In every story that was submitted, every bride told of her love; how it began and where it is now. Every bride is getting her fairytale. She has met her prince charming and it will be her day to become his princess...forever. Let us introduce you to the finalists:
Diana & Jerimiah: They will be wed on February 29, 2012. They have been together 5 years. In those 5 years they have experienced his job loss and then, on the very same day as the job loss, the diagnosis that Diana had cancer. They stuck it out - being there for each other. He now has a new job and she is cancer free. Without money for a honeymoon, maybe winning her dress will free up some funds in their budget to allow for a little get-a-way!
Jenny & Andrew: This couple met in their freshman year of college. Under a sky lighting up with fireworks, celebrating our independence, Andrew asked the big question! Now, Andrew is the one standing up for our freedom! He is serving in the US Air Force. Their love story continues to move forward but, at a distance for now. They will be getting married on December 10, 2011.
Jaime & Jamie: They share the same first name and on May 19, 2012 they will also share the same last name! Jaime, the bride-to-be, didn't know if love would be find her - she was nearly 30 and watching all of her friends marry and have babies and still hadn't found "the one". She took a chance, on an online dating site - not expecting really anything to come from it. But, Jamine, the groom-to-be found her. Three years later, they are planning their wedding and both feel fortunate to have found each other and the love that so many people long to have.
Deanna & Kevin: Their story was submitted via Deanna's sister, Melissa. Melissa told us that both Deanna & Kevin have built a strong bond together based on always doing for others. She stated that her sister, always a hopeless romantic since they were kids, had everything planned out; the groom would ask her father for her hand in marriage, where the proposal would be, where the wedding would take place....a childhood dream for many girls. But, then Deanna grew up and her life turned to serving others: being a camp counselor, working for a non-profit, helping youth. Then she met Kevin. Her equal on many levels because he was just as giving. Kevin was able to have the last conversation anyone had with Deanna's dad, before he passed away, and in that conversation he asked for his blessing to marry his daughter. The next part of Deanna's fairytale came true when Kevin proposed to her - just like she had dreamed of since she was a little girl. Their love story will continue on October 14. 2012, in the place where, as a little girl, Deanna dreamed her wedding to be.
Anita & Robert: After dating 3.5 years Robert took Anita back to the place where they had their first date, Atlantic City. She had an appointment at the spa (with no time to check in) and Robert left the room key at the spa desk for her. For him, this meant he had time to prepare everything just right! When Anita entered the room she saw candles, rose petals leading to the master suite...and in the master suite her boyfriend - in his Army Dress uniform. He proposed, she accepted. Anita describes her fiance as being "funny, unselfish, sweet, caring, generous and so loving". She wishes everyone could have a "Rob" in his or her life. He will become a part of her life forever when they wed in May of 2012.
Now, it is up to you! We had the tough job of narrowing the choices down to five...and it was tough. We were touched by so many of your stories and how each of you found your "prince". So, now friends, family and even maybe some strangers will vote! At the end of the week, the love story with the most votes will win and that bride will be awarded the wedding gown of her choice from our Fall 2011 Wedding Collection - which you can view on our website now!
The giveaway is being run from the "Contest" link on our Facebook Fan page. This posting was just to give everyone a peek into the selection process! If you want to vote for your friend or family member:
Click on Contest (link on the left)
Go to the Vote button
Click on the couple you want to win
Thanks, everyone! If you have any other questions just let us know!
Good luck to our finalists....and good luck to everyone embarking on the road to being married! We wish you all love, joy and happiness during this time and all the days of your life...