on an online dating site, she was a glamour-loving beauty/travel blogger, and he was a Comic-Con loving tech nerd. Nadine came from a traditional Circassian-Middle Eastern family and Erik had a tumultuous upbringing with his Episcopalian-nun mother. Though they are cut from a different cloth, Nadine has peeled back the layers and discovered that Erik truly is her “Prince Charming”. After a whirlwind courtship of only four months, Erik proposed to Nadine in Paris. Now, as they shift out of their honeymoon phase into real life, Erik and Nadine continue to get to know each other and work on finding a common ground. Erik, a people pleaser, always aims to make Nadine happy but faces some challenges pleasing her conservative father. Meanwhile, Nadine who is already a two-time published author, puts strain on herself to complete her third book. Will Erik and Nadine find bliss in their first year of marriage, or will these two strangers realize that they are way in over their heads?


It was a huge decision to open up our lives so intimately…not to mention in our very first year of marriage…not to mention to Bravo. We know we’re potentially setting ourselves up for criticism, misunderstanding, and judgment from millions of people, so we have our fingers crossed that whatever you see on screen doesn’t make us look totally terrible. But even if it does…well, thank goodness for therapy and a supportive husband/wife, I guess!

Erik Courtney Newlyweds

As the show airs, I’ll finally be able to blog about all the exciting personal and professional developments in our lives. I find blogging and sharing honestly with you cathartic and rewarding, so I’m SO excited to have the floodgates open again, even if it’s a bit scary.

Newlyweds the First Year

Big hugs to you all, and thanks especially to long-time readers who have been so patient. Here’s to the next chapter!

xoxo, Nadine

PS: Please like our Erik & Nadine page on Facebook!

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  1. COULD NOT POSSIBLY BE MORE EXCITED FOR YOU!!! Yaaaa! Congrats congrats – setting my DVR right this very moment.

  2. Sarah

    How exciting! Definitely will watch! Love your red dress in the promo shots … where’s it from?

  3. Kristin

    Congratulations Nadine and Erik! I’ve been following you since the beginning…2005?! Eek! I can’t wait to see the show….and more importantly, this means we’ll finally see your wedding photos. :) PS Where is this red dress from?! I’m in love.

  4. Beth

    I’ve been a long-time reader of your blog and have really empathized with your personal experiences of dating and being single in your late 20s. I am really looking forward to learning more about you and Erik, especially having also met my-boyfriend online!

  5. Jenny P

    AWESOME! :) I’m so happy for you both! I love Bravo, and I have been following your blog for a long time so what a bonus. I hope that it’s going well, and look forward to it airing!

  6. Nadine, Congrats! I know the show will be a hit:) The red dress is so chic. Can you share where it’s available?

  7. Thanks, ladies!! We’re so, so excited to share everything with you. :)

    The red dress is one of my absolute, all-time favorites. I bought it from Topshop in London back in…hmm…let’s see…2010? 2011? It is insanely comfy and always gets compliments!

  8. Meg

    I am a long time reader (since the days you were dishing magazine insider scoop) and rarely if ever comment, but just had to say I am SO excited for you and Erik. I’d love to see posts about you and Erik’s response to each ep. Can’t wait to watch!

  9. @Meg, thank you!! We DEFINITELY plan to be blogging and also live tweeting each episode. ;) I’m @nadinecourtney on Twitter and he’s @erikcourtney if you want to follow on Twitter!