Caroline Currie and Jenna Eagleton are the first same-sex couple to win a dream wedding from Real Maine Weddings’ third annual contest. The happy couple got the news Sunday at a press conference, where last year’s winners announced it.
The votes were based on the public and vendors chosen to partner with the couple’s wedding.
“We choose a destination in Maine every year and use as many local vendors from the community as possible,” Real Maine Weddings editor Melanie Brooks told 429Magazine. “All of the vendors have shown major support for the couple.”
This is the first year the contest was open to same-sex couples because the contest rules state that the wedding must be legal. Jenna and Caroline were the only same-sex couple who decided to enter.
“We are happy and overwhelmed with the outpour of support,” Brooks said. “We haven’t gotten much negative feedback. For every one bad comment or email I would say we got 100 good ones. With a contest, no matter what you do, if your favourite doesn’t win someone will be angry.”
The $100,000 dream wedding planning will be documented from start to finish, and the public will be able to choose everything from the dresses and tuxedos to the menu and cake. Caroline and Jenna get to choose their three favourite things in each category (food, wedding bands etc.) and the public will choose from there.
The couple, who has been together for four years, got engaged on December 27 of last year and were approached to enter the contest at a bridal show. When they heard the details they went home and submitted the 2 minute video required for the contest and within a week it was on the site getting votes.
“We are really excited,” Jenna told 429Magazine. “Hopefully this will open people’s eyes to same-sex marriage and more gay couples will enter the contest. We hope that one day people just see couples as winners of the contest rather than a same-sex couple or a straight couple winning.”
The big day is Friday, October 18 this year and Jenna and Caroline say they are looking forward to the celebration that will take place over the course of three days.
“We are receiving so much support,” Caroline said. “Social media does invite people in and leave some negative feedback but for the most part we are so overwhelmed with the positivity.”
Real Maine Weddings will be doing a 24 page feature on the couple in January, when the contest begins for next year.