DYER | While Crown Point couple Rigo Garcia and Claudia Hernandez didn't want multiple attendants and a line of groomsmen standing at their sides for their wedding, they both wanted a castle as the frame for their special day.
The "I do" duo were winners of cable network WE television's contest last year promising a dream wedding.
On Saturday, they became newlyweds before 200 guests at Meyer's Castle in Dyer.
Garcia said the idea for nuptials in a gazebo in the castle's courtyard surrounded by gardens was an idea that came long before they were named finalists in the TV contests in August.
"We actually booked our date to reserve Meyer's Castle in February 2012," Garcia said.
"I always wanted this wedding to be special, knowing that we planned to have family flying in from around the world to be part of this day to remember."
The bride and groom were both fans of designer David Tutera's WE show "My Fair Wedding." So Garcia entered their story in the Bridal Guide Dream Wedding contest on Pinterest.
Of the 5,000 national applicants, by August 2012, their video and testimony were among the top five finalists.
Tutera, who did not attend Saturday's gathering, worked with the couple to plan the event and provided the bride with one of his designer gowns.
"Since we didn't have attendants who needed the bridesmaid gowns, we were able to get dresses for the bride and groom mothers instead," Hernandez said.
Garcia was born in Whiting and grew up in Highland, while Hernandez grew up in East Chicago and went to East Chicago Central High School.
Sergio Urquiza Jr., 39, the manager of Meyer's Castle, said the couple also worked closely with Eva Williams, his on-site wedding planner, to carry out the details and instructions provided by Tutera.
Urguiza said the 14 peacocks that roam the castle grounds and a provided horse-drawn carriage helped complete the storybook castle wedding tale as imagined.
"We also spent a lot of time the past two weeks watching the extended weather forecast," Hernandez said.
"The beautiful weekend weather for our Saturday, and surrounded by family, are the best gifts."