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A 9/11 Wedding
2 September 2011

Who said that the date September 11 (9/11) will never bring good memories especially to Americans? Couple Eddie Casinover and Christine Briggs disagree.

Last September 11, 2001, Eddie Casinover was a 19 year old soldier stationed in Europe while Christine Briggs was 20 and unpacking boxes in Raleigh, N.C. when a roommate's mother told her about the news of the attack on the World Trade Center. 

After 10 years since the incident, the couple decided to claim the national day of grief and solemn remembrance and make it into a celebration of friends, family and hope as the Americans victoriously captured the Al Qaeda leader, Bin Laden.

The 9/11 Wedding Contest
Casinover and Briggs where introduced by Casinover's Army buddies. They decided to get married after they got engaged on their fifth anniversary. Money was tight, and at one point, they are considering to just elope or have a simple civil ceremony. Fortunately, Casinover joined Musket Ridge Gold Club's Love and Liberty Wedding Giveaway where the major prize was a wedding hosted by the scenic golf club and a sit-down dinner reception for 150 guests, all of which amounting to $15,000.

They won the contest and will be getting married this Sept. 11, honoring that day with the most important occasion of their lives. 

Sharing the same objective, Musket Ridge opened the contest as a giveaway, noticing how civilians were reluctant to do anything celebratory on that date.  In contrast, first responders and the military feel the opposite. They are proud to have risked their lives defending freedom and they would not let the terrorists have that date. The contest was launched after Bin Laden's capture.

The Winning Couple
Call it a sign or a blessing, even with only two months of wedding planning, everything was coming into place especially because of the community support and appreciation to the significance of their wedding date. Several wedding suppliers – from bridal make up artist to wedding photographer – donated their services for the couple.

Casinover laughingly shared that he has never really won anything in his life til he joined that fateful contest. And they hope that their luck will help change 9/11 to a day of grief no more.  

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Kasal.com thanks the following sources for this article:

Lylah M. Alphonse. Yahoo! Shine. “Couple to marry on 9/11: 'Good things will still happen on that day'” (Posted on 22 Aug 2011) Retrieved on 27 Aug 2011 from http://news.yahoo.com/couple-to-marry-on-9-11-good-things-will-still-happen-on-that-day-.html