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Empire State Building Weddings: Colin Cowie Plans Dream Weddings For Four Couples (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/13/2012 8:00 am Updated: 09/05/2012 5:26 pm

Would you let Facebook users help plan your Big Day?

For the four couples who won celebrity event planner Colin Cowie's "Wings of Love" win-a-wedding contest, the answer was a resounding "yes."

On Tuesday Feb. 14, the "Wings of Love" winners -- Stephanie Figarelle and Lela McArthur, Phil Fung and Shawn Klein, Angela Vega and Lubin Masibay, and Paula Cubero and Enrique Catter -- will tie the knot at the top of New York City's iconic Empire State Building, in weddings co-designed by Cowie and his Facebook fans.

The couples entered the contest, presented by Cowie and the Empire State Building, in November, hoping to win an all-expenses paid dream wedding. After submitting entrance videos to the Colin Cowie Weddings Facebook page, Facebook users voted for the winning pairs.

Facebook users also had a hand in choosing everything from the floral arrangements, to the reception menu, to the color scheme, to the style of the DeBeers wedding bands that each couple will receive.

All four couples receive wedding rings from DeBeers, gowns from famed bridal salon Kleinfeld (of "Say Yes To The Dress" fame), formalwear from Men's Wearhouse, hair and make-up by Estee Lauder, a two-night stay at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, photos by Christian Oth plus the chance to win a $100,000 cash prize if theirs is the wedding that receives the most votes on Facebook following their Big Day.

HuffPost Weddings spoke to the contest winners to learn more about their love stories, and find out why they wanted to celebrate their Big Days in this (very) big way. Check back on Valentine's Day for our exclusive coverage of all four "Wings of Love" weddings.

Stephanie Figarelle & Lela McArthur
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This Anchorage, AK couple met at the University of Alaska in August 2010. Just over a year later, Stephanie Figarelle proposed to Lela McArthur with a princess-cut diamond engagement ring. The couple have faced many challenges: McArthur's parents are unsupportive of their relationship and she has had to cut ties with them. But McArthur's difficult childhood -- she was born in Russia and raised in orphanages for the first 10 years of her life -- reminds both partners that they can overcome adversity: "Anytime I'm struggling, or I'm tired or I'm dwelling on a negative thing I think, this woman has been through hell and back," Figarelle told HuffPost Weddings. "[In spite of her past] she carries on with this happy-go-lucky demeanor every single day; she's patient with me, and every single day she gives me this incredible life."