A $75,000 wedding of a lifetime is at stake
By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
The St. Cloud radio station KCLD 104.7 is sponsoring its fourth Grand Wedding contest where one lucky couple will have the wedding of their dreams paid for. Dylan Eschenbacker of Fort Ripley and his fiancé Lacey McCulley of Brainerd are vying for a $75,000 wedding package and are asking their friends, family, neighbors and even strangers to vote online for them.
They were chosen with three other couples (two have dropped out of the competition). Out of thousands of essay entries, 50 were chosen. From those, the four original couples were picked at random. Now there are two vying for the $75,000 package.
The couple produced a video with KCLD, which is online. By going to the KCLD Web site at http://www.1047kcld.com/includes/news_items/17/news_items_more.php?id=861§ion_id=17, anyone may vote for their favorite couple, after “liking” KCLD on Facebook. Each voter may cast a ballot once every 24 hours until midnight Sunday, March 11.
“We heard about the contest at an Expo in St. Cloud and I wrote the essay in January,” said McCulley. “We found out we were in the top four Feb. 24.”
In her essay to the radio station, McCulley wrote, “Dylan and I met through 4-H five years ago and I knew from our first summer we would spend forever together. I had our wedding details planned before the engagement, down to the father daughter dance, until March 22, 2010, when our world fell apart. My dad was killed in a car accident. My dream wedding has been forever changed without my dad to be there with us. But, by having KCLD give us the Grand Wedding it would be the wedding of my dreams without us or my mother worrying about our next to nothing wedding funds.”
Eschenbacker and McCulley, who’s wedding was originally planned for September, were told by the radio station that there were several thousand entries and their entry was one of 50 that really stood out.
The couple have already begun picking out dresses and tuxes, flowers, jewelry and the cake. If chosen, they will have 12 days to pull the rest together.
The two remaining couples will go to KCLD’s studio Monday where one will be eliminated and the couple with the most votes is revealed. The status of the voting up to that point is not revealed.
The winning couple doesn’t have to use all the vendors listed by KLCD, but are required to use the vendors on the station’s list if they wish that particular service for the wedding.
The vendors include Beautiful Grands at Mulligans for the wedding and dinner, JF Kruse Jewelers for the rings and the wedding party dresses and the tuxes must come from Mestad’s Bridal and Formal Wear.
The honeymoon is courtesy of Bursch Travel, Bella Photography will take the pictures and the flowers will come from Heaven’s Gifts. The cake will be baked at Cold Spring Bakery and the decorations will be supplied from We’ve Got It Covered. Other vendors include Tanning, hair and nails, DJ services from KCLD, hotel accommodations, plastic surgeons, massages and a rental photo booth.