Chelsea Hargis and Michael Heater are the winners of Spin-A-Round Sound Wedding DJ Giveaway, an online contest hosted by Extol Magazine and Spin-A-Round Sound.
The Elizabethtown couple was one of three finalists chosen after submitting their entry (see an edited version below) before allowing the public to weigh-in. The grand-prize winners ran away with the majority of votes and have won a full wedding night deejay package, including a four-hour reception or wedding/reception service, two deejays, DMX-controlled light show – which includes four DMX moving head lights, 12 par lights with two eight-feet truss stands, two four-feet truss stands and 10 uplights – for a total package valued at $2,000.
“We are overjoyed to have won this amazing prize,” Chelsea said. “When I signed up, I never thought in my wildest dreams that we would ever be selected along with the other couples, let alone win.”
The pair is already working with Todd White and his Spin-A-Round Sound team to plan their dream day.
“Our wedding is planned for Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at College Heights United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky,” said Chelsea. “We are dancing our first dance as husband and wife to Hozier’s ‘Work Song.’ About a year or so ago, we were riding in the truck one day and Mike played it for me, and that has become our song. Mike and Charlee, our daughter, will be accompanying me and my father during our father/daughter dance. We are dancing to a slowed down version of Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child of Mine.’
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Chelsea Hargis’ Winning Entry
Hello my name is Chelsea Hargis, and my fiance Michael Heater and I have been together three years in March.
On Dec. 25, 2017, my now-fiance Michael Heater and I woke up like any normal morning. OK, it was not exactly normal because it was Christmas Day, and our 4-year-old daughter was excited to open presents.
After all of the wrapping paper had settled down, Mike told me I had one more present to open and handed me an envelope with a beautiful poem inside. After reading the poem, I was given a box that I assumed had a gift in it. Instead, there was a note that read, “Haha gotcha, now turn on the TV and press play!”
There was a video preloaded onto the screen. In it, Mike turned around in a chair – very Dr. Evil-style – stroking our cat. As he started to talk, he revealed he was his evil twin brother Ike Heater, and he had stolen my gift and poisoned Mike (who, sitting nearby o the couch, pretended to collapse, which I later found out was his way of inconspicuously being able to be down on one knee to propose).
Our daughter started to yell at the TV because the evil man hurt her daddy, but soon we led on a scavenger hunt around our house. After all of the clues were collected, there was a piece of a riddle on each one that prompted me to read the last words of each which read, “Chelsea, will you marry me?”
Mike was now down on one knee with a ring in his hand I instantly started to cry (and not a pretty cry either – full-on ugly cry). Instead of saying yes, I asked him if he was messing with me because this was something I had wanted for a while now. He said he was not joking and that I still hadn’t given him an answer. I said yes, of course, and then we shared a kiss and a hug. It was the most elaborate way to propose I have ever seen. It was so thought out and something I will never forget.
*This entry has been edited for publication purposes.
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How to Enter: All entrants must be 18 years of age or older and be able to provide proof of an accepted engagement on or between the dates of Friday, November 17, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. All entrants must submit their engagement details in writing along with the engagement date, full legal name(s), contact number, email address and city of residences of both of the engaged to email@example.com. Employees, officers, directors of sponsor, parents, spouses, contractors, vendors and immediate family of Spin-A-Round Sound or Extol Magazine are not eligible to participate.
The wedding venue must be within 50 miles of New Albany, Indiana (anything over 50 miles, will require additional fees). Venue must allow outside deejay services unless pre-approved by venue owner/manager. Additonally, the date of services rendered must be agreed upon by winning party and Spin-A-Round Sound. Only one entry per email address will be considered. All entries become the exclusive property of Spin-A-Round and will not be returned.
The Prize: Grand Prize is full wedding night deejay package including four-hour reception or wedding/reception service, two deejays’, DMX controlled light show – which includes four DMX moving head lights, twelve par lights with two eight-feet truss stands, two four-feet truss stands and ten uplights – total package valued at $2,000. Winning party is not limited to the above package and could add additional items upon request for additional pricing. Additional items offered: more up lighting, staging, projector options or whatever is needed to make your dream wedding a reality. (Winner will have to complete a prize validation and will be responsible for any taxes that may result from winning.)
