updated 04/28/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/27/2012 AT 12:00 PM ET
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak found her dream wedding dress three years ago.
There was only one problem.
“I had no groom, no ring, nothing,” Zolciak told Anderson Cooper on his talk show Anderson set to air May 17.
Despite being “in love” with the dress, Zolciak told Cooper she resisted the temptation to shell out for the $58,000 price tag at the time – but when she got engaged to Atlanta Falcons player Kroy Biermann in October 2011, her first call was to Baracci, the Los Angeles boutique where she had seen it.
Because Zolciak was set on having an 11/11/11 wedding however, less than a month after getting engaged, the company said there was no way they could make her a dress in such a short time.
While she was doing a Google search for dress ideas, though, Zolciak – who is now starring in a wedding-themed reality show on Bravo, Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding – said she stumbled upon a familiar image.
“Up popped the exact dress that was in the window three years prior,” she told Cooper. “A lady wore it for an hour two weeks before.”
The dress’s owner matched her measurements perfectly, Zolciak said, so she jumped on the opportunity.
“I just bought it, and just hoped for the best,” she told Cooper. “And it was perfect.”