Couple weds at Josephine County Fair

Crystal Durham and Brandon Hodgens were married at the Josephine County Fair on Wednesday, just before country band Lonestar performed in front of a venue full of people. (KTVL/Genevieve Grippo)

Fairs are known to be a place of fun, but on Wednesday night, the Josephine County Fair was also a place of romance as one couple celebrated their special night just before the event's headliners, Lonestar, went on stage.

The couple celebrated not just in front of some of their closest friends and family, but also a venue full of strangers.

"It's a little nerve wracking, but as long as you're up there with the one that you love, that's all that matters," said Brandon Hodgens, the groom.

Hodgens and his now wife, Crystal Durham, were together for nine years before their public nuptials on Wednesday. They said they've been wanting to tie the knot for a while, but life kept getting in the way.

"Some things always came up," said Durham. "Money, needing to just plan it, when we were going to do it."

But their wedding plans were set in stone after they got a call from 105.1 The Wolf, a local radio station that held a "Wolf Wedding" contest.

In order to enter, the couple had to submit a written explanation for why they deserved the ceremony. Both Durham and Hodgens submitted their own statements.

"I had just written that we have two beautiful children, we've been together for a while," said Durham. "And we're ready for the next piece of the puzzle, which was getting married."

The bride and groom were thrilled after hearing they were the winner last Friday.

And though the course of their wedding was suddenly predetermined, they found themselves scrambling.

"It's crazy planning a wedding in four or five days," said Durham.

That planning led them not just to their speedy on-stage wedding, but also a first-dance on stage with Lonestar as the band sang their song "Amazed."

Nine years and two boys later, the couples said they're happy they finally sealed the deal, and they aren't the only ones excited about it.

"Because she will have the same last names as me, brother, and daddy," said the couple's 7-year-old son Brayden Hodgens.

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