Cake tasting, invitation design, dress fitting, hair and makeup trials, beverage selections… all this in on the docket for Jordan and Justin our Gift Worth Giving couple for 2013. Time is flying by as we quickly approach the June 11th wedding date.
Yesterday I visited Priscilla Foster’s beautiful office to go over the invitation design, and this morning the whole crew came to my studio for cake tasting with Jennifer Van Dessel of Anticipated Creations. Here are some fun pictures about the fun preparations!
We are so proud to announce our three finalist couples for The Gift Worth Wedding of 2013. We met so many fine couples this year, all of whom were very deserving in unique and different ways… it was really hard to narrow it down to our three finalist. So here they are, in no particular order except that they all have a chance of winning this gift wedding from our community of sponsors.
We’ll be adding a little about each couple’s story in the near future. They have all faced challenges and obstacles in life with determination, bravery and resolve. They are all hero’s in our book!
Jennifer Hodges and Adam West of Bozeman
Jennifer and Adam both served our country in the Marine Corp, but although they were sometimes stationed where the other had lived, they did not connect until they were both here in Montana. Meeting casually when Adam worked at a local bowling alley, he says he knew right away that her daughter was a veryimportant part of her life. Since then, a wonderful friendship has formed between Taryn, Jennifer’s daughter, and Adam including both the Little Mermaid and The Ninja Turtles!
After facing many struggles since becoming a single mom, Jennifer is now attending MSU using her GI Bill. Adam works at the Detention Center and has applied to become a member of law enforcement in the Gallatin Valley. He will be giving back to our community for many years to come. They share a huge love for Montana and each other and we are thrilled to consider them for The Gift Worth Giving.
Stephany Kessler and Manny Sedillos of Billings
Stephany Kessler and Manuel Sedillos from Billings, Montana are described by friends as fun loving people who would do anything to help anybody, they are also described as unselfish, kind and fun.
Stephany and Manuel met working together at Albertsons while still in high school. Their love has remained for the last six years and continues to grow deeper. They have worked tirelessly to support themselves through college and the downturn. Stephany is graduating college in 2013, with plans to become an Occupational Therapist with a special interest in working with children. Manuell is happy to have only one job after years of holding down several jobs at once, a security consultant he is looking forward to building a career.
Patience and devoted hard work are hallmarks of this couple who have grown up at one another’s side and understand how love presents as fire and settles to coals over time making their commitment to each other and their bright future inspiring
Jordan Goode and Justin Clay of Bozeman
On February 10th, 2010 it was love at first site. Jordan was best friends with Justin’s younger sister, but for years she had never met Jordan until that date. Eleven days later, they had their first date and have been inseparable ever since.
Both Jordan and Justin have faced difficult life situations in very different ways. Jordan is a breast cancer survivor. The circumstances of the illness, surgery and treatment took it’s toll on her previous relationship, leaving her standing strong on her own to move forward in life. Justin is the oldest of eight children. Due to difficult circumstances he had the responsibility of working to make sure his younger siblings had what they needed. At the age of 10 Justin started his first full time job to help pay the bills. He put his own education on hold to take care of the needs of his brothers and sisters. Later he graduated High School and to this day carries a small copy of his diploma in his wallet.
Jordan works as a personal care giver for a disabled person in the Gallatin Valley and struggles with the enormous medical debt from her cancer treatment. Justin is an on-call mechanic in the Bozeman area. Both of them are involved in helping others in need in our community. Justin and Jordan believe in what Justin aptly describes as the ‘ripple effect’ of giving, with the notion that little ripples of good build together to form waves of love, help and support for others.
We are honored to share these stories of our three finalists, each enormously deserving.
Holly and Joshua were married last June at the Springhill Pavilion. The founders and the sponsors of The Gift Worth Giving were very, very pleased to gift this wedding to a very deserving and wonderful couple under our Montana Big Sky! Please enjoy the first installment of photos.
As you might understand, the number of Montana weddings peak during the summer months and some of us are just now surfacing for air after a very busy 2012 wedding season. Many more wedding images will be forthcoming.
Now we have launched into our search for our 2013 Gift Worth Giving couple. So… pass the word that our application has opened and the deadline is January 3rd, 2013. The winning couple will be announced shortly after. We have some new faces on our list of sponsors and many of the same wonderfully giving businesses to help us give this amazing gift.
