Army Vet Wins Free Wedding at Musket

WTOP.com
July 20, 2011

U.S. Army veteran Eddie Casenover expected to wed his fiancee, Christine Briggs, in a simple civil ceremony. But thanks to a Maryland contest, they will instead get a free wedding at one of the state's top ten golf courses.

Musket Ridge Gulf Club created the Love and Liberty Wedding Giveaway to recognize the bravery of military personnel and first responders on Sept. 11, a date that coincides with the club's 10th anniversary.

Bonnie Swanson, the event manager for Musket Ridge, says they received many entries. Most are "stories that will bring you to tears" and Eddie's was a sure winner.

Casenover doesn't talk much about his military service, which included nine years in the United States Army. Some of that time was served with the 101st Airborne. He is now a disabled veteran.

Musket Ridge will provide a free wedding ceremony including a seated dinner reception for 150 guests in the light-filled Catoctin Hall.

Casinover and Briggs met through an Army buddy and were recently engaged on May 20, 2011, their five-year anniversary. The couple is ecstatic about the new plans.

They will get married September 11th.