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posted: 3/26/2013 12:17 PM

District 70 teachers need your votes for dream wedding

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  • Crysta Sharp and Alan Esser, teachers in Libertyville District 70, are finalists for a dream wedding.

    Crysta Sharp and Alan Esser, teachers in Libertyville District 70, are finalists for a dream wedding.
    Photo courtesy of Libertyville District 70

By Robin Kollman
Libertyville Elementary District 70

It happens. Young college graduates begin their teaching careers in a school where they meet and fall in love.

That's the story for Libertyville Elementary District 70 special education teacher Crysta Sharp and social worker Alan Esser. Along the way, he asked her a very important question by painting the words on the wall of a house they were fixing up: "Will you marry me?"

She said yes.

But here's where the story changes a little bit.

Now the happy couple is planning a wedding as finalists for Windy City Live's Dream Wedding Contest. Winning the contest could have the couple getting hitched in an all-encompassed, paid-in-full wedding ceremony to be broadcast live on May 21.

Windy City Live, Chicago's only daytime talk show on ABC Channel 7, is sponsoring the event that people can support by voting for the couple at

Voters must have a Facebook account, as voting is limited to one vote per Facebook account. Voting ends at 10 a.m. April 2.

Each week, the winning couple will visit the show and be able to select certain items for the wedding, Esser said. Items will include the bridal dress, tux, some of the food, etc. Once married on set, the new bride and groom will enjoy "a reception of a lifetime" at the Peninsula Chicago. The reception will feature a three-course bridal luncheon with a champagne toast, suites to get ready in, transportation provided by BMW, and a bridal suite for after.

The contest opened in February and Sharp's mother, Jackie, suggested it to her daughter, who has been dating Esser since January 2010. So Jackie entered the contest for them, and Esser followed up with his own application.

They were told earlier this month they were in the running, and appeared on a recent show to hear the news firsthand.

"I'm freaking out," Esser said. "I'm trying not to freak out. But this is so exciting. We're very excited. We didn't have a date set for the wedding, or any plans, so this is perfect. A dream wedding!"

The couple with the most votes wins. Vote at the Windy City Live Facebook site through April 2.

"We need something like 30,000 votes," Esser said.

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