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and the winner is...

Well, today marks the big milestone.  I am officially in my 30's now!  Don't worry, I'm not hitting any big moments of despair or anything...I'm holding up pretty well. I am so excited about this blog post.  Today, I'm announcing the winner of my $29 Wedding Photography Contest!  We got a whole lot of submissions (including some last-minute ones which were equally considered!...I'm a last minute type of guy myself).  Going into this contest, I thought that it was going to be difficult to choose a winner.  And we did get some very compelling stories.  I plan on writing each one of the entrants back very soon, but we received an entry yesterday that rose above the rest!  As soon as Sarah and I saw this entry, we knew we had a winner!

Congratulations to Sara and Doug of Sussex, VA on winning a $29 wedding photography package!

Sara had contacted me several months ago about possibly shooting their wedding next May.  We exchanged emails for a few days and then I didn't hear anything back from her.  It turns out, they were getting a little overwhelmed by the cost of putting on a wedding and unfortunately, professional photography had not cleared the budget cuts!

Sara continued reading my blog, however and discovered our contest.  They put their creative minds to work and came up with the great video below.  When Sarah and I watched it, we laughed out loud.  If I could draw, this is the exact kind of thing I would do.  It's like they could read my mind!  Scary thought, I know.

Sara and Doug are having a small wedding with friends and family in Sussex, VA on May 22, 2010.  We can't wait to get to know them and to meet the fam!  For now, enjoy their creativity!  Congratulations you two!

Sara and Doug's Winning Video from peter davis on Vimeo.

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$29 Wedding Contest (no joke!)

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!