I'm happy to announce that we have a winner for the destination wedding photography contest I hosted last month. Thank you to the 7 couples that entered and my apologies to the 3 of you who's dates I'm unavailable for. After a long and heated debate with several of my peers and a consult with my attorney I've decided to forgo public voting and choose the winner myself. There was only 1 couple that followed all of the rules and included everything I asked for. One entry wasn't even for a destination wedding but I've got to give them credit for trying. Yes, I am giving it away, free, but that doesn't discount the huge commitment of both time and expense that I'll be investing in my winner. I wanted the winning couple to be people who would truly value the prize I was offering. The way I look at it, if you aren't to be bothered to tell me your story, share details about what you're planning, include a picture and tell me why you think you should win then I'm less likely to believe you'll appreciate the considerable energy, time and commitment I will be giving you. In the words of Lara at Photo Mint; My commitment when I book a date isn't "I’ll shoot your wedding as long as nothing better comes along” It’s a “I’ll shoot your wedding even if my mom’s in a coma in the hospital” commitment. I don't mean to harp on the subject but seriously, do you only half fill out a job application and fully expect to be called back? No, me neither. That said, there was one couple that stood out to me in sincerity and originality, oh, and yes, they put in the energy to fully enter the contest. So without further ado........... The winners are…………………….... Drum roll please...................
Chris Hagen and Amandalyn Jones of Chicago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are having their destination wedding in Charleston, South Carolina.
This was Chris’s, yes, Chris’s, submission: (It's been edited down a little bit because Chris really put his heart out there and after speaking with him he felt like if I published the entire submission he'd be left feeling as if he was standing naked in Times Square. Well, I certainly don't want to punish someone for being honest and putting it all on the line or discourage others from doing it too so this is the official public version.)
Date: November 16, 2013
Now wasn’t that one of the sweetest things you've ever read? My goodness guys, I can’t tell you how happy and excited I am for the two of you! Congratulations on both your engagement and winning the contest!! I’m honored to be your wedding photographer and look forward to telling your wedding story with visual artistry! :) Now go book that live band!
Can't visualize it? Its ok, here's some pretty pictures Amandalyn has pinned over on Pinterest.com. I'm not showing you any of the pictures of gowns she has up because I don't want to ruin the surprise. You'll see it next November!
The first 3 photos are by Mario Testino via Vogue. I couldn't find a photo credit for the hair piece but you can find it on Etsy in a shop owned by Amanda Judge called Untamed Petals. The first drink photo had no photo credit and the last one, the drink shot, is by Charles Walton IV. Although I'd love to claim these beautiful images as my own work, they are not and I'm a stickler for giving credit where credit is due. :D
Comments, ideas, suggestions?????? Don't be shy, congratulate this obviously oh so in love couple!
PS- There were 92 likes on the blog post that held the contest information. One of you is the reason Chris heard about the contest and that means one of you won the contest within the contest! So, if it was you, please step forward! (We'll verify you're his friend or a friend of a friend and then the prize is yours!
PPS- Thank you to everyone who "liked" and or "shared" the information on the contest! Stay tuned, I've got more in the works!!! :D