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Monday, February 13, 2012

Win a Dream Military Wedding While Helping Charity

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Operation Happily Ever After

Sometimes out of tragedy comes inspiration – this was just the case for Wayne and Angie. Nearly 15 years ago, while active Air Force members, the couple’s 16 year-old son went missing. During the search for him, the couple was shocked by the love and support they received from their community, and fellow military members most of all. While their search didn’t have a happy ending, they turned tragedy into an opportunity to give back via Operation Happily Ever After.

Having felt the loving support and kindness of their fellow military members, the couple now strives to give back in any way they can. The second annual Operation Happily Ever After giveaway is currently running, and couples have a chance to win a wedding worth $50,000. If either the bride or groom is a military member, then you qualify for the contest.

The winning couple will receive a dream wedding including a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception with all the trimmings, luxury beachfront accommodations, photographers, a videographer, flowers, a dress, tuxedos, weddings bands, invitations and much more. The lovely folks over at Operation Happily Ever After have covered all the bases.

The wedding will take place on the beach in front of the Sea Watch Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on September 8, 2012. Their rehearsal dinner will be held at Ripley’s Aquarium and sponsors like Peaches and Cream and The Little White Dress will work to provide the winning couple with anything they may need. Accommodations will also be provided for the couple, their immediate family and their bridal party.

So, here’s how to enter: visit and click on the contests tab. Here you will find a list of rules which will make sure you qualify, as well as a registration form. In addition to the form, the couple must also send in a picture and a few paragraphs about themselves. Within a couple days of receiving your materials, the couple’s information and photo will be posted on the website.

To win, couples must get as many votes as possible on The couple with the most votes as of 12 midnight EST on March 16, 2012 will win. Best of all? The folks behind the contest have found a way to really make each vote count. Each vote will donate $1.00 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. This organization helps service members returning from deployment with traumatic brain injuries.

So, not only will your friends and family be helping you to win your dream wedding, they will be helping our service men and women. For more information or to enter the contest, please visit or

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