Cou­ple wins con­test, plans wed­ding in a week

West­lake teach­ers won radio con­test af­ter votes tal­lied

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @Tif­fIndyNews

Many cou­ples would dread plan­ning a wed­ding in a week, but an easy- go­ing bride and groom from Cobb Is­land were able to make the im­pos­si­ble be­come pos­si­ble. Corey Munn and Sarah Kal­trei­der left the fate of their dream wed­ding in the hands of vot­ers around the na­tion and had a grand wed­ding fi­nale at the end of only one week of plan­ning.

Dur­ing the “My Wed­ding In A Week” con­test, The Jack Di­a­mond Morn­ing Show on Mix 107.3 and wed­ding plan­ners from the Wed­ding Ex­peri- ence used on­line vot­ing to plan the wed­ding of con­test win­ners Corey and Sarah.

From Mon­day, Jan. 23, to Thurs­day, Jan. 26, par­tic­i­pants voted for the most es­sen­tial parts of the wed­ding: the dress, bou­quet, cake and first dance song. The bride’s gown was pro­vided by David’s Bri­dal with the bou­quet from Stat­uesque Events and dessert from Cake by Happy Eatery. DJ Chris Styles pro­vided the tunes.

Ac­cord­ing to Marc McIn­tosh, pro­ducer of the Wed­ding Ex­pe­ri­ence, for the past few years the con­test has been con­nect- ing cou­ples with wed­ding pro­fes­sion­als and show- ing off some the compa- ny’s best ex­hibitors in the wed­ding com­mu­nity. He said it takes a spe­cial cou­ple to en­ter a con­test like “My Wed­ding In A Week.”

“It’s a very fun event be­cause you have a cou­ple who, a week be­fore, did not know that they were go­ing to get mar­ried [in a short span of time]. We had 250 or more peo­ple who en­tered this,” McIn­tosh said. “They have to fill out a sur­vey, write an es­say, go through the judg­ing process and then be voted for by fans. We look for de­serv­ing cou­ples who prob­a­bly weren’t plan­ning for a wed­ding on this scale.”

On Jan. 27, Corey and Sarah be­came hus­band and wife live on FOX 5 be­fore head­ing to their wed­ding re­cep­tion at Pin­stripes in Ge­orge­town, Washington, D.C.

Both teach­ers at West­lake High School in Wal­dorf, Corey and Sarah dated for three years be­fore Corey sur­prised his wife-to-be with a pro­posal in front of the Christ­mas tree at Na­tional Har­bor, shar­ing the mo­ment with friends and the Washington Na­tion­als mas­cots on Dec. 3. Corey asked Sarah’s father, Richard Kal­trei­der, for his bless­ing on Thanks­giv­ing Day.

“I was hon­ored be­cause it’s some­thing that peo­ple don’t nor­mally do any­more ... other gen­tle­men need to take no­tice of that,” Richard Kal­trei­der said. “I think they’re a per­fect match to­gether. Corey thinks the world of Sarah and I never saw her hap­pier than she’s been since she started dating Corey. They have their whole lives ahead of them now.”

Sarah wrote into Mix 107.3 in De­cem­ber ex- plain­ing that with all of their time spent at work — teach­ing, coach­ing and tu­tor­ing — along with their mod­est fi­nances, a wed­ding was not hap­pen­ing for them any­time soon. The spon­ta­neous and open-minded cou­ple were the per­fect candi- dates for the con­test.

“[The wed­ding] turned out bet­ter than we imag- ined. There were some stress­ful nights, but ev- ery­thing went well. The hard­est part was get­ting ev­ery­one to the wed­ding — mak­ing sure ev­ery­one got ho­tel rooms, and get- ting them to the venue be­cause they don’t know the area very well,” Corey said.

“It turned out bet­ter than we could have planned it. Ev­ery­thing went su­per smooth,” Sarah said.

Grooms­man Dale Munn Jr. joked that wed­dings are typ­i­cally joy­ous oc­ca­sions when some­one else is paying for it. The bride and groom agreed that a great deal of fi­nan­cial pres­sure was taken off of the bride and groom’s par­ents by win­ning the con­test.

