First of all I want to thank each and every person who entered the free wedding photography contest. It was so incredibly hard for us to narrow down the top three finalists for this contest. I loved reading over each and every love story and I want to personally tell you how much I appreciate them. I wish that I could photograph EVERY wedding entry I got but unfortunately we had to narrow it down to three and then open it up to the voters. I am so thankful that I don’t have to pick the winner because I really want to photograph all three of these weddings. So here are the rules:
1) If you have a facebook account GO to my facebook page here:
and LIKE our page.
Once you have liked my facebook page come back here and vote for your favorite couple.
There will only be one vote allowed per person (Poll Daddy monitors this)
If you are having trouble with facebook you can just vote here but you will not be updated via facebook as the contest progresses. It is important that you stay updated so that you can ask as many friends and family to vote as possible. I will be posting daily (sometimes hourly) updates so you will need to be in the loop to see how the votes are going and if you need to ask more people to vote for your couple. You will not be able to see the results until the end so keep checking in on facebook.
3) Leave some blog love in the comments section below for your favorite couple. It is always fun to hear from your family and friends who are voting!
Thanks for choosing my winner for me! I just couldn’t bear it!
Kendon and I first met Kendon in fall 2009, while working towards my degree. I took an internship opportunity at a paper mill called Packaging Corporation of America, and moved from a college town with an estimated population of 53,000 to the much smaller Counce, TN with approximately 2,500 people. Even in such a small town, I noticed how different Kendon was from everyone else. He was respected by everyone around him and he also had the utmost respect for others. He was the absolute definition of a true southern gentleman. The kind that you can only find in stories like Gone With the Wind.
Kendon and I are both avid college football fans, so it didn’t take long for us to discover the rivalry between us. Kendon graduated from Mississippi State University in 2004, and with me being a student at Auburn, football season was sure to be a challenge! Especially when Auburn played Mississippi State in the opening SEC game. With the game closely approaching, the rivalry between us grew, with both of us taking sides and talking smack to the other about whose team was going to win. Our first ‘unofficial’ date was when we hung out to watch our teams play against each other. Luckily for him, my team won, because otherwise, that might have been the end of it. From that day on, our relationship continued to grow, giving us many opportunities for more football games. Kendon is such a gentleman that he always roots for my Tigers, unless, of course they are playing his Bulldogs.
Their love story continued and on September 9th, 2011, early in the morning Kendon planned a sunrise surprise hot air balloon ride over Birmingham where he asked Amanda to marry him, and she of course said yes!
I met my love when I was in the fourth grade. I was only 11 years old and he was 19 years old. He was a family friend of my sister’s and he would come with us to the lake with all of her friends. He winked at me after taking me for a ride on the sea-doo, not in any weird/romantic way, after I had thanked him for taking me on a ride. He stole my heart that day. Of course he never knew until about 2 years ago because he was so much older than me and ended up being my youth pastor for four years. Watching him date other people killed me even though I knew there was no way he would even take one look my way. He was my one person that every girl has, the one crush you know you will never get due to circumstances.
When Cham moved to Seattle in January of 2009, I was a Junior at the University of Alabama, 21 years old, and finally wanting to get over my crush after TEN years of secretly loving him. Everyone knew but him. My friends would always joke with me about him and laugh at how ridiculous the situation really was for me. So when he left for Seattle, I typed him a message telling him how i’ve felt all this time and sent it to finally get over my forever long crush. My roommate at the time almost died laughing when I actually hit the send button. After I sent the message, no response, for a year and a half! Then one day he decided to skype with me and we began to talk every day for hours at a time. I had no idea what was going on but I did not object to his obvious pursuit of me. A couple of days later he told me I was the one for him and asked me if I felt the same way. I said, “YES, for what seems like forever now!!!” We started dating June 4, 2010 and he just now proposed to me December 10, 2011, not only did he propose but he proposed at the exact place where we plan to be married. I was in complete shock and kept telling him, “STOP IT,” as he was trying to propose. I was even in jeans in a t-shirt because I clearly had no clue he was ready to ask me to marry him. I am here to say I am marrying the guy of my dreams….literally!
They started there relationship just friends and Jeane dreaming with girlfriends about “who could you see yourself marrying one day”. After a missions trip to Italy…
(JEANE) and after about three months of hanging out with mutual friends, it became very obvious that he had intentions to be more than just friends. Finally, in December 2010, he sat me down and explained that he had been interested in dating me for the previous five months. There was just one problem: we both had a desire to go back to Italy as part of a missional team with Campus Crusade and, the organization’s policy is that dating couples are not allowed to be on the same missional team. With that in mind, we had to figure out what to do next. It was so clear that we needed to pursue our relationship, but we were both also so sure that we were going back to Italy. After talking through as many different options as possible, Rob was so gracious and sacrificial and decided he would stay in America while I could go back to Salerno just so we could date. , Fast forward through seven months of dating and I had to step onto a plane to head to a different continent without him. There is no question it was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. After only being here in Salerno for a couple months, I wanted nothing more than to have him come visit me. Like an answered prayer, my parents decided to come visit this December and invited Rob to come along
I (ROB) had known that Jeane Carroll was the girl I would spend the rest of my life with and had already had an engagement ring for over two months. With her parents offering to let me come along with them to see Jeane Carroll, there was no way that I could refuse. I already had everything planned out for when I was going to propose to Jeane Carroll next March and could not wait to get back to Salerno to scope all of the potential proposal spots out. Luckily (or unluckily), I found out when I asked for time off from work to visit Jeane Carroll this December that I probably would not be able to fly to Salerno in the Spring. Within a matter of days, I made up my mind that I would ask Jeane Carroll to marry me when I visited in December with her parents. After talking to her father, the plan was set to propose to her on her birthday, December 4. We were arriving in Salerno on December 3rd, and I knew exactly where and when I was going to do it. Again, there was only one problem; I then had to sit on a plane for over ten hours with an engagement ring in my pocket. Instead of sleeping on the plane, I spent the entire flight thinking how truly blessed I was to marry my best friend. Sometime during hour seven of this, somewhere over Holland to be exact, I decided that I could not stand to wait any longer. It had been almost three months since I had seen Jeane Carroll. There was nothing more I wanted to do the second I saw her than to tell her I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. As soon as we got to Salerno, I could not wait to get off by ourselves so I could finally stop trying to hide the ring.
Moments after he arrived in Italy he could wait no longer and asked her to marry her out on the terrace in Italy and she obviously said YES! (photo above was taken right after she said yes)
Congratulation to all my couples who entered. It was so fun reading through stories into the wee hours last night. Please make sure you take time to vote below. Voting will end on Dec 24, 2011 at 11:59pm. I can’t wait to see who wins!