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Jacksonville Couple Chosen for First Times Square New Year's Wedding

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- How many guests make for a "full house" at a wedding? One local couple will have about a million.

Bethany Philips and Geoffrey Dubie, who live in Jacksonville,  met in Iraq while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.  They live in Jacksonville.

They entered a contest to be the first people ever married in a ceremony at Times Square on New Year's Eve.

After looking through nearly 2,000 entries, Get Married Media chose Philips and Dubie to say "I do" as the ball drops with the world watching.

Philips, originally from Georgia, is heading to Florida State College Jacksonville to study nursing, and Dubie, from North Carolina, is studying at Jacksonville University.

The couple chose Jacksonville to start their life together after their service in the military.

"What made Bethany and Geoffrey's story especially inspiring was their excitement and clear commitment not only to each other, but to their country and their communities," said Stacie Francombe, founder and editor-in-chief of Get Married Media. 

They'll have more help from the company as the big day draws near:  The online audience will offer advice on all the big details.

"We love adventures and experiencing new things, so winning this amazing wedding experience means so much to us," said the bride-to-be. "We are so grateful and feel incredibly blessed to be able to share our wedding with the world, and see what details the Get Married audience picks for us."

Follow along at Get Married's website.

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