PLEASE NOTE: Voting on this contest is now closed. Around 2700 votes were cast, and our winner was announced here. Thank you for participating!
Morning, everyone! Happy hump day! As promised, we’re announcing the four finalists of Vendor Love member Gem Photo’s Free Wedding Photography Giveaway, and OMGWEARESOEXCITED. Emily Scott of Gem Photo is the most wonderful person in the world, and she’s pretty handy with a camera, too. Also, that last part is the biggest understatement ever. Whoever ultimately wins this giveaway is in for the wedding photography experience of their freaking LIVES. Haha, no pressure, Em. ;)
Ok, here’s how this is going to work. Below you’ll find all four finalists and their corresponding stories. (If you’re a finalist, congrats and good luck!) After you’ve scoped out the four submissions, you can go ahead and vote for your favorite up to two times per day.* If you’re a finalist, you can vote for yourself up to two times as well, and we encourage you to enlist your family and friends to vote (up to two times per person) for you, too! Yeah, I know, it’s awesome. But wait, there’s more!
We just added each of our finalists’ photos to an album on our Facebook page as well. If you vote by clicking “Like” beneath one of our finalists’ photos, this counts as another vote, so essentially a single person can vote three times for his/her favorite! Awesomesauce.
*VOTING CLOSES next week on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 9AM PST.
Ok, without further adieu, the finalists!
1. FINALIST: Candace & Rich
He makes me feel like dancing!
Rich and I started as best friends, and regardless of his numerous attempts, I never let us stray from our “just friends” relationship. Everything changed once I came back from a study abroad trip and realized I was in love too.
Throughout the past four years, Rich and I have become partners in everything from cooking, laughing, dancing, and trying new things. Rich gives me so much energy – the kind of energy that makes you want to jump to your feet and dance like a maniac. I wanted to include this animated photo because I believe it displays a large part of what has drawn Rich and I together- excitement for life and a genuine love for each other.
I look forward to calling him my husband on September 04, 2011 in Omaha, NE. We have both spent a lot of time planning our wedding to make sure our guests witness our love and share in our excitement for our future together – and you can bet they’ll be LOTS of dancing! We would love to have Emily capture those moments, so we can look back on them and feel those “powerful moments” for the rest of our lives.
2. FINALIST: Kristina & Drew
This was taken in 2008 on Halloween. A few weeks before Halloween, my best friend and I were sitting on the porch talking about whether or not we were going to dress up this year. I’ve always been a Halloween fanatic (my birthday is the day before), but since we were now living in Stockton I didn’t see the point of dressing up, since we had nowhere to go. I didn’t even think we would get trick-or-treaters. We were bathing in our own self pity and discussing how maybe we were just getting too old to dress up when Drew came home. He asked what we were talking about and seemed shocked at the idea of not dressing up. Then he pulled out this large, pink gem and said he found it on the ground on his way to night class. He said it was a sign from the heavens that we should be trolls (you know those creepy little dolls that have sparkling navels). His excitement was infectious and within minutes we were buying wigs online, cutting up old sweats, and laughing about how we would get the gems to stick to our bellybuttons. Every time I look at this photo, it reminds me of the kind of man I am about to spend the rest of my life with. He is an eternal optimist and, although I like to think I’m the level headed and more responsible, it is he who has taught me to slow down and enjoy the moment. He puts up with me bitching about California’s school budget or freaking out if the DVR doesn’t record Dexter. In the last five years of being with him, I take more chances, sing more in the shower, and still get excited when I hear his car pull up in the driveway. And come on! What kind of man does it take to wear a bubble gum pink troll costume and walk down the street with his head held high?! My kind of man.
3. FINALIST: Heather & Ian
Our story takes place in New York City. Ian had me pack for a long weekend upstate at a B&B that we had been planning as a much needed getaway for a few months now. We packed our bags and headed out for brunch and a bloody mary first. Once Ian mentioned Bloody Marys (which is our favorite drink), I immediately searched online for a great place to grab a bloody mary (as we’re always on the search for the best) and discovered that it was first invented at the St. Regis Hotel. I immediately suggested that we head there after brunch before catching our train (which was a GREAT idea being that that was where he planned to propose to me just a few hours later). So…we headed with our bags to the St. Regis on Friday morning and entered the King Cole Bar as the first people in there (minus the server and bartender) and were seated at a corner table. Following an emotional conversation between the two of us, Ian asked me the date and told me that this was a date I should remember as November 5, 2010 is the day he’s going to ask me to be his wife. Sliding onto his knee and slipping the ring on my finger, he asked me to marry him. Moments later, the bartender popped a bottle of champagne and Ian gave me another surprise….we weren’t going away at all…we were staying right here at the St. Regis for the weekend. Entering our suite, the entire room was decorated with purple (my favorite color) flowers and just a few hours later, both our families came to join us for drinks in our suite (yet another surprise from Ian). Amazing weekend…amazing man and I cannot wait for an amazing life together!!!
4. FINALIST: Sarah & Jason, submitted by Stephanie, Sarah’s best friend
Ok, so I am neither person in the photo! My name is Stephanie, and above is Jason & Sarah! She is my very best friend of over 6 years and I just love her to pieces. They are set to wed on March 19, 2011. We met our freshmen year in college at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Jason and Sarah have been together probably over 3-4 years. He is a police officer in Wilmington, NC and she recently transferred from Duke University Hospital as a PICU Nurse (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) to New Hanover Hospital in Wilmington. He romantically proposed on Wrightsville Beach July 5, 2010, and they shortly thereafter purchased a beautiful home in Wilmington! Since the engagement, they’ve had some scary encounters. Jason has an 8 year old son named Skyler who recently became very sick with an unknown illness which the doctors suspected was leukemia or cancer. It was an extremely tough and testing few weeks but fortunately, as it turns out, was just a bacterial infection in his hip which he is still being treated with antibiotics for. With the new home, and doctor bills, the wedding budget has gotten quite tight.
They are such a wonderful couple and deserve the world and more, so I felt I would be doing them an injustice by not entering them into this contest. By the way, they have no idea! Neither Sarah nor Jason has been married before, and I want this wedding to be so special for them because they truly deserve it! They give back every single day in their occupations, so I hope they encompass just what you are looking for in a fabulous, deserving couple!
OK, LET THE VOTING BEGIN!
Quick reminder: two votes per person per day, plus one “Like” per person of one chosen finalist’s image on The Knotty Bride’s Facebook page. Family and friends of finalists are welcomed and encouraged to vote. A Facebook “Like” of a finalist’s photo functions as an additional vote, beyond the two permitted here within the post comments, making it possible to vote three times per person. High kick, woot!
Fine Print: IP addresses will be noted when tallying votes, so please, no made up email addresses and no more than two comment votes per person, per day. Thank you! Please also note that all votes cast after 9AM PST on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 will be disqualified.
Can’t wait to see who wins!
P.S. – OMGITWASSOHARDTOCHOOSEJUST4OFYOU. It was paaaaaiiiiinful, you guys. We’re so incredibly sad we couldn’t choose everyone. Please don’t hate us. We love all of you and adored all of your entries. Soooooo haaaaaard to chooooose.
xoxo! – Alison & Emily
For reference, here’s the giveaway post, where this contest began. Meeeeemmorieees…
And here’s Em’s listing, if you’re looking for an amazeballs photographer and didn’t enter this contest. Wheeee!
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