LANCASTER – Jazmin Petty and Oswaldo Gonzalez, both of Palmdale, won the second annual “Wedding on The BLVD” contest, The BLVD Association announced Thursday. The couple will receive a comprehensive wedding package for up to 50 guests on The BLVD in downtown Lancaster.
“Jazmin and Oswaldo are such a beautiful couple,” said Erica Allbee, owner of All About Fitness gym and Chairwoman of the Wedding on The BLVD Committee. “Their personalities truly shined in their video contest entry. We’re very excited to help them make their dream wedding a reality.”
Jazmin and Oswaldo first met when he was driving out of a business location. She was making an illegal U-turn and he accidentally cut her off.
When the two stopped at the same red light a few moments later, Jazmin took the opportunity to give Oswaldo a piece of her mind.
“I was furious,” Jazmin said.
“When she was telling me everything she thought of me, it was love at first sight,” said Oswaldo. “I just had to get to know her.”
The two began talking and texting, and soon after, they ran into each other at a nightclub. They stayed up talking all night long and soon discovered that they were both born in the same area of Los Angeles and had even attended the same junior high school without knowing it.
“Everything she told me – her life story, my life story – we just connected,” said Oswaldo. “I’ve wanted to be with her ever since.”
The pair has already begun getting involved in community activities as a couple. They recently coached a youth softball team together. In addition to serving the children, “It really brought us closer together,” Jazmin said. “We were able to work together. It was our first year and we had no idea what we were doing, but we pulled it off.”
Jazmin and Oswaldo also take active part in community activities organized by their church.
“We try to take part as much as we can in the community,” said Oswaldo. “We’ve gone through some financial and emotional hardships, and the community has always been there for us when we needed them. We try to do anything we can to give back.”
When it was time to pop the question, Oswaldo returned to where they had first met. In the center turn lane where he had first cut Jazmin off, he set up white roses, balloons, and a heart-shaped sign that said “Jazmin Petty, will you marry me?” With regular traffic flowing all around them, Oswaldo got down on one knee in the middle of the street and asked her to be his bride.
The two will be married in a ceremony on The BLVD in June. The various aspects of the wedding package they have won are being donated by the merchants of The BLVD Association, with support from additional Lancaster businesses. For each item, the sponsoring merchant will work with the couple to select three options – for example, three wedding gowns, three reception menus, etc. Each week, the public will have the opportunity to view the three choices and vote for their favorite at www.theblvdwedding.com. These online votes will decide which item will ultimately be included in the couple’s wedding.
“The inaugural Wedding on The BLVD was nothing short of spectacular, and this year’s event is shaping up to be even better,” said Tim Anders, owner of BeX and president of The BLVD Association. “This is a community event, and we encourage the public to actively participate in planning Jazmin and Oswaldo’s wedding. Vote early, vote often – and learn something new about The BLVD along the way.”
The couple will receive the following at no cost:
- Bachelor party at Kinetic Brewing Company
- Bridal gown from Bella Bridal
- Bridal gown alterations and preservation by George’s Cleaners
- Bridesmaids’ dresses and groom’s tuxedo from Vintage Styles Now
- Invitations from Advanced Printing & Graphics
- Six-month membership to All About Fitness
- Salon services from Panache and Bella West Spa & Salon
- Ceremony on the Bandstand Stage in front of BeX
- Reception at BeX
- Catering for up to 50 guests by Giannini’s Bistro & Grill
- Wedding cake by Maribel’s Café and Bakery
- Centerpieces by Lamplighter Candles
- Engagement and wedding photography by award-winning Sutton Photography
- Wedding photo framing by Graphic Experience
- Flowers by Antelope Valley Florist
- Entertainment by Renaissance Art Center
- Honeymoon at a Ventura beach house, donated by Bella West Spa & Salon
Additional sponsors for this year’s Wedding on The BLVD include: Antelope Valley Bank, a Division of California Bank & Trust; Aven’s Furniture; Boulevard Flooring Emporium; Creativity Aint a Side Hustle; and In Perfect Balance pilates studio.
“On behalf of the Lancaster City Council, I’d like to congratulate Jazmin and Oswaldo on this wonderful milestone in their lives,” said Council Member Sandra Johnson. “I’d also like to thank The BLVD Association, its Wedding on The BLVD Committee, and all of the participating merchants for making this event possible. What an incredible gift for this young couple as they begin their life together.”
To watch Jazmin and Oswaldo’s wedding planning progress and to vote each week on items for their wedding, visit www.theblvdwedding.com.
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