For three years, Harford County-based Saxon's Diamond Centers has been running its Let It Rain promotion, in which a couple receives a refund of up to $3,000 on an engagement ring if it rains on their wedding day.
No couples had won the promotion until this year, but the seemingly never-ending rain this spring and summer produced two winners.
Greg Hunter and Megan Gernand, of Forest Hill, who purchased their engagement ring at Saxon's Bel Air store, and John and Carrie Kolivas, of Colora, who purchased their ring in the Aberdeen store, cashed in on their rainy day weddings.
Hunter and Gernand were married June 20 at St. Mary's Church in Pylesville, when 1.92 inches of rain was recorded at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport; Regulski said 2.85 inches fell when the Kolivases were married June 27 in Darlington.
"We've been sponsoring this program for over three years," Saxon's co-owner Kevin Farrell said in a statement released by the jeweler. "We were starting to wonder if we'd ever have a winner. Our long wait is over."
According to the rules for the promotion, a couple who buys an engagement ring from Saxon's and participates in the Let It Rain promotion can get a refund of up to $3,000 if an inch of rain, or more, falls on their wedding day between noon and 11:59 p.m.
The rainfall totals are recorded at the National Weather Service measuring station at BWI Marshall.
"It was just a new marketing idea that we had," Nichole Regulski, assistant manager for the Bel Air store and marketing coordinator for Saxon's, said Wednesday.
Regulski said paperwork for Let It Rain is provided when an engagement ring is purchased, and the couples must fill it out and register their wedding with Saxon's 60 days before the wedding date.
"If it rains on your wedding day, you come back with your marriage license, and then we contact the weather service," Regulski said.
She estimated about 90 percent of their customers who purchase an engagement ring bring back the Let It Rain paperwork.
"No one ever wants rain on their wedding day," Lance Hersh, Saxon's co-owner, said. "But something great came out of this storm, something that will bring even more joy to this couple during one of the happiest times in their lives."
Gernand and Hunter met more than four years ago when Gernand was working at her father's business. They started dating soon after they met, and Hunter proposed to her May 10, 2014 in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis.