The nuptials were officiated by one of ALDI's employees, and the reception took place in the wine and beer section.
Marrying at a grocery store might sound like a far-fetched idea. But not for Michael Hurd and Jessica Bojanowski. They exchanged their vows on November 9, Wednesday at ALDI supermarket's location in Batavia, Illinois, as reported by PEOPLE. For the couple, it was like "a dream come true." They both have opposite work schedules, so the weekends were the only time that Hurd and Bojanowski got to see each other. The couple's Sunday visits to ALDI have been "a key part" of their relationship and they say it's something they "look forward to doing together each week."
It all fell in place when the supermarket had a contest called Happily Ever ALDI. It gave a chance for couples to win a wedding in one of their stores. They registered for it right away and later found out that they had won. About 500 applicants had submitted short essays highlighting why they deserved to get married at the store. The prize included: a free-of-charge wedding, complete with hair and makeup for the ceremony, a professional photographer, and more, according to TODAY.
"The people who know us best, know we're obsessed with ALDI, so they were excited for us when we told them we won this contest," said the newlyweds.
After the nuptials which were officiated by one of ALDI's employees, the reception took place in the wine and beer section. Hors d'oeuvres included chicken sliders, jumbo coconut shrimp, and a charcuterie board that spanned an entire check lane and their signature cocktail was two different types of hard cider. And they had a three-tiered carrot cake with a wedding cake topper that was a shopping cart and a quarter. Each guest was given candles, chocolate, and a custom-made wedding quarter holder keychain.
Moreover, Joan Kavanaugh, ALDI's Vice President of National Buying said that the couple would also free get groceries for a year and the wedding registry would include small kitchen appliances, bedding, towels, and home goods.
So now, the couple can enjoy their weekly dates without putting a strain on their wallets. "We still can't believe we had the opportunity to get married in one of our favorite places, surrounded by all our family and friends," said the newlyweds.
They met in 2013 while working at a local bar. “Neither of us was looking for love at the time and it took a few months of friendship and late nights together at work for either of us to realize that we had an undeniable spark between us,” said Jessica. “It wasn’t until I asked Michael out after learning he, too, was a fellow Aldi fan. It was fate … right place, right time. Aldi has always been a staple of our relationship and in our home.”
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