On Valentine's Day, love is in the air -- and Thursday morning it was also on the air. For the second straight year, three couples were married live on local radio station K92's "Mornin' Thang".
"I entered it not thinking we'd win," said Calene Parrish, one of the brides.
Hundreds of couples applied, but it was Ronald and Bailee Akers, Chris and Calene Parrish, and Henry and Patricia Jenkins who were the last three standing.
"She's my best friend," said Ronald Akers. "We've been through good time and bad times. But we're still as close as we've ever been."
"I fell in love with him in kindergarten, but he wouldn't have anything to do with me," laughed Calene Parrish.
"I was five," responded Chris Parrish.
"We were planning on getting married in the Spring," said Henry Jenkins. "And then somebody entered a contest."
Mornin' Thang co-host and ordained minister Danny Meyers says all three couples were exactly what the station was looking for.
"We really wanted three very different couples, three different stages in life," said Meyers. "So we got the fifty somethings, we got a young couple that doesn't have kids, and we got a couple that's in the middle. They have kids and she's in the military and he takes care of the family while she's away in the National Guard."
All three couples admit they never thought they'd be selected for the on-air wedding -- and when they were, they were caught slightly off guard. The Parrishes just got engaged at the end of January. The Akers found out they got a spot later than the other couples because they replaced another couple that dropped out. And Henry Jenkins had no clue Patricia had even entered them in the contest until the station called him.
"The radio station called me when I was leaving to go to lunch," said Henry Jenkins. "And it's like, uh sure, we can get married."
They all say, however, it was well worth it in the end."
"We're extremely excited," said Bailee Akers.
"We're very excited," said Chris Parrish.
"It was wonderful," said Patricia Jenkins.
Each couple received rings from Amrhein's, a catered reception from Bojangles, and cake from Carlos'. The Parrishes also won a five day honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas.
But at the end of the day, they say the best part was leaving the station with the husband or wife they'll get to spend the rest of their lives with.