Couple #4 | Ashley & Matthew

Get to know contest couple #4! Please note: the ONLY place you can vote for this couple is on their inspiration board on our Facebook page. See it HERE. Go to the bottom of this post to see the rules of voting. Good luck Ashley and Matthew!

Contest-4Barn: Elizabeth Messina via SMP Pumpkin: Etsy You & Me Sign: Glass Jar Photography via SMP Bride & Groom: Ashley Maxwell via GWS Baby’s breath: One Love Photo via SMP

Our Story

Matthew and I met in 2006.  He moved in with the boyfriend of one of my good friends, and also started working at their little cafe in Romeo, MI.  He was a singer in a band I used to go see play all throughout my high school years.  However, I never really payed attention to him at that point! That is before the word spread around town that – “Wedge” (from their well known band) moved into town with a friend of mine.  So I went into the cafe they worked at in town and saw him! I thought, “wow, he is a cutie!” Matt says he thought I was a cute little high schooler.. when actually I was just out of high school!  Later that night, I went to the boys house. Everyone was hanging out around the TV in the living room and just chatting.  Matt came out of his room and said “Does anyone want to come with me to get pizza?”  My friend nudged my knee and I blushed.  I chickened out and did not go!  When he came back, he was walking into the living room with the pizza and ran into the doorway.  Everyone busted out laughing. To this day Matt says he ran into the door because he was looking at the cute blonde girl hanging out in his living room (ME!).  The next time I went over, my friend and her boyfriend were trying to figure out a way to get us to start talking.  So they took a picture of me and we wrote my number on it, and slipped it under his door.  A few days passed and I didn’t hear anything! I was devastated.  That is when my friend’s boyfriend asked Matt why he didn’t text/call me.  Matt said he thought the picture was a joke from his roommates and crumpled it up and threw it away.  He got my number from him again and text me that night!  We hit it off right away and hung out almost everyday for a whole YEAR before we started actually dating.  We are truly best friends and meant to be!  We have been together for over 7 years now and he finally asked me to marry him on HIS birthday (August 11th) of this year.  He told me wanted one more thing for his birthday, and it was to be his wife.  I really couldn’t imagine my life with out him by my side!!!

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Wedding Plans

We are getting married in the fall of 2014 at Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Matthew and I are down to earth and laid back, and that is how we want our wedding to be.  We love fall – (mostly because that is when we fell in love) the festivities and Michigan fall colors.  We would love to have a rustic fall wedding.  A big beautiful barn all lit up, with some elegant drapes.  The colors would most likely be gray & white with a pop of another color… but nothing to distract from the natural beauty of Michigan’s fall colors!  The center pieces may be a mixture of baby’s breath, tree branches, pumpkins and acorns.

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Voting will remain open until Sunday, October 13th at 11:59 pm, PST. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 14th! Good luck to all the finalists!

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Couple #3 | Sabrina & John

Get to know contest couple #3! Please note: the ONLY place you can vote for this couple is on their inspiration board on our Facebook page. See it HERE. Go to the bottom of this post to see the rules of voting. Good luck Sabrina and John!
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Our Story
We met online 2 years ago and from the moment I met him I just knew he would change my life. We moved into together 6 months after knowing each other and it only helped strengthen our relationship. He is a LA County sheriff deputy and I am a
property manager for Homeowners associations. We usually get one day to spend together which makes us cherish those days even more.
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Wedding Plans
At this time we don’t have the funds to be able to have the extravagant wedding we both would like but both agree we don’t want a Vegas chapel wedding either. (Funds are tight because after he proposed we went in a lake trip I left my ring at home and it was stolen while we were gone. Being the amazing man he is he dipped into his savings fund and went out and has the exact ring ordered again. Just one if the many selfless acts he does and has done to provided for me and his mother who lives with us and of whom we take care.) We both love our friends and have made them our family, with that said we want everyone there to experience the day we all become one family. We plan on having a country French romantic wedding theme with a type of back yard bbq atmosphere. I know we would be so honored and truly grateful to have this happen for us.

