Los Angeles gay couple vie for your vote in Crate & Barrel wedding contest

Fri. April 29, 2011 2:12 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

robbie cronrod (left) and allen artcliff

photo credit // twitter @loveatfirstwink

Online voting closes Saturday, April 30

Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles couple, Robbie Cronrod and Allen Artcliff, are vying for the top spot in Crate and Barrel's Ultimate Wedding Content.

"We entered the Crate&Barrel contest not just win a dream wedding, which would be nice, but to also put a face on marriage equality," 34-year-old Cronrod told GoPride.com. "We are exposing our personal lives to continue to keep the importance of marriage equality in mainstream media. I think we've accomplished that just by competing in the contest."

"Winning this contest would be an amazing platform to continue the fight for marriage equality," added 38-year-old Artcliff.

The couple has started their own website, LoveAtFirstWink.com, to share their three year love story. They are also spending hours on social networking sites trying to gain friends through Facebook and Twitter.

"We entered because we're in love, just like any other couple that enters the contest," said Cronrod.

Contest entries are judged by Crate & Barrel executives and wedding planner to the stars, Yifat Oren. The winning couple will receive a wedding valued at $100,000. The winner will be announced in late May or early June.

Regardless of the contest's outcome, Cronrod and Artcliff plan to legally wed in Boston this October. Both told the Windy City Times that honeymoon plans are still up in the air, although they are considering Puerto Rico, Italy, France and Spain.

The couple, currently second in online voting, tells GoPride.com they will donate $500 to Trevor Project and to Freedom to Marry if they win the popular vote, which closes Saturday, April 30.

You can cast a vote for Cronrod and Artcliff at loveatfirstwink.com/vote, which redirects you to the Crate & Barrel website. .

More from our Media Partner: Learn more about how Robbie Cronrod and Allen Artcliff, including how they met, in a special Windy City Times profile.