Winners of the 2014 Hudson Valley Ultimate Bridal Expo

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Looking back, it seems like it was just yesterday that Jim from Artistic Images Videography, John from MSV Entertainment in Wappingers Falls, the Hyde Park Florists and myself were sitting down for breakfast at the Falls Diner in Wappingers discussing the idea of giving away a free wedding. We were sold on the idea of pooling our resources and giving one lucky couple a day to remember by giving everything they would need for their wedding for free. And as luck would have it, John just so happened to be working with Joe from Clear Channel Radio on a 1 minute spot for MSV, and so he made the connection that turned a small idea, written on some coffee stained napkins, into a simulcast that reached over a hundred thousand couples as far away as Pennsylvania.

In fact, the larger than life $20,000 prize from last years Bridal Expo Giveaway had so many pre registered brides that the event had to be moved to a bigger venue – the Mid Hudson Civic Center, February 10, 2013.

Last year, this being my second year at the Expo, I had the same reservations as the first. I wondered, would the couple be a real couple or someone looking for a free party? Would they be in love or just someone looking for a free party? Would they be grateful and appreciative or would they be counting the days till their free party? Thankfully though Krystal and Kevin, the couple who drew the first place price, was none of these.

When I saw Krystal crying on stage, holding onto her fiances hand for dear life, I started crying too. I think we all did. When she turned to Kevin and said this is going to change our lives forever, we cried again. And when Kevin looked over at her and then leaned in for a kiss, we knew these two were the real deal. They were in love and getting ready to start their lives together in a most incredible way.

It’s amazing how time flies, because the day of the wedding came faster than any of us expected. I cannot express how grateful I am to know you guys and I wish you many years of happiness. And just in case you’re ever in the area – I’ll save you a seat for brunch at the Double O’ Grill.

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