ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For Pat Brassil and Faith Rummel, a photo is worth a lot more than a thousand words – $4,500 to be exact.
That’s the value of the Grand Prize package won by the engaged couple in the “Our True Love Story Photo + Caption Contest” hosted by Friar Tux to determine the most creative love story that ended in an engagement in 2019 (www.friartux.com/lovestory).
Brassil and Rummel, who are scheduled to be married in March 2020, received the most public votes among three finalist couples judged by Friar Tux to have submitted the most creative, original love story on social media during the contest’s entry period in July. As the Grand Prize winner, the couple received their $4,500 package, including seven Friar Tux tuxedo/suit rentals with expert fittings and styling, plus $3,100 cash, during a ceremony today at Friar Tux’s headquarters in Anaheim.
“The competition for best love story was intense – in fact, the final outcome wasn’t known for sure until the final vote count last night,” said Greg Goodwin, Friar Tux president. “But when it came down to it, Pat and Faith’s lyrical love story edged out the other finalist stories to be named ‘Best Love Story of 2019.’”
The largest family-owned men’s formalwear provider in the country, Friar Tux has outfitted more than a million grooms, groomsmen and even brides who prefer to rock a tuxedo on their big day since opening its first store in Lakewood, Calif., in 1974. The company operates 31 rental/retail stores and an online division, Stitch & Tie.
The contest is part of Friar Tux’s 45th anniversary which included a June 13 rededication of its original store, 1974-2019 tuxedo display and fashion show.
Taken at Schabarum Park in Rowland Heights, the couple’s submitted photo celebrates their chance meeting on a dance floor in January 2016. That first dance led to a first date the following night and a three-year love story culminating in engagement in San Diego this year.
“Friar Tux has a rich wedding tradition – in fact, no formalwear provider in the West has styled more wedding parties since we outfitted our first groom in 1974,” said Goodwin. “And one of the best things about working with couples during this special time in their lives has been hearing all the remarkable ways that grooms and brides have proposed to each other over the years.”
Rummel, a fan of poetry, composed the following caption to accompany the photo:
Saved me with One glance, one dance, one token chance. One night out of pure fate and luck turned out to be the first page in our book. One dance within your arms was the start of a fire storm. One chance of a first date was the reality of true loves fate. You've changed me, I've changed you and together we've grown to join as two. Sing to me the words of love, and I'll write the story of us.
The public voted July 15-31 on the basis of creativity, visual appeal and best expression of the contest theme – which is a true love story resulting in an engagement.
The other two finalist couples – Andrew Evans and Chelsea Rocheleau of Joshua Tree, Calif., and Gabriel Rivas and Brenda Severiano of Pico Rivera, Calif. – receive a Friar Tux tuxedo or suit of their choice.
About Friar Tux
Friar Tux is the largest and most experienced, family-owned, fashion-focused men’s formalwear provider in the country, celebrating its 45th year in 2019 ensuring life’s most important moments. Through 31 rental/sales locations and a growing suits-and-tuxedo-for-purchase and online division, the company rents and sells an unmatched selection of celebratory clothing, shoes and accessories for men, boys and women. Friar Tux prides itself on combining the very latest on-trend fashions with affordable prices and a commitment to personalized styling and fitting to ensure a perfect look and experience every time. For more information, go to https://www.friartux.com.