Wedding Giveaway Blog!!
Zac and Phuong
Dawn, Since finding you on instagram this fall, I became instantly obsessed with your work. (Refer to screenshots below) I have literally been pestering Zac about you non-stop via instagram and text since early November! Thank you for hosting this giveaway; we are so happy and grateful to get to enter!
Zac runs ultra-marathons, loves the outdoors, and he has such a genuine appreciation for life and all things living. I swear, some of our hikes take FOREVER because he’ll see a wild mushroom or something of the sort and stop right in his tracks to admire how incredible the coloring and structure of it is. (Super nerdy, but I love it.)
I’m a business student, a proud dog-mama to two little pups, and I’m a serious food lover. Zac will be 26 in March and I will be 24 in April. We really love the outdoors, each other & our two fur babies Leo and Louie. 9 times out of 10, you can find us on a mountain, near a body of water, or under the blankets binge watching “Friends” if the weather is really bad.
Fun facts about us:
Zac has run a 50 mile race before. He’s currently training for another in the hopes of moving on to 100+ mile races one day.
Me on the other hand? I once finished a large 18 inch pizza pie in 9 minutes AND STILL had room for dessert. I guess you could say we’re both just different kinds of athletes. Sort of. Kinda. Either way, we balance each other out. He runs enough for the both of us and I eat enough for the both of us. It works!
Zac and I met in EMT class at Oneonta State in 2014 & instantly clicked. All of our friends already knew we kinda had a thing for each other, especially Zac’s friends. Right before we had our first kiss…Zac’s friend Corey thought he was being the wing-man of the year and said to me, “Hey listen, if I kiss Zac on the lips, you have to kiss him on the lips too.” Little did he know, that was the plan anyways!! Either way, Corey and Zac had a quick little smooch, we laughed like crazy, and then Zac and I spent every day of the next few months together, falling more and more for each other. That’s when we started hiking together and adventuring any chance we could.
Our first trip together was to the super rural Cherry Springs State Park in PA where the sky is so dark, you can see the Milky Way. There weren’t even working toilets around and we had to drive almost a half hour to the nearest shower. There was no cell service, nothing. We were dirty & smelly and too scared to go to the bathroom alone in the dark that we forced each other to come with. I guess that’s when the myth about girls not pooping was debunked and our true selves were revealed. It was really then when we just had each other and no distractions that our feelings couldn’t be ignored anymore. We were so into each other, as comfortable as ever, and getting to share our love for being active in nature together was just the icing on the cake.
After a few months, things were going great but the fear of getting hurt again from our prior relationships left us both a little on guard and afraid to fully commit to being in an “official” relationship. After all, Zac was about to be done with school and then what? Were we supposed to get emotionally invested just to never get to see each other again in a few months? So I told Zac that we shouldn’t see each other anymore because I was, “afraid to catch the feels,” haha. Funny cause I was way past that point! We both were! That lasted for not even a month until we both realized being apart just wasn’t for us. We spent the year continuing to see each other without making anything official–Zac even moved in with me before officially asking me to be his girlfriend! People think we’re crazy but we’ve always been very sure of our love for each other.
Neither of us are particularly religious, but we like to think that if reincarnation was real, we had to have been best friends/lovers in a past life. We’ve always meshed so well, so naturally, and so quickly that we almost stop to think like, “damn if reincarnation was real, that would explain how we know each other so well! I’ve probably been dealing with yo ass for 200+ years or somethin!”
Zac graduated college in Spring 2016 and decided to put his entire life on hold, working a bunch of jobs in our small town here in Oneonta so that he could be with me as he waited for me to finish school. Things got tough at times, but we’ve always made it work and now that I’m officially done with school in May, we’re so excited to write the next chapter of our lives together.
We’ve always been incredibly active and adventurous—so we decided to take a month off of life in May to travel across the country together. That will be one of our biggest adventures, next to finally getting to say our “I do’s”.
In March we took a trip to Vietnam so I could show Zac where I came from. It was so important to me to show him my roots…like seeing the places that shaped me would help him understand me more at the core. It was on that trip, in my homeland, where I got to say yes to forever and a day with my best friend.
Zac comes from a small family and has been a minimalist all his life. I on the other hand come from a huge family. Being of Vietnamese and Cambodian descent…weddings and parties in my family’s cultures have on average 600+ guests. When I graduated from high school, I had to hire two different caterers (American & Asian) just to appease my family! I think I sort of have PTSD from my grad party… and since Zac and I feel so strongly that our union is super sacred, we’ve always wanted to have an intimate wedding/elopement with just our parents and a couple close friends.
