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2014 Wedding Photography Contest Entries | Raleigh, NC Wedding Photographer

After announcing my first giveaway, I have been so excited to see the entries that came in! (See original post here)  These couples are all so awesome, and I can’t wait to share them all with you!  Please be sure to thank them for sharing their love stories with us… they are all too sweet!

We are now in the VOTING phase!  Check out all of the entries on Facebook and vote for your favorite couple.  You may vote once per day until the contest closes on February 12th, so be sure to share away!

Now, time to hear all about our Top 5!  Their love stories are posted here – read why they think they should win on the Facebook page!



Brandon Martel & Jenna Sapp
Wedding Location: New Bern, NC

How they met: “We met at ECU Marching Pirates Band Camp 2006. It was the first few days of college, and neither of us knowing many people, we ended up sitting with a big group of people at a dinner break. We ended up eating dinner together for the next four years.”

Engagement Story: “It was my last full week of school before the Christmas holiday. I had had a bad day at school and when I came home I saw a dozen roses on the counter. Then, Brandon walked up to me and asked me to marry him. I then and cried and laughed for about an hour. Then we took pictures and told everyone we know. Best Monday Ever.”





Mason Snuggs & Ally Rumley
Wedding Location: Burlington, NC

How they met: “Mason and I actually went to elementary school together. He is a year older than me in school and we played together in our schools after school program but we weren’t close friends. We eventually had a class together his senior year and my junior and sat right next to one another. We then became very close friends and after six months of being just friends he asked me to be his girl friend. So we are high school sweet hearts.”

Engagement Story: “After dating one year and ten months Mason said he wanted to take me out for a nice dinner but wouldn’t tell me where he was taking me. He ended up taking me to the Melting Pot in Greensboro, NC. After eating our four course meal, I noticed he was acting funny but I didn’t think anything of it. But I knew something was wrong with him when he turned down cheesecake dipped in chocolate. Mason then looked in my eyes and asked “Are you sure you wanna marry me?” My reply was “Of course, what kind of question is that?” He then took off my infinity ring he gave me for our one year anniversary, went around to my side of the booth, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was beyond surprised, happy, excited, and touched. He is my best friend, my everything, my life, and I cannot imagine my life without him.”





Jordan Cook & Amanda Wilson
Wedding Location: Leicester, NC

How they met: “We met in 2009 in high school.  Jordan was a freshman and I was a sophomore.   He asked me to be his girlfriend the typical way any high school student would back in the day… via a social networking site, but Jordan and I were more than “boyfriend and girlfriend” throughout high school.  We were each others’ best friend.”

Engagement Story: “We met in 2009 in high school.  Jordan was a freshman and I was a sophomore.   He asked me to be his girlfriend the typical way any high school student would back in the day… via a social networking site, but Jordan and I were more than “boyfriend and girlfriend” throughout high school.  We were each others’ best friend.  Last summer, Jordan took me on a vacation to the Outer Banks, where he had a surprise in store.  On July 5th as we were overlooking the ocean, he took me by the hand and asked me to marry him.  Overwhelmed with joy I gave him a huge hug and I said yes!”





Garrett Brown & Sarah Boyce
Wedding Location: La Grange, NC

How they met: “We met at East Carolina University in 2006, both as members of the Marching Pirates (tuba players at that!).  We didn’t start dating until the summer of 2009 but we have been going strong and bothering each other ever since!”

Engagement Story:  “We were engaged on April 20th, 2013 in Greenville.  That day started out like a normal Saturday morning, taking our dog, Colby, for a walk on the local Greenway.  We reached a bench located by the river and stopped like we normally did.  Then, with Colby right between us, Garrett got down on one knee and the rest is history!”





Diondre Johnson & Shaquitta Townsend
Wedding Location: Greensboro, NC

How they met: “We met in a team meeting at work. He kept trying to debate everything I said. Even though he liked to debate EVERYTHING I said, I thought he was a good guy. After getting to know him I told him that he would make someone a good husband some day. Months later he says that he saw me in a different light. He said I was wearing this shirt ( the ugliest shirt I own) but it made him see me as someone that he wanted to pursue. He tried to ask me out, but it was always at the end of the day and I was ready to go, so I left. After 3 days he finally asked me out. We dated for a few months and he got friend-zoned until one day we went on a date and we were talking to another couple and I realized that he was no longer just my friend… I had fallen in love.”

Engagement Story: “We were engaged on New Years Day right after midnight. We were in church, when the pastor finished the sermon he walked up front and started telling our story then called me up front. Our song is John Legend All of Me. When the song started playing I knew. He got on one knee and was crying too hard to initially say anything, but eventually he got it out and I cried like a baby. I actually forgot to breathe for a second.”


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  • Lisa Snuggs - Love them! Mason Snuggs and Ally Rumley!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Boyce - Garrett and I would like to thank everyone for your love and support throughout these difficult, stressful, wonderful times! Wedding plans are currently on hold due to circumstances beyond our control but your support means the world to us! Thank you and God bless!

    -Sarah and GarrettReplyCancel

  • Paula - Jenna and Brandon!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Michael - So this contest is coming to an end soon but before it does I want to take a minute and thank Amanda Brendle for this opportunity she has given each of the couples to win such a wonderful gift. We have worked as a unit day in and day out to help get votes for Amanda Wilson and Jordan Cook. These two have been together for many years. They have been building memories since school…freshman dance, two proms, and now they are working hard to create a future for themselves. Amanda is a student as well as an employee of Walgreens. Jordan recently has started his career as a correctional officer. I have had the pleasure of watching these two grow up as well as grow in love . I am so proud of them. I have always had a beautiful, caring, fun loving daughter, but soon I will gain a son. I wouldn’t want anyone else to have my daughter’s hand in marriage. He has and will always be part of my family. ♥♥♥♥ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Jenna and Brandon! They’ve both worked so hard to be where they are and with Brandon in grad school, this would be fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Laureen Rumley - I would like leave a comment for Ally and Mason. These are two people that are so devoted to one another. Even though they are young in age they are years ahead of their time with the commitment they have made to each other. Ally is just starting college and they realize how difficult it may be at first, they are both hard working. If you could see them for even a minute you could tell right away how much they love and respect each other.ReplyCancel

  • Gregg Brown - For Sarah and Garrett – all our love to you. We’re all so proud and supportive of you. While things certainly haven’t worked in your favor recently, know that we are here for you now and always. Looking forward to the day that the sun shines brightly for you and your happiness. Until then, know we are praying for you both!ReplyCancel

  • "Win Your Wedding Photography" Contest Winners! | Raleigh, NC Wedding Photographer - Amanda Brendle Photography | Blog : Amanda Brendle Photography | Blog - […] of weeks with the sweetest love stories and couples who entered to win (See their love stories here).  I am so thankful to be in an industry where couples are willing to share their stories with me […]ReplyCancel

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