Wow, we had some great entries for our Portland Wedding Photography Giveaway Contest from couples tying the knot between July and December of 2012! As expected, the second half of the giveaway was a huge turnout since many couples were engaged over Christmas and had more time to enter. Because of this, we are having a super hard time picking a winner! We’ve narrowed it down to our top picks and now we’re going to put the pressure on you!
How can you vote for who you think should be the winner??? Easy.
- Go to our Facebook page for Crystal Genes Photography (facebook.com/crystalgenesphotography)
- Like our page
- Find the photo album of the finalists
- Find the picture of your favorite couple and “like” the photo to place your vote
- That’s it!
- Whichever picture gets the most likes by 10pm EST on January 30, wins!
- Winner will be announced here on the blog on January 31st!
And now…. our finalists with a snippet of their stories!
These two lovebirds have never ever kissed! They are saving their first kiss for their wedding day. Alex moved to the USA from Romania 6 years ago and is in pharmacy school for his doctorate. Lisa is in nursing school. Despite their busy school schedules they still make sure they have time to talk or see each other at least once a day. Alex proposed to Lisa after riding along in a river boat named the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler. The wedding will have a vintage feel with pink and gray as the color scheme. It will be catered by a local favorite amongst the Romanian community, Romy. The couple will ride in Lisa’s brother’s s2000 convertible.
Alex & Alice are high school sweethearts (from different high schools) who met while working their very first jobs at Cold Stone Creamery over 8 years ago. They made the following affirmation together of what this journey would be for them : This is a joyous stress free expression allowing us to share our love for each other. It’s a time for us to celebrate our ongoing journey with our loved ones. It is an easy-going day full of fun, and extraordinary memories. They’ll be celebrating at The Aerie at Eagle Landing.
Brian and Tonya are passionate about bikes as well as helping non-profits. They’ve toured the San Juan Islands in Washington and have biked hundreds if not thousands of miles all around Oregon. They’ve raised over $2000 for the American Lung Association the same Summer that Brian’s dad passed away from Lung Cancer. It’s important to them that they incorporate their two passions into their wedding day. They’re tying the knot at McMenamins Octagonal Barn at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse where they’ve stopped many times for a cold drink after a long bike ride.
Andrea is Native American – from the Dakota, Ojibway, Apache, Yaqui, and Tsalogi tribes and Efren is from a large Chicano (Mexican-American) family. Their wedding day will blend together their two cultures and their huge families in the wedding celebration. Andrea has 11 siblings, and Efren is the youngest of 6 children. Efren also has two daughters who are Hawaiian and Zuni Pueblo as well as Chicano. Together they have friends and family spread across more than 25 states and 7 countries. While they would love for everyone to be able to attend, they know it just isn’t possible for everyone, so they are really counting on getting great images to share with those who weren’t able to make the journey. These two love all things vintage and retro and want to combine that love with some traditional aspects of their cultures, such as… traditional native american flute and round-drum with singers, a basket ceremony, a blanket ceremony, blessings from traditional elders, and traditional ceremonial foods. Many guests will be dressed in traditional Native American regalia. For everyone else, they’ve asked that they come dressed to reflect the 1940s and 50s. Music is a huge part of their upbringings and will be a huge part of the day, with performances from numerous friends and family members in various styles and genres across the board. They will also have a DJ and Karaoke. And here’s a direct quote from Andrea about the wedding… “the event itself will touch your spirits and stir your heart.”
Marybeth was a single mother of two young girls when she decided to try out eHarmony on a whim. On a cold night she met William for their first date which lasted until 3am. She knew then that she had met her partner in life. People say that when they are together you can see the chemistry ignite. He is committed to accepting her daughters as his own and it is important to both of them that they are included in many aspects of the wedding ceremony. Most of their family is from the East Coast and since they don’t see them very often, they are looking forward to having everyone together for their marriage. They will be married at The Cedars Golf Club in Brush Prairie, Washington.
Teresa and Dave met on Match.com and after some hesitation, Teresa finally decided she was ready to go on a date. They’ve been inseparable since date 1. Teresa is a widowed mother of 4 and Dave a single father with full custody of 3 children. All seven children will be participating in the wedding and one from each side will be performing the music during the ceremony. These two are sports fanatics who love family and doing EVERYTHING together. They’ll be tying the knot at The Cedars on Salmon Creek in Brush Prairie, Washington.
Keaunna and Sean’s love has continued to grow every year since they first started dating seven years ago, in high school. They are best friends and completely inseparable. Sean proposed to Keaunna by taking her to Multnomah Falls where two of her friends were waiting atop the waterfall with a sign that read “Keaunna, will you marry me?” and got down on one knee in front of everyone. They will be married at the Roehr Park Amphitheater and celebrating at the Mountain Park Clubhouse. They believe that the love, laughter, and dancing at the wedding will make it truly amazing.
Now head on over to our facebook page, like our page first and then find the picture of the couple you think should win and cast your vote by “liking” their image! Good luck!