April 12, 2010
Nordica has hosted its fair share of contests during our infancy in Vancouver, and thereâ€™s one common thread that every contest shares: Youâ€™re always rolling the dice with whom the winners might be.
Bandido from a Mexico? Gothic princess? A sumo wrestler?
Not that thereâ€™s anything at all wrong with any of those types of people, but the point is you really have no idea who your eventual winner might be when you run a web-based contest. Youâ€™re opening yourself up to the characters on the Internet and letting fate take over.
When we had our free wedding photography contest over Christmas, we literally had no clue who the winner(s) would be, but we were open for anything. At that time, we were in the Nordic countries for the Holidays, so the winner wouldnâ€™t even get to meet us until after Christmas. It was an interesting situation for all parties involved.
So on the flip side of things, they had no idea what to expect from us either. We could be a couple lunatics for all the winners knew. So, this very important contest (it was wedding photography after all) really was a double-edged sword.
At the end of the day though, both parties couldnâ€™t have been more fortunate to have â€˜foundâ€™ one another, and on April 3rd, Holly and Philipâ€™s wedding took place.
Without lunatics. Without the goth theme. Without the Bandidos.
It was a drizzly Saturday out in Abbotsford and the gathering hosted roughly 50 people. From our point of view, it was a celebration of two families unlike other weddings we had seen. Both families couldnâ€™t have welcomed the other side into their open arms with any more warmness, and the general feel throughout the day was really a unison of two very kind families.
We also canâ€™t say enough about how hospitable these two families were to us throughout the day. Their kindness was abundant and we canâ€™t thank them enough for that.
So, our little web contest could have introduced us to anybody out there, but in the end, we were truly fortunate to have met two excellent people in Holly and Philip. They are an absolutely lovely couple with a prosperous and exciting future in front of them, and seeing the great families they come from leaves us with no doubt they will have a wonderful family of their own one day.
Alright, enough blubbering! Here is the story of their wedding day as told by our cameras.