“It’s awe­some to see that in such a short time, they were able to find each other and get mar- ried in a week — which is crazy in it­self. But it’s awe­some they found each other and I’m ex­cited to see that my match­mak­ing worked out,” said brides­maid Kait­lyn Kobe.

Mother of the bride Janet Foor, who lives in Penn­syl­va­nia, de­scribed the wed­ding as “flaw­less.” She was more than OK with the wed­ding tak­ing place in one week and did her best to stay calm for her daugh­ter through­out all of the plan­ning. Foor said Sarah even picked out her “mother of the bride” dress: a beau­ti­ful red gown.

“The best part was when they were ac­tu­ally at the cer­e­mony and you can see they just love each other so much. That is all a mother ever wants, is for those two to love and adore each other,” Foor said. “They are best friends and soul­mates. It shows that you can find that per­son, you can find that best friend in your life and once you find them, hang onto them.”

Mother of the groom Chris­tine Munk, from north­ern New York, had only a cou­ple of days to plan to at­tend her son’s wed­ding — but she said it was worth it to see them both happy and ready to have a long-last­ing life to­gether.

“It was re­ally sur­real be­cause it hap­pened so fast,” Munk said. “The way it was han­dled was in­cred­i­ble.”

“We have shot­gun wed­dings at home, but never a wed­ding in a week,” joked Dale Munn Sr., father of the groom. “Where we come from in up­state New York, you don’t see this. A con­test like this is un­be­liev­able for them to ac­tu­ally win it and pull it off.”

The en­tire fam­ily was glad — yet shocked — to see that ap­prox­i­mately 20-25 teach­ers from West­lake High School also at­tended the wed­ding to sup­port Corey and Sarah.

“[The wed­ding] has been all the talk at the school lately,” said Ni- cole Pic­chiello, English teacher at West­lake High School.

“Corey and I have been work­ing in the same depart­ment for five years,” said Thomas Thompson, en­gi­neer­ing teacher at West­lake. “As teach­ers there’s no way they could have done this wed­ding with­out [the con­test] and I’m re­ally happy for them. Corey and Sarah bal­ance each other out re­ally well and I hope they keep hav­ing fun to­gether.”

“On Wed­nes­day, which was the only day Sarah was in the build­ing this week, you could see on her face the stress of not only be­ing out of the class­room but throw­ing all of this to­gether in a week. But it looks amaz­ing and I’m happy for them,” said Katie New­comb, a West­lake so­cial stud­ies teacher.

Many of Sarah and Corey’s col­leagues said West­lake stu­dents voted to en­sure they would win the con­test be­cause they felt their teach­ers de­served the wed­ding of their dreams.

“Ev­ery­thing that we liked got picked, even down to the song,” Sarah said.

Styles hosted the re­cep­tion and played Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance” for the bride and groom’s first dance as a mar­ried cou­ple. He said the song was the be­gin­ning to a per­fect wed­ding day.

“I’m so grate­ful and blessed that ev­ery­one was able to share this day with me. It has been such an amaz­ing day and I look for­ward to re­mem­ber­ing it for a life­time,” Sarah said.

Though the rushed time­frame did not al­low them the chance to plan a hon­ey­moon, the Munns can now look for­ward to spend­ing their lives to­gether. “To the South­ern Mary­lan­ders, thanks so much for the votes all week,” they added. “We couldn’t have been here with­out the sup­port of our friends, fans and fam­ily.”

Last Wed­nes­day, vot­ers chose the de­sign of Corey and Sarah Munn’s wed­ding cake dur­ing the “My Wed­ding in a Week” con­test.

“My Wed­ding In A Week” win­ners and Cobb Is­land res­i­dents Corey and Sarah Munn at Pin­stripes in Ge­orge­town on Jan. 27. The pair mar­ried af­ter win­ning a con­test, plan­ning their nup­tials in just one week.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

Corey and Sarah Munn dance to Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance” for their first dance as a mar­ried cou­ple at Pin­stripes in Ge­orge­town.

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