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Wedding giveaway winners say ‘I do’

PHOTOS PROVIDED Local couple Miranda and Marc were able to hold their dream wedding thanks to Nomad Distillery. In the spring, Nomad held a contest, partnered with other local wedding vendors, to gift a wedding to the couple deemed most deserving by the community.

Earlier this year, everyone was feeling pretty drab. Plans were being cancelled, people were lonely, everyone was carrying around a lot of extra weight on their shoulders, especially couples who were hoping to get married this year.

Local distillery Nomad Distilling Co., which had just started booking weddings in 2020, felt particularly helpless having had to talk to so many couples who were pretty doom and gloom about what was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives. Sarah Kudlack, owner of Nomad, was looking for a solution.

“We wanted to offer as many couples as we could a bright ray of light amongst all the clouds,” she said. “So, we put together a giveaway where a lucky couple would win a free wedding.”

Some might say that giving away a wedding during a pandemic when traffic has been notably slower for small businesses was not the smartest idea. However, Nomad didn’t feel that way.

“If you don’t have the sunshine to look forward to, how do you make it through the rainy days? Giving away a wedding and creating this opportunity for a couple made us just as happy and filled our cups just as much as it did for all of the couples trying to win.”

Nomad reached out to some of the vendor friends within the industry and got them on board as well — Salon Magnolias, Mint DJ Events, and Emily Kane Photography. They were all in the same boat having had to reschedule and cancel multiple weddings in 2020. Everyone wanted to contribute to something happy.

The giveaway started back in February of this year and went through several rounds of entering, voting and sharing their story with everyone. At the end of March, from a pool of more than 60 couples who entered, a couple was voted into first place by the masses — Miranda and Marc.

Miranda is a teacher in the Williamsport area who, like so many teachers, has been working extra hours navigating the nuances of education this past year and a half. She’s also working towards attaining her master’s in education. Marc works at a local senior living facility and willingly worked all the hours needed to help keep residents happy and healthy during these very isolating times.

“The three couples who made it to the final round of voting were all truly amazing individuals,” Kudlack said. “When we saw who they were, we had no idea how people were going to choose because everyone was so deserving.”

Five months later, Miranda and Marc finally got to say “I do.”

“We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful fall day,” Kudlack said. “Everyone was just bursting at the seams with excitement.”

The bride’s hair and makeup was perfect and done masterfully by the team at Salon Magnolias. Mint DJ Events was on top of the music all night and even worked with the couple to have a kiddos dance session for their one-year-old son, Whit. Can you say Baby Shark?

Emily Kane Photography was on top of every moment, from getting ready to cutting their delicious cake. Nomad Distilling brought its A-game with a killer menu, stunning fall flowers and flowing craft cocktails.

“We couldn’t be happier for this sweet family as they begin this new chapter in their lives,” Kudlack said.

A bright ray of sunshine that we all need these days for sure. Congratulations to Miranda and Marc!

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