On September 2 at Ye Olde England Inn in Vermont, Army National Guard Specialist Shawn Lane and Kelly Greene enjoyed the wedding of their dreams, thanks to 27 different vendors and organizations, including a Soldiers' Angel flapping her wings to spread an important message.
Earlier this year, wedding planner Jackie Watson of Enchanted Events and Vermont Bride magazine conceived the idea of a contest to provide her services to a lucky military couple free of charge and told Barbara what she had in mind. Barbara stepped up to push Jackie's message out to her contacts with the National Guard, where Shawn and Kelly discovered the contest.
The classy, dream wedding included a beautiful clothing for the bridal party, a flutist, delicious food, fashionable decor and professional support in a lovely outdoor setting. Soldier's Angels also arranged for a $500 gift to be spent on the couple's registry needs.
Basking in the glow of the successful wedding, Jackie wrote a thank you email to everyone who participated. On the subject of Barbara's efforts, she wrote, "You came out of left field when I brought this story to you and you knew that you needed to help...I am honored that your association joined our wedding team to help pull off an amazing wedding! Thank you so very much."
Developments continue, with Shawn and Kelly's wedding slated to appear in Vermont Bride, and plans underway to make this an annual event for a lucky Vermont military couple.
Congratulations to all involved in giving a new military family a great send-off.