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Other conditions: All entrants, by submitting their entry, agree to participate, at no additional or out of pocket costs to Spin-A-Round Sound or Extol Magazine, in any and all public relations, social media, marketing or advertising of the DeeJay Giveaway. This may include the use of your name, your likeness or current photographs and descriptions of your Deejay Giveaway entry and any supplied engagement photos. These conditions also apply to the Finalists and Grand Prize Winner selected.
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Couple wins all-expenses-paid dream wedding, thanks to local vendors
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Jamie and Sydney (Gohlston) Oliver wed Oct. 14, 2017, at The Loft on Spring after winning the first-ever Get Hitched at Harvest giveaway.
Laurie Haag, owner of Eventful 203, Laurel Wreath Bridal and Loft on Spring, came up with the contest as a way to celebrate Harvest Homecoming’s 50th anniversary. She easily garnered the support of local vendors, all of whom donated their services, and asked the public for email submissions. Then, a committee made up of community members picked the winner: Jamie’s entry about his soon-to-be wife
“You have to fight through some bad days, to get to the best days of your life,” read the submission from Jamie. “A lot of times you hear about the love of your life, but what about the life you’ve grown into by love? I wasn’t always the man I am today. I didn’t always want the things I have today, but because of Sydney and the way she’s always put love first, her love of life, her love of our children and her love of me, I’ve grown – by love. … Sydney is the love of my life and the hardest rock I know. She’s a diamond! When life’s pressures were applied, in the midst of darkness, she turned our life into something more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.”
On Sept. 29, Laurie announced on WHAS11’s “Great Day Live!” that Jamie and Sydney were the lucky couple who had won the dream package, which included a wedding dress provided by Laurel Wreath bridal, a rehearsal dinner dress for the bride (and 20 percent off bridal party dresses) from Sapphire on Main, a rehearsal dinner at River City Winery and an Oct. 14 wedding at The Loft on Spring.
“There’s a cadence in which society tries to follow rules,” wrote Jamie in his submission. “Love tends not to follow those rules. It has no rhyme or reason, no fault nor blame and as a pastor once told us, ‘Love holds no records of past transgressions.’ It is unconditional. It may not be the greatest love story of all time, but it’s all love for us.”
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Close-knit mortgage company relocates to Jeffersonville
Sonya Broady vividly remembers when she and Leslie Smith decided to start up Smith Broady & Associates, a mortgage company located in Southern Indiana. “We opened in June 2008 in the middle of the real estate downfall,” Sonya said. “Everyone thought we were crazy.”
Now, more than nine years later, there are five members of the Smith Broady team, and they recently relocated from their Blackiston Mill Road location in New Albany to a beautifully remodeled, homey office at 1114 E. Tenth St. in Jeffersonville.
“It’s been almost a three-year process to look for something and find a right price and location,” said Leslie, who shares the principal manager/co-owner title with Sonya. “We have succeeded because of our team. We are family. Now that we’re in our new spot, we’re hoping to grow even more.
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Every step of the way, your Smith Broady & Associates loan officer will keep you informed of their progress toward the closing date. With the large inventory of affordable homes on the market, this is a wonderful time for first-time homebuyers to purchase a home.
At Smith Broady & Associates, we look forward to earning your business and becoming your preferred mortgage company for all your home purchases. From starter homes to dream homes, we’re there for you.
“At Smith Broady & Associates, we’re all very passionate about what we do. We have a lot of compassion for those who thought they would never even own a home. … We do a lot of hand-holding with clients on getting their financing. And we just love what we do.”
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“I bought my first house at 19 and (obtained a mortgage through Smith Broady & Associates). It was like a roller coaster. It makes you grow up fast, but I’m really happy I did it. … Now I’m blessed to work here. And it’s so nice to have this new office.
