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Friday, Apr 04 2014 11:26 AM

'First Look': Couple to receive free wedding

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    Blanca Grimes, left and Colleen Bauer, owner of Fairy Godmother, talk about the free wedding Grimes and her fiance will receive during a segment of "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A free wedding. Those are the words every bride-to-be wants to hear and Blanca Grimes heard just them from the Fairy Godmother.

Grimes and her fiance, Kurt Dudley, were nominated by friends and family to win the free wedding put together by Colleen Bauer, owner of Fairy Godmother.

Fairy Godmother created a nonprofit foundation, which will continue to give dream weddings to those in need.

"People nominated a couple who was going through a life-altering experience," Bauer said Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

In 2011, Dudley was diagnosed with stage two stomach cancer and was told he would be cancer-free in two years after treatment.

But the cancer returned in November.

"They found a tumor the size of a fist in his lower intestine," Grimes said.

He is receiving treatment at UCLA.

"It's a struggle but I have to be supportive and be strong for him," she said.

When the couple found out about the free wedding, they had no idea what it was about. Yet Grimes said it was awesome to be selected.

Bauer said Grimes and Dudley will both be heavily involved in planning the Oct. 24 wedding. They will decide everything from the colors of flowers to the dress to the catering. Several local businesses have partnered with Fairy Godmother to donate services and make the wedding special.

"Bakersfield people are so giving and I knew there were people who deserve this, so it was my turn to give back," Bauer said.

 

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