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Voting will remain open until Sunday, October 13th at 11:59 pm, PST. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 14th! Good luck to all the finalists!

Couple #2 | Lauren & Colin

Get to know contest couple #2! Please note: the ONLY place you can vote for this couple is on their inspiration board on our Facebook page. See it HERE. Go to the bottom of this post to see the rules of voting. Good luck Lauren and Colin!
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Books (top): Jennifer Juniper Photography via Ruche Bride: Todd Pellowe Weddings via Postcards & Pretties Bride & Groom/Library: Laura Ivanova vie SMP Books & Flowers: Elizabeth Messina via SMP Save The Date: Laura Ivanova via Bridal Musings Book Centerpiece: Clayton Austin via SMP
Our Story
 
Our love story is an unusual one…though we didn’t meet until 2012, our story began in 2006: That was the year Colin deployed to Afghanistan as an Army infantryman, and the year I graduated college and earned my commission as an Air Force officer. Three years later, it was my turn to go to Afghanistan, while Colin was working through PTSD and beginning a writing career. After my deployment, I too suffered mild PTSD symptoms, and found writing, in addition to therapy, helped me process my experiences. 
 
It was military writing that ultimately brought us together. At a writing conference in Chicago, Colin was on a panel discussing working with veterans in the classroom. As a vet and a new student in an MFA program, I was obviously interested. Plus, Colin was cute:)I reached out to him via email, and — in the great tradition of writers and military vets everywhere–we met up the first day of the conference for a beer. We swapped war stories and writing manuscripts, and the rest, as they say, is history.
 
Eighteen months later, Colin and I are both well-published writers and veteran advocates who lecture and give readings across the country. Of course we want to live happily ever after, but we also want to make a difference. Together. 
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Wedding Plans
We’re getting married on July 12, 2014 at the Central Library in Seattle; a cocktail party versus a sit-down affair, with passed hors d’oeuvres and “bar bites.” We’re both literature nerds, so the library is a perfect setting. Along the same vein, our theme is “nerd chic.” We’ll be surrounded by books (obviously!), and will have a very casual setting–a dance floor, high top tables, low tables with chairs, and benches and armchairs already in place in the library. And of course, bookshelves galore! The guys will be in tuxes with tweed vests and ties to match Colin’s Scottish tartan (green and blue plaid). My bridesmaids will wear black cocktail dresses (so they can re-wear them later!), with coordinating tartan sashes.

How to vote:

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2. Cast ONE vote on Facebook by liking the couple’s inspiration board.

3. Cast DAILY votes by commenting on the couple’s inspiration board.

Voting will remain open until Sunday, October 13th at 11:59 pm, PST. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 14th! Good luck to all the finalists!

ML Ennis - October 4, 2013 - 12:49 pm

Looking forward to that Nerd Chic wedding!

Georgine and Bruce Abrahams - October 4, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Sending our best wishes to Lauren and Colin for a life time of great accomplishments
and happiness. They are both so talented and knowledgeable. May the future be
bright and fulfilling. They have much to look forward to.
Love, Aunt Georgine and Uncle Bruce

Couple # 1 | Leah & Neill

Get to know contest couple #1! Please note: the ONLY place you can vote for this couple is on their inspiration board on our Facebook page. See it HERE. Go to the bottom of this post to see the rules of voting. Good luck Leah and Neill!

Contest-2Cake: Chudleigh Weddings Flowers: Emily Scannell Photography Jewelry: Justin & Mary Photography Bridesmaid dresses: Ben & Colleen Photography Bride & Groom: Brancoprata, All via Style Me Pretty

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How They Met

We should have met some time in 2007 through mutual friends at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as we were usually all in the same places at the same time around campus, but we never did. In the fall of 2008, we officially met through mutual friends (two of our groomsmen) at their apartment, he was one of the happiest people I had encountered, laughing, singing, making jokes, dancing and pulling silly, mostly harmless, pranks on his roommates.

