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GMA's 'Epic Wedding Showdown': Couples Compete for Valentine's Day Dream Wedding

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February 5, 2014
GMA's 'Epic Wedding Showdown': Couples Compete for Valentine's Day Dream Wedding

Hundreds of couples entered Good Morning America's Epic Wedding Showdown for the chance to compete to win an unforgettable Valentine's Day wedding ceremony, complete with a special performance by John Legend, live on " GMA."

Four finalists were chosen from the pack and have been facing-off in competition with physical challenges  on "GMA."

Each day, viewers will be able to vote for their favorite couple and those votes will count towards who will be saved from elimination, and ultimately, who wins the contest. (Go to GoodMorningAmerica.com to vote from noon ET through 8:45 a.m. ET the next day).

Read on to learn more about the four finalists and watch "GMA" all week as the wedding games begin! CLICK HERE to read the official rules.

Meet the Couples

Abria Haynes and Christopher Magee (Team Yellow)
26 and 30
From: Houston, Texas
About the couple:
Christopher is in the wireless industry and Abria is completing her doctorate at Texas A&M University this spring. Abria says she wants to get married on national TV on Valentine's Day in a bid to take Christopher's name - and have his name appear on her degree. The couple met in college at a sorority/fraternity mixer. Abria was so smitten that on their first date she planned out their whole wedding. Chris says he knew she must be the one because he wasn't scared off by her wedding-planning ways. Instead, he says he laughed and thought to himself, "I think I am going to marry this girl!"

Alexandra Rall and Jeremy Lazorka
  (Team Red)

Ages: 21 and 28
From: Williamsport, Pa.

About the couple:
He's a physician's assistant with a background in coaching (he was an assistant coach to the U.S. Olympic Softball team) and she's an office manager with a gorgeous voice (she sang the national anthem at the closing game of last year's Little League World Series in front of 35,000 fans!) The couple met at church where Alex was singing. Today, they say they're drawn together by a mutual love for faith and family - and competitive games. The couple that plays together stays together!

Day 1: The Obstacle Course

In a gripping first day of competition, all four couples battled it out on the obstacle course where they had to make their way through three wedding-themed stations. CLICK HERE TO WATCH. Celebrity referee Sherrod Small from VH1's "Best Week Ever" kept a close eye, and after a fast and furious dash to the finish line, Alex and Jeremy (Team Red) took first place, followed by Abria and Christopher (Team Yellow). It came down viewer votes between the bottom two couples: Brittany and Paul (Team Green) and Lauren and Sergio (Team Blue). In the end, the couple that got more votes from viewers was, Brittany and Paul. Lauren and Sergio were sadly eliminated.

Lauren Bell and Sergio Lopez (Team Blue)
Both 27
San Diego, Calif.
About the couple:
She's an ICU nurse and he's a Marine. The couple got engaged last month, when Sergio got down on bended knee in uniform. He's been to Afghanistan and faces more deployments. The couple has weathered long distance romance and war zones - and now wants to make "GMA" the place they say their "I Do's."

Day 2: Who Takes the Cake Challenge

The three remainingcouples were given an epic decorating challenge: to recreate the three-tiered wedding cakemade by “The Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro in just one-minute. Abria and Christopher (Team Yellow) took first, so it came down to viewer votes between the bottom twocouples: Brittany and Paul (Team Green) and Alexandra Rall and JeremyLazorka  (Team Red). In the end, Brittanyand Paul (Team Green) said their goodbyes.

Brittany Buck and Paul Stasko (Team Green)
Both 31
Syracuse, New York
About the couple:
He's a podiatrist and she's a claims adjustor. This couple says they already know what it means to pledge their undying love to one another, in sickness and in health. In 2010, Brittany was diagnosed at age 27 with ovarian cancer. Overwhelmed by her illness, Brittany says she tried to end things with Paul. But he was in it for the long haul and insisted on staying by her side, through multiple operations and rounds of chemotherapy. Now cancer-free, Brittany says she can't wait to say her "I Do's."