Sorry for the mismatched image sizes on the blog. I am working on getting this blog template customized a bit so we can share images on a larger scale.
Enjoy! Larry Stanley
Well, the fun has begun! We’ve been busy getting our 2012 Gift Worth Giving project into high gear. Our winning couple has started the fun and work of planning their wedding. First things first, Holly and Joshua meet with After 5 and Weddings to shop for a wedding dress and brides maid dresses. Then it was off to see Ken and Patsy at the Jewelry Studio to discuss their vision of wedding rings. A week later Jenna, Holly and Joshua set up camp at the Rockford coffee shop on Rouse and Main to meet with several of our gracious vendors. Brett and Arron Cline of the Zebra discussed beverages for the reception and dinner and Jennifer Van Dessel of Anticipated Creations brought cake samples for a tasting. Several of the local news stations dropped in to report the news.
Here are some images of all fun.
Last night we gathered with a few of our Gift Worth Giving vendors that helped up read the applications. I had invited the yet uninformed couple. I told them that all three runner’s up were coming in for a photo for the newspaper, and some of the vendors were going to be here to meet them all. After a few brief introductions I went about my business of getting the photo that they came for. After a few images, I turned to the vendors and said, “say, did you all meet the winning couple of The Gift Worth Giving?” It took a moment for it to sink in and after that it was all joy and tears.
Announcing the winners of The Gift Worth Giving wedding of 2012, Holly Coville and Joshua Watson.
OK, so… Larry here with the results from the hours of application reading and interviews. Megan, Jena and I are pleased to announce the three finalists for The Gift Worth Giving 2012! Here is the press release with all the information.
Bozeman, Mont., January 25, 2012 —The Gift Worth Giving is excited to announce the three finalists in their second annual $40,000 dream wedding giveaway. Three wedding professionals, including Larry Stanley, photographer and owner of Montana Wedding Photographer, Jena Silverness, event designer and owner of Silver Lined Weddings and Megan Jacks, owner of After 5 and Weddings bridal and formal wear shop, have teamed up once again to gift a dream wedding to a deserving Montana couple. The finalists are: Aimee Kissel and Gerald Brunckhorst of Belgrade and Bozeman, Jennifer Schrock and Garrison SinClair of Bozeman and Holly Coville and Joshua Watson of Livingston. All three of these deserving couples are now one step closer to the wedding of their dreams. The finalists were announced live at the Bridal Affaire and the winning couple will be announced on Valentine’s Day. The wedding will take place on June 12, 2012 at historic Springhill Pavilion.
“The selection process has been extremely difficult”, says Megan Jacks, co-founder of The Gift and owner of After 5 and Weddings. “We received over 60 applications, and it has been really difficult to narrow our choice to these three amazing couples. We would love to be able to give a wedding to every couple who shared their story with us.”
Aimee Kissel and Gerald Brunckhorst were both looking for a second chance at love – both raising daughters and hoping to meet that special person with whom to spend the rest of their lives. For Gerald it was difficult to find someone who would not be afraid to begin a relationship with him because he has kidney disease. Three times a week he has dialysis in order to give him the time needed to receive a transplant. Twenty two years ago his sister donated one of her kidneys so that he could live a healthy life, but now he needs another transplant. Aimee looks at it this way, “I know that anything could happen in the future. He may not make it to old age with me, but because of his strength and our love we believe he will.” They live every day being present and in love and look forward to being married.
Jennifer Schrock and Garrison SinClair met during high school at Mt. Ellis Academy here in Bozeman. After high school they reconnected and fell in love, spending as much time together as possible while living five hours apart. Now that they live in Bozeman, they spend a great deal of time volunteering both at the school and throughout the community. Garrison asked Jennifer to marry him on New Years Eve at sunrise and they are looking forward to their wedding day. Both Jennifer and Garrison grew up in Montana, Jennifer outside Billings and Garrison in Browning. They lead a youth group and volunteer with groups such as Eagle Mount as well as working full time, and completing college. As Jennifer says about Garrison, “He is my best friend and my other half.”
