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Contest will provide free Vegas weddings to military service members

Posted at 9:56 AM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 12:56:27-04

A free dream wedding in Las Vegas is part of a very personal competition being put on by Clark County for military service members.

"It would be so nice to have a wedding because we didn't have one. I was active. He was active," said Rachel Fitzsimmons, one of the entrants.

Fitzsimmons is one of many putting her heart on the line. She's doing it for the chance at a free Vegas wedding.

"We're going to make their dreams come true," said Rochelle Clayton, the director of the wedding salon at the Wynn Las Vegas.

Tuesday, October 10 is the last day to record your story and enter:


Las Vegas Marries the Military. It's a contest giving away free weddings to military members, ahead of Veterans Day.

"It would also give us the time to be together for a little while before he leaves again. He's gone in October and he'll also be gone at the beginning of December," said Somer Lopez, another entrant.

Their stories are sometimes painful. Several put off or even canceled ceremonies because duty called.

"As a military couple, the sacrifices they've made to be together, to find each other, to spend time to make it through services and deployments, I think these stories are going to be some of the most powerful stories we have as a people," said Matthew Schenk, the owner of M Place Productions. His business is donating photography services as part of the contest.

Sixty seconds-- that's all they've got to win over the judges. They've put themselves in danger for our freedom. This is a different kind of vulnerable.