Yippeeee! We are VERY pleased to announce that MATT & WENDY have won our Big Wedding Photography Giveaway! This was a SUPER-DUPER hard decision to make (even after tallying up all of the votes), all of the finalists collectively brought in a total of over 1,400 votes! After reading through all of the votes and comments we feel a connection with each of the five finalists. We never anticipated such a huge response and have seen an OUTPOURING of support from loved ones and fellow blog followers. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone that participated for helping us make this all possible!

To Matt & Wendy, you will be receiving the following:
-up to 8 hours wedding day coverage
-online proofing
-two photographers (including myself & Justin)
-engagement session
-one 11x14 15 spread flush mount album from Renaissance Albums
-high resolution digital negatives on disc provided at one year anniversary

To the other four finalists, since we have fallen in love with each one of you and we feel strongly that you shouldn't have to walk away empty handed, we want to give each one of you an engagement session! This includes:
-up to two hours coverage
-online proofing
-high resolution digital negatives on disc

BUT, that's not it!! We have the most amazing and talented friends! Five other photographer friends of ours have let us know that they also would like to pitch in! They would like to shoot the other four weddings! So, each of these finalists couples is going to get their wedding shot for free (if they would like) by one of the following photography studios:

This is obviously based on the availability of each photography studio, etc. So if each of the couples would please email me at, we will put you in touch with the other photographers and get the ball rolling!

Congratulations again to Matt & Wendy, we can't wait to meet you in person! We also want to take a quick minute to thank Renaissance Albums for generously donating a beautiful wedding album and Fotofafa for sponsoring the post processing!

Thank you again to everyone that supported, voted, commented, and participated! HAPPY NEW YEAR! See you all in 2010!

*More to come in the next few weeks: Best of from 2009, Best ring shots from 2009 & our last four weddings of 2009!!!
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Feuza said:
So glad they won, something about how optimistic he was really touched me and that is way cool that these photographers stepped up to the plate like that and everyone wins~ blessings
(12.31.09 10:07 PM)
Wendy and Matt said:
Everyone I have been so sick waiting for the final vote to come in. We are ecstatic and are celebrating. WE can't believe the amazing response from all our friends and family. We love you all. To the other finalist You are all amazing and I know that this was a tough race. Amelia and family we can't thank you enough. This means so much to our families. We can't wait to meet you as well. We'll email you all our contact info. YEAAAA!!!!!!
(12.31.09 10:09 PM)
Anne Nunn Photographers said:
what a beautiful story you two! You will be able to get through all that life has! What a great testimony of standing through such a difficult time! Blessings to you!
(12.31.09 10:10 PM)
Kristine Atienza said:
YOU GUYS ARE ALL GOOD!!! PEOPLE! How wonderful for ALL the couples to get free photography!!! omg you guys all rock!!!!!!
(12.31.09 10:11 PM)
Anonymous said:
YAY!!! That is SOOOO amazing that everyone is willing to pitch in for the other couples!! what a blessing!!
(12.31.09 10:15 PM)
yan palmer said:
wow, what an amazingly brilliant outcome. i cannot even believe it! i'm touched and inspired. well done amelia lyon and well done other photographers who are pitching in!
(12.31.09 10:16 PM)
Patrick and Rachelle said:
Congratulations Matt & Wendy! Be blessed in your marriage and cant wait to see your pics. God BLess and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Amelia, THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!! for this amazing opportunity. Be blessed this NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(12.31.09 10:30 PM)
Matt and Jalyn said:
Amelia and Justin- thank you for having such big hearts and allowing us to have this fantastic opportunity. The gratitude we feel is overwhelming. All the couples are so deserving! Congrats Matt and Wendy!!! We would like to thank our family, friends and Jalyn's kiddos for the support and loving words. We could not imagine not having them in our lives. Yay for love!! Yay for everybody! Have a beautiful New Year!! 2010 is filled with so much hope, joy and excitement!
(12.31.09 10:33 PM)
beka said:
can i just say how awesome i think it is that everyone is going to get their wedding covered! seriously such an awesome gift for ALL of the couples! i think you are all SO amazing for being willing to share your talents with everyone!
(12.31.09 10:50 PM)
Matt and Wendy said:
We just want to thank you and the judges and anyone and everyone involved again. We are so excited!!!!!!!!!!
(12.31.09 11:00 PM)
Kristin and Steve said:
Congrats to Matt & Wendy!!! We are sooo thankful and blessed to have been a part of this, thank you so much for this amazing gift and blessing in our lives. We don't know how we could begin express in words how much this means not only to us, but our families and loved ones! Also a big thanks for the love and support we received in comments. We can't wait till we can meet you in person, Happy New Year!!!! :D
(01.01.10 12:55 AM)
AmyPunky Photography said:
I've voted for them! I'm so happy!! Congrats!!! And wow I'm amazed by the generosity of your photographers friends who offer a free wedding to the other couples!!! You ROCK!!!!
(01.01.10 02:47 AM)
Isabel said:
Congratulations! I'm so happy they won!!!
(01.01.10 07:17 AM)
Whitney said:
Congratulations!!!!!!! You guys deserve it! I can't wait for your wedding.
(01.01.10 12:07 PM)
julia said:
I am so happy for Matt and Wendy! I have know them a long time (played ball with wendy and basically grew up with matt) and they are a very special couple. They deserved this and will be ever grateful to you for this opportunity! this was a wonderful thing you did. And congrats to all the other couples as well
(01.01.10 01:22 PM)
jen berry said:
i know the deep destitute one feels one your soulmate is diagnosed with cancer. the flipside is the bond that is forged from diagnoses, to treatment, to remission is unprecedented and precious. congrats to these two. if i can carrying your bags on the wedding day, i'll be more than happy to contribute.
(01.01.10 03:40 PM)
Beth said:
Wow so happy for all of the couples!!! What an amazing display of generosity on all of the photographers parts. Can't wait to see each and every one of the fabulous wedding pics :)
(01.01.10 05:36 PM)
Vickey Weiss said:
What an amazing gift! It's even more amazing that your fabulous friends are giving too. Your are all fabulous to share your awesome talent!!!
(01.01.10 06:01 PM)
matt + angie sloan said:
so happy and honored to help! :)
(01.03.10 02:35 PM)
Candice & Daniel {The Beautiful Mess} said:
love this ending. love it. what a generous gift to ALL five couples.:)
(01.03.10 03:27 PM)
tate said:
A big congratulations to the couple. Enjoy the session with them!
(01.05.10 05:38 AM)
hannah said:
yaaaa have fun with them
(01.24.10 07:40 PM)
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Wahoooo! What an amazing response we've had so far and we CANNOT WAIT to see who wins our Big Wedding Photography Giveaway! Just an FYI, VOTING WILL CLOSE AT 12PM PST, so get your votes in while you can! Again, we will be making the announcement for the winner sometime Thursday evening (New Year's Eve). Keep an eye out! For those of you who follow us on Twitter we will be tweeting the winner as soon as the announcement on our post goes up!

