In many other cultures, someone celebrating a birthday is expected to throw a big party and pay for all the food, drinks, and entertainment. This year for my birthday, in honor of hitting the big 3-0, I'm putting my own spin on things.  In my mind I'm staying 29 forever, but everyone around me keeps saying I can't do that.  So in lieu of throwing a big party this year, I'm going to shoot someone's wedding for $29.  Yes, you read that correctly.  $29.

The Basics:

-Send me an email at and tell us why you think you should win this contest by midnight on August 10 (video entries might receive bonus points!).   We love a good story, so tell us yours!  You can nominate yourself, a friend, or a family member.

-Our panel of expert judges will review the entries, and I'll post the winner on my blog on my birthday, August 11.

Who we're looking for:

-The winner must be a super-in-love couple who can't afford a big, fancy wedding - sorry no rich people looking for a freebie!  Please be honest!

-Your wedding must be within a 1.5 hour drive of Charlottesville, VA on a date that we haven't already booked (if not, that's ok...we might just need some gas money).

-The winner must be willing to have their pictures and story posted here on my blog.

What the winner will receive:

-Up to 8 hours of coverage on your wedding day for only $29!

-Online proofing of images for you, family, friends, and wedding guests

-No obligation to buy anything else

This should be fun and we can't wait to read (or see and hear via video) your stories!  Be sure to pass this on to family and friends and feel free to nominate someone who you think is deserving today!  Have fun!

A big thanks to Candice for the inspiration of this contest!