Following the legalization of LGBT marriages nationwide, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau capitalized on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision by creating the “Say I Do in Lou” contest. The idea was to promote Louisville as an equality-marriage hub, culminating with an all-expenses paid wedding and weekend vacation for one lucky LGBT couple.
The CVB announced this contest in early July. Eligible contestants had to enter a short video on a special CVB “Say I Do in Lou” Facebook page, explaining who they are, telling their love story, and showing why they are the perfect couple to win this contest. It was open to couples from all over the nation, including Louisville, for whom it would be more of an all-expenses paid “staycation,” I suppose. The public voted on the videos from Aug. 12-19.
The festivities are the weekend of Sept. 18-20, with the wedding on Sept. 19. A big, blowout reception will then follow at the inaugural Louisville Pride Festival, also Sept. 19, which the CVB is calling the “World’s Largest LGBT Wedding Reception.”
Twenty couples entered short videos, and now there’s a winner.
Congratulations … Angela and Christy of Fort Wayne, Ind.! For starters, their two-minute video was more technically advanced than many others entered, making use of an innovation some movie types call “sound.”
But their video also told a story. Over a series of still images of the couple, on-screen writing shared who they are. “We met over 9 years ago at work. It was love at first sight,” one sentence said. We also learned there was some kismet at play, as the birthday of Angela’s late mother is Sept. 19, the same date as the wedding.
We also learned they’ve been engaged since 2009, but didn’t want to tie the knot until marriage was legal for all. “We’ve made it through and would love to say I do! In Lou!” their video said. “Will you make our dreams come true?”
The public said yes, casting 741 votes for the couple, well ahead of the second-place couple, who earned 610 votes. (Although I think it’s fair to say the voting method sanctioned by CVB wouldn’t pass muster for a political election — people were encouraged to vote multiple times, and did.)
If you choose to celebrate with Angela and Christy, you’ll not only get to take part in what will surely be a helluva party, but the CVB promises free wedding cake to all who attend. I repeat: free cake.
Correction: The original version of this story misstated the significance of Sept. 19; that date — which is when the wedding will be held — marked the birthday of the winner’s mother. IL regrets the error.