After spending many weekends at the “guys’” apartment, flirting with each other and doing what we do best: being goofy, I knew I had to make a move! So, in March of 2009 I took him out on our first official date to dinner, where I asked him shyly but really more awkwardly if he wanted to date, as in only each other, and he didn’t answer. He just put food in his mouth and moved on to another topic (he says he gave me an answer, but I didn’t hear it!). I went along with it, brushed my clumsy attempt at asking him out under the table and let him lead the rest of the conversation. After dinner, we went to see “I Love You, Man” at the movie theatre. He held my hand near the end of the film, and due to the hand-holding, I felt it was necessary to ask something along the lines of “Soo, um…I asked you earlier, but I’m not sure…..are we dating?….Or what…?” and he promptly replied “Yes! I thought we were?” I told him how confused I was, and then we laughed all the way home. To this day, we continue making each other laugh, as it should be :).

And as Neill puts it, “I just haven’t been able to shake her since.”

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The Proposal (Since Leah sent it to me from both perspectives, it’s more entertaining when they are spliced together)

Neill: After a long time of debating with myself as to how I would actually propose I settled on a sure thing, something to do with horses. There is no way Leah could say no if a horse was involved (but I had no worries she would actually turn me down, since I was getting plenty of gentle nudges & hints). If some of you don’t already know this, when Leah sees a horse, she immediately looks and acts like a 5 year old being told they can have unlimited candy and toys (I’m not exaggerating). I settled on a horse and carriage ride after dinner. I told Leah I would take her out for a dinner to celebrate her being finished with her master’s exam and classes in order to not draw too much attention.

Leah: On June 8th, 2013 Neill wanted to take me out for a celebratory dinner as I had just passed my Master’s exam, so we went to the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee to have delicious food.

Neill: I had one issue, how in the world to carry the ring in the box without Leah knowing (it’s not like I carry a purse or anything). So my solution was to wear a sports coat over my shirt, which I never do, so I could put the ring in the pocket of the coat.

Leah:  Before we left, he put on a brown sport-coat. He never wears sport coats to dinner. I told him he didn’t need it, primarily because I really liked the shirt he was wearing underneath it, but he wanted to keep it on, so who am I to argue with a guy trying to be fashionable.

Neill: I had to hold my ground and tell her it was cold out and that I thought I looked great in it. She thankfully let me keep it on.

Leah: We finished dinner around 7:30, and Neill mentioned that we have 30 minutes to wait because we had plans at 8pm. I asked “What plans? We don’t have any plans!?” which he slyly replied, “It’s a surprise.”  I looked out the window and saw a horse and carriage parked outside the Pfister, so, because horses are my favorite, I asked if we could take it for a spin to waste some time before our mysterious plans at 8.

Neill: She saw a horse and carriage sitting outside and immediately asked me if that is what we were doing (remember what I said earlier about how she is around horses). I had no choice but to tell her yes or she might have dragged me outside to see the horse at that very moment.

Leah: I had ruined my surprise. Whoops.

Neill: So we went upstairs, grabbed a drink, and headed out to meet the horse around 8pm.

Leah: I, of course, spent some time petting the horse before jumping in.

Neill: We got to take pictures with the horse before the ride, and even though the driver knew that I was going to propose at any second, played it off cooler than a polar bear in a blizzard.

Leah:  The horse’s name was Nick, by the way.

Neill: Earlier in the week I had picked up a mini cooler, two wine glasses, & one bottle of wine to bring on the horse & carriage ride. We got into the carriage and Leah immediately noticed the cooler with my name on it.

Leah: When we hopped into the carriage, I noticed a cooler with a sticky note saying “O’Reilly.” This was it, I knew it.

Neill: She started talking fast (she had to know what was coming at this point) and asked me what was inside.

