Future brides from all over the New River Valley headed to the Inn at Virginia Tech this afternoon. But for one military couple, today means much more than just a wedding exhibit.
"That means the jewelry, flowers, wedding planner, location the food. All those things add up. We've had so many vendors step forward and say they're going to help us make it happen," says event organizer Barbara Newton.
The thought of having their wedding wishes come true has led to an emotional roller coaster for the two finalist couples: Jason Gwinn and Shelana Ryan and Heather Hale and her fiance, Ryan Otoole.
Otoole couldn't attend today's event because he's currently serving our country in Afghanistan. However, he was able to be there via skype at times throughout the day and during the big reveal where he and Hale were announced the winners.
"We listen to all of the stories and then the hard part is choosing one couple," says Newton. "but we choose one and then we help the second couple as much as we can."