We had such a great time reading through the entries and choosing our (2) finalists. –It was a tough decision but there were two couples who really seemed the best ‘fit’ in terms of the ‘fun and fabulousness’ that allowed them to be chosen.
Voting’ begins now and your may select the couple you would like to see win a FULL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION (valued at $4200) in celebration of our anniversary on February 14!!…just leave a comment below with the # of the couple you are selecting!! Easy-breezy! (liking our Facebook page never hurt either..but does not actually count in the voting:-) Note-you may only vote 1 time per verifiable email address)
Without further Adieu meet our finalists!
Couple # 1: JESSICA & CHRIS!
Jessica and Chris are adventurous spirits and fellow dog lovers! In addition to the wit behind their portrayal of their story….Jess has red hair! 🙂 We loved that Chris is a ‘wedding crasher’, that they have not one..but 2 rescued dogs, and they are incorporating very personal elements into their wedding day! All things BlueSky Couples are made of:-)
In their words:
-Chris is a teacher (AP World History and Civics) and a football coach at Lake Norman High School. His students are very interested in his wedding plans have been known to Facebook stalk Jessica and once made her a “Happy Birthday” banner.
-Jessica is a Marketing Manager at Blumenthal Performing Arts and spends her days working on Broadway shows and frequently making jazz hands.
-They have two adorable dogs that they are absolutely obsessed with and refer to as “the girls.” Lola and Nikko. Both are rescues – Lola has been with Jessica for almost 8 years and Nikko for 2. They upload an obscene amount of cute photos of them to Instagram like it’s their job.
-Chris is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. His father was the first patient to receive a drug trial for testicular cancer – he went from having almost no chance of survival to miraculously recovering. This drug is now used to treat and cure almost 75% of patients with the disease. His father has met Lance Armstrong and got to carry the Olympic torch in 2000. After he was cured of cancer he and his wife Judy couldn’t wait to have kids – Christopher Blaine Cleland was their first child and was named after two friends who helped his father through the treatments. (this is obviously Jessica’s FAVORITE Cleland Family story – if you’re ready for a tear-jerker, read this: http://www.friends4cures.org/cure_mag_article.shtml )
The Big Day
We’ve decided to be married on December 8th, 2012 – just before the apocalypse. We’re getting married at Homewood in Asheville , NC. We fell in love with the venue, which was built in 1928 and has TONS of charm. It also looks like a castle and who wouldn’t love that? Their good friend John (the reason Chris moved to Charlotte) has been ordained online and will be officiating the wedding. Jessica’s dad builds and restores custom hot-rods, so they’re getaway car will be his 1934 Ford Sedan that he’s feverishly working on to finish building for the big day.
COUPLE # 2: TAYLOR & ADAM!
Taylor and Adam…high school sweethearts. (whose parents have both been happily married for over 25 years!) Just plain old sweet as can be! We loved their sense of appreciation for just how lucky they are to have found each other. (and they ‘get’ our story-telling style!) We loved their wedding party is made up of folks that have known them through their entire journey!
In their words:
Only Fools Rush In…
We started dating when we were 14 years old and 9 years later here we are! I now wear the ring Adam designed which includes diamonds from my parents’ engagement ring. Both of our parents have been married for over 25 years so we understand and appreciate the true meaning of love and family.
To say I am a lucky girl is an understatement- I get to marry my high school sweetheart and I could not ask for more!
Why do you match us? Your style tells a story and we have such a story to tell!
We have 16 people in the wedding party who have known us since the beginning of “us”, twin flower girls and a ring bearer. We will have a traditional church wedding with lots of non-traditional elements. The reception will be at Revolution Mills (Greensboro NC).
We love these 2 couples!! Now….LET THE VOTING BEGIN!!!