Good luck to everyone!
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Gloria Becerra said:
I vote for Matt and Wendy! What I love most is how fast they fell in love. I feel strongly about love and time. People always think so negatively about it but I believe love has its own pace. It can hit at any moment.
(12.30.09 11:29 PM)
Nancy said:
I vote for Matt and Wendy. These are nice people who could use a nice break and some really special photographic memories.
(12.31.09 01:02 AM)
Gary Harman said:
I vote for Matt & Wendy - Good luck and Cogratulations on your engagement.
(12.31.09 07:59 AM)
Justin Harman said:
I vote for Matt & Wendy - hope you win :)
(12.31.09 07:59 AM)
Catherine Harman said:
I vote for Matt & Wendy - love you guys!!!!!!!! good luck!!!!!!!
(12.31.09 08:01 AM)
Joycelyn said:
I vote for couple #5
(12.31.09 09:28 AM)
Joycelyn said:
I vote for couple #5
(12.31.09 09:28 AM)
Jennie Perry said:
Voting for MATT and JALYN!!!!! No couple deserves to win this more than they do! Vote for the high school sweet hearts!!!!
(12.31.09 09:30 AM)
Alan Barnard said:
I would like to place my vote for Matt & Jalyn. I am Matt's father, and I am so proud of him, for all he has accomplished and overcome. This wedding is going to be so special to all of us, but aside from Matt & Jalyn, the most special to me. Matt is doing it right, he is strong and couragous and I am going to be lucky enough to watch him take his next step in life. I love Jalyn already as a daughter and am welcoming her into our family with open arms. (it's about time) I am touched by all the stories, and humbled by theirs, to be mentioned and to have been the motivation for a "sooner" wedding. Your "pay it forward" actions with this giveaway is in keeping with Matt and Jalyn's lifestyle and it would be lovely to see them be on the receiving end. Thank you for making for making this oppurtunity possible. What special people you must be!
(12.31.09 09:37 AM)
Jeremy Chernan said:
I vote for couple number 3
(12.31.09 09:49 AM)
Jeremy Chernan said:
I vote for Matt and Wendy; couple number 3 I know you two deserve this!
(12.31.09 09:57 AM)
Debbie Barnard said:
I am very touched by each of the stories. It wasn't until I heard about this giveaway and then looked at your website and saw your gorgous work that I realized what an incedible oppurtunity this would be for them. Being Matt's mom, I of course am voting for couple 5, knowing how important pictures of this day will be not only to Matt and Jalyn, but to the whole family. Thank you for your generosity.
(12.31.09 09:57 AM)
Jean Anderson said:
My name says Jean, but I am Grammy to Matthew and Jalyn. At my age, I can barely navigate this internet thing, so I hope all this effort was worth it. ( smiliy face however you young people do it) I vote couple 5.
(12.31.09 10:01 AM)
Junior said:
I know Kristina would truly appreciate this giveaway. she is such a special woman. we cant believe our little kristina is growing up and is going to be a married woman now! amelia, they need you!!! this is an epic event for both their families. couple 4 reminds me of kevin arnold and winnie cooper from wonder years. their wedding was meant to be. lets repay them with a nice gift for the new year.
(12.31.09 10:04 AM)
Curtis Burnham said:
I vote for Matt and Wendy - congrats on your engagement
(12.31.09 10:19 AM)
Michael said:
I am voting for Jalyn & Matt
(12.31.09 10:24 AM)
Kristine Atienza said:
