Published: May 27, 2010 1:41 PM EDT
Updated: May 27, 2010 10:41 AM EDT

Fort Myers - Local companies are joining together to offer a free wedding to an engaged SWFL couple facing "sour times" in this current economy.

Couples who want to get married but have been unable because of financial obstacles, job loss, health risks, or other complicated situations are invited to enter the “Lemonade Wedding Giveaway” for an opportunity to win a wedding and reception for 50 guests.  The contest begins on May 25 and concludes on June 25, 2010.
Entry forms will be available at select Goodwill Retail & Donation Centers in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and Hendry counties.  Couples will also be able to enter online at  The winners will be announced on July 16, 2010.
The winners of the Lemonade Wedding giveaway will get married on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.  “We’ve had strong support from the community and a delightful reaction from the public so far,” says Studio Six Eleven Design Consultant Calleen Bonilla.  “We hope to get enough support to be able to give away more weddings in the future.”
Other sponsors of the Lemonade Wedding include Black Tie Tuxedos, Connie Duglin Specialty Linens & Chair Cover Rental, Duquette Photography, Elegant Affairs, Elle Events, Fort Myers Floral Designs, the Heitman House, Hotel Indigo Fort Myers, Kakes By Karen, LLC, Model T Chauffeur Services, Patty’s Flower Shop, Provident Jewelry, and Shari Brownie Photography.  More sponsorship opportunities are still available.
For more information about the Lemonade Wedding giveaway, visit or email