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It includes the dress and the cake, the photographs and the flowers.
There’s also the limo service, the entertainment, the tuxes and the reception and rehearsal dinner.
It’s a bride and groom-to be-dream, and one bridegroom-to-be is a Talladega resident, and he and his fiancée are in the running for a fabulous free wedding courtesy of Auburn University.
Wes Sinor and Jennifer Coleman could get the dream wedding, but they have to round up enough votes from the public to win.
It’s the first year for the War Eagle wedding offer, which will take place on Samford Lawn on the Auburn University campus May 26.
And Wes and Jennifer are one of the top three finalists for the great big all expense paid and all about Auburn University wedding.
Wes graduated from Auburn with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and is a sports writer for The Daily Home.
Jennifer is finishing her last semesters at Auburn, she’s majoring in biomedical sciences.
Both being Auburn students, they’re of course all about Auburn and would love to win the wedding.
“We always dreamed about getting married on Samford Lawn, and this is the perfect opportunity for us,” Wes said.
The opportunity is a huge one, and even though the wedding planning will involve their public supporters to some degree, Jennifer said that’s just fine.
“We decided that the only thing that matters is spending the rest of our lives together.”
Wes and Jennifer met in October, 2008 while playing in an intramural flag football game at Auburn.
“She quickly became my best friend and we began dating in September, 2010,” Wes said.
Within a month after that, he proposed, and the answer was “yes.”
At that time, though, there wasn’t a ring.
So Wes spent the next year saving up for a ring, and by August of 2011, he had the money, got the ring and decided to propose again.
This time, he popped the question on the flag football field at Auburn where they met three years earlier.
And this time, Jennifer said “yes” all over again.
“I’ve been in love with Jen since the first time I saw her,’ Wes said. “And as each day passes, my love for her grows stronger. I can’t imagine spending the rest of my life with anyone else.”
Jen’s comments are much the same about her future husband.
“He’s my best friend, I’ve never been so comfortable and so happy,” she said.
They hope making appeals on Facebook will help them win and that people will vote online for them at WarEagleWedding.com beginning today. That’s where the Facebook link will be posted, and people can vote five more times for their win. Voting will continue through Jan. 19 and the winners will be announced Jan. 20.
Before entering the contest, Wes and Jennifer were struggling with trying to figure out how to plan a wedding on a low budget.
Wes was born in New Orleans, but spent most of his childhood in Costa Rica. He attended high school in Peachtree City, Ga. and Gurnee, Ill.
Jennifer attended Flomaton High School in Flomaton, Ala. and started her studies at Auburn in 2007.
They had to submit a two-minute video for the competition, and were asked about how they met, the proposal and why they wanted to win and become the first War Eagle wedding couple.
It was filmed by Auburn wedding organizers on Samford Lawn Dec. 14.
After that, the three finalist couples were treated to a tour of the clock tower at Samford Hall, a privilege not too many people receive.
“That was a great surprise to a wonderful day,” Wes said.
As the wedding planning progresses, the public will continue voting, as choices are made about the cake and so many other details to determine.
Contest information includes the stipulation that the winning couple will have the most Auburn spirit.
“We have both been big Auburn fans since we were kids, my parents went to Auburn, her Dad went to Auburn, and it’s the only place we ever wanted to go to college,” Wes said.
But, the couple agrees that if the competition were for a set of Alabama fans, they would want to help Alabama fans win, too.
“There’s always the fun of the competition in football, and we all have our favorites,” Jennifer said.
And then, of course, there’s the football part of the Auburn fans’ story, in addition to the academic and “Auburn family” connection.
“We bleed orange and blue and you can bet, we never miss a game to pull for our Tigers,” Wes said.
As for Jennifer, she puts it this way.
“I always knew that Auburn would be my home away from home, and I believe in Auburn and love it.”
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