Mid-South couple hopes to win fairy tale wedding

(WMC-TV) – A Memphis couple is competing to win a dream wedding.

David Winston popped the question and now his proposal to Shannon Paige is online.

After growing up in Los Angeles, Winston always wanted to marry a southern woman with charm. He said he found that in Paige and now the two have a chance at happily ever after.

For Winston, the road to happily ever after started on an Essence Magazine website where he entered a 250 word essay competing for a storybook wedding.

"I got it down to precisely 250 words and I just know that I put in there that Shannon is a very special lady," he said.

A special lady who says what started out as a blind date turned out to be her prince charming.

"We hit it off so well, I said 'Oh this is a really, really attractive man here.' You know he looks really, really good," said Paige.

Winston's essay about falling in love with his hometown sweetheart landed him a place among five other finalists.

"She thought it was about my job, job related, and I told her we were going to do a photo shoot and a promo for Walt Disney," Winston explained.

On an expense paid trip to the Magic Kingdom, Essence gave him a chance at romance.

"I was so nervous because I was thinking 'I don't know what to say, should I write something down?' But she didn't know what was going on," he said.

After a brief breakdown Paige said 'Yes'.

"Oh, I started crying when he dropped on his knees I couldn't hold it together," she described.

If they are the big winners, the couple says a bluff city fairy tale wedding would be their dream come true.

"This will be a great place to have the wedding right here in Memphis, Tennessee, in fact, Essence labeled us the Memphis couple, so we're so excited about that. So I think that getting married to a hometown girl will be just a wonderful experience," said Winston.

The couple was selected among hundreds of others nationwide.

To cast your vote, just visit the Essence Magazine website. You can vote once each day until June 10.

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