Because of the many blessings that we have received, our desire is to be a blessing to someone else whenever we can. While weddings are an EPIC, special day they can also get to be very costly. Our aim was to help to alleviate some of the cost from a couple’s wedding while still capturing their special day with passion, artistry and excellence. This is why we created this contest! The goal was to “move us” with your stories and to some degree ALL of the entries did just that. We received quite a few entries and my wife and I went over every one of them. Some even two or three times! I must say, it was VERY difficult selecting a clear winner for our contest.
In the end we did make a final selection.
And the winner is…
Holly K. and Brandon N. !!!!!
Here is their story…
We are so excited at the prospect of being a candidate for your free wedding package giveaway and would love to share our love story (and a picture – attached) with you!
My name is Holly, my fiance is Brandon.
Brandon and I attended the same high school, grew up just streets apart in the same neighborhood, and I was secretly madly in love with him all through my teenage years. However, he was two grades ahead of me and I am sure he did not even know I existed.
When I was eighteen, my sister started dating someone new and invited me to a party at his house where – low and behold – Brandon was also invited. I was incredibly nervous, reluctant, and hesitant to go and talk to him. But to my amazement, he started talking to me first! It was like a dream come true. We have been nearly inseparable for the last 5 years and I am so proud to say that I will soon be able to call myself Mrs. Brandon N.
Soon after we started dating, however, Brandon was diagnosed with a kidney disease called IgA Nephropathy (or Berger’s Disease), where his kidneys produce and store too much IgA protein, leading to damage of the kidney tissue. It is a slowly-progressing disease, currently without a cure. Unless a cure is found soon, the disease can eventually progress to induce kidney failure within 10 to 20 years, requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. We hope to be able to avoid this, but one of the next steps to attempt to treat the disease and prolong it’s effects is long-term steroid treatment. Long-term steroid treatment can, unfortunately, lead to infertility. Due to this frightening possibility, it is our hope that we can save as much money as possible on our wedding so that we may begin to try to conceive a child immediately following the wedding.
We are a very laid-back couple, who love each other very much and receive gratification from indulgence in life’s simple pleasures. It was our pleasure to share out story with you and we will be anxiously awaiting to find out who the winner is on Valentine’s Day!
and Brandon N.
Again, all of the stories were awesome and we truly appreciate and thank you for your participation and interest. For the rest of the participants that sent us a story we have a VERY special offer for you as well. Just our way of saying “thank you” for giving us a peek into your world. I will send personal emails with the details of the special offer.
Holly and Brandon!!! Congratulations!!! Please give us a call asap!
Also, mark your calendars! We will be at the next Budget Bridal Expo at the Best Western Sterling Inn on Sunday April 13. We look forward to seeing everyone there as we will be giving away more prizes!!!
As always, thank you so much!