Three days are left in the voting for Crate and Barrel's Ultimate Wedding Contest. Jonathan Howard and Gregory Jones are close to being in the top spot.
There are over 5,000 couples entered, with several same sex couples in the top 20 spots. However, Jonathan and Gregory, in second place, have over 12,000 votes. The top couple have over 19,000.
Click here to vote. You have to give Crate and Barrel your email address, but would it be such a bad thing if you got a few good suggestions to spruce up your place already?
Gregory and Jonathan entered this contest on a whim back in February, and the community rallied around them. I think we should all rally around them. They're so cute, how could you not?
There is a backstory that is a bit darker. Jonathan is the survivor of a 2008 hate crime, in which he suffered serious permanent injuries. His attacker was found and convicted of 9 criminal counts, but he served not one day of jail time. Jonathan and Gregory have also faced attacks from anti-gay commenters.
Boy meets boy, boy falls for boy, and boys get engaged. The pure existence of our love is not always accepted. We had to deal with hatred from outsiders and support one another in recovery. Our love story involves the evolution of the meaning of love and the perseverance that allowed two people such as us to openly experience happiness. We knew that we were right for each other from the start, we knew that we would always be by one another's sides and that as best friends we could truly experience our love openly.
Three important details about our Ultimate Wedding.
The three key things for our wedding are simply friends, family, and fun. We want a simple, but elegant affair at an outdoor vineyard in the DC area with our family and friends from across the country. Our family and friends are very important to us and our dream day would not be complete unless we were surrounded by all of them. And we want all of these people to be able to celebrate our love for each other and enjoy a memorable occasion.
Our everyday dream day.
Beauty, tranquility, and love characterize our perfect day. A perfect day for us is a day that is very similar to our wedding day. It is a day that we are free to spend together and to enjoy the company of our friends and family. One of our favorite weekend pastimes is venturing out to the vineyards in Virginia with a small group for a wine tasting and picnic. It gives us the opportunity to enjoy each others company, be absorbed by our surroundings and get away from the hectic lives we lead in the city.