Winning at love with Moe’s

Published on March 20, 2018 in Pacer Times, University of South Carolina Aiken’s college paper

A pair of USC Aiken lovebirds won the Moe’s nationwide competition fo free wedding catering.

Olivia Oates and her fiance Austin Cheshire got engaged in August 2017 and are to marry in July. They’ve been dating since their junior year at North Augusta High School.

On April 1, 2013 Cheshire asked his now-fiance to be his girlfriend, making the relationship official after months of “talking.” The two went to Moe’s Monday, which is still a weekly tradition where Oates and Cheshire get burritos, known as “Joey’s Bag of Donuts.” After Moe’s, they had Chick-fil-A ice cream and it was on the way home that Cheshire took the next step.

“I was infatuated with her,” Cheshire said.

Unbeknownst to Oates, Cheshire saved the Moe’s receipt from that day with intentions of making a scrapbook, and he did, giving it to Oates on their first Christmas spent together engaged.

“I always knew he was a really sentimental guy, that he was kind of like the girl in the relationship,” Oates said.

Oates found out about the Moe’s competition, whose deadline was Jan. 31 and thought their experience would be a sure winner. Oates and Cheshire made a video, in which both recounted their relationship history and Moe’s special role in it. Oates grabbed the scrapbook and showed viewers a close-up of the worn, faded 5-year-old receipt that Cheshire saved.

Winners were announced on Valentine’s Day. The anticipation was building for Oates as she checked her email and continued to refresh it, searching for what would tell her that she’s won free Moe’s catering for 150 people at her upcoming wedding.

After Oates saw the bright “Congratulations,” Brandon from Moe’s called Oates and told her that her video was top-running. It’s had over 14,000 views and 400 shares. Oates and Cheshire took first place in the “Rockstar Wedding” competition at Musicians, Outlaws, and Entertainer’s (Moe’s).

Their video was shared on the official Moe’s Facebook page, the caption describing them as “cuties.”

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