We like to thank all of our contestants who participated in our Wedding Day Management Service contest. All of the couples are fabulous and deserve to win!
So, without further ado, the winner is:
Katelyn Clevidence + Andrew Crowe
A little background; we have never given away a service like this in a form of a contest. Our motivation was to give back and generate a little buzz about our company in the community, which we have proudly served for the past eight years in weddings, corporate events, and non-profit groups.
an unfortunate, but necessary disclaimer:
As some of you know (or will now know), we did hit a small snafu with the online voting application. The contest rules clearly states that there should be one vote, per computer. A few computer geniuses figured out a work around and cheated the system by doing multiple votes on the same computer. Luckily, the application tracked each vote down to the date, hour, minute second and respective IP address. So when you have a votes that are within ten seconds apart, assigned to the same IP address, it’s really, quite easy to see illegal votes. The volume of votes during some of these sessions were remarkable, the sheer patience it must have taken the hacker.
Rest assured, once we realized this was happening, we contacted all of the contestants off-line. Since every contestant had a loved one that thought it would be cool to do circumvent the system, we decided to the only fair way was to select a final winner by cross-referencing three different methods. 1. The voting application on the website, that is posted 2. Using the back-end log system by removing all multiple IP addresses and 3. Using the back-end log system to remove only voting sessions that were obviously cheating the system. After pouring over 106 pages of individual votes, the CLEAR winner was the same couple, using all three methods. We sincerely apologize that the third-party, voting system failed to stop hackers from voting illegally. We are disappointed to think we have had our own online “wedding-gate scandal”. This must have been how the politicians felt with their “dimpled chads”.
However this too shall pass. To the many of you that took the time to legally vote for your favorite couple, we truly appreciate you and am sure that they do as well. We look forward to serving all of our clients in 2012, including the winning couple.