Couple gets wedding paid for courtesy of glass festival
Cindy Shanahan and Richard Fisher, both of Mount Pleasant, got lucky when their name was pulled. They were one of three couples that sat anxiously around a table at Timber Ridge Golf Club one day in August as Aleasha Baker, Mount Pleasant Glass Festival Young Miss Princess, drew the winners.
'My mom saw the ad and told me about it,' said Shanahan, who admits she's been bugging Fisher for a wedding date since their engagement in 1996. 'He didn't say anything when I first brought it up, so I figured he didn't like the idea.
'About a week later he asked if I had sent in the (entry) letter, and I said no because I didn't think he wanted me to,' she added. 'So, I sent it in.'
Before the couple's names were drawn, glass festival representatives Rochelle Yancosky and Jeff Landy welcomed the couples and explained the rules to them.
The wedding will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Gazebo.
'The reason we chose that time is because there is a lull at the festival around that time period because people are still working,' said Landy.
The wedding will be held, rain or shine, but if it rains, some tents will be provided. The wedding will be planned for a total guest list of 150, according to Landy. The public is invited to attend, but a section for those guests invited by the bride and groom will be roped off, he said. The reception will be held at the Timber Ridge Golf Club.
Danna Rice of Bear Rocks will be the wedding coordinator and caterer for the event. According to Rice, Bridal Classics in Mount Pleasant has donated $300 for the gown and will be taking care of the tuxedos.
Sysco Food Services will be donating half of the food for the reception; Rice will be providing the other half.
Comp's Floral in Mount Pleasant, R.D.5, will be in charge of the flowers, said Rice. Pamela Rose will be making the wedding cake.
Red Carpet Limousine Services will be taking the couple from the gazebo to the Timber Ridge Golf Course and J & J DJ Services out of Connellsville will be providing the entertainment.
Some details such as the photographer, invitations, hair, nails and shoes, have yet to be finalized, according to Rice.
All services are being donated by the businesses mentioned.
'It's obviously still your wedding so you do have the option to add to it at your own expense,' said Landy. 'We're providing the basic wedding package for you.'
'If you have someone that you'd rather have as your DJ, than you are welcome to do that at your cost,' he said.
Some rules cited were obtaining a wedding license, putting their wedding announcement in the paper, and everything be done in accordance with the law.
If Fisher and Shanahan cannot fulfill their obligation or are disqualified for any reason, the runner-up couple, Stacey Smith and Richard Huffman, will be notified by certified mail.
Although the couple is excited about this and the fact that they're saving money, Fisher admits to being a little nervous...not about getting married of course, but about getting married in front of a bunch of strangers.
Mayor Gerald Lucia has offered his services to perform the ceremony, but the couple does have the option of using their pastor if they wish.
'I was so not expecting this because I don't have any luck at all,' said Shanahan. 'There could have been four couples' names in that bucket and they could have picked three and mine would have still been left in the bucket.'