Finalists selected for ‘Wedding on The BLVD’

(Top L to R) Andrew Hoskins & Sharon Bowers; Juan Calderon & Laura Martinez. (Bottom L to R) Brandy English & Doran Hutchinson; Conner Grey & Olivia Burgess; Justine Thompson & Victor Hooper.

(Top L to R) Andrew Hoskins & Sharon Bowers; Juan Calderon & Laura Martinez. (Bottom L to R) Brandy English & Doran Hutchinson; Conner Grey & Olivia Burgess; Justine Thompson & Victor Hooper.

LANCASTER – The BLVD Association has announced the five finalist couples in the “Wedding on The BLVD” contest.

The winning couple will receive a comprehensive package for a wedding on Lancaster Boulevard for up to 50 guests, free of charge, with each item donated by the various merchant members of the Association. Finalists were selected from among dozens of couples who entered the contest at the Antelope Valley Fair’s Bridal Show on Jan. 13.

“We had an incredible group of couples enter the contest,” said Erica Allbee, owner of All About Fitness and Chairwoman of the Wedding on The BLVD Committee. “They had such moving and beautiful love stories, each uniquely their own. The judging was difficult, but we believe we have an excellent field of finalists for our VIP judging panel to choose from.”

All finalist couples are presently engaged and residents of the Antelope Valley.  They are (alphabetically by groom-to-be last name):

  • Laura Martinez and Juan Calderon
  • Olivia Burgess and Connor Grey
  • Justine Thompson and Victor Hooper
  • Sharon Bowers and Andrew Hoskins
  • Brandy English and Doran Hutchinson

The winning couple will be selected by a VIP judging panel with representatives from various local media outlets. The winners will be unveiled to the public on Valentine’s Day.

“I’d like to congratulate each of these wonderful couples for advancing to this stage of the contest,” said Jill Cooper, BLVD Association President and Vice President of Antelope Valley Bank. “The BLVD Association would love to be a part of any of their weddings. We look forward to working with the winning couple to make their wedding dreams come true.”

Once the couple is announced, participating downtown merchants will begin working with the couple to choose three choices for each aspect of their wedding – for example, three bridal gowns; three styles of invitations; etc. The public will then have the opportunity to vote online to make the final selection for each item that will be included in the wedding. The winning couple will be married on the Bandstand Stage at 706 W. Lancaster BLVD on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

The couple will receive the following at no cost:

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  13 comments for “Finalists selected for ‘Wedding on The BLVD’

  1. Scott Pelka
    February 6, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    They could use the homeless people around the blvd. as witnesses for the wedding.

    • Scott
      February 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Why, do you not approve of the hispanic couple?

      • sacryinshame
        February 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm

        They are my favorite choice for the only reason I can see. I like the hand over his heart. Does it mean, you have my heart?

    • Resident Cynic
      February 7, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      One of the prizes should have been a dollar bill for each guest to give to the panhandlers so they will leave the wedding party alone. Not sure 50 bucks would be enough tho.

  2. SJGranai
    February 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I hope a protest is staged on the day of the wedding for the discriminatory practices of this contest.

    • sacryinshame
      February 5, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Explain yourself SJGranai.

    • sikntired
      February 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      How so?

      • sacryinshame
        February 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm

        I wonder what kind of discrimination. Is the comment about a protest because of something specific. I wonder how the judges will chose the winner. Looks? Best personality? Talent, like tap dancing, baton twirling…? Swimsuit?

      • Forewarned
        February 6, 2013 at 8:55 am

        I believe SJGranal was referring to the fact that no one selected was…ummm….not white.

        • Lynn
          February 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

          Like any other contest should be run, I’m guessing these ontestants met the criteria of the contest the best.

        • sacryinshame
          February 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

          ohhhhhhh. Sometimes I’m glad to be blind.

        • John Howard
          February 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

          I think that SJGranai is implying that this contest in some way excluded same sex couples.

          Proposition 8 makes it illegal for same sex couples to marry in California. That law is currently being challenged, but will not be decided in time for it to affect this wedding.

    • Lynn
      February 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

      I hope you grow into a mature adult some day. Stop whining.

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