We don’t care so about traditions because we want to start our own. We want our wedding to be about us and how much we love each other, not about making other people happy. We both come from very different cultures, and so we don’t want the hassle of having to appease each other’s families either. We both understand and appreciate each other as human beings and appreciate the diversity that we both bring to the table, and for us, that’s enough.
This giveaway would be SO incredibly special to us. We’ve been talking logistics about our wedding for quite some time but haven’t made any progress. We think it would be so friggin awesome to just have someone else make all the decisions for us! Seriously– with a bunch of super talented creatives, how could you not be down to go with the flow?!
Getting married soon has been really important for us too as we plan to try to start our own family soon. It’s important for us to get married prior to having a child. But at 23, going on 24 with bad ovaries, my window to become a mother is shrinking rapidly. We don’t want to rush our wedding for the sake of having a baby because we still want to celebrate and enjoy it without having to just settle for something that doesn’t make us both totally happy. But having our own children is a big deal and a big dream for us, and having the wedding come first is just as important.
Winning this giveaway would allow us to have the wedding of our dreams without the stresses so that we can focus on our next adventure & dream: life with kids (that aren’t dogs).
Thanks for reading this far— we hope that you’ll consider us for your giveaway!
We’re just two crazy kids who love adventure and we’d be so honored to have and support ya’ll in creating ours. xoxo Much love,
The (almost) Godfrey’s
Jamie + Walter
I saw your post about the wedding giveaway and my husband and I would love to be considered for a vow renewal. I think it’s such an amazing thing you are doing!
Here is our story:
I met my husband 15 years ago when I was 18 and he was 20. We met while working together in Oneonta, NY. He’s shy, I had to ask him out! We dated for about a year and then moved in together. We love to travel together, our fav place being Wilmington NC! We love camping, snowmobiling, four wheeling and going anywhere with a beach! I found out I was pregnant with our first child when I was 20. We weren’t at all prepared and he was a total surprise but he brought us together more then we could have imagined. We got married a year later. In the years after that we had three more kids, two boys and a little girl. We have had many ups and downs along the way. About four years ago we almost gave up. Divorce was discussed and a separation was almost put into place. My grandmother was my rock and she believed that marriage takes so much work and when you want to walk away you look for a reason to stay. I took her advice. We loved each other still and found a way to work through it. We left oneonta and moved to Fredericksburg, VA, a city with new opportunities. We had a fresh start and it was exactly what we needed. We left behind our past and everything that has held us back. My husband accepted an amazing job and I was able to be a stay at home mom. We were able to buy our first house. Our kids are happy and thriving. Our marriage is thriving. We had planned on renewing our vows when we hit the ten year mark. Unfortunately, things happened and we weren’t able to. We lost my grandmother and then shortly after my husbands father passed away. Six months later his mother passed. It’s been an incredibly hard year but we keep pushing through. We would love to win this wedding/vow renewal. We have come so far together as a couple through the years. We have grown so much closer and this opportunity to reaffirm our love for each other would be so special and meaningful to us. Thank you for the opportunity and for this amazing giveaway
Sarah + Tommy
My fiancé and I met on May 7, 2011. In the past 8 years we have been through so much and have grown not only as individuals but as couple. This past year alone has forever changed us and brought us to a point where we are stronger than ever.
We got engaged on October 22,2017. He surprised me at one of our favorite spots. It took us forever to get into the wedding planning but we finally began planning and aimed for a September 2018 wedding.
I should back it up a little and mention that 2018 has been the worst year of our lives. In January I lost my best friend/grandmother to an 11 year battle with Alzheimer’s. The following month I lost my other grandmother and from there the year just kept handing it to us. My car died, our hot water heater went and so on.
In May I finally turned my attention back to the wedding and went out to look for a dress. I happened to find one I loved on May 6th. What I thought was going to be one of my happiest days suddenly turned into the worst.
I came home to my fiancé gone. I knew deep down in my gut something was horribly wrong. Unfortunately my fiancé who is one of the strongest people I know was suffering with his mental health more than he had lead us to believe. The health industry wasn’t doing us any favors because it was becoming harder and harder to obtain the medication he needed. He felt defeated and he took off. That night he was missing will forever be burned in my memory. When I finally got the phone call that he was found my heart sank with relief.
