It's official!  It's down to 3 finalists for the big Gift Worth Giving Wedding Giveaway!

Photo courtesy of Larry Stanley Photography

Jennifer Hodges and Adam West of Bozeman - Jennifer and Adam both served our country in the Marine Corp, but although they were sometimes stationed where the other had lived, they did not connect until they were both here in Montana. Meeting casually when Adam worked at a local bowling alley, he says he knew right away that her daughter was a very important part of her life. Since then, a wonderful friendship has formed between Taryn, Jennifer’s daughter, and Adam including both the Little Mermaid and The Ninja Turtles!

Photo courtesy of Larry Stanley

Stephany Kessler and Manuel Sedillos from Billings, Montana are described by friends as fun loving people who would do anything to help anybody, they are also described as unselfish, kind and fun.

Stephany and Manuel met working together at Albertsons while still in high school. Their love has remained for the last six years and continues to grow deeper. They have worked tirelessly to support themselves through college and the downturn. Stephany is graduating college in 2013, with plans to become an Occupational Therapist with a special interest in working with children. Manuell is happy to have only one job after years of holding down several jobs at once, a security consultant he is looking forward to building a career.

Patience and devoted hard work are hallmarks of this couple who have grown up at one another’s side and understand how love presents as fire and settles to coals over time making their commitment to each other and their bright future inspiring.

Photo courtesy Larry Stanley

On February 10th, 2010 it was love at first site.  Jordan was best friends with Justin’s younger sister, but for years she had never met Jordan until that date.  Eleven days later, they had their first date and have been inseparable ever since.

Both Jordan and Justin have faced difficult life situations in very different ways.  Jordan is a breast cancer survivor.  The circumstances of the illness, surgery and treatment took it’s toll on her previous relationship, leaving her standing strong on her own to move forward in life.  Justin is the oldest of eight children.  Due to difficult circumstances he had the responsibility of working to make sure his younger siblings had what they needed.  At the age of 10 Justin started his first full time job to help pay the bills.  He put his own education on hold to take care of the needs of his brothers and sisters.  Later he graduated High School and to this day carries a small copy of his diploma in his wallet.

Jordan works as a personal care giver for a disabled person in the Gallatin Valley and struggles with the enormous medical debt from her cancer treatment.  Justin is an on-call mechanic in the Bozeman area. Both of them are involved in helping others in need in our community.  Justin and Jordan believe in what Justin aptly describes as the ‘ripple effect’ of giving, with the notion that little ripples of good build together to form waves of love, help and support for others.

** All descriptions are from Gift Worth Giving Founders, Larry Stanley, Megan Jacks and Stana Milodragovich.

The finalists will be announced on Valentines Day!