Pair may win `Today' nuptials

July 22, 2005|By Joe Burris

Sarah Raley had become so enamored last year with the Today show's annual dream wedding contest that she envisioned entering the contest with her boyfriend of five years, Mark Dale. Problem is, last year's July 5 deadline passed and he hadn't proposed.

So one day, Raley, who lives in Valley Lee in Southern Maryland, brought up the subject, piercing two heartfelt hopes with one arrow.

"Mark, this is how I want to be married next year, on the Today show," she said.

Last August, as the two vacationed on the French Riviera, Dale popped the question and she said, "Yes." This morning, they will discover if the Today show will indeed pick up the tab for their dream wedding.

The two discovered last week that they are among the contest's four finalists.

This is the sixth year in a row that Today is giving away a free wedding - but the first time that the Today wedding will be in the winners' hometown.

- Joe Burris

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