Contest Winners

Brett Peronto  & Sarah Snyder are the winners of the 2019 Stars & Stripes Wedding at River Roast in Chicago.

Brett Peronto  & Sarah Snyder

My name is Sarah Snyder and my fiance name is Brett Peronto. He joined the army when he was 19 years old and has served in the United States Army for 11.5 years. He has been deployed twice to Afghanistan and has earned a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal with Valor for saving a fellow soldier's life after stepping on an improvised explosive device in 2011.

Our story began two years ago in Arizona at a mutual friends wedding, who also happened to meet in the military. I was a bridesmaid and he was there to witness the courtship of two friends he had come to know in Germany. Love brought love together and we began to talk that night. After months of back and forth from Arizona to Colorado, the decision had to be made on whether we were going to move things forward in our relationship. I made the decision to pack up my things and move to Wisconsin to be with him while he attended college on the Green to Gold Active Duty Option.

He is currently in his final year of college and is set to graduate in May where he'll gain his Army commission as an Officer and we’ll continue our journey in the US Army together. My passion is children. While living in Arizona I was a Kindergarten teacher. After moving to Wisconsin I began working at a local elementary school with special needs and EBD (emotional behavior disorder) students. My dream is to someday be a Play Therapist or a Child Therapist. In our spare time, Brett and I love to stay active by hiking and camping, spending time with family and friends, and traveling the world together.

More About Sarah & Brett

I am an Arizona girl and Brett is a Wisconsin boy who are not only committing to one another in marriage, but also committed to serving our country for many more years to come. We both understand this sacrifice but know that it is one we are willing to make together. If we were to be selected as the winners of this amazing opportunity, it would honestly be a dream come true. After hours of research and planning, the cost of a wedding that both we and our families would truly want is just too much for what we could possibly afford. The reality is, student loan debt is nobody's friend. Being about 2.5 hours north of Chicago would make for easy travel for his friends and family in Wisconsin, as well as easy travel for all of my friends and family flying in from Arizona.

We would both, without a doubt, be extremely grateful for the opportunity to be gifted a wedding. It would be a dream come true, not only for us, but for our family and friends as well. Thank you for simply considering us for this, and for all that you do for the men and women who serve this great country on a daily basis.

The Wedding

The Stars & Stripes Wedding includes everything you need to make your special day perfect.

River Roast (Chicago, IL) will generously donate its Riverside or Brunch wedding package:

  • Five-hour reception up to 220 guests
  • Three-course dinner menu: salad and entree prepared by our award winning culinary team
  • Custom designed wedding cake prepared by Bittersweet Pastry
  • Four-hour standard open bar, one-hour wine service with dinner, sparkling wine toast
  • Complimentary house chairs and tables with white linen
  • Complimentary votive candles: 3 for each dinner table and along windows to accent
  • Personalized menus placed at each table setting
  • Four-hour reception for up to 220 guests
  • Four passed hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour Chef table prepared by our award winning culinary team
  • Custom designed wedding cake prepared by Bittersweet Pastry
  • Four-hour standard open bar including mimosa and bloody mary
  • Complimentary votive candles: 3 for each dinner table and along windows to accent

Also included: Brides Across America and Volles Bridal will be gifting a wedding gown and tuxedo. For other wedding related services, such as, photography, flowers, ceremony and reception décor, music and a day-of coordinator, RIVER ROAST and BAA will work with partners to secure the services on a donation or a low cost basis.

See official contest rules for complete prize list.

Location

Located on the Chicago River, RIVER ROAST offers dramatic city and water views from every seat - inside and out.  Helmed by James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef Cedric Harden, River Roast is a lively social house and gathering place.

The Venue

The Stars & Stripes Wedding includes everything you need to make your special day perfect.

River Roast Private Events offers an impressive setting for your next party or meeting. Helmed by James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef Cedric Harden, River Roast is a lively social house and gathering place.

Experienced event planning and service teams aim to accommodate and anticipate your needs for a flawless event. Whether you’re planning a grand gala for 300 people or an exclusive affair for eight, the delectable customized menus and exceptional views will impress.

With 6 event spaces to choose from – each featuring sophisticated decor that pays tribute to the historical landmark building the restaurant is housed in – the options for corporate and social events are endless.

How to Win

There are just 3 simple steps to enter to win a dream Stars & Stripes Wedding.

Please see full contest details official contest rules. Pay close attention to contest entry submission deadlines and qualification criteria. Best of luck!

1

Eligibility

To qualify, applicants must be members of the military or first responders (fire, police, emergency response). Please see full contest rules for details.

2

Submission Process

Simply fill out the entry form below – including your personal stories, as individuals and as a couple, as well as pictures. Entry deadline is November 6!

3

Schedule

The selected couple will arrange a date with BAA and RIVER ROAST for some time between December 2019 and March 2020. Transportation to/from Chicago is not included.

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Enter to Win

One (1) deserving couples will win a Stars & Stripes Wedding gifted by Brides Across America and RIVER ROAST (Chicago, IL). To be considered for the prize, please read the qualification guidelines and submit the entry form below. Please see complete contest rules for more information.

THE STARS & STRIPES WEDDING INCLUDES

Your Stars & Stripes Wedding includes everything you need to make your special day perfect:

  • Five-hour reception up to 220 guests
  • Three-course dinner menu: salad and entree prepared by our award winning culinary team
  • Custom designed wedding cake prepared by Bittersweet Pastry
  • Four-hour standard open bar, one-hour wine service with dinner, sparkling wine toast
  • Complimentary house chairs and tables with white linen
  • Complimentary votive candles: 3 for each dinner table and along windows to accent
  • Personalized menus placed at each table setting
  • Four-hour reception for up to 220 guests
  • Four passed hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour Chef table prepared by our award winning culinary team
  • Custom designed wedding cake prepared by Bittersweet Pastry
  • Four-hour standard open bar including mimosa and bloody mary
  • Complimentary votive candles: 3 for each dinner table and along windows to accent

See official contest rules for complete prize list.

Note: Brides Across America and Volles Bridal (Lake Zurich, IL) will gift a wedding gown and tuxedo. For other wedding related services, such as, photography, flowers, ceremony and reception décor, music and a day-of coordinator, RIVER ROAST and BAA will work with partners to secure the services on a donation or a low cost basis.

Eligibility

Applicants must be a military service member or police, fire or emergency response professional that is on active duty or has been active within the past 5 years. Please see full contest rules for details.

Deadline & Dates

To be considered, entrants must complete and submit the contest entry form on this website no later than November 6, 2019. Five (5) entrants will then be chosen as finalists shortly after the contest submission deadline. Each finalist will be contacted, and they must submit a personal story video by November 21, 2019. The winning couple will be chosen and announced on November 22, 2019. Please see full contest rules for details.

Contest Entry Form

Please submit your personal love story to be entered to win. You may upload up to three (3) images. We may contact you for additional details and to confirm that you meet eligibility requirements.

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Local Partners

Brides Across America and Volles Bridal will gift a wedding gown and tuxedo. For other wedding related  services, such as, photography, flowers, ceremony and reception décor, music and a day-of coordinator, RIVER ROAST and BAA will work with partners to secure the services on a donation or a low-cost basis.

Still Have Questions?

If you have questions or need more info, just drop us a quick message, and we will be happy to assist you.

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