ROTC member Sam Quattrone, a senior exercise science major from Lakewood, New York, and his fiance, Katie Carmichael, a senior business management major from Traverse City, Michigan, were among 15 couples in contention for the dream wedding package at Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Michigan.
Voting started Feb. 6 and continued until 11:59 p.m. on Feb 13. The couple asked close friends and family to vote, but word spread quickly across campus and soon hundreds of students, faculty and staff were voting for the couple. On Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, Castle Farms announced Carmichael and Quattrone the winners.
The package will allow the Cedarville couple a wedding with 150 guests and includes catering, entertainment, flowers, photography, hair and makeup, an officiant and accommodations for their wedding night. The prizes were provided by businesses around Charlevoix and sponsored by the Michigan country music radio station WTCM.
The wedding prize completely turned around the couple’s expectations about their upcoming nuptials. Because Quattrone starts U.S. Army infantry training in early June, and then U.S. Army Ranger school immediately after, their minimal plans for a ceremony were scaled back even further. Until the announcement from Castle Farms on Valentine’s Day.
“Winning this contest is more to us than just a free wedding, it’s a sign of God’s faithfulness and provision,” Carmichael said. “Two weeks ago we found out that Sam’s report date was a lot sooner than we thought, so we went from the little wedding plans we had established back down to zero. We felt a little defeated, but we moved on and looked ahead. Now, in a matter of one week, we went from changing plans and nothing established to a free wedding and a list of wedding vendors to call. God is faithful.”
The couple found the contest while looking for wedding venues in Michigan. Castle Farms was at the top of their list, but out of their price range. One of the employees at Castle Farms informed them about the contest, and they submitted their entry.
A former local (Lakewood ) resident and now military personnel has an opportunity to have a military wedding paid for if they get the most votes by 11:59 tonight.
They currently lead, but are losing ground.
They need 30 seconds of your time to help them out and vote.
Vote for Sam and Katie. They are the only black and white photo. Only 5 hours left of voting. Don’t let another couple take it from them at the last minute.
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