Amelia and Justin!! You guys have had an amazing response from all of this!! I thank you both for selecting Jalyn and Matt as your top 5! Being a finalist alone has been more than overwhelming for both of them! And I know they've thoroughly enjoyed reading all the comment from family, friends, "Miss G's" students and colleagues.... So just as one last HOORAH, I wanted to say again that I VOTE FOR MATT AND JALYN! (or as our slogan goes, I VOTED 5! TEAM JALYN AND MATT!). Matt and Jalyn give of themselves every single day without complaint or question.They've been together for 10 years, as highschool sweethearts and have always put their friends and family first. They don't make alot of money with Jalyn being a teacher and having been recently laid off, but as Jalyn puts it, "We have what counts, we're happy, we're healthy, and we're lucky to have each other"
(12.31.09 10:25 AM)
Michelle Moll said:
I vote for Matt and Wendy - sure hope ya'll win! :)
(12.31.09 10:36 AM)
katie anderson said:
I vote for Matt and Wendy
(12.31.09 10:39 AM)
Kat said:
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Kat said:
(12.31.09 10:48 AM)
Kira Harman said:
I vote for Wendy and Matt
(12.31.09 11:09 AM)
joana said:
i vote for matt & wendy ! congrats!!
(12.31.09 11:10 AM)
Julie Lerma said:
I vote couple number 3, Matt and Wendy!!
(12.31.09 11:10 AM)
Jeanne Davidson said:
I vote for couple number three, Matt and Wendy.
(12.31.09 11:11 AM)
Deanie Dooley said:
My vote is for couple #3 Matt and Wendy
(12.31.09 11:13 AM)
Kathy Carter said:
I vote for Matt and Wendy couple #3.
(12.31.09 11:14 AM)
Maria Hermosillo said:
I vote for Matt and Wendy.
(12.31.09 11:19 AM)
Yvonne said:
Jason and Kristina! We love them! Go #4!
(12.31.09 11:32 AM)
Jim Draper said:
I vote for Matt Ewell and Wendy Mellon. What a story! Our daughter had a brain tumor romoved just two years ago. She is still with us now, and may she out live me, God willing.
(12.31.09 11:33 AM)
Martha Gomez said:
Jason and Kristina! Such kind people deserve rewards.
(12.31.09 11:36 AM)
Chloe said:
OMG!!! couple #4 inspires me to start my new year off right. I hope they win.
(12.31.09 11:40 AM)
Ryan said:
#4 Jason and Kristina
(12.31.09 11:43 AM)
Jodi Stewart said:
I vote Matt & Wendy
(12.31.09 11:43 AM)
Holly said:
#4 You guys are still so cute! I remember how cute you both were in high school too! Congrats! I hope you guys win! Very touching story!
(12.31.09 11:44 AM)
tuan tu said:
im voting for # 5 go matt and jayln
(12.31.09 11:46 AM)
Cheryl said:
couple #3 to win!
(12.31.09 11:48 AM)
Elisa said:
AMELIA pleeeeeaaaaase pick couple 4 JASON AND KRISTINA!!! They are such good people and ALWAYS help others. It's time they can use a little help too. This would be the PERFECT gift for them. PLEASE PICK #4!
(12.31.09 11:53 AM)
Pat said:
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(12.31.09 11:59 AM)
carla. said:
hearts and love go out to ms g and matt!
(12.31.09 12:01 PM)
Carmen said:
(12.31.09 12:02 PM)
Karen said:
(12.31.09 12:03 PM)
Sean said:
Vote Jason and Kristina!
(12.31.09 12:04 PM)
Gavin said:
I support #4!
(12.31.09 12:05 PM)
Sarah said:
Couple number 4. Jason and Kristina should win!
(12.31.09 12:06 PM)
Tia said:
Jason and Kristina!!!!! Go #4!!
(12.31.09 12:07 PM)
Lara said:
I vote for Jason and Kristina!
(12.31.09 12:09 PM)
Chenille said:
It's a tough decision. But I hope that the judges pick the winner based on the couple that overcame GREAT obstacles, SACRIFICED and was GIVING of themselves. My vote is for Jason and Kristina.
(12.31.09 12:22 PM)
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