Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Wedding Association (AWA) has announced the free wedding package winner from their spring planning weekend in Glens Falls is to get married this Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm. The wedding, according to AWA spokesmen, Mark Brenneisen, is scheduled to take place in Crandall Park with a reception to follow at Sweet Basil Restaurant in Queensbury.
Brenneisen advises the AWA membership of over 70 vendors, graciously voted to donate elements of an entire wedding reception last spring to one local couple in need. Contestants had to submit an essay to AWA to qualify and the winner was voted on by the membership. The hard decision was made and the package was awarded to Nicole Maines & John Hoague, II, both of Hudson Falls.
“Miss Maines has been enduring a condition known as Idiopathic Intra-Cranial Hypertension (IIH) since 2009 when she was diagnosed. She has a Ventricular-Peritoneal Shunt (VP shunt) in her brain running from a programmable valve on the outside or her skull down to her abdomen which deposits excess fluid into her peritoneal cavity. Nicole has had several surgeries in the past and continues to deal with daily headaches, nausea, severe hearing loss and periodic loss of vision,” Brenneisen shares.
“She met her fiancée, John, in Union Springs, NY over 10 years ago while attending boarding academy together,” Brenneisen continues. “They have remained in contact and when Nicole moved back to the area in 2009, they began their life together, while also supporting Nicole’s 5 year old daughter, Vanessa. The bride’s parents also lost their house a couple years ago and are not able to assist with the wedding planning or payments. Miss Maines remains out of work since 2009, pending a disability hearing to determine her status.”
Donations from AWA members include, along with their values: Sweet Basil-all food/beverage at cost, Total
Entertainment-5 hour free reception (1300.00), Collignon Photography-wedding and reception shoot (1500.00), North Country Photoworks-engagement session (300.00), Bigler productions video-ceremony, Highlight video and full bridal cut (1000.00), Tina’s Hair Affair-brides trail and hair styling (200.00), Arbonne-bride and wedding party make up (200.00), Danielle’s Bridal-brides dress ($500.00) and grooms tux (150.00), Blooms Florist-1/2 of wedding flowers (250.00), Cottage Crafts Florist-1/2 of wedding flowers (250.00), Pristine Limousine-3 hours free limo (400.00), The Living Harp-free ceremony music (300.00), Stomach Cakes-free wedding cake (300.00), Sleep Inn-free
overnight in Jacuzzi suite (200.00), and Dunham’s Bay Resort-free rehearsal dinner (500.00). Total Package value approx. $7650.00.
AWA finishes with this statement: “This first annual prize promises to be a very special day in the lives of two people and their families. The AWA commands over 40% of the regional market collectively among its membership and is home based in Glens Falls, at 206 Glen Street. AWA produces the largest bridal shows in the region, and awards over $35,000.00 in free wedding packages, prizes and giveaways from its vendors annually.”
For complete information, please contact AWA spokesmen, Mark Brenneisen, at 518.798.9333. The AWA can also be found on-line at www.adirondackweddingcenter.com.