Sprit of Women Dream Wedding Giveaway - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

The winners are...Chloie McDaniel and Geoff Stafford

Chloie McDaniel of Hattiesburg and her fiancé Geoff Stafford will soon be walking down the aisle in style as the lucky winners of the Dream Wedding Giveaway, presented by Forrest General’s Spirit of Women and the Canebrake Country Club.

McDaniel and Stafford, who applied for the giveaway along with dozens of other engaged Pine Belt couples, were chosen as one of eight semifinalist couples during the contest. Voting for the contest was held on WDAM.com between July 5 – 15, allowing the Pine Belt community to cast their vote for their favorite semifinalist couple. McDaniel and Stafford won based on the number of votes they received, garnering nearly 10,000 of the more than 37,000 votes cast on the site.

The lucky bride- and groom-to-be will receive a beautiful wedding day created by the team at Canebrake Country Club, including dinner and dancing overlooking Canebrake’s golf course and lake. Their wedding package, which is valued at more than $15,000, will include a catered reception and on-site wedding consultation, hair styling and make-up for the bride provided by Shoots Salon and Spa, custom wedding invitations provided by Pink’s Paper and Presents, a four-tier wedding cake by Tara’s Cakes, a wedding consultation with Catherine Strange and John David Williams, authors of the Fearless Entertaining book series, a gift certificate from Frey Photography, as well as wedding videography and five signed copies of the Fearless Entertaining books.

For more information on Forrest General’s Spirit of Women, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445 or visit forrestgeneral.com.

The Giveaway Includes: (Prize package is valued at $15,000)

• On-Site Wedding Consultant
• Bride Hair Styling and Make-up provided by Shoots Salon and Spa located at Canebrake Country Club
• Wedding Invitations provided by Pink’s Paper and Presents
• Wedding Cake Provided by Tara’s Cakes
• Reception hosted and catered by Canebrake Country Club valued at $10,000.00
•Two hour wedding consultation with Catherine Strange and John David Williams Authors of the Fearless      Entertaining Series, along with 5 signed Fearless Entertaining books for hosts or Bridesmaids' gift.

•Gift certificate from Frey Photography for $250 toward any wedding package purchase

Each week, we will pick winners and Announce finalists on Fridays:

May 14
May 21
May 28
June 4
June 11
June 18
June 25
July 2

WDAM viewers will then get to vote for their favorite couple.

Winner is announced on Friday, July 16 on the newscasts.

FGH Spirit Of Women’s Dream Wedding Give-a-way Contest Rules

Terms of Participation

Click here to get an application

1. In order to enter the contest, you must be 18 years of age or older; you must be currently engaged to be married; and you and your fiancee must agree to allow the contest sponsors to use your names and likenesses in promotional media, including the sponsors¹ websites, advertising and other promotional materials. The contest sponsors include Canebrake Country Club and Forrest General Hospital.

2. By signing this application, you are agreeing that the information you provide on this application is true, and you are agreeing that WDAM-TV can video tape your wedding ceremony and related events and can show some or all of the video on television. You also agree that your pictures, personal information and the video of your wedding can be used by the sponsors in promotional and advertising activities. You also agree to secure the written permission of the members of your wedding party who may appear in your wedding video for their likenesses to appear in the promotional media and materials of the contest sponsors.

3. To enter the contest, all contestants must print and complete the contest application located on forrestgeneral.com and attach a recent photograph in the space provided. All contestants must contact Kelly Wagner, Canebrake Country Club Events Coordinator, at 601-271-2010, to set up an appointment for a consultation and to turn in the completed application. All contestants must also submit an application to become a member of Forrest General Hospital¹s Spirit of Women program when entering the contest, which will be available at the Canebrake Country Club. All contestants must submit a paragraph on the application form explaining why they should be chosen.

4. One semi-finalist will be chosen each week May 14 through July 2, and their picture will be posted on WDAM¹s website. The public will be allowed to vote once a day for their favorite contestant at WDAM.com. Only one vote per person will be allowed. The winner will be announced on a WDAM newscast in July

This is a FGH Spirit of Women contest. For more information please visit forrestgeneral.com or  call Canebrake Country Club Events Coordinator, at 601-271-2010


Weekly Winners
Week 1 - Rucker/Carter

Greg loves me unconditionally and holds my heart gently. He supports my dreams and ambitions and encourages me to be the best. He’s my inspiration and joy that fills my heart. Written by Greg: I had given up all hope of finding someone who I could spend the rest of my life with. Then God saw fit for our paths to cross. From the moment I laid eyes on her, I felt she was someone special. LaShunda is my strength, when I’m not strong. She is my voice of reason and my motivation. She is my friend and my confidant. She is also my spiritual partner. And she will forever be the love of my life.