Unfortunately he was found in PA about 5hrs from where we live and he was in ICU. We weren’t even sure if we would make it to see him still alive. That long car ride was the longest 5 hours of my life. The feeling of not knowing if I would get to see my best friend again was unbearable. When we arrived at the hospital he was unfortunately in far worst shape than I had imagined or prepared myself for.
It took about a month but tommy pulled through and has become the strongest most caring man I know. I’ll never forget the night I was standing by his bedside saying good night when he suddenly started responding again. The relief that he was still there and the sudden squeeze he gave my hand will forever be something I will remember and cherish.
I keep going back and forth about planning my wedding again but I guess I hold a fear that I will jinx everything again. I also don’t even know where to being at this point and after canceling ours and having to tell everyone it just seems all too much.
All I know is that I want to marry my best friend with my family and friends by me who got me through the worst year of my life.
Lafeeq & Adrian
|He made me believe in true, authentic love! This thought comes to mind as I begin to tell you the love story of my fiance and I. Adrian and I (Lafeeq) met in Feb. 2011 about a week and a half before Valentines Day at a club as I was celebrating the birthday of a friend. While my best friend and I were in the upper level of the club cooling off from all the dancing we were doing, Adrian walked in. He looked towards our direction, he and I made eye contact, and he said d$%n she’s fine while I was thinking in my head “he’s handsome.” Adrian walked over, sat near me, and we began to have a brief conversation. After that conversation, he asked for my phone number, and I gave it to him. As he walked away, I said to my bff that I wasn’t going to get my hopes up that something would blossom from us crossing paths. I said this to my bff because growing up and raised in church, I would always hear a lot of the older women say that it’s not a good idea to meet men at the club. I never would have thought that Adrian would be the one to change my mindset, and prove that what I heard those women say was not true at all. Adrian and I had our first phone conversation on Valentines Day night of that same year in which we were on the phone from about 9pm that evening until about 6 am the next morning. During that phone conversation, we discovered that we had a lot in common like our love for God, love of wrestling, love of oldies style of music, love of baked chicken, and our love for education. We have been inseparable ever since! Adrian proposed on Dec. 25, 2014 at my parent’s house in front of my immediate family members. After the proposal, he told me he called my parent’s weeks in advance to ask for their blessing, and plan the proposal. Since we got engaged, it’s been a little difficult for us to save up money so we can have a beautiful and memorable wedding ceremony and reception. We’re both college graduates paying back student loans! Having the opportunity to win this wedding giveaway would be a tremendous blessing for us! We would be so grateful and thankful that we would have the chance to say our I Do’s at a beautiful location in the presence of God, and close friends and family!|
Victoria + Clinton
We are Victoria Frohlich and Clinton Hoffman. We met 4 years ago when I (Victoria) moved to Delaware to live with my cousin and find my life’s purpose. As an artist I thought living close to Philadelphia might open some doors! While visiting for a job interview I went to see another cousin of mine perform in his band. He was playing upstairs at a place we called “The Queen” and downstairs another musician was playing. Hayes Carll. Clint was at the Queen to see Hayes Carll perform and then made his way upstairs after the set to watch my cousins band- The Mad Sweet Pangs. That is where we met. We went to an after party and chatted around a Bon fire, exchanged numbers and the rest is history! Okay okay I’ll give you more than that! So, after I moved a few weeks later we started seeing each other more often and 4 months later officially started dating. He was a musician in 2 main bands and played in multiple other groups when they needed a drummer. We had been almost dating a year when I got pregnant. Of course we didn’t plan it but he really stepped up. We hadn’t planned to move in together but once our leases were up, we took the big step since we were having a baby after all. In the pictures attached is our announcement. Music themed of course! I forgot to mention I had also been learning the banjo and he was teaching me. 7 months later I was hospitalized with severe Preeclamsia and was told I would be there until our son was born….potentially 12 more weeks! However 4 days later he came. During those four days my blood pressure was sky high and my life as well as our child’s life was in question. Clint stayed by my side through it all. Our son was born via emergency c section 11 weeks early and weighted only 3 pounds. His lung collapsed on his first day of life. When his lung collapsed and they told us we might lose him I fell apart. I’ve never felt such a heavy sadness before. Sitting in a wheelchair, my abdomen screaming from having been cut open the day before, Clint rolled me over to face him and took my face and looked into my eyes and said all the things I needed to hear. He comforted me and assured me our son would get through this and so would we. We picked his name out before he was born; The whole reason Clint was where he was when I met him was because of a man named Hayes. And now this little miracle exists because of that man. So we named him Hayes. Hayes was born on 6.14.2015. If we win this contest- it will be his fourth birthday the day we get