UPDATE : Scroll to the bottom of this post.
This post has been a long time in the making.
For several months now, I have felt this urgent notion to pay it forward. I asked myself, “What is something unique and valuable that only I can do for someone else?”
I have such wonderful friends and family and sooo many supporters in both my personal life and my business. My life has been blessed, there’s no doubt about it. I signed up to be a ‘Wish Granter’ for Wish Upon a Wedding, an organization that provides weddings for couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, but sadly there are no chapters in the Asheville area, making it highly unlikely that any opportunity will arise this year. But this has been laid on my heart and now, it’s my turn to give back.
In 2011, I will be giving away free wedding photography to one deserving couple.
What I am looking for & how to enter:
Submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
-the bride and groom’s first and last names and contact information
-the couple’s unique story
-why the couple is truly inspirational and/or
how they have overcome great odds or loss that sets them apart from others
-ceremony location (list details)
-reception location (list details)
-at least one photo of the couple
What I am not looking for:
-a couple who has an expensive wedding and just wants to win something for free
-all entries must be submitted on or before April 9, 2011 11:59pm EST
-you may submit you own name or the names of another deserving couple that you know
-the couple must be getting married in 2011 and on a date that I’m not already booked
-wedding must be located within 40 miles of central Asheville or travel rates may apply
-couples who have already booked or previously inquired are not eligible
-the couple must be willing to have their photo/story posted on this blog
I will announce the top three deserving couples and post their photos and stories here on or before April 13, 2011. From there, blog readers will be able to vote for their favorite deserving couple until April 23, 2011 11:59 EST. The winning couple will be announced April 24, 2011.
As I write this addition on April 11th, only two days before the top three deserving couples are due to be announced, I have a heavy heart. A surprisingly and disappointingly low number of submissions were received. Not only that, but every single submission I did receive was for a date I am already unavailable. This is a bit ironic, considering I only book 20-22 weddings per year, but I’m convinced there’s a reason behind everything and maybe I just haven’t found the right couple yet.
I will be dropping all the contest aspects of this giveaway. But please do not hesitate to submit your name or the names of another deserving couple that you know. I’m still completely open to the idea of assisting a truly deserving couple if the right opportunity presented itself.
So, pass along this link. Recommend a deserving friend. Spread the word. I look forward to the opportunity to help out a wonderful couple who has dealt with many hardships but is still a constant inspiration to others.