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Cutest Couple Contest: Vote For Your Favorite Love Birds!

Meet the nominees for Malverne-West Hempstead's cutest couple contest.

"Our first walk down the aisle was a memorable one," says Denise Johansen, of West Hempstead. "It was Halloween 1963, I was in kindergarten at  and the costume my mother bought for me was Jackie Kennedy, although I probably didn’t know who that was at the time." 

When it came time for all the students to parade around the hallway in front of the other classes, one of the teachers noticed that a first grade boy was wearing a John F. Kennedy costume and paired him up with Denise.  "Sure enough, they made us walk hand-in-hand up and down the hallway," Johansen says. "I’m glad I at least had on a plastic mask so that no one could see how embarrassed I was."

Fourteen years later, she would be dating the boy in the JFK costume. (His name was Pete.)  "On one of our first dates, he asked me what I was for Halloween when I was in Kindergarten.  I had no idea so I went home and asked my Mom," Johansen recalls.  "She said, 'Oh, you were Jackie Kennedy,' and that's when Pete recounted the story of our walk together down the aisle at Chestnut Street School." 

The pair took the real walk down the aisle in 1980, and they never looked back, she told Patch, adding, "Still, in West Hempstead after all these years, we are blessed with four beautiful children and a multitude of family and friends.

Are Denise and Pete Johansen the cutest couple in Malverne and West Hempstead? We'll let you decide. Scroll through our photo gallery above to meet each of the couples who have entered so far, vote your favorite by writing their name in the comment space below (Only one vote per person.) and spread the love on Facebook and Twitter.

Want to enter you and your hubby into the competition or another great pair you know? Just send an email with a photo, the couple's names and any other information you care to share to Tara.Conry@Patch.com. (Or you can take matters into your own hands and just upload it to our gallery above.)

Polls close at 5 p.m. Feb. 13 and the winner will be announced on Valentine's Day on Patch, which will be sending them some cash to enjoy a night on the town.

Lorie February 13, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Not other choice only Jake and Liz
Steve Armas February 13, 2012 at 07:47 PM
pete and denise
Margie February 13, 2012 at 07:47 PM
A nice way to end the High School years ,a romantic dinner for JAKE AND LIZ!!!!
Katherine Zengel February 13, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Denise & Pete : )
Debby Doughty-Lucas February 13, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Denise & Pete
Debby Doughty-Lucas February 13, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Denise & Pete a/k/a JFK & Jackie are the perfect couple! Love them...Love their Family <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Regina Flugmacher February 13, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Pete and Denise have been my neighbors for over 30 years, We love them <3
Kayla Brock February 13, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Jake and Liz!
Lynn Perry February 13, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Definitely Pete and Denise!! Love them !
Michael Perry February 13, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Denise and Peter
Mary February 13, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Pete and Denise!
Jonathan Ezor February 13, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Jake and Liz!
Linda Nuzzo February 13, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Carolyn and Greg
Pete Johansen February 13, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Well I guess I should vote, I think my vote goes to Denise and Pete!!
riga February 13, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Jake and Liz!!!
Walter Ejnes February 13, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Well if Pete is voting for himself, i guess I should vote for my son. I vote for Jake and Liz! good luck to all of these cute couples!
David Blister February 13, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I have had the pleasure of watching these two great kids grow up and I believe they deserve to win. They are a great and cute couple. My vote goes to Lizzie and Jake!
Tonya February 13, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Liz and Jake
Cornelius February 13, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Jake and Liz= cute couple.
Mario N. February 13, 2012 at 09:47 PM
JAKE AND LIZ!!!!! NO CONTEST!!!! THEY ARE THE CUTEST!!!!
Pete S. February 13, 2012 at 09:49 PM
liz & jake
Chris Jones February 13, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Liz and Jake are cute
Chris Meier February 13, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Go cousin Jake (and Liz)
Donna Peremes February 13, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Jake and LIz
Ed Hopper February 13, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I vote for Jake and Liz
Julia V February 13, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I hope I'm not too late. My vote is for Jake and Liz
jim Troller February 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM
JAKE JAKE JAKE LIZ LIZ LIZ
nicole johnson February 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM
denise and peter
james gardner February 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM
i second Ed's vote. he is a smart man so i vote for Liz and Jake
Natalie February 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM
JAKE AND LIZ

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