Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Peladeau

Winners of the Happily Ever After for Heroes Wedding Giveaway Contest hosted by the Cathedral of the Pines.

And they lived happily ever after....

A person’s dream wedding can differ from one person to the next. Many people dream of a beach wedding or a wedding in the mountains; I have always dreamed of an outdoor wedding. I have dreamed of the sunshine and the wind blowing through. I have dreamed of beautiful flowers everywhere with my friends and family gathered around. I have thought of the silly faces we’d make at the photographer as they capture the intimate moments of two people promising a life together. The most important part of my special day would always be walking down the Isle to the man I would spend my life with. 

Jake Peladeau and I met in February of 2013, shortly after the death of my mother. We started dating in September of that year. Jake left for basic training for the United States Air Force February 4th of 2014. Since then he has been stationed at Barksdale Air force Base in Louisiana where he works as a Hydraulics Mechanic on B52 Bombers. During this time I have busied myself in the pursuit of a degree in Nursing at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner Massachusetts. 

It seemed that all of my wedding dreams were coming true when Jake asked me to marry him in November of 2016. I began excitedly planning the special day. Many of the details of my dream wedding slowly faded away as the reality of our budget set in. Our outside ceremony turned into getting married in the wedding off-season to save money. Our guest list was trimmed down to family only and the search for a wedding photographer ended much like the previous endeavors. The only part of my dream wedding that has not changed is the man I will promise my life to. This is the most important part. 

The reason why I think I should win this wedding is not because I think I need it or not because I want a handout. It is because this would be my dream wedding. A wedding that would not be possible except for in my dreams. 

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    Keene, NH 03431

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    collage2We are a family owned and operated garden center, florist and power equipment center located in Jaffrey, NH.  Established in 1973 Coll’s is committed to serving the Monadnock region community with excellent service.

    While floral ideas blossom daily, most weddings are the dream of a lifetime. Starting with the bride and groom’s dream on paper, we create a theme to express the couple’s desires for their new life. All details of your wedding, from jewelry to dresses are considered as we bring your dream bouquet to life. Consultations are provided free of charge.

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    Coll’s is excited to be part of the Happily Ever After for Heroes wedding giveaway contest for NH’s military heroes.

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    63 North Street

    Jaffrey, NH 03452
     (603) 532-7516

  • ceremony-of-the-heartWedding Ceremony Officiant
    Rev. Bonnie McCarthy

    wedding-rindge-nhBonnie is an ordained, non-denominational, interfaith minister who would be honored to create, or help you create, your perfect ceremony. Whether you choose to have your ceremony in a home or elsewhere, indoors or outdoors, formal or informal, is goal is to ensure that the atmosphere is stress-free and intimate.

    Since 2001 I have officiated a wide array of wedding services including  spiritual, religious, civil, Celtic, handfasting, and other unique, non-traditional and individualized ceremonies.

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    (603) 239-4088

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    Let’s envision your special day together

    Keene-NH-Wedding-Photographer-Lee-Germeroth-Tracy-Sean-Rindge-NH-0015Your wedding is a very important day for you and your family and should reflect your unique story and style. While you have many decisions to make in the upcoming months, capturing your special day is a natural choice. The essence of your union, the raw emotion, and joy of today, even the way you look at each other, all tell your story.

    We want to help you turn the pages, pushing your story forward and shaping the memory of today into the celebration of tomorrow for you and your loved ones. We take your special day very seriously and personally, respecting your story and capturing stunning images that reflect your love from this day on. You will remember this celebration for years to come; let this act as your beautiful first family heirloom.

    Lee Germeroth Photography
    17 Boston Place
    Keene, NH 03431
    Tel: (603)209-6490

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    93 Monadnock Hwy

    Swanzey, NH 03431

    Local: (603) 352-5550 * Toll Free: (800) 526-8143 * Fax: (603) 355-6348

  • DJ logoThe song that played the first time you saw each other across the room…

    The music playing during your first kiss…

    The melody that filled the air the moment you realized that you had found the One

    Music has marked every step of your journey together and your wedding day will be no different.  Award-winning DJ Ray Ray of Troy, NH knows it’s the little details that will make your reception uniquely yours and he is here to help you create the soundtrack for the wedding day of your dreams. 

    Fully insured and licensed, DJ Ray Ray only uses professional lighting and sound equipment, guaranteed to set the mood for a celebration that you and your guests will be talking about for years to come.

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  • Local Musician Robert Johnson


    cathedral-of-the-pinesRobert “Bob” Johnson of Rindge will be playing the ceremony music for the Happily Ever After for Heroes winning couple.  He is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music and a retired adjunct faculty at Franklin Pierce University.

    Bob can be reached via email at

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