UPDATE: The poll closes on Thursday, July 17 at 11:59 PM EST. On Friday, July 18, please tune in to "Living Today" on Sirius 112 between 3:25 and 3:40 PM EST to hear who won the contest. We have a special announcement to reveal on air!
We’re in the homestretch! Martha Stewart Living Radio (Sirius 112) has narrowed down the Honeymoon Contest to three couples!
Which engagement story did you like the best? And which couple do think will have the biggest Martha Stewart-inspired wedding? The winner receives an all-expense paid honeymoon, courtesy of Apple Vacations. Read the stories below and please vote for your favorite duo!
Phoebe and Matthew
I got engaged last July, when Matthew planned the most exciting summer treasure hunt. I came home from work, and Matthew stopped me at the doorway by handing me little pieces of paper. I followed rhyming clues cleverly hidden all over our house, each accompanied by a sweet treat, tied with a ribbon. The last clue didn't have any candy -- just a beautiful antique Edwardian diamond ring! Matthew got down on one knee and proposed! I couldn't stop smiling and crying and immediately said, "Yes!"
We’re inspired by Martha Stewart Weddings in all aspects of our wedding planning. Our wedding will be under a tent in Phoebe's parents' backyard, so we are following Martha's advice to emphasize our beautiful outdoor setting. Our natural color palette will be dark green, chocolate brown, and white. A few specific ideas straight from Martha:
- We are hanging cards calligraphies with guests' table assignments from grosgrain ribbons tied to a small tree near the bar area.
- We are using assorted antique vases for the table centerpieces.
- In a nod to Phoebe's grandfather, who is too ill to attend, we are placing several of his antique wooden duck decoys on the bar.
Kristin and Erik
Erik’s proposal wasn’t over the top, if anything, it was understated, but it took seven years, eight countries, and four states in order to prepare -- long distance can be brutal! In the end, it came down to one moment -- the last hour of a long weekend together.
The weekend had been hectic since we were entertaining out-of-town guests, and we didn’t have time alone to connect. I was covered in sweat from head to toe and had mud on my legs after playing with our hound, Cooper. However, Erik insisted that we share a blanket and bottle of wine near the river. Enjoying the serenity of the moment, I reflected on times past when distance separated us. Leaving each other’s side after wonderful, long weekends was difficult to do, but we made it through. At that moment, Erik pulled a beautiful ring out of his pocket. He promised a lifetime together and asked me to be his wife.
My wedding will be timeless, stylish, and oh, so chic -- inspired by Martha Stewart. The details will not be forgotten, thanks to her inspiration:
- With classic colors of black and white, I plan to incorporate damask prints.
- To give my reception a punch of color, large apothecary jars filled with limes tied in satin ribbon will serve as centerpieces.
- To create the right ambiance, candelabras will be placed in the deep windowsills.
- Lastly, in order to stay organized, Martha Stewart’s planning tools are a must for any bride!
Sara and Jeffrey
Jeff and I dated for 10 whole years (we’re high school sweethearts) before he popped the question! It happened on a warm November day in Denver. It was Monday morning, and Jeff said, "Let's take the morning off work and go for a hike; it's so warm out today!" We recently moved to Florida for Jeff's college program so I knew we wouldn't have another chance to hike in Colorado soon.
Jeff and I headed up to Lookout Mountain. We didn't have any water, supplies, or the proper hiking attire, but we still trekked up the mountain. It started getting windy, and I strongly suggested that we turn back. Jeff was eager to get to the top of the mountain, and would not let me stop. When we finally made it up to the top, we both caught our breath, and Jeff got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him!
I was a little light headed because of the altitude and thirst, but I do remember saying, “Yes!” As we walked down the mountain, the first thing Jeff says is, "OK, let's go buy the Martha Stewart wedding book you've been eyeing for the last 10 years!" and of course we did!
As long as I can remember I've wanted the Martha Stewart wedding. Everyone knows that I love her ideas and techniques:
- We started with the invitations -- we found an easy and elegant template on her website.
- Next we chose floral arrangements, color scheme, place cards, table cards, and thank-you cards that all coordinated perfectly.
- Some of the most helpful advice I've gotten has come from the Etiquette and Traditions section on the website. We have a very blended family, and the invitation wording is a very sticky subject, but Martha answers all of those questions! We are getting married on November 29, 2008, in Golden, Colorado (and there will be a seat for Martha)!