Great Wedding Giveaway winners tie the knot

By Stacey Readout, Executive Producer, sreadout@wjxt.com
Published On: May 19 2014 09:08:04 AM EDT
Updated On: May 20 2014 03:02:18 AM EDT

VIDEO: Jerry and MaryAnne Rodriguez were picked as the winning couple in the Great Wedding Giveaway by Jacksonville Magazine. Every magical moment of their special day, captured right here on Channel 4. Channel 4's Melanie Lawson recaps the wedding reception.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -

The winners of Jacksonville Magazine's Great Wedding Giveaway tied the knot on live television.  Jerry and MaryAnne Rodriguez's nuptials were broadcast on The Morning Show.

IMAGES: MaryAnne and Jerry's wedding day

The couple entered Jacksonville Magazine's contest to win a free wedding.  Local vendors donated their services and products. 

The wedding was held at Serenata Beach Club in Ponte Vedra Beach at 8:15 a.m.

The bride and bridesmaids arrived at 4:30 a.m. to get ready.  The groom and groomsmen arrived around 6:30 a.m. to get ready.

The guests were given crossword puzzles about the couple when they arrived.  They snacked on candied bacon and drank whiskey at the reception.

MaryAnne and Jerry have a six-month-old son, Grey, who was part of the ceremony.  He arrived in a hat and VANS sneakers.  MaryAnne, Jerry and the groomsmen also wore VANS.

The guests were seated by 8 a.m. and MaryAnne walked down the aisle to a string quartet.

"They told me I would tear up when I saw her.  It was more joy," said Jerry.

MaryAnne's father sang "Ave Maria" before the ceremony.

"He's been the greatest dad I could ever ask for," said MaryAnne.

The couple got engaged in Belize. MaryAnne searched Jerry's luggage before their trip, thinking he would propose. She didn't find a ring and thought it wasn't going to happen.

The couple says they're so happy to wed with all their loved ones and son there to witness their vows.

"I already knew she was the one so we were just making it official," said Jerry.

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