Couple wins contest, plans wedding in a week
Westlake teachers won radio contest after votes tallied
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.
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.