Shannon Watson, a Diné woman who was born and raised on the Navajo reservation in Chinle, Arizona, and her fiancé, Matt Zullo, are among six finalists in the running to win a $50,000 "dream wedding" at Encanterra Country Club, a stunning resort and gated residential community in San Tan Valley, Arizona, that combines Old World architectural charm with New World design throughout its 60,000-square-foot stunning private club, La Casa, which overlooks an 18-hole championship golf course.
"We are one of the only couples from Arizona, and I am the only Native contestant," Watson said in an email to Indian Country Today Media Network.
Watson and Zullo's video was chosen out of almost 200 submissions by the Encanterra team for the final round, and now the couple needs votes to win. The couple filmed the funny, clever and romantic story of their marriage proposal right in Sun Tan Valley. Visit the Encanterra Facebook page to place your vote for the high school sweethearts, who have been together for more than 12 years: http://bit.ly/1fLDCmZ.
The voting period began March 14 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (MST) on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. One grand prize winner will be announced on Saturday, April 5, during The Good Life Festival at Encanterra. One vote per 24-hour period, per valid email address will be accepted. In the event of a tie, Encanterra will randomly draw the name of a tied entry from a hat.
The grand prize winning wedding package at Encanterra Country Club will accommodate up to 100 people, including the wedding party and guests, as well as all the bells and whistles: a ceremony venue; reception venue; hosted cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, food station, beer, wine, signature cocktail, and soft drinks; a plated dinner; a wedding cake and dessert station; $3,000 worth of flowers and other décor; a live string quartet for ceremony and cocktail hour; reception entertainment, including a DJ, emcee and lighting; $8,000 worth of photography including an engagement session and unlimited wedding day coverage; videography including a fully edited wedding day documentary; store credit up to $2,500 for a bridal gown and accessories; bridesmaid dresses and accessories; formal wear for groom and groomsmen; professional hair and makeup stylist for bride and up to five more people; $2,000 worth of stationery for save-the-date card, invitations, and wedding day; a gourmet rehearsal dinner buffet with hosted bar for up to25 people; wedding night accommodations for the bride and groom in an Encanterra Stay & Play Vacation Home; and two four-day/three-night Taste the Good Life packages totalling $3,000 for use by the parents of the bride and groom on a future date.
The grand total comes to $51,213.50 (excluding deducted taxes).
“Encanterra has become recognized as a premier wedding destination,” said Kirk Kokoska, vice president of golf operations at BlueStar Resort & Golf. “Thanks to our success we’re able to give one couple this once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience our Club by exchanging their vows here with a free designer wedding.”