married! I would say that’s some kind of sign don’t you think? We spent 54 days in the hospital with our little miracle. Many stressful days of ups and downs. But we stuck it out together and grew stronger as a couple. We had his first Father’s Day in the hospital. Our first anniversary in the hospital. We went through hands down the hardest experience we have ever faced and thankfully our boy is strong and healthy now. You would never think he was born so early! While in the NICU Clint came to me and told me that he spoke with his band mates and let them know that he’s going to be leaving the groups. He felt we should move back to my home to be with my family who had been coming to stay with us during this whole hospital experience and slept on a futon in our one bedroom apartment to be there to help us. I hadn’t asked him to do it, he came up with the idea and made the decision. I am so thankful for that! We made arrangements and moved a few weeks after Hayes came home from the hospital. Clint gave up his whole life there to move us where our son could be healthier and safer! Having a premie like Hayes meant he couldn’t go to daycare and we couldn’t afford to not work. My parents became his full time care when we were at work. We moved in with them expecting it would be short term but of course nothing we plan goes that way. We moved in 3 years ago and just yesterday we finally have a house that’s almost ready for us to move into. We bought a piece of land down the road from my parents, took the old house that was on it down by hand with the help of friends and family. Unfortunately the house needed too much work for us to afford to keep it. Finally we are about to have our own small place to call our own. Almost 1.5 years since we bought the land. With all of this happening we both have agreed we will have a very small wedding, some day, to save as much money as we can. We even thought we’d skip the whole wedding dress and big to do and just go to the courthouse. I really want a “real” wedding deep down but what matters most to me is marrying this incredible man who has made the tough calls and supported me when I was at my lowest while not putting ourselves in so much debt that we can’t take care of our son. We’ve gotten to know each other more and more over the years and have truly grown together. Hayes is always saying “Mommy when you be a Hoffman like us?” We’ve explained we need to get married first but can’t afford to right now. Well maybe for his 4th birthday his Mommy will finally become a Hoffman.Thank you for your time and consideration! Happy New Year,
Victoria, Clint and Hayes
Cody Hall & Stephanie
I’ve spent quite some time thinking about the best way to write our love story, because frankly I don’t think there are any words that can describe our journey and the love I have for Stephanie, but I will certainly try. Having spent the majority of my life in North Carolina, and most of my young adult life (almost ten years to this day) in the Marines Special Operation Team, with three deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Being in the Reserves and completing university was already a huge accomplishment. And I was lucky enough to get a great job out in Southern California. At the beginning of my military career I was stationed in Los Angeles for a brief stint and I had always promised myself I would go back to one day but my prior life circumstances made it impossible and this was finally my chance to realize a long, delayed dream, the beginning of a life of complete sovereignty. I didn’t want to be tied down by anything or anyone and wanted to live on my own terms and selfishly. So I picked up am everything from Charlotte, North Carolina and drove west. I started my “new life”. But although I could describe myself as happy, I found my days lacking in meaning and substance. So like every other millennial, I tried to fill the void with dates, mostly with women I never cared to call back or continue seeing. Stephanie and I matched through a dating app called “Hinge” hardly the romantic meeting one would imagine, but after two months of casual conversation we managed to make a plan to grab a quick dinner at the BJ’s Restaurant on a Monday evening just because our work schedules finally worked out.
I had seen her drive up, she wore this bright yellow pea coat that she still wears almost every week, she walked up and met me at the door and surprisingly she was prettier than her photos.
But what really caught my attention was her raw honesty. We sat down and after the trivial small talk so bluntly mentioned that she was in the process of being divorced. Having been recently divorced we found that it was amazing that our previous marriages were eerily similar. It wasn’t so much that our exes were horrible people but rather we got married for the wrong reasons, younger than we are now and even more foolish we had both reluctantly gotten married because we felt it was the “right” thing to do. I was enamored by her honesty and her brazenness, her interests, her politics, her love for life and other people. She made me feel more like myself than any other person I had ever met in my life, I was honest with her and she has an uncanny ability to make me feel at ease which is difficult due to anxiety I still suffer from post-deployment. I kid you not, after I dragged on our date as long as possible (four hours to be exact) I called my best friend and told him I had a new girlfriend, she just didn’t know it yet. I didn’t want to waste time with her and called her opting against online messaging and texting to see her again, and continued to see her every chance I could. We ended up seeing each other almost every day, and I even offered her the key to my small 400 square foot studio apartment so she could be there before I got home from work since we worked opposite schedules.
