PORTLAND, Maine – Alyssa Kavanagh and Nick Planeta have been selected as winners of the 2012 Real Maine Wedding of the Year Contest. As grand prize winners, the Cambridge, Mass. couple has won their wedding, which will be valued at up to $100,000. The announcement was made at the Maine Wedding Association Bridal Show, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport.
Nick grew up in Westwood, Mass., and Alyssa was born and raised in Winslow, Maine. The couple met at Gifford’s Ice Cream in Waterville in 2006. They each attended Colby College and have since made Cambridge, Mass. their home. Portland holds a special place in the couple’s hearts. During Alyssa’s final year at Colby, they met in Portland because it was the halfway point between each other’s homes.
The wedding package includes the services of a wedding planner, a wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, wedding décor, ceremony and cocktail hour, reception at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, photography by Emilie Inc. Photography, favors, invitations and paper goods, specialty linens, wedding bands, entertainment, videography, rehearsal dinner, spa day retreat, hair and makeup services, bachelor and bachelorette party, boudoir photography, toasting flutes, an officiant, a Maine weekend getaway, and a honeymoon.
The Real Maine Wedding of the Year contest was announced in January. After receiving many entries from across New England, a panel of judges and voting from the general public narrowed the field of finalists down to three. Finalist voting took place for about a week and thousands of votes were cast.
Alyssa and Nick’s wedding will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, with the reception to be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.
Members of the public will be able to vote on various aspects of Alyssa and Nick’s wedding at realmaineweddings.com starting in about a month.
The two other finalists were, Eliza Martin and Andrew Harner of Portland, Maine, and Tammy Nichols and Tim Bailey of Monmouth, Maine.