North Carolina’s Outer Banks Wedding Experts and Operation Homefront Announce Winning Couple of ‘Salute to Love’ Contest

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OBXBrides.com Declare Air Force 2nd Lt. John Avrett and Fiancé Meghan Kinney to Receive Ultimate Beach Wedding at The Sanderling Resort & Spa

The Sanderling Resort & Spa in the Outer Banks where John and Meghan will be wed April 14, 2012.

As ambassadors for the United States, Meghan and I both want to be a beacon of hope and a measure of inspiration for everyone that comes across our story. We know this dream wedding will set the tone for an amazing marriage.

The Sanderling Resort & Spa, OBXbrides.com and Operation Homefront are pleased to announce Air Force 2nd Lt. John Avrett and fiancé Meghan Kinney winners of the highly-anticipated “Salute to Love” contest. Launched on Independence Day 2011, Salute to Love aims to honor a deserving military couple with the ultimate beach wedding experience. With more than 102,000 total votes for the top 10 couples, the future Mr. and Mrs. John Avrett walked away with the most support and will be married April 14, 2012.

Valued at $120,000, the ultimate dream wedding will be a weekend full of wedding-related events with an official ceremony April 14, 2012 for up to 75 people at The Sanderling, located on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. In addition, the three- day event includes a bachelor/bachelorette outing, rehearsal dinner and farewell brunch as well as the delectable cake and lush flowers, multiple photography sessions and officiant - everything needed for the perfect wedding weekend provided by OBXBrides.com wedding professionals. A wedding dress has also been graciously donated by Yes To The Dress.

John submitted a beautifully-written entry to Salute to Love describing when he and Meghan first met in a coffee shop in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo. He detailed the flood of emotions when he first laid eyes on Meghan and how quickly they fell in love.

On October 7, 2010, Meghan was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, after doctors found a tumor in her knee. Nine months of appointments, week-long hospital stays, major surgery and more than 100 nights together in the hospital, John and Meghan’s love prevailed. Meghan finished chemotherapy treatment July 14, 2011 and John proposed August 20, 2011.

“After 18 months together and battling Meghan’s cancer on the front lines, I truly believed we are humbly deserving of the ‘Salute to Love’ wedding experience,” said Air Force 2nd Lt. John Avrett. “As ambassadors for the United States, Meghan and I both want to be a beacon of hope and a measure of inspiration for everyone that comes across our story. We know this dream wedding will set the tone for an amazing marriage. We are so incredibly thankful for everyone’s support and encouragement.”

Launched July 4, 2011, Salute to Love sought nominations from active duty military couples to be chosen for the ultimate Outer Banks wedding experience with OBXBrides.com vendors. The Sanderling Resort and Spa will serve as the ceremony and reception location. For more information, please visit http://www.salutetolove.com.

Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. For more information, visit http://www.operationhomefront.net.

About Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers across 25 chapters and has met more than 400,000 needs since 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, and with an A rating by the American Philanthropy Institute, 94 percent of all donations to Operation Homefront goes to its programs. For more information about Operation Homefront, please visit http://www.operationhomefront.net

About OBXbrides.com
Founded in April 2009, OBXbrides.com provides online resources to brides looking to experience a destination wedding in the Outer Banks. In addition to Salute to Love, OBXbrides.com hosts a wedding show in March. For more information visit http://www.obxbrides.com.

About The Sanderling Resort & Spa
Nestled into the Outer Banks between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound, The Sanderling Resort & Spa is an independently owned beachfront property in Duck, North Carolina. The resort features 88 guestrooms and suites and five rental homes, with views of the Atlantic Ocean and the serene Currituck Sound. Amenities include a tranquil spa showcasing healing treatments, fitness center and racket club and miles of nature trails. The resort is also home to the award-winning Left Bank Restaurant and The Lifesaving Station housed in a national historic building. For more information visit http://www.thesanderling.com or call (877) 650-4812.

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