COLUMBIA – "Today" show viewers can now vote on the future wedding bands of Melissa McMillin, 21, and Jeremy Gebhardt, 22, after they won a wedding contest on the show Wednesday morning.
Winning the contest means the Columbia couple will have their rings, outfits, reception, cake and honeymoon planned by viewers of the show, a previous Missourian article stated.
The wedding planning has started, and the first step for viewers is to select the rings. The winning bands will be announced on Sept. 1.
They are scheduled to wed Sept. 30 at Rockefeller Plaza.
“It’s a really big surprise,” Steven McMillin, the bride’s father, said. “Her mom is very happy, and I think she’s on a cloud, too — both of them are.”
McMillin and Kate Garrett, her roommate and a maid-of-honor, traveled to New York City for the announcement on the show. Gebhardt is stationed in Afghanistan with the U.S. Air Force until early September and was live via satellite, the "Today" show website stated.
The couple was one of four finalists selected Monday morning, and viewers had until Tuesday to vote for their top choice.
Mary McMillin, the bride’s mother, said that she was thrilled and surprised as she watched her daughter on “Today.”
“We are just so excited," she said. "We don’t really know how to put it into words.”