Havelock woman to get free wedding after winning contest

Published: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 05:38 PM.

“We answered all sorts of questions like how this would change our lives and about how we met and then they told us we were the winners for Craven County,” Zaccardelli said. “We were totally blown away and taken by surprise.”

The couple is “ecstatic” about their New Bern wedding at Tryon Palace. With 48 guests, the couple will exchange nuptials and look forward to a lifetime of playing board games and enjoying each other’s company, Ezel said.

“We couldn’t be more thankful for this great opportunity,” Ezel said. “It’s beyond our expectations. It’s such a great thing to provide this opportunity to military members and their families.”

Ashley Lanier, 28, of Jacksonville, postmarked her entry for the contest on the final day.

“Winning is a big weight off of our shoulders,” she said. “This is going to allow us to enjoy everything. So many people don’t get that pleasure. We are truly grateful for this experience.”

Lanier was already planning a wedding when she entered the contest.

“Believe it or not, I actually had a pretty good gut feeling that we had a chance when I submitted my application,” she said Lanier. “I felt as though there was something special about this wedding. I made sure not to make any plans for our wedding until we found out if we had won.”

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