the official D.I.Y win-your-wedding WINNERS are . . . ginny + david!

After weeks of reading through wonderful wedding applications AND oodles of comments from the contestants' loved ones, we have reached a tough (it's hard not to want to choose ALL our applicants) decision. We are THRILLED to announced that the winning couple of our D.I.Y Win-Your-Wedding contest are (drumroll here):

Ginny + David . . . who will say "i do" in Arlington, Texas in October 2012.

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Arlington, Texas :: October 2012

the delightful services that ginny + david have won:

 wedding day photography ~ SilverBox Photographers

event planning ~ the bridal solution

wedding stationery ~ hoot design co.

photo book + save the date cards ~ pinhole press

a gift toast the new couple ~ wileyware hand-blown drinking glasses

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 There are so many reasons why ginny and david won us over:

a sweet, compassionate, delightful couple!

Ginny is a pediatric oncology nurse at a Children’s hospital in Dallas and is pursuing a nurse practitioner degree at Texas Woman's University. She describes herself as romantic, ambitious and thrifty (and we say "what an awesome combination of qualities!"). She and David have been together for over six years. The three words they chose to depict their relationship were: unconditional, blessed, compassionate. We had a hunch that we were falling for this couple, and comments sent in support of ginny and david sealed the deal:

one comment in particular summed it up for us: "[Ginny] has been the most caring nurse (and favorite) to my cancer kid and many other kids. She is genuine through and through. She doesn’t work her job but actually ministers to these sick kids by giving them JOY! Wagon rides, play dates, slushies, and big smiles. If I had the money I would give her the dream wedding but I don’t. So PLEASE pick Ginny and David! We want to partake in the down-home celebration. The sooner she gets married, the sooner she can have kids of her own to love on!"

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a DIY dream-come-true vision for the day

we particularly appreciated ginny and david's emphasis on their wedding being truly memorable AND fun for their guests. here's how the two described their vision: "We really want our family, friends, and loved ones to have a fun and memorable time on our special day. We visualize a romantic outdoor ceremony. A cocktail hour with cute DIY mason jars, lemonade, mint mojito's, several entertaining activities for guests throughout the night including polaroid guestbook, huge canvas with acrylic paint, some softball equipment to entertain the kids. Casual standing buckets for cokes and beer with delicious Texas BBQ catering by Rudy's. When guests are ushered upstairs for the reception they will be mesmerized by the 5000 sq ft barn with chandeliers and whimsical floral centerpieces. All followed by a lot of celebrating and dancing of course!"

for more on ginny and david's aesthetic vision, click here: http://pinterest.com/ginnywedding/my-diy-wedding/

location, location, location

ginny and david painted a delightful picture of their wedding's location (we are smitten with the combination of a rustic barn, a porch, fields, trees and chandeliers!): "Howell Family Farms has a cozy cottage with a wrap-around porch, a beautiful outdoor ceremony area with tall trees, an elegant two-story rustic barn adorned with chandeliers for the reception, and a spacious lush green field with a little league baseball diamond perfect for memorable wedding activities, cocktail/refreshments hour, and a surprise [we could ruin the surprise, so we're leaving this blank . . . you'll have to tune into the Silver Lining AFTER Ginny + David's wedding to hear more!] for guests."

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congratulations, ginny + david! We can't wait to work with you!