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“What sets us apart? It’s our personal touch, feel, the way we hand-hold, and we don’t turn anyone away. We will give you a plan of action. We will tell if your credit isn’t ready right now, we will tell you what to do. … I had one young woman whose dad brought her to me. I told her if she paid a certain credit card down I could close her in 30 to 60 days. She said, “I already paid it down,” and cried and cried. It can be pretty emotional and rewarding.”
“I joined Smith Broady & Associates in February. They’re an awesome group to work for and work with. We’re like a big family. My mother-in-law passed away in April, and the love and support they extended was beyond anything I’ve seen. The way they just go over and above for the clients – I tell everyone about that. The care that they give their clients, each individual is an individual.”
The team from Axiom talk about the financial side — and contract side — of what a wedding brings.
So again, I ask you, are you ready when the wedding bells ring?
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When your name is Mark Bliss, being a travel agent and calling your business Bliss Travel just makes sense. On this episode of Off the Page with Extol, we talk with Mark and ask the question: What can a travel agent do for you that you cannot do on your own? We also speak with a fabulous couple that backs up what he says.
For better or worse, the big day doesn’t always go as planned.
My husband and I got married in February. We thought it would be fun for the officiant to pull two small breath sprays from his jacket pocket right before we kissed. My now-husband was supposed to spray the breath spray in my mouth but ended up spraying it all over half of my face. At least I was minty fresh the rest of the evening.
We had a February wedding and it snowed a few inches. It was beautiful outside the church and it made for some cool pictures. We had a fabulous reception that was lots of fun and went late. When one of our guests – who has an Ultra-Brite smile – was leaving, she slipped on the ice and knocked out her teeth, her very perfect teeth.
The night before our wedding, the priest called and said he could not marry us. My brother-in-law spent all night and the early morning looking for a priest. Until this day, I’m not 100 percent sure the priest he found was legit.
My husband and I got married twice. The first was a bedside ceremony at my dad’s bedside in Audubon Hospital (ahead of schedule) because things were looking pretty grim. Ten days later, he passed, and then 12 days later we went ahead with our scheduled ceremony. At one point during the ceremony – after I had walked down the aisle – the minister announced, “We are gathered here to witness the ceremony between…” and our two-year-old daughter, who was in the front row, started clapping loudly, and yelled out “Yay!” which had absolutely everyone laughing, including the minister. We got pictures of the exact moment and it’s one of our favorites.
–Shawna Lynn Shepherd
I must have had the wedding jitters. I almost passed out during picture taking and actually have a picture me sitting on my husband’s lap after they cold wash-clothed me looking quite pale during pictures. Then on to our reception in our local high school cafeteria (that was the reception place). I made it through all the motions of that. We finally left and stopped at his aunt’s home as planned to change clothing, and I got nauseated. Let’s just say my dress had to be bagged and left behind for his aunt to get to the cleaners. Then on to The Hyatt to clean up and allow me to sleep my wedding night off. Trust me, no alcohol was involved, just good old-fashioned jitters. Thank goodness God didn’t tap my husband on the shoulder during the ceremony and say, “Hey, I don’t think this is going to go as you thought!” A few years later, I was diagnosed with NF2 brain tumor and it has been an ongoing journey since. He’s still my rock after 37 years.
My brother had a July wedding with an outdoor reception. Atlanta in July. His bride is an only child with no extended family. Ours was extensive and it seems all of them drove hundreds of miles to be there. The bride’s father had the belief that since we were all Baptists the open bar would not be a big expense. Accordingly, he selected the premium champagne but forgot to request water. When the caterers came asking for permission to crack multiple, additional cases of expensive champagne, he distractedly said, “OK.” Seniors, boomers, and tweens spent hours slaking their thirst with very good bubbly. The father-in- law dined out on the story of the Baptist Wedding until the day he passed. And that’s not even the biggest disaster of the day of my brother’s wedding. I’m sure you’ll do this again someday, so I’ll save the better stories.