Hitched owners Carin Rosenberg Levine and Julia Lichtman Kepniss, with designer Jorge Manuel and the “Eternal Flame” gown. Photograph by Ralph Alswang
The words “free” and “wedding gown” usually do not appear in the same sentence. That’s why we were so excited to hear about a recently launched contest from rising-star designer Jorge Manuel in conjunction with Hitched bridal salon in Georgetown. The winner of the “Wish Upon a Star” contest will win, yes, a custom-made wedding gown by Manuel valued at $4,730, plus a stay at the Fairmont Hotel in DC on Friday, May 18, and a party in her honor at Hitched on that day. Manuel, known for his architectural, gorgeously detailed gowns, has created a brand new style for this contest (see gown above).
All you have to do to enter is fill out the application here, include a photo of yourself and your fiancé, and write an essay of 600 words or less about your love story, your wedding plans, and why the contest gown would be a perfect fit for you. The deadline for entries is March 17, 2012. Six finalists will be selected, and the public will vote for a winner.
Sound amazing to you? Head over to Jorge Manuel’s website and start working on your entry.