by Andrew Martin
A military couple from Lamoille County has won a free wedding. A Salute to Our Soldiers, a program that aims at providing free weddings to military couples, has announced that Johnson residents Scott McCullough and Courtney Beaulieu are the winners of a complimentary wedding. The couple will be getting married on December 15, 2013 at The Mountain Top Inn and Resort in Chittenden, Vermont.
The program A Salute to Our Soldiers was developed by Jeffersonville’s Vermont Enchanted Events, VermontWeddings.com, and the Mountain Top Inn and Resort. Along with The Mountain Top Inn and Resort donating the location for the wedding the other vendors involved with Scott and Courtney’s ceremony will be providing the flowers, cake, food, photography services, dress and other clothing, DJ, invitations, and more.
“I wish I could give hundreds of weddings away because everyone who submitted their love story deserves their own dream wedding,” Lorin Holmes, owner of VermontWeddings.com said in a press release on the wedding.
Scott and Courtney were chosen to be the recipients of the wedding over other couples from all over the country. The contest, which involved each couple submitting the story of their relationship, was open to engaged and currently active, reserve, or retired members of the United States Armed Forces, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard.
Both Scott and Courtney have served in the armed forces, with Scott serving 12 years and Courtney serving five. They first met just prior to their deployment to Afghanistan in late 2009. However, their relationship really began after their deployment was over. In May of 2010 Scott sustained life-threatening injuries when his truck was hit with a 107mm rocket. After recovering, he returned home, and once both he and Courtney were back from their deployment their romance took off. The couple was engaged in October of 2011.
“We are both very happy and appreciative of everyone that is donating their time and resources to make this happen,” stated Scott via phone interview, “It really means a lot to us.”
When asked in the press release why they deserve this wedding, Courtney pointed out that “Scott’s efforts in the Marines and Vermont National Guard warrant loving recognition of the personal sacrifices he has made for his country,” while Scott pointed to “Courtney’s dedication and willingness to always help in every situation that comes her way.”
Several of the companies donating services to Courtney and Scott’s wedding also offer other military discounts to couples planning their weddings.