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UH Grad Student Vying to Marry on NBC Today ShowAnnual Contest Asks Viewers to Vote for Couple, Plan Wedding

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June 8, 2009-Houston-
When Porsha Burton was a little girl, she dreamed of what her wedding day would be like.

"I imagined me to be in a big, huge, pouffy dress, tons of flowers everywhere and all the people I love all around me," she said.

The self-proclaimed "girly girl" is now a graduate student in the University of Houston College of Education working on her master's degree in administration. Though her days are spent studying and teaching, she still dreams of her special day, especially now. She and her fiancé, Chris, are one of four couples vying to be the one selected to be married live on the NBC Today Show in New York City. Each year the program asks America to vote for one couple, and then plan all the details of their wedding, from the dress to the cake to the honeymoon.

"If we are fortunate enough to be the lucky couple, I am confident America will do an amazing job picking out every detail," Burton said. "And I will be blessed to accept all the wonderful things they choose."

Beginning Wednesday, June 10, following the wedding segment of the NBC Today Show, viewers will be asked to vote, by text and online, for their favorite couple by logging on to www.todayshow.com under the "wedding" category.  Each week, one couple will be eliminated. The winning couple will be announced July 1, and their wedding day will be July 15, live on the Today Show. As a special gift, country singer Martina McBride will perform at the wedding of the winning couple.

"We want America to know that our love for each other is authentic, that we have been committed to each other for six years. We both love God, our family and each other and are looking forward to spending our lives together," Burton said.

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