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Mayfair couple to wed at Flower Show

That ma­gic mo­ment: Frank Kennedy pro­posed to Rox­anne Wilson on Dec. 27.

Flowers al­ways are big parts of wed­dings, but this year, a wed­ding will be a big part of the Phil­adelphia In­ter­na­tion­al Flower Show.

A May­fair couple — a school teach­er and a Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer — will say their “I dos” on “Wed­ding Wed­nes­day,” March 5, at the Pennsylvania Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, right in the middle of the Flower Show’s an­nu­al run, March 1 to 9.

Ro­mantic? Flowery? Yeah, it’s all that.

And more. The two, who live on the 3100 block of Engle­wood Street, not only get the Flower Show nup­tials, they will be treated to a re­cep­tion for 75, a hon­ey­moon in Ire­land and oth­er good­ies, cour­tesy of the show, Phil­adelphia Wed­ding magazine and Tour­ism Ire­land.

The show and the magazine con­duc­ted a “Greatest Groom” con­test earli­er this year, en­cour­aging brides-to-be, par­ents, sib­lings and friends to nom­in­ate some Prince Charm­ings.

From 100 “Greatest Groom” nom­in­a­tions, Of­ficer Frank Kennedy was chosen, the show an­nounced last week on Valentine’s Day. Ac­cord­ing to con­test spokes­wo­man Jill Ash­er, Kennedy’s in­ten­ded, Rox­anne Wilson, nom­in­ated him without his know­ledge.

So, yes, he was sur­prised when she called him at work on Jan. 15 to an­nounce the news.

“Get outta here!” Kennedy, 32, said.

Win­ning a wed­ding con­test that in­cluded a hon­ey­moon in Ire­land struck the 39th Dis­trict cop as maybe a little too good to be true.

“The cop in me star­ted ask­ing ques­tions,” he said.

Wilson, 35, said the two met years ago.

“I went to col­lege with Frankie’s sis­ter, Bar­bara,” she said.

They got reac­quain­ted about five years ago in the North­east right out­side their house on the 3100 block of Engle­wood Street, and on Dec. 27, they got en­gaged dur­ing a fam­ily va­ca­tion. 

Back from va­ca­tion, Wilson, who teaches second grade at Zie­g­ler Ele­ment­ary on Saul Street, went on­line to look for free hon­ey­moon trips. The “Greatest Groom Con­test” caught her eye, es­pe­cially since it in­volved a trip to Ire­land, a place she knew Kennedy wanted to vis­it. 

Wilson said she wrote an es­say about Frank as part of her con­test entry.

“He treats me like a prin­cess every day of my life. He is truly the greatest groom, and I am honored to be his wife,” she wrote.

Wilson said the cops at the 39th and the staff and kids at Zie­g­ler have been great to them and very sup­port­ive.

After learn­ing Kennedy was named greatest groom in Janu­ary, Rox­anne picked out a dress at Un­veiled in Cen­ter City and will have hair and makeup done at Salon Nor­man-Dee on Grant Av­en­ue. Pho­tos will be done by Pic­tures by Todd, Bryn Mawr, and their wed­ding night will be at Loew’s Hotel.

Pa­per­tree Stu­dio sup­plied the in­vit­a­tions for 75 guests for the wed­ding and a re­cep­tion in a private room at the con­ven­tion cen­ter.

You might no­tice that it was Kennedy who won the “Greatest Groom Con­test,” but it was Wilson who won most of the good­ies.

Kennedy said he no­ticed that, too.

“Yes,” Wilson said, “but he’s get­ting Ire­land.” ••

Flower Show ready to bloom

2014 theme: Ar­ti­cul­ture: Where art meets hor­ti­cul­ture

When: March 1 - 9; tick­ets on sale now.

Where: Pennsylvania Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, 12th and Arch streets

In­form­a­tion: www.the­flower­show.com

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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