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Drew Hardgrave and Veralyn Montemayor

Age: Drew: 29 Veralyn: 34
Day Job: Drew: Fischer and Brown Insurance Veralyn:  Brooks Orthodontics.
Resident Since: Drew: 5 years Veralyn: 32 years
Dating Since: 2009

Who proposed to who?
Veralyn: He proposed.

How did he do it?
Drew: My parents own an engraving shop, so I had them engrave a bottle of our favorite kind of wine with a big, fancy V and ‘Will you marry me?’ I brought the bottle to Global Grill.
Veralyn: Our favorite restaurant.
Drew: Yeah, I had our waiter suggest a ‘wine special’ and he brought out the bottle. I was supposed to be smooth and get down on one knee to propose, but I struggled with the ring and squeaked out the question.
Veralyn: He was speechless, which never happens.

About your first kiss—who kissed who?
Veralyn: We kind of kissed each other.

Name two things you agree on.
Veralyn: We both love adventure.
Drew: We both love to kayak and be outdoors.
Veralyn: Oh, and food! We love food.

Name two things you disagree on.
Veralyn: Drew loves football, but I don’t. He’s a whole different person football season.
Drew: I don’t like potatoes. But I do like anchovies.

If your relationship was a board game, which one would it be?
Drew: Chance, because we met on a blind date.

If you had to have a themed wedding, what theme would you pick?
Veralyn: A peacock theme!

What’s the one you absolutely don’t want at your wedding or reception?
Veralyn: No koozies.
Drew: But why? Isn’t it to have and to hold, and keep your brew cold? (He laughs)

What’s one thing you absolutely must have at your wedding?
Both: Wine.
Drew: And music.
Veralyn: Our family.

What is more important to you—the ceremony or the reception?
Veralyn: I want both to be very good.
Drew: The reception.

Do you have a Twitter or Facebook page?
facebook.com/drew.hardgrave and facebook.com/veralyn.montemayor

Let’s say you’re at an open bar wedding—what’s she drinking? And him?
Veralyn: A vodka tonic.
Drew: Malibu and pineapple.

If you could have any band/musician/DJ/pop star in the world (alive or dead) play your wedding, who would it be?
Drew: Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Veralyn: Or John Mayer.

Why do you deserve a free wedding?
Drew: We love downtown. We love Pensacola and all the culture. Since I’ve been here, I’ve seen such growth. We love being a part of that and supporting local business. We very rarely miss a Gallery Night.

How are you going to campaign and get out the vote?
Veralyn: We’ll use Facebook and ask at work. We’ll get our friends to vote.
Drew: Maybe we can make t-shirts and wear them around.

If you don’t win the free wedding, when will you tie the knot?
Drew: October 12, 2013.
Veralyn: At Old Christ Church, 5eleven would be our venue.

Have you ever won anything else exciting like this before?
Drew: We won tickets to the wine festival once.
Veralyn: I won that gift certificate to Dharma Blue.
Drew: Oh, do you have that with you? Let’s go to dinner.