The winner of the NuVo Condoms Wedding Contest was announced today and the winner is military couple, Amanda Ortiz and Rachel Murphy. The couple will receive an all-expenses paid wedding in New York City on June 30 during the NYC Gay Pride Festival. Free wedding services will be provided by a range of companies including:
Staged Selection Process
In late April, NuVo Condoms announced it would be holding a same-sex wedding contest. Hearing the call for contestants, facebook page Gay Marriage USA (GMUSA) responded and featured the contest information. NuVo was subsequently inundated with submissions from couples all around the nation wanting to try their luck at winning the unique contest (see GMUSA feature).
Due to the intense response, additional rounds were added to the contest. Contestants were first required to post their image/story on the NuVo Condoms facebook page. The Top 10 couples with the most ‘likes’ on their photos proceeded to the next round which was hosted by Gay Marriage USA facebook page. GMUSA featured the Top 10 couples and an additional round of voting commenced.
The Top 5 couples (4 female couples and 1 male couple) with the most ‘likes’ on their images across rounds one and two went through to the final round of the contest which included an interview with representatives of NuVo Condoms. Amanda and Rachel were chosen as the winning couple following the interview rounds!
The Winning Couple: Amanda and Rachel
A military couple in their 20s, Amanda and Rachel’s original submission in the contest read as follows:
“My incredibly gorgeous fiancé Rachel Murphy and I are going to win this contest. Our lives came together in 2008 while in high school in Florida. She came from Missouri and I came from New Jersey. Both of us encountered many issues before meeting each other. Since then the past seems to be a blur of my mother’s suicide, her loss of a home, my step father’s death, and her mother falling into the deep pits of alcohol. We enlisted in the United States Army together in 2010. Since 2009 we have been on our own and making it through the lowest of low to being able to provide a place for us to live. Neither of our families can actually help us out with a wedding and this opportunity is indescribable in so many ways (since all of our money is going for Med School). This would honestly be a dream come true and we can finally become Amanda and Rachel Ortiz-Murphy.
Watch the video below to see the moment Amanda and Rachel heard the winning news!