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Chesapeake man reaches finals of national toilet paper wedding dress contest

Posted at 12:44 PM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-05 08:18:10-04

NEW YORK – A Chesapeake florist and designer reached the finals in Charm Weddings and Quilted Northern’s 15th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest.

Ronaldo “Roy” Cruz won the competition last year after being laid off from his job when Farm Fresh closed, and won the fan favorite voting prize in 2015, 2016 and 2017. To become one of the 12 designers selected for the finals of this year’s contest, he beat out more than 1,500 entries.

Cruz told News 3 last year that this contest is nothing out of the ordinary for him.

“When I was in the Philippines, I used to make gowns of other materials like shells, corn and dry flowers,” Cruz said.

This year, Cruz’s dress, “La Filipina,” honored his family’s heritage — and took 40 rolls of toilet paper to complete.

Surfside Beach, California resident Mimoza Haska took home the top prize in this year’s competition, receiving a check for $10,000.

For more information on the competition, click here.