Congratulations Gabriela and Alexander of Tucson, AZ!
After much deliberation, we’ve chosen a winner! Check out their story. You’ll fall in love with them as much as we did! (And who doesn’t love CHEESECAKE!!?!! )
Congratulations guys! Contact me so we can get together and begin planning your big day!
As told to KristieLynn Photography by Gabriella:
Their love story started in 2008 when Xander was singing for a praise group at La Sierra University. But it wasn’t until Xander’s sister introduced Gaby that they first spoke. A few months later Xander finally had the courage to ask Gaby on a date. A little walk led to a drive and a drive led to a kiss which sparked a fire that made them feel on “Top of the World.” By March 15th, 2009, over a Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory, it became official, Gaby and Xander were off the market and belonged only to each other. With God’s guidance, their like grew into love for one another and their passion brought them closer together. It was fairytale love but their biggest test was yet to come. As Xander left La Sierra to go to Loma Linda University to pursue his doctorate degree, he was moving away from his special someone, his one and only love, Gaby. At their final day at La Sierra, they made a promise that would last until they declared their eternal love for each other on their wedding day. They promised that every 15th day of the month, as they did in March, they will share a cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory and complete the full list until the day they say, “I do.” And so it has been, regardless of distance, time or circumstance, through good times and bad, they have continued their tradition only to ignite their firey love for one another even more as each month goes by. The physical distance between them increased but their love only grew closer and intimate as time went by. By the Fall of 2009, Xander decided he could no longer live so far away from his love. He decided to live next to Gaby’s campus so they could once again see each other everyday. It was that day, that Xander knew he wanted to share his love with Gaby and only Gaby, forever. There was no distance or force that could tear this couple apart. Through the peaks and valleys that relationships go through, and by the grace of God, it was their promise that they wanted to be together and in love forever that kept them moving forward. By the grace of God it was that promise that has kept this couple together month upon month, year upon year, cheesecake upon cheesecake. Finally, 23 cheesecakes later, Xander proposed a question to his love, Gaby on a “Night that changed our lives forever…”
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of photographing “Miss Graham” and her handsome other half, Andrew down near Tempe Town Lake. “Miss Graham” forever now referred to as Renee, you see, was my Kylie’s 2nd grade teacher for the short time she was in the 2nd grade. (She skipped ahead to third down here in sunny AZ!) Renee and Andrew had originally planned a spring break wedding to coincide with her built in time away from her students, but plans changed when Mr. Van Allen decided to join the Army. Now, the wedding is taking place in Feb. just a very SHORT MONTH AWAY!!!
Now, I’ll admit…I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Would she be nervous being that I was a former (barely) student’s mom? Nope! Would Andrew relax in front of the camera? Most guys take a while to warm up to the camera, unless they’ve previously modeled since the age of 3…Not Andrew! This pair was sooo much fun to work with. They both made my job super duper easy, which we all know is a major plus in any line of work, but especially mine! So, without further ado, please enjoy the day we had from wherever you are, be it sunny AZ, or the cold north. A perfectly calm, 78 degree January day at the lake! Thanks guys! I can’t wait to share your day with you again!
It’s TIME! Who want’s some free wedding photography in 2012? Do you know a fantastic, deserving, completely head over heels in love couple?
Have they fallen on hard times?
Do they give back to their community and/or those they love without asking for anything in return?
Do they just dog-gone deserve it? Well then….continue reading!!
Why am I doing this?
I absolutely love photographing weddings and count it a blessing to participate in so many wedding day celebrations. I want to be able to give back some of that blessing by lending my time and talents to one couple.
What does the couple get?
Wedding coverage from KristieLynn Photography & Design We’ll be with you when you get ready right through to the reception where everyone lets loose. It’s about 9 hours of coverage (depending on your schedule). We’ll then edit the photos and get them to you on disk, ready for printing. We’ll also upload the files to an online gallery that you can share with family and friends.
But wait… there’s more! 😉
I’m also offering a Totally Awesome and TOTALLY FREE Engagement session at your choice of location (local only) PLUS a custom designed hardcover photographic guest book for all of your fantastic guests to leave you notes of adoration and advice in. These are always a HUGE hit, and a great keepsake to look back on!
The couple, a family member or their friends submit the couple’s story via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The stories will be read by me, my spouse, and another objective party (or 3 if we really can’t make up our minds). We will choose a couple and announce the lucky couple by February 14th, 2012! (That’s Valentine’s day! What a great gift!) . If you aren’t the couple submitting an entry, please confirm with them that they don’t already have a photographer before you enter them in the contest.
Are there any rules?
The couple must be getting married in 2012 and not have already booked a photographer. The date must be open on both of our calendars If we aren’t available for your wedding, we’ll let you know right away.
The wedding has to be anywhere in the world. (Travel expenses ONLY outside of 150 miles of Surprise, AZ are to be covered by bride/groom)
You must be real.
You must be willing to sit back, relax and have your day beautifully captured by me and my equally talented second shooter. Just have fun! We’ve got this!
What do we need from you?
The bride and groom’s first and last names and their contact information.
The couple’s story (this is HUGE!) – how they met, got engaged, and why they should be chosen for free wedding coverage – anything fun you want us to know about them.
The wedding date and locations (of the ceremony, reception, etc – whatever may be known).
A photo of the couple. This will be used on the blog post when we announce the final couple.
Where and when do we send our submissions?
Email entry submissions and any questions you may have to email@example.com And remember, submissions are due by February 10, 2012 at midnight PST.
Shout it from the rooftops (ok, from your FB wall is fine too 😉 )
We’d absolutely love it if you took a moment right now to yell really loud!
~PHOTO CONTEST DETAILS~ This contest will start TODAY, April 21st and run through May 5th, 2010!!
Submit your photos for entry to firstname.lastname@example.org “SUBJECT CONTEST” Have your friends and family become a fan at KristieLynn Photography and Design on FaceBook and visit the PHOTO CONTEST album and “vote” on your picture by clicking the LIKE button. The submitter of the photo with the most votes will win a FREE photo session valued at $150.00 and FREE PRINTS!!! (1 8×10 and 4 5×7’s) There will be several different categories and you can have multiple entries (1 per category please) The categories are as follows:
Infants 0-4 months
Infants 5-8 months
Infants 9-12 months
Toddlers 1-2 years
Preschool 3-4 years
Kids 5-8 years
Big Kids 9-12 years
Teens 13-16 years
Young Adults 17-19
Here are the rules!!!! *No professional Photos, No more than ONE photo per category or 4 photos submitted per family, and session must be within 100 miles of Daytona Beach, FL. Good Luck EVERYONE! So start sending me photos right away! They will be updated as soon as received on the contest pages to start the voting. One winner PER CATEGORY!
So remember, become a FAN (hit the Like button), tell your friends and family to become fans as well and VOTE VOTE VOTE!!