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WE HAVE A WINNER for the CNY Wedding Contest!

Congratuations to Morgan Yoder and Joshua Rowe

We have a winner! The judges had a tough decision! There were four great stories in the final round but the story of Morgan Yoder and Joshua Rowe really touched the hearts of the judges. They are a twenty-something couple who were planning to get married when Joshua’s great grandmother passed, his grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer and then Morgan was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Just tragic! She has since had surgery and has a scar from one side of her neck to the other. The doctor says she will always have cancer. She is an EMT who has volunteered for years in the CNY area. She then became a nurse at St. Joseph’s but has not been able to work because of treatments for the cancer. Joshua was finally able to find work part time at Home Depot. They have also rescued dogs from area shelters! They are a precious couple! So, as you can see, they are a most deserving couple and so very thankful and excited about winning this wedding!

Here’s how this contest got started…

Behind almost every couple, there is a story waiting to be told. After years of working within the wedding circuit, Kevin Gentile of Gentile’s Eclectic Italian Restaurant has seen and heard it all, so he decided to give away a wedding! Perhaps you’ve had to postpone your wedding because of the enormous cost involved or maybe things didn’t go as planned during your special day. Whether it’s a do-over or a first time, we want to hear your story. Chef Gentile and Today’s CNY Woman magazine have partnered together to make one lucky Central New York couple’s dream ‘I dos’ come true at absolutely no cost. That’s right, the winning to-be-weds can say yes to their special day on us — it’s completely on the house!

The wedding ceremony will take place at Gentile’s and the reception will immediately follow the ceremony. A rehearsal dinner is also included the evening prior to the special day. The menu will be handcrafted by Chef Gentile to the winning couple’s taste.

Thanks again to all of our vendors:

What The Winning Couple Receives

Transportation- American Limousine

AMERICAN LIMOUSINE IS PROUD TO BE CELEBRATING THEIR 25TH YEAR OF BUSINESS, serving the Central New York region from the largest facility in the area! They have continued on the three basic promises to their customers with which they began their company:


All our vehicles are checked over before leaving our facility and a cellular phone is in every one of our vehicles.


All of our chauffeurs are experienced professionals who are courteous and committed to get you where you want to go on time.


Whether you have to travel a few miles or a few hundred miles, we are committed to you that whatever the occasion, we will get you there safely. Our reservation staff will be there 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have. At American Limousine, the moment you walk in the door or call us, you are our VIP.

Tuxedo Rental – Giovanni’s Mens Formal Wear

Giovanni’s Men’s Formal Wear is locally owned and operated and has been in business for over 35 years. Giovanni’s offers tuxedo sales and rental as well as suit purchases. One unique benefit Giovanni’s offers from chain stores is that they stock all their own merchandise on the premise- so you can get a tuxedo that same day. Giovanni’s is providing the tuxedo rentals.

Rehearsal/Ceremony/Reception/Food – Gentile’s Restaurant

Restaurant is known for serving “Eclectic Italian” dishes and a wide selection of unique fish and seafood. Chef Gentile will provide a rehearsal dinner (20 guests) and upstairs banquet room for the ceremony and a reception for 75 people, which includes dinner and beer and wine. Justice of the Peace will be provided to perform the ceremony or the winning couple may choose to have the ceremony at a different location and by their clergy at their expense. Visit

Makeup – A-List Artistry

Syracuse’s Premiere Makeup Artist Team will be providing makeup service, false lashes and the bride’s touchup kit for the bride. Visit

Wedding Bands – Bradley’s Jewelers

Bradley’s Jewelers located in Liverpool, Bradley’s Jewelers has been specializing in personalized service and offering an expansive collection of jewelry for 35 years. Bradley’s is donating 14K yellow or white gold wedding bands for the couple. Visit

Honeymoon – BTI Travel

BTI The Travel Consultants is an independent travel management company in Syracuse. BTI is giving the winning couple a two-night getaway honeymoon in either a Vermont Bed and Breakfast or in New York City. A travel voucher is also an option. Visit


Accommodations – Comfort Suites

Comfort Suites offers brand new suites with plenty of amenities with the feel of home. The Cicero location is providing the suite for the couple’s wedding night. Visit

Flowers – Flowers Down Under

Flowers Down Under  offers 35 years of impressive floral design service. Located in the Village of Camillus, Flowers Down Under will provide two arrangements for the banquet room and ceremony, bridal bouquet, groom’s boutonniere, and flowers for two attendants each for the bride and groom. Visit

Dancing – Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Inc.

Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Inc. Located in Fayetteville is giving our winning couple dance lessons so on your special day you are ready to show off on the dance floor. Visit

Training – Gold’s Gym

Gold’s Gym located in Dewitt and Liverpool is giving our winning couple a two month free membership and a wedding prep training program with a Gold’s personal trainer. Visit

Video – Justin Mayer Video

Justin Mayer Video specializes in videography for special events, slideshows and commercial needs with more than 15 years of experience. The wining couple will receive eight hours of coverage and a final DVD with ceremony and reception. Visit

Music – Maria DeSantis Band

Maria DeSantis Band & Orchestra, Upstate New York’s most diverse band/orchestra, will provide music for the rehearsal dinner, the ceremony and dinner music during the reception. Visit

Photography- Rhys Harper Studios/Studio Black Photography

Rhys Harper Studios is a boutique photography and cinematography business in the Syracuse and Central NY region. We are proud to be partnering with Studio Black Photography to provide photography to the winners of the Gentile’s Restaurant and Today’s CNY Woman Wedding Contest.  www.rhysharperstudios

Favors – New Dimensions & Dazzle

New Dimensions & Dazzle located in Manlius, they carry an eclectic inventory of jewelry, accessories and unexpected gifts. Dazzle will provide the favors for the winning couple’s guests. Visit and

Gown – NY Bride

NY Bride is the bridal shop of distinction located in North Syracuse. From beautiful dresses, and wedding accessories. NY Bride is a full service bridal salon. NY Bride is providing the bridal gown. Visit

Printing – Scotsman Media Group

Scotsman Media Group to print wedding invitations, menus, table cards, and programs. Visit

Cake – The Gingersnap Bakery

The Gingersnap Bakery, is a cake and dessert bakery located in Phoenix that specializes in wedding and special occasion cakes. Gingersnap Bakery will provide the customized wedding cake. Visit

Marketing Support – Personality Driven

Personality Driven shows companies how to create an amazing customer experience in all aspects of business. Personality Driven uses research based psychology and education to create long-term customers based on the one thing that will never go out of style — personality. Ryan Prucker, president and CEO, is providing assistance with setting up the technology for the contest website and video submissions. Visit

Benefiting Charity for Children

The Contest Benefits: Charity for Children is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial and educational services to needy families in Central New York, specifically, children who suffer from disabilities, diseases and disorders. Visit