Free dream wedding for inspirational couple

- A military couple tied the knot Sunday after their inspirational story won them a dream wedding at Old McMicky's Farm in Odessa.

Christopher and Samantha St. Onge were engaged last August and, the next month, entered a competition called "Mission I Do," in which the winner gets a $30,000 wedding at the farm.

They would soon realize their story set them apart from other contestants.

"Not until we had to put our "how-we-met" on paper -- that's just when we realized, 'oh wow, this is kind of interesting," Samantha said. "I think once people heard about it, the support system was just huge."

Christopher and Samantha's brother, Bryan Dilberian, were deployed to Afghanistan together in 2011.

"[Bryan] actually showed me a picture of her before we deployed. I kind of had the hots for her," Christopher recalled.

But during their deployment, things took a near-tragic turn.

"I stepped on a 30-pound IED, which is a homemade explosive, and I lost both my legs, my left arm," Dilberian said.

Chris was one of the first responders and helped save Bryan's life.

"He is one of the reasons why I'm standing here and experiencing my baby sister getting married," said Bryan, who was Christopher's Best Man.

Christopher and Samantha grew closer together during Bryan's recovery and eventually they were inseparable.

"Everything fell into place and it's just been perfect ever since," she said.

Dozens of contestants entered the competition to win the dream wedding. By November, it was down to a final four.

The St. Onges found out last month that, after more than 65,000 people voted, they were the winners.

"This is the happiest day of my life, marrying the girl that I love," he said.

The consolations prize for the three couples who didn't win the $30,000 wedding wasn't bad at all: they were all able to use the farm as a venue for their weddings for free.
 

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