Leah: I asked all sorts of questions like “What is this cooler doing in here? What’s in the cooler? I’ll find out…Oh, it’s wine! Why did you get wine? That’s so sweet of you! Oh the wine bottle has a horse on it too! You really planned this out…”

Neill: Then I smoothly said, “but before the wine, I have one last surprise for you” and popped the question.

Leah: Before I knew it he was down on one knee inside the carriage asking me to marry him

Neill: Just kidding it wasn’t that smooth, I was a nervous wreck. But she said absolutely so it worked out fine.

Leah: He shed a happy tear, I kept on talking a mile a minute. It was us.

Neill: Then I got to let out a huge sigh of relief… my toughest and most stressful part of the wedding planning probably just finished.

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Wedding Plans

The wedding style I’m going for is rustic elegance, I like the mason jars and mis-matched bridesmaid dresses, as well as mis-matched decor/center pieces. I want it to feel unique, but also timeless. Seafoam blue is the main color.  The location will be in Madison, Wisconsin, home of the UW-Badgers and the best cheese in the states. Our top venue is called Monona Terrace, it’s a wonderful Frank Lloyd Wright building that offers views of the Capitol on one side, and Monona lake on the other.

How to vote:

1. Like Soundtrack To I Do AND Laura Hernandez Photography on Facebook for your votes to count.

2. Cast ONE vote on Facebook by liking the couple’s inspiration board.

3. Cast DAILY votes by commenting on the couple’s inspiration board.

Voting will remain open until Sunday, October 13th at 11:59 pm, PST. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 14th! Good luck to all the finalists!

Leah - October 5, 2013 - 3:03 pm

I love how you spliced this together. This looks great, awesome job and thank you!

Contest Finalists Announcement | Let The Voting Begin!

Today is a very exciting day!!! We have selected the contest winners!! Find out who the winners are and find out how to vote for your favorite to win free wedding photography from Laura Hernandez Photography!! Drumroll please…

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Couple #1 Leah & Neill – They met through mutual friends at University of Wisonsin, Madison. They are getting married next fall in Madison, Wisconsin. Their wedding style is “rustic elegance.”

Couple #2 Lauren & Colin – They met at a military writing conference in Chicago, Illinois. They are getting married next summer at a library in Seattle, Washington. Their wedding style is “nerd chic.”

Couple #3 Sabrina & John – They met online and fell in love instantly. They are getting married next fall at a vineyard in Santa Monica, California. Their wedding style is “French country.”

Couple #4 Ashley & Matthew – They met through mutual friends and Matthew proposed on HIS birthday, telling Ashley the last gift he wanted was her as his wife. They are getting married next fall at a farm in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Their wedding style is “rustic fall.”

More info will be shared on each couple later this week. But in the meantime get to voting!

How to vote:

1. Like Soundtrack To I Do AND Laura Hernandez Photography on Facebook for your votes to count.

2. Cast ONE vote on Facebook by liking the couple’s inspiration board.

3. Cast DAILY votes by commenting on the couple’s inspiration board.

Voting will remain open until Sunday, October 13th at 11:59 pm, PST. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 14th! Good luck to all the finalists!

Carrie Simmons - October 2, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Voting for couple number 3!

Mikaela Haley - October 2, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Voting for couple #3 sabrina & John!!!

Lindsay Biren - October 2, 2013 - 7:29 pm

I am voting for couple #3!! :)

Karen Zimmerman - October 2, 2013 - 11:09 pm

I’m voting for Leah and Neill! They are very photogenic and deserve a break. Leah’s dad was a wedding photographer however he had Multiple Sclerosis which ended that part of his career. He passed away 4 years ago. It would be a great tribute to him if Leah and Neill won this contest.

Carrie Simmons - October 3, 2013 - 8:27 pm

Voting for couple # 3!!!!

Carrie Simmons - October 4, 2013 - 6:40 pm

Voting for couple #3!!! Sabrina and John!

Carrie Simmons - October 4, 2013 - 6:41 pm

Voting for couple #3!!!