Holly Coville and Joshua Watson have been through a lot. Holly moved twenty times before her eighth grade year. At that time her family was living without electricity and plumbing and she was no longer able to get to a school at all. With just an eighth grade education Holly was able to join a program which allowed her to complete her GED and receive an associates degree. She is now attending MSU full time as well as working to support herself. Josh works full time for the City of Bozeman while commuting back and forth from Livingston in their only vehicle. They’ve tried to plan a wedding in the past year, but know that they could only afford a courthouse wedding. As Holly puts it, “It is our dream to share a beautiful Montana wedding with our families.”
This year’s dream wedding is planned for June 12, 2012 at the historic Springhill Pavilion. The venue, the event design, the bridal gown, attendants’ dresses, tuxedo rentals, photography, flowers, catering, live music, DJ, wedding rings, makeup, beverages and more will be provided for the couple by a group of well-known, local wedding vendors. In total, this gift is valued at more than $40,000.
The three couples completed an application to be considered. The winning couple will be chosen by The Gift Worth Giving founders and contributing vendors based on why they believe they deserve to receive a dream wedding. As Founder Megan Jacks stated, “Deserving can be defined in many ways. Maybe our couple is experiencing financial hardship, an illness or they might be very community-minded and deserve this gift because they themselves are so giving of their time as volunteers. Our couples have been considered for many reasons.”
The winning couple will be announced on February 14, 2012, Valentine’s Day. Once the couple is chosen, they will meet with all the contributing vendors. First they will meet with the Founders of The Gift Worth Giving, Jena Silverness of Silver Lined Weddings to continue the wedding design and planning, Megan Jacks of After 5 and Weddings to choose the bride’s dress and attendants’ dresses, and Larry Stanley of Montana Wedding Photographer to do their engagement shoot. Then they will have approximately four months until their wedding date of June 12, 2012.
For more information, contact Megan Jacks, After 5 and Weddings, (406) 586-3124,
We’re happy to announce that we are able to extend the application deadline to January 13th, 11:59 pm 2012. That means you still have time to recommend a deserving friend or apply for yourself. Take the time to tell us and your story and be considered for this wonderful gift wedding.
Larry Stanley here.
Ok, so… here it is. The beautiful, amazing artistry of Randi and Tim Jacobsen of Moonstone Pictures. See what The Gift Worth Giving is all about. Moonstone Pictures is peerless in this field. Their work is absolutely stunning! This film brings it all home! And now we are moving quickly toward finding our deserving couple for 2012.
Tim and Randi, Thank you for your loving contribution to The Gift Worth Giving. See you soon! Larry
Greetings friends and supporters of The Gift Worth Giving. Because of the amazing love and support that came forth from our Montana community we were able to make this gift a reality for our 2011 couple. I thought that I would post some images that Jennie Lynn and I gathered throughout the day in hopes of sharing the spirit of the event.
Here we are, just one year after we set the wheels in motion to find a couple, find vendors and supporters to give one deserving Montana couple the wedding of their dreams. And… here are a few images to remind us all about the principle of giving in our community. It’s simple. We give because we care and love others. The cost is often more about how we value our time than it is about the dollar bill. But, when you give of yourself, your services and your time to others the returns are high.
Personally, this event was a year long project for me, and during that time I learned so much. I’m sure that the other founders will pipe up and share their comments on this, as well as those vendors that made wonderful contributions. I want to encourage everyone that reads this to find a small way to be a giver in your own community. You will not regret it! It will ROCK your world.
Ok, so… enjoy the photos. And yes, by the way, we are announcing The Gift Worth Giving for 2012. June 12, 2012 6/12/12. Information about applications will be forthcoming in a few weeks. Sincerely, Larry Stanley
Ok, so… Larry Stanley here.
Last weekend I got to spend some time with Heidi and Tanner at the Bozeman Bridal Walk. Ken and Patsy Saatjian of the JS Jewelry Studio hosted the couple for the event along with a table full of valuable information from all of the vendors for the Gift Worth Giving Wedding. Heidi and Tanner mingled with well wishing brides, couples and friends for much of the day. We walked down the street to catch up with Erin Phillips (the morning glory of Bozeman AM radio!) my103.5 FM Bozeman. Erin has been giving us time on her morning show for months now to spread the word about The Gift Worth Giving. Thanks Erin!!! We slipped off for lunch at the Bistro which was a real treat, while Megan and Jena were working hard. I had the fun work of photographing and spending time with the couple. Later that afternoon, Tanner, Adam and I hit the golf course… it was a much needed break from wedding talk. smiles
Enjoy the photos!