This is a partial transcript from "On the Record," May 5, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Jennifer Wilbanks took off just days before her 600- person wedding. It was set to be a huge affair, with 14 bridesmaids and 14 groomsmen. Was it Jennifer’s idea to plan such a massive wedding? Joining us from Gainesville, Georgia, is Jennifer’s wedding planner, Christopher Davidson. Welcome, Christopher.
CHRISTOPHER DAVIDSON, JENNIFER WILBANKS’S WEDDING PLANNER: Well, thank you.
VAN SUSTEREN: Christopher, first of all, tell me about your business. What kind of business do you run?
DAVIDSON: We have — here in Gainesville, we have a tuxedo, bridal, evening gown, pageant, prom, that type business, which is strictly after 5:00, and weddings.
VAN SUSTEREN: Do you just supply the dresses and the clothing for the men, or do you actually get involved in the planning of the wedding?
DAVIDSON: No, ma’am, we can take a wedding from conception of the girl getting the ring to her ideas of what she wants for her wedding — all the way through the bride and groom leaving and the tossing of the bouquet.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. So you planned — you helped plan the Mason-Wilbanks wedding, is that right?
DAVIDSON: Yes, ma’am. That’s correct.
VAN SUSTEREN: When did you first meet Jennifer and John?
DAVIDSON: Well, I’ve known Jennifer for years. I met John probably around November, somewhere around in there.
VAN SUSTEREN: When did you first discuss the plans for the wedding?
DAVIDSON: Well, Jennifer’s mother called me probably around June Or July, somewhere in there, I’m not exactly sure of the exact date, to check my calendar to make sure that I was available for the wedding date and to get on my books. And then probably, it was around late August, first of September when Jennifer came in for the first time.
VAN SUSTEREN: Did Jennifer seem to be enthusiastic about the size of her wedding and the planning?
DAVIDSON: Oh, most definitely, like every bride, just excited, ready to start getting on with their plans and looking forward to the day.
VAN SUSTEREN: A 600-person wedding seems large to me, but maybe it isn’t in your community. Is that a large wedding in your community?
DAVIDSON: Personally, a 600-guest wedding is about average. Here in Gainesville, we tend to do things — weddings a little larger than some towns do, but I think it’s sort of average.
VAN SUSTEREN: How about the number of bridesmaids and grooms, 14? Is that large, standard, unusual? What is that?
DAVIDSON: Oh, no. That’s large. To have that many bridesmaids and groomsmen is relatively large.
VAN SUSTEREN: I take it Jennifer had her dress picked out and ready to go on the wedding day?
DAVIDSON: The wedding dress had been altered. We had it all altered, and she was to come in on Thursday for a final fitting. And then we would have — Friday or Saturday morning, we would have pressed the gown and then we deliver the gowns to the church for the bride, so that they don’t have to hassle with carrying them to the church to keep them from getting wrinkled and all that type thing.
VAN SUSTEREN: What was her dress like?
DAVIDSON: Very simple, classic, elegant. It was strapless, a fitted waist, and then an A-line skirt with an extended chapel train.
VAN SUSTEREN: When did you last hear from Jennifer or talk to her prior to her disappearance.
DAVIDSON: I talked with Jennifer on Thursday or Friday the week before. And then, like I said, she was to have come in on Tuesday with John. They were coming in to pick up the tuxedos. And she had some errands to run, John told me, and so John and his father came in to pick up all the tuxedos. And then, like I said, Jennifer was to have been in the store on Thursday morning.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. But see — did he — I mean, on Thursday preceding the Tuesday that she left, is that when you last spoke to her?
DAVIDSON: Yes, ma’am. Sure was.
VAN SUSTEREN: Did you notice anything unusual?
DAVIDSON: Oh, no, no. Not at all. Because I was — her mother had been in, so — and I was talking to other people involved with the wedding. Plus, the weekend before, before her wedding, I had other weddings. So basically, Thursday afternoon, Fridays and Saturdays I was occupied with other weddings the weekend before hers.
VAN SUSTEREN: Any thoughts about what happened, Christopher, or how this happened? Did you ever see anything like this?
DAVIDSON: I’ve never seen anything like this. No, I sure haven’t. We’ve had weddings canceled before, but never this shape or form or fashion of the way this happened.
VAN SUSTEREN: John says that there’s going to be a wedding. Obviously, it’s still — I mean, it may a little premature. On the day that she called and was discovered alive, he was very excited, said there will be a wedding. Are you hearing any information about whether there’ll be a wedding?
DAVIDSON: The information I have is basically what everyone else has, that the wedding has not been canceled, that the wedding is just on — has just been postponed, and at some further date, that the wedding will take place.
VAN SUSTEREN: Any — what are people saying to you in the community? I mean, are they — are they mad at Jennifer, feel sorry for Jennifer, perplexed? What’s the description of the people you talk to?
DAVIDSON: Most people — of course, first thing people ask is: Do you know what happened, which, No, I don’t. But I think most people are curious as to the reason why that it happened the way it did and why she took off. But most people seem to generally be — that they’re concerned for her and are just really concerned that she gets the help that she needs and can get on with her life.
VAN SUSTEREN: Christopher, thank you.
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