>Wedding Contest Winner!!!!

>It was close, but I'm proud to announce the winners of the Free Wedding Photography contest are...


I've got to say, it broke my heart when I read that Shannon and Brad weren't able to afford to have a photographer at their wedding. I think it goes without saying that I'm a firm believer in documenting those once in a lifetime moments, so to be able to capture their wedding knowing it wouldn't have been otherwise is very special for me.

I have a few people (okay, a lot of people!) I'd like to thank:

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest!  I loved reading about how you and your fiances met and fell in love, and I really appreciate the time it took for you all to share with me. :)  It took a lot for you all to put yourself out there. :) Thank you, THANK YOU!!

Thank you soooooo so much to the judges!!!  There is NO WAY I could have done this without them!!  I loved each story that was entered and pretty much agonized over choosing the top 3, so I knew there would be no way I could decide on the winner by myself.  I had a total of 16 judges for this contest, and almost every one of them expressed to me how difficult it was to rank the couples.  The way I asked them to judge was to give a place to each couple (1st, 2nd and 3rd) and send it to me.  Then I tallied the points (1st place got 1 point, 2nd place 2 points, and 3rd place 3 points), and the couple with the lowest score (Shannon and Brad) were the winners.  Not an easy task by any means!!

I'd also like to say a huge THANK YOU! to the family and friends of the finalists.  I was not expecting that many people to get involved (there were 69 comments between the two posts!!) and it was so awesome to see everyone rally behind their couple.  I could feel the love in every single comment (yes, I read them all even though I wasn't voting!).  I even had a couple of judges tell me they changed their vote based on some of the comments they read!!!  If I could give every single one of you a hug right now, I would. :)

Phew!!  Well, there it is.  Thanks again to everyone!!!! And I think it's very likely that I'll be running this contest again for 2012.  ;)

Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!!!!