BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA - Ronaldo Cruz of Chesapeake, VA is crowned the winner of the 14th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest presented by Cheap Chic Weddings and Quilted Northern®. Cheap Chic Weddings was established in 2003 to help couples-to-be to "have a cheap wedding that looks like a million bucks," and specializes in providing brides with affordable wedding ideas. Members from Cheap Chic Weddings, Brian Rice of Quilted Northern®, Mara Urshel, co-owner of Kleinfeld Bridal, Reality TV Star Danielle Jonas and Michael Russo served as judges for this year's contest to help select the winning designs. Ronaldo Cruz won the Grand Prize of $10,000 and was joined at the finale event by the other nine contest finalists.
"These dresses, with the incredible level of detail and the originality of the design, make them showroom ready," said Michael Russo.
"Even after 14 years of holding the contest, the designers consistently exceed our expectations!" says Laura Gawne, co-founder of Cheap Chic Weddings. "This year's entries are stunning and convey what is truly possible when toilet paper is meticulously designed," added Susan Bain, Cheap Chic Weddings Co-Founder.
"It was truly remarkable to see these designs brought to life on the runway at Kleinfeld this year amidst the latest in bridal fashion – ultimately creating couture gowns from just really nice toilet paper," said Brian Rice, Senior Director, Design & Packaging Innovation for Georgia-Pacific. "The attention to detail on each of these wedding dresses is outstanding and reflects the same passion for design and craftsmanship that we have for Quilted Northern®."
Photos from the contest can be found at www.cheap-chic-weddings.com, their Facebook and Twitter pages and across Quilted Northern®'s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Shawn W. Anderson