An Agassiz couple with 10 children has had their dream come true after winning an an all-inclusive wedding trip to Mexico.
Tammy Wood, and her fiancé Jason Alexander, won Global B.C.’s Win a Dream Wedding contest earlier this month. The couple and their family was featured in The Chilliwack Progress in January in hopes that people in Agassiz and Chilliwack would vote for them online.
Thanks to the support from Chilliwack and Agassiz readers, Wood and Alexander received 500-plus votes more than the second-place couple.
They got a call from Global on Feb. 4. But the TV station didn’t simply call to say the couple had won — they had a trick up their sleeves on how to surprise Wood and Alexander.
“We got a call saying that we made it to the top three, and they asked if we could come in at 7 a.m. that Wednesday to be on the morning news at 7:20 a.m.,” said Wood.
They arrived at the Vancouver broadcast station at 7 a.m. on Feb. 6.
“We didn’t see any of the other couples there, and we thought that was strange,” she said.
The hosts sat them down and started asking the couple some weird trivia questions about their relationship. Once they had finished, one of the hosts said that they were going to send Wood and Alexander off to have breakfast while they asked the other two couples some trivia questions. Then later, everyone would come back from breakfast and they’d announce the winner.
“Or we can tell them right now,” said one of the hosts, pointing to a screen behind them.
Wood and Alexander turned around and looked at the screen.
“Congratulations” was written in huge letters across the screen.
They couldn’t believe it.
Winning the wedding and the trip means a lot for the couple, especially Wood whose life was turned upside-down four years ago. Her husband died in a workplace accident in 2009, leaving her to raised their six kids by herself, and Alexander was a recently divorced father of four children.
The two met through a mutual friend in 2011. They hit it off right away, fell in love, and got engaged the next year.
Wood saw the contest on TV in the new year and decided to write to them about how she and Alexander met and why she believed they should win the contest.
“Planning a wedding has been a daunting task financially. I am on a WCB widow pension and Jason has been temporarily unable to work due to an illness,” she wrote. “With a large family to support, and a wedding to plan, it would be a dream come true to win this dream wedding in Mexico.”
After winning the $20,000 Dream Wedding contest — which includes an all-inclusive, seven-day trip to Cancun, Mexico with a wedding for the couple plus 10 guests — their plans have changed slightly.
They found out that the 10 guests have to be adults, so with the money they’re saving as a result of winning the contest, Wood and Alexander will be taking their younger five children to Disneyland and the older five to Mexico.
They have not yet decided when the wedding will take place, but it’s clear that their love for the same things might push the wedding much later into the year.
“We were thinking of the fall, but because we like to hunt, the fall is a bad time for us,” said Wood.
As they were trying to figure out a possible date, “we were thinking ‘when does deer season start, and when does moose season start?’,” said Wood.
Though it may cut their hunting season a few weeks short, here’s hoping Wood and Alexander will be able to squeeze a wedding in between moose season and deer season.