Most little girls grow up dreaming of their wedding - the dress, the flowers, even the cake.
But newly engaged Sierra Dickens doesn't have to worry about any of that.
Dickens, 26, and fiance Andre Mercier, 27, of Culver City won a national contest for a free wedding from The Knot, a popular wedding website.
The catch? Each week, until their Valentine's Day nuptials, the public gets to vote on every aspect of the event.
"They've treated us like royalty," Dickens said. "This whole thing is really incredible. Everyone we're working with is on point and really amazing."
The couple decided to enter the Dream Wedding Contest because of their unique love story.
In an act of desperation, Mercier posted an ad on the Internet for a new roommate. Having just moved to Los Angeles from Idaho, Dickens saw it and responded the very next day.
"It was within hours of me putting out that ad that she pulled into L.A., so it was very serendipitous," said Mercier, 27.
"As soon as we met, sparks flew and we knew there was something special there. I had told a bunch of people I was going to show them the place and after I met Sierra I had to tell everyone else I'm sorry. I couldn't even give them the chance to show them the place because I knew Sierra was the one."
Within a week of moving in together as roommates, romance blossomed.
After 10 months of courtship, Mercier popped the question last September.
Like many newly engaged women, Dickens went onto The Knot and came across the contest. The couple beat out hundreds of video applicants to reach the top five. The public then got to vote on the winning couple.
The public also has voted on the theme - a Modern Ice Castle - as well as the duo's wedding bands and flowers.
Still up for voting are her dress, cake design, hair and makeup, bridesmaid dresses, menswear, and entertainment options.
You can also consider this your official "save the date" as their wedding will be streamed live on The Knot - a first for the company.
"There's a little bit of good and bad that goes along with it. It's almost like all the weight has been lifted off our shoulders. We don't have to really make any decisions, which is so unique for a wedding," Dickens said. "But then, I don't get to choose the dress I walk down the aisle in, and that's such a personal thing. I feel very fortunate that I really love all my options."
The four dresses Dickens found during a recent trip to Kleinfeld Bridal in New York can be voted on until 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Dickens and Mercier describe their style as romantic, modern and refined. They have an athletic and adventurous side as well.
Though their original ideal wedding would be during the summer on a beach somewhere, they say what The Knot has set up is actually perfect for them.
The nuptials will take place on an ice rink at Bryant Park in New York. Dickens, who happens to be a professional ice skater, will perform a routine for the guests.
"It's just so perfect the way that it's happening, even though it's a total 180 from how we had envisioned getting married in the first place," Mercier said.
The Knot's site director, Anja Winikka, describes the couple as sweet and genuine. And though they are excited, she said they also are overwhelmed since they only found out they won the contest a month prior to the wedding date - a date The Knot picked to close out what they call engagement season.
Winikka said that as people are voting on the wedding dress, they should keep in mind that classic is coming back in style.
"For so long we were seeing do-it-yourself projects and now what we're seeing is a return to the classics," she said.
Fit and flare dresses and ball gowns are coming back into style and various shades of green are trending in 2013, Winikka said.
In addition to the wedding, Dickens and Mercier also won a $5,000 honeymoon. They plan to turn it into a "charitymoon," during which they will travel around the world doing charity and volunteer work.
"Every day is literally like a dream to me," Dickens said. "I wake up and we look at each other and I'm like, this is real, this is really happening. We're really getting married."
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On the Web
To vote on the Culver City couple's wedding, go to www.theknot.com/dreamwedding.