{ Meet the Winners :: Pam and Mark! }

I am SO happy to announce the winners of the Destination Wedding Photography Contest.  Congratulations to Pam and Mark!  They are such a fun & adorable couple!  I’m over-the-moon excited to travel with them and their families, and photograph one of the most important days of their lives.  We’ve been talking over the phone and emailing back & forth since I called them with the news, and I’ve just fallen in love with them.  I wanted you to meet them too!  So I asked them to write a little about themselves, so you can get as excited for their upcoming October wedding as I am.

(Aren’t they cute?!)


{ About Us }

You always hear of stories that the guy fell in love with the girl next door. How many people can say that they actually lived that story? Mark and I met about 7 years ago as next door neighbors. I was fresh out of college looking for a “real” job and always wanting to party with my friends. While he was in a serious relationship and had a lot more responsibilities to take care of than I did, he often found time to hang out with mutual friends. After his relationship ended, we became closer and went on our first date on Valentine’s Day. We soon realized even though we cared for each other, we were not ready for a relationship. Throughout the years, our friendship kept growing stronger, and we always seemed to lean on each other for support. We reconciled our relationship a couple of years ago after years of searching for who we really were, and now, I can’t imagine my life without him. He’s my best friend, and I know that he’ll always be there for me. I never thought I would be lucky enough to marry such a remarkable person that has taught me so many things (and we’re not even married yet!). I can’t wait for our life to begin together and see what God has in store for us.

{ Our Wedding Plans }

Our wedding is being held on October 23rd in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We wanted to have a small but memorable wedding with our families and close friends since both of us come from large families. After searching for the perfect location, we stumbled across Playa Fiesta Beach Club & Hotel. The hotel seemed to fit all our requirements that we wanted in a wedding from being right off the beach to being a private ceremony with only our guests at the hotel. We’re hoping to make our wedding enjoyable to all our guests since most of them have never been out of the country before. After spending the weekend in Puerto Vallarta, Mark and I are off to our honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. We cannot wait to celebrate our lives together with people we care so much about.

{ About Winning the Contest }

Winning the Destination Wedding Photography Contest was a blessing for the both of us. Our good friend Amanda excitedly told us about the contest. Even though we didn’t think we had a chance of winning, we decided to give the contest a shot. I was shocked when I received the phone call from Kristen saying that we won since I have never won anything in my life. Mark couldn’t stop yelling how happy he was when I told him the good news. Kristen’s call really couldn’t have come at a better time. Not only do we have our wedding to pay for, we have my sister’s wedding and Mark’s best friend’s wedding to attend, of course in different parts of the country!! So, winning this allows us to keep some money in our pockets (at least for a little while). Thank you again Kristen for selecting Mark and I for your contest. I can’t wait to see the amazing photographs you’re going to take for us to remember our special wedding day.

(Hooray!  I can’t wait either!  See you both this fall!)


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  • Sarah - Congratulations! They are too cute. It was fun to read their story. You’ll have fun with them in Puerto Vallarta! Can’t wait to see the pix!

  • Bradley James - This is really cool! 🙂 I also love the new blog design! It looks really nice!

  • Keri Doolittle Photography - CONGRATS!!! You both look like a lot of fun!! Kristen is an awesome photographer!

  • Rebecca - What a great story! Can’t wait to see you guys captured by Kristen!

  • Angela - Congrats Pam and Mark!! Do you need an assistant?

  • kelly g - Awesome!! So fun! Congrats to the beautiful couple! Can’t wait to see those pics!

  • mom - Wow, lucky couple and I think they have the most wonderful photographer in the world 🙂