One couple from Lexington placed quite a special order in the drive-thru at Dunkin's newest location on Garners Ferry Road Thursday.
Spring and Cannie Bridgers were selected from dozens of entries to be 93.1 The Lake's winning couple for a vow-renewal ceremony hosted at Dunkin'. The Bridgers are self-proclaimed "Dunkin' fanatics," and even woke up at 4 a.m. to be first in line for a previous Dunkin' store opening.
The couple arrived at the drive-thru and asked for the vow renewal special. 93.1 The Lake's morning show host Brent Johnson spoke to them through the speaker as the "officiant." The Bridgers repeated after Johnson's prompts, voicing their vows of love for Dunkin' and for each other.
Repeat after me," Johnson said. "I promise to continue to allow you to stop at every single Dunkin' in every town that has one... I renew my promise to be your partner in caffeine, no one will ever break our Dunkin' bond... And I promise to never socially distance from you," he said during part of the ceremony.
Spring and Cannie both repeated the vows one after the other, then drove to the pick-up window to receive a variety of congratulatory prizes. The couple's prize pack was valued at more than $1,500, including a $500 Dunkin' gift card, $500 in jewelry from Traditions Fine Jewelers, suite accommodations from The Graduate hotel, dinner for two at the Melting Pot, and a floral arrangement from Pineview Florist. They were also given a doughnut cake, and "swag" from Dunkin' and 93.1 The Lake.
Cannie and Spring said the whole experience was wonderful and very memorable.
"It was fun, and it was nerve racking this morning getting ready - I was like, 'this is worse than getting ready for my own wedding,'" Cannie laughed.
"I think I saw a few tears during the actual vows... so yeah, better than our actual wedding," Spring jokingly said. Cannie added that since there were donuts present, this time was even "sweeter" than the first.
"This was just over and beyond anything we could have ever thought," said Spring.
The couple met more than 20 years ago and said their love for Dunkin' developed over the years through traveling and needing to stay awake with a good cup of coffee.
The new Dunkin' at 7338 Garners Ferry Rd. is the fourth next-generation location in the Columbia market, according to regional director of operations Jasper Cureton. The 1,800 sq.-ft. store has a taps system installed for iced beverages, and a bakery case in front for guests to see the doughnut options.