Week 2 - Brittany Hinton

I, Brittany Hinton, and my fiancé, Lance Spiers, should be chosen for the Wedding Giveaway because we have both dedicated our lives to helping people in their time of need and despair. Since Lance was a young boy, he has always dreamed of becoming a United States Marine. His senior year he enlisted and joined some of the bravest people I know of, The Marines. I, however, am a single parent. I am an LPN back in school for my second degree. I am in my fourth semester. Lance proposed to me April 4th, 2009 and he left on April 5th, 2009 to be based in Japan. He is currently in Japan but will return on July 12, 2010 for three weeks. I am very excited and ready to see him! I believe our marriage will be one of the happiest unions of man and woman because we have waited so long to be together.


Week 3 - Sarah Rouse

We would love to be chosen for the Dream Wedding Giveaway because we would be so grateful to share such a wonderful gift with our family and friends. We are a young, energetic, and recently graduated couple with lots of enthusiasm towards starting our new lives together. However, we are beginning our new married lives with a mountain of student loans and are unfortunately unable to share our special day with all the loved ones who have impacted our lives. With this amazing gift, we could incorporate all of our family and friends who have supported us and made this day possible.


Week 4 - Morgan Richards

I am Morgan Richards, 25, secretary at 38th Avenue Baptist Church. My fiancé, Yancey Waltman, 25, native to Hattiesburg, works at Camp Shelby. Yancey works 5 days a week, plus 2 part time jobs doing lawncare, and volunteers at our church doing lawn work as well. He does all this so we can afford the wedding of our dreams. We met at 28th Avenue Baptist Church and immediately hit it off. We are truly best friends, and cannot wait to start our lives together. I hope and pray our wedding day dreams can become a reality by your awesome giveaway. Yancey works so hard and I hope to be able to give him the much needed break he deserves, so we can enjoy our day together.


Week 5 - Kristina Ashley

Although I didn’t grow up in Hattiesburg, in the short time I’ve been here, I have found a lifetime of love. I love my job, caring for so many who surround the area. I love this town, and all the possibilities it holds, and I found someone to love for the rest of my life. That is why I feel I deserve this opportunity. This town has had a huge impact on my life and those around me. It has not only brought a couple together; it has also connected two families. From Illinois to Southeast Mississippi, our families have found common ground here. It’s been a haven to us when my fiancé, Joe, was serving in the military and in other areas of the country. He would drive hundreds of miles to come see me, and this is where we would choose to meet. We always sought comfort in this familiar atmosphere, because this is the place where we fell in love. It has truly become our very own “Hub” city.


Week 6 - Katrina Stewman

To win the wedding of our dreams contest is a once in a million and once in a lifetime opportunity. Every woman dreams of her special day since childhood. To be given this opportunity will not only be a blessing, but a joyous experience that would be cherished for the rest of our lives. My fiancé and I believe we should be chosen because we have sacrificed, planned and postponed our wedding due to financial circumstances. We would be so grateful and humble if we are chosen.


Week 7 - Chloie McDaniel

Best friends since the age of five and high school sweethearts, we have saved ourselves for one another, and are now preparing to start a new season in our lives. We would be honored to look back on our wedding day as a reward for the many sacrifices we will make during our studies to become medical professionals. This wedding will provide a strong foundation to fulfill the desire of our hearts which is to help others more than ourselves.


Week 8 - Leah Stringfellow

I believe that I should be chosen because I am a single parent of two, working and going to school full-time while being engaged to an active member of the National Guard. Although times are very hard, especially with the current budget cuts in education, I manage to get up each morning with a smile on my face hoping that all my dreams will come true. On March 21, 2010, upon leaving Disney World, a magical experience occurred, the man who I have been destined to marry asked for my hand in marriage. To make this dream complete, on September 25 with the assistance of Forrest General’s Spirit of Women and Canebrake Country Club, my fairytale wedding can be complete.


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