Monday, September 6, 2010

The Truth

Do you want to know the truth? The truth is, all though a lot of you have been sending us messages of encouragement and sympathy, the truth is losing this competition was in the end the best thing that could have happened to the three of us.

The truth is that after meeting with the lovely Carlsberg panel and going over the details of the $100,000 prize wedding that we had been working ourselves to the bone for, in the end wasn't designed for Kevin and I.

The truth is the day Kevin and I went to meet the panel to discuss the possibility of being one of the top picks of the competition we almost walked out without signing the agreement forms. Our bubble had been deflated. There were so many details about the wedding that spoke against what we as a couple believe a great wedding to be. But most important of all, we were told that there was a large possibility that Jackson would not be allowed to be party of our special day together. And of course as you may have guessed that was a firm deal breaker. The whole purpose of us getting married at all is the profound and noble gesture of completing and officializing our family. But if we can't do that as a family, as far as we were concerned, it was a moot point and not worth all the money in the world.

We were assured that Carlsberg would try to accommodate Jackson into the ceremony if we won the competition. And we told them that we could over look certain details of the wedding if Jackson could be part of it. Because after all, we really just want to get married, but if Jackson couldn't be there with us that day they should consider us "out".

The truth is that after that day, regardless of how the panel reassured us that they would do their best to accommodate the winning couple, our hearts were no longer in it. We were not ready to bow down and lose just yet but we were definitely not prepared to fight for it any longer either. So as a result in the last week our efforts to fight dwindled drastically.

Winning would have been amazing just the same. But what we came out with instead was something far more amazing then we ever imagined possible. The network of friends that we gained let alone the passion and encouragement from around the globe from friends, to complete strangers was not only encouraging but also completely humbling. That alone was mind blowing and worth all the effort. We thank you so kindly for all your hard work and campaigning on our behalf. We never would have gotten as far as we did without all of you! We were 1% away from winning a $100,000 wedding! 1%! So close. But we can honestly say that the team who wanted it the most is the team that will be locking lips with Carlsberg on October 1st! and we will be in the crowd cheering them on.

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