Army Veteran Wins Musket Wedding

By Kendal Enz
August 7, 2011

Christine Briggs and Eddie Casinover won Musket Ridge Golf Club’s Love & Liberty wedding giveaway. They plan to get married Sept. 11 in the Myersville club’s Catoctin Hall.

Army veteran Eddie Casinover and his fiancee, Christine Briggs, won Musket Ridge Golf Club's Love & Liberty wedding giveaway.

Casinover, 29, and Briggs, 30, of Pasadena, Md., plan to wed Sept. 11 at Musket Ridge's Catoctin Hall in Myersville. The hall has won WeddingWire Newlyweds' Bride's Choice Award for three consecutive years.

"When I found out we had won the wedding giveaway, I was surprised ... shocked was more like it, because I wasn't even aware that Eddie had put in the submission for it," Briggs said. The wedding giveaway was created to honor the bravery of the military and first responders on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Recognizing those who serve in the military and who work as first responders "just felt right," said Bonnie Swanson, event sales manager at Musket Ridge.

To enter the contest, Casinover answered questions about his accomplishments in the military and why he thought he deserved to win.

"His story was the most compelling of the entries," Swanson said.

Casinover served in the Army for eight years and deployed to the Middle East with the 101st Airborne Division. Now, as a service- disabled veteran, he works for the Department of Defense in Washington.

Briggs is a financial analyst at Reliable Churchill, a wine and spirits distribution company. She is also taking classes at Anne Arundel Community College.

Before winning the Love & Liberty wedding giveaway, Casinover and Briggs planned to be married by a justice of the peace.

"Weddings are atrocious -- how much they cost," Casinover said. "I couldn't afford to give (Christine) the lavish wedding she deserved."

When he received a phone call announcing he had won the giveaway, Casinover said he was shocked. And he wasn't sure if he could accept the wedding because of the sensitive nature of his job with the Defense Department.

"I was stressing out I might not be able to do it," Casinover said. But his superiors gave him the go-ahead.

Musket Ridge will supply the couple and their 150 guests with all the food and nonalcoholic beverages.

Other businesses -- including Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Aaren King of MADE Makeup and officiant Norman Ross -- have donated their services for the wedding.

"Things like this do not happen every day, and I can speak for the both of us that (Eddie and I) feel very fortunate and blessed we were chosen," Briggs said.