SAN ANTONIO – The idea for Badges and Bouquets, a contest that offers a fully sponsored wedding for public safety officers, came from Tina Humphrey, a certified event consultant who helped organize the program.
“I have quite a number of first responders in my immediate family, and saw their struggle trying to do just everyday normal things. I wanted to see if I could contribute to their community somehow,” Humphrey said.
Previous wedding winners include Nate and Sharee Irwin, who were married at the Hotel Valencia last September. Sharee is a state trooper in the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Megan and Jake Smith, a K-9 officer in Comal County, won a sponsored wedding in 2014, followed by San Antonio Park police officers Gabe and Gloria Flores, who won in 2015.
The contest is open to all full-time, active duty first responders. Official rules can be found on the website Badgesnbouquets.com.
This year's wedding will be in September. The deadline for entries is midnight Tuesday.
The winner will be announced on Feb. 14.
Among the vendors for this year's wedding:
Location: Strawberry Pines
Gown: Bella Bride Boutique
Hair and makeup: Vanity Eiland
Cake: Creation Cakes
Catering: Anne Marie's Catering
Photography: Joshua Michael
The wedding video from previous winners is below: