The Prize: Mirassou Winery will award $10,000 to one lucky Grand Prize winner, plus the opportunity to meet with a Brides.com editor for a personalized wedding planning session. The Grand Prize Winner will also receive elegant Reed & Barton dinnerware, flatware, and crystal for eight place settings.
Last Year’s Winner: The 2008 contest winner, Rebecca Firszt of New York City, is busy with final preparations for her wedding to fiance Brad, which will take place in Florida in March.
Excerpts from Rebecca’s winning contest entry:
When Brad and I told our friends and family that we’d gotten engaged, the most popular response was “Finally!” We met at a high school youth symphony rehearsal and started dating shortly thereafter. In college, Brad left school early to perform in the Buffalo Philharmonic. The long-distance relationship was so hard on us that Brad left his position to move back to NYC. It’s been a challenge to afford NYC rent while paying tuition for Brad to finish his degree. Our favorite date-night activity is catching a summer Philharmonic concert in Central Park and drinking Mirassou Merlot with an all-cheese dinner.
Nine years after we first met, Brad proposed to me underwater while scuba diving. We would love to have a beach ceremony and reception in Florida, where we’re both from. And if we’re fortunate enough to win this generous prize, we’ll serve enough cheese and Mirassou wine to keep our guests stuffed for days!
Dates: This year’s contest kicks-off on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2009, and couples may enter through June 19, 2009. Up to five lucky finalists will be chosen and featured at www.mirassou.com/sayido for an online vote from July 20-August 9, 2009, and all finalists will receive a Mirassou gift package. The winning couple will be announced in August and will meet with a Brides.com editor this fall to sample wine and dessert pairings, learn about the hottest wedding trends and more.
- Go to www.mirassou.com/sayido to view the official rules and enter to win.