Touching love story wins the nod from judges for the fourth annual wedding giveaway open to San Antonio-area first reponders and fiancés
SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 24, 2016 – The chic and stylish Hotel Valencia Riverwalk will serve as the wedding venue for the couple who just won the fourth annual Badges & Bouquets Dream Wedding Giveaway Contest. Badges & Bouquets is a contest open to San Antonio-area first responders (police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical technicians) and their fiancés. The winning couple receives a complete wedding package valued at approximately $50,000. The lovebirds will marry at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk on Sept. 2 this year.
The winning couple was announced at a special Valentine’s Day celebration at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk on Sunday, Feb. 14. Sharee Rugh and Nathaniel Irwin were selected by a panel of judges, based on their “Love Story” essay submission. Rugh is a State Trooper employed by the Texas Department of Public Safety and currently serves in Atascosa County. Irwin (a former EMT) works as a retail manager. They met when Irwin moved to Texas from Kentucky to help care for his sister (who is battling serious medical issues) and her 10-year-old daughter. His sister just happened to be Rugh’s roommate and, before long, Rugh and Irwin found themselves falling in love.
Badges & Bouquets is the brainchild of Tina Humphrey, wedding planner and owner of Diamonds & Dreams Event Consultants.
“I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for first responders and their families,” Humphrey said. “Both my husband and I have a number of police officers and fire fighters in our families and I’ve seen firsthand how they put their lives on the line every day they walk out that door. I always wanted to give back in some way to this community of self-sacrificing individuals.”
Every year, Humphrey assembles a team of wedding vendors to donate goods and services for the dream wedding package. Vendors range from florists and bakers to bridal gown retailers and the actual wedding venue.
About Valencia Group
Houston-based Valencia Group is a fully integrated hospitality company that provides management, development, branding and repositioning services for independent, full-service hotels owned by the company, in addition to third parties. Exceptional service, style and location have become brand trademarks. Earning both national and international recognition for their distinctive designs, amenities and settings, Valencia Group properties are destinations and gathering places within their respective communities, some further benefitting from and enriching their space within the cultural heart of a city. The company continues to forge a niche with hotels that anchor and add value to urban, mixed-use environments, which further support or enhance the guest experience with superior residential, restaurant, retail and office components. The Valencia Group portfolio currently includes Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, CA; Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX; Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston, TX; and Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO. Its newest concept, Lone Star Court, is a reinterpretation of the nostalgic motor court. The flagship is located at The Domain in Austin, TX, and a second, Cavalry Court, is underway in College Station, TX. Also In the development and construction phase are The George™, which will debut in tandem with Cavalry Court in fall 2016, plus Valencia Group’s first five-star property, Hotel Alessandra Houston – anticipated to become a downtown landmark in winter 2017. For more information, please visit www.valenciagroup.com.
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