We Want Kat to Rock Our Wedding! ♥ The Vote…

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This is my favourite part of running contests – when I get to share my 3 finalists and get you all to vote for your favourite to win  free wedding photography with Kat Braman (although I do hate the part where I have to narrow all the entrants down to just 3!)

As always, the standard of entries was very high – I have the coolest readers with the best stories I reckon.  After muchos tooing and froing I would like to introduce to you your finalists. Read the entries and pick your favourites by voting with the poll below and as always…only one vote per IP address please! You have until Sunday 24th January to vote.

Ashley & Keith
Wedding Info: October 10th, 2010 in Boston MA


My boyfriend and I have been dating for over 3 years and had a baby together 18 months ago. I had been browsing craigslist for engagements sets when I came across my dream one for only $200! My boyfriend and I drove to the place and exchanged the $$$ for the rings. I couldn’t have been happier. I thought that this would have been a sure deal that he would propose to me. But it wasn’t. He told me I could wear the ring if I wanted but I refused until he asked me to marry him. Months went by and I became very discouraged about the whole thing. My self esteem dropped and I stopped believing in happily ever after. Why wouldn’t the father of our child want to marry me?! Does he not want to spend forever with me?! As Christmas season came I forgot about it all. On Christmas morning my boyfriend my son and I ran down the stairs to see what Santa had brought us. I was having the best Christmas ever with the two people I love the most when out of the blue my boyfriend brings over a gift and says “Santa left this for you.” I looked at him strangely and said “I thought you and I weren’t exchanging gifts!?” He followed by saying “It wasn’t me… it was Santa.” I slowly began tearing the paper away, afraid to see what was inside. As I peeled away the final big piece I could see it was the cutest skull and cross bone ring and in the center was a box…..the box to my dream ring. He got down on one knee picked up the box [at this point I was balling my eyes out because I didn’t think this would ever happen] opened it and as he placed the ring on my finger he asked me to spend forever with him not just as the best mother ever to his son but as his soul mate and greatest love. Everything was so magical and so memorable. And once again I believe with all my heart and soul that there is a happily ever after in store for me.

Neil & Jamie
Wedding Info: September 18th, 2010 at Camp Pendalouan on Blue Lake in Holton, Michigan

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It was cold (4°C).  It was early.  But that wasn’t going to stop us.  We were with our 3 favorite partners in crime.  And we were in our kayaks paddling through a series of lakes in the La Cloche Mountain Range of Killarney, Ontario.  A couple hours into this adventure, we approached a brutal portage, 380 meters of pain.  It was uphill, rocky, mucky.  We all struggled.

After the boats were moved, we staggered out to a clearing to find the most picturesque rock waterfall.  We all plopped onto the rock, exhausted.  I barely noticed it when Neil got up to talk to our friend.  He explained to our friend that his camera could capture the water spray and instructed him to just “go ahead take some pictures, start now.”  Sweet Terry had no clue what he was about to capture!  Neil was already back and kneeling right in front of me… I was oblivious.  He pulled a small box out of his pocket and over the rush of water inquired “Jamie Schumacher, will you marry me?”

“SHUT UP!” I proclaimed as I gave his shoulders a shove in disbelief nearly shoving him into the waterfall.  YES!

Rachel & John
Wedding Info: August 1st, 2010 an Oceancliff Hotel, Newport, RI


After taking a wine tour in a vineyard near Newport, RI John and I headed back to our B&B to get ready for dinner. I noticed John seemed to be a little weird when he accidentally broke my dress zipper and blamed himself for ruining things. After getting ready, John took me down to a beautiful sailboat where I got super excited because I’d never sailed before! We started sailing towards the bay, passed the Newport bridge, watched the sun set, and then suddenly the boat turned and came to a stop. Because It was so cold, I decided to stand up and walk around. John then stood up, turned around, started his cute nervous speech, got down on his knee pulled out the ring and proposed! I was in such shock I backed up and almost fell off the boat! As he stood up to catch me I hugged him and said yes! The captain popped champagne while everyone cheered! Afterwards we went to dinner and then back to our room where I found petals all over the bed and a photobook of all our adventures we had together with the lyrics to “our song” at the end.

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  1. Thomas D Schumacher

    Great Cpouple, they give alot of themselfs, to serval organizations. Be nice for them to get something special

  2. Jim

    I wouldn’t want Neil and Jamie’s wedding to be puke-worthy. Although, overly poofy would be interesting. Ya’ll rock!

  3. LeeLee

    Ashley is one of thee greatest people Ive met in my life. Ive only known her for a short time and yet, she has proven (little does she know) to be one of the most amazing individuals Ive had the honor of calling a friend. Shes a SPECTACULAR mother and AMAZING girlfriend as well. Not to mention shes pretty much a cake boss! If anyone deserves this its them!

  4. phipps

    ash and keith look super cool.
    not to mention their little man would totally look cool at this wedding.
    can you see it now??

  5. Ashley

    I would like to take the time to thank every single person who has taken a few moments to vote for me. I cant even begin to tell you how much I appreciate this. Getting this would mean the world to me [since we are paying for the wedding ourselves] because it means a few extra $$ to put into something else. Thank you for the kind words as well. :]

    Thanks again, much love to you all, and I wish the best of luck to the other finalists. xoxox

  6. sarah

    Ashley is an amazing woman!I cant even begin to tell you what an inspiration she is to a lot of women! My vote is for Ashley & Keith… (obviously) lol.

  7. RayRay

    Ashley and Keith. Never met two cooler kats than them!!! Gotta blast the ballot box and vote them in !!!!!!

  8. Calvin Benjamin

    Daddy says that Keith has some cool dark lettuce and that Ashley is a hot Mommy. Vote for them!

  9. Ashley

    i just realize that i typed “cutest skull and cross bone ring” and its supposed to be rug…..a skull and cross bone rug. just though everyone should know. :]

  10. Russ

    I’m for Neil and Jamie, they give so much of their time to fund raising for charitable events. Talk about deserving it, they are making this world a better place to live!! Thanks Neil and Jamie!

  11. Cara

    Ashley is one of the strongest women I know. She has had a very hard life and despite it all has built a happy life for herself. Everything she has in her life she has worked for and struggled for. She and her fiance truly deserve this.

  12. Tunuviel

    I vote for Ashley and Keith because I love the story, they have the same wedding date as we do (aka best.date.ever.) and they have a baby also like me and my boy. If they win it’s kinda like we win.

  13. Jamie

    Wow! Neil & I are so, so appreciative of the support that has been shown and for this awesome contest hosted by kat and kat. Thank you too all who have voted…. and good luck to you, my fellow finalists!! Many thanks!

  14. Anne Brown

    Jamie is one of the most unselfish, genuine and generous people I have ever met. She and Neil deserve a little of that in return. I am so happy to be able to vote for such an amazing couple!

  15. elizabeth

    OMG ashley and keith definately deserve this! I’ve been dating my boyfriend for 5 years now, so i know how hard it can be to not get discouraged over that. Either way, i hope they have an awesome wedding day!

  16. Marnie

    Another vote for Neil & Jamie from a friend of Ozzy! 🙂
    Congratulations–wishing you a wonderful life together!

  17. Holly

    My cousin, Shannon, asked me to vote for her friends, Keith & Ashley! I got married last year, the day flies by- make sure to stop, take it in & enjoy it!

  18. Tina C

    I vote for Neil & Jamie….if Ozzy says you are great people then you must be! May everyday be better than the day before, May you always make each other smile, May you always kiss each other with passion & remember just how much you love one another today & every day for the rest of your lives. May God Richly Bless your lives! Congratulations.


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