Only a week and a half later, a deployment I had volunteered for prior to meeting Stephanie, called me to make a decision, if I wanted to confirm my acceptance; I was on the porch of the small studio apartment while Stephanie was inside and I knew I needed to make a decision. I declined, although that doesn’t guarantee I wouldn’t be selected at this point. I knew that I would hate myself forever if I made the decision to go and I didn’t see it out with Stephanie, to see where we could go. So I had to tell her, I had to tell her about my possible deployment for nine months. I had never had such a gut-wrenching feeling as seeing her cry and leaving what I called “our” place at that point to think. She left for only three hours but it felt like an eternity, I couldn’t rest and I couldn’t sleep it was the middle of the night, but she eventually came back and told me she was ready to accept that possibility for our future. Half a week later I asked her to move in with me, because really every morning without her was a little less bright as cliché as that sounds. Although I ended up not getting selected out of the 5 men in the line. That moment made us confront our true feelings for each other. The past eight months have been the best eight months of my life. And closing off the year, we just purchased our first home in Fullerton, CA and currently are in the process of remodeling. Our love story isn’t perfect, it is far from perfect. But I would rather spend a whole imperfect life with her as long as it’s with her. Honestly, I never believed I needed anybody until I met her, I didn’t believe in love stories until I met her. And although she is my great love story, she was also my big break, my Golden Ticket, she saved me.
We hope that our wedding will be with those who we love and just that, I want it to be one of our great memories that isn’t the pinnacle of our marriage but just an amazing beginning. We are planning for it to be beautiful and not ostentatiously over the top as we want to focus on each other the most, and the people who have continued to support us through the ups and downs in life. It is our new beginning to forever, we think that The Inn at FIve Points would be able to help fulfill that dream for us with this wedding giveaway.
I’m Amy Rieck and my fiancé is Tim Henry.
We have been together since July 4, 2009. We met under the stars at the fireworks in Albany. We are from Troy, NY and now living in Fort Myers, FL.
Tim is my one true everything. We have been through so much together and come through it even more in love.
We are parents to a newly adopted daughter, Sophia, who happens to be my biological niece. My sister has mental health and drug addiction problems. We are lucky to have Sophia in our lives, but adoption is super expensive and left us with nothing to pay for a wedding. We would love to get married in front of our closest friends and family in NY. Please consider us for this beautiful prize!
Oh this contest…. yes it is definitely for us…. I am all for the industry pros to throw a special day our favor!! The day of dreams, simply enjoy the ride, yes please!!! This contest is speaking to the right person.
From our first date to our first trips and onto our first baby I would not have wanted to travel these past 6 years with anyone else. The day Christian and I met in March 2013 we both knew this was going to be something special. Our first date was in New York City , my favorite place on earth (he didn’t know that at the time) and on a boat, his favorite thing to do (I didn’t know that at the time). This date lasted well into the night changed our lives forever.
Shortly after that we booked our first trip, you know relationship success can be measured on how well you travel together, and we did just that. Looking back on all of the photos for this contest over the past six years made me realize how extraordinary and just how much we really have accomplished together.
We now are proud parents of two amazing children, a 4 year old boy and a 2 month old little girl. Our son asks pretty often when we will get married. So funny that about a week or so before I saw this contest posted we actually discussed finally getting married.
(I secretly sent the picture of the ring that I always wanted to our jeweler, just in case).
The idea of planning a wedding has never been my dream. I was never the girl growing up imagining what her wedding would be like. I just knew I would probably drive myself and everyone around me CRAZY trying to plan it! So, with that being said, to have a wedding all planned and thought out without me having to put too much into it makes me really wanna win this contest.
And as I spoke with my mom today about marriage and this contest she mentioned how she would love to walk me down the aisle. I guess it didn’t hit me how important it is to her and how this year would mark her and my dads 52nd wedding anniversary. We lost my dad in June and I remember crying at my sisters wedding when she danced with my father, wondering if I would ever get a chance. It is unfortunate that he will have to watch me get married from heaven but I know he will be there in all of our hearts.
To dance with my mom and to have her be able to be there on my wedding day would be truly amazing.
Winning this opportunity to get married,sooner than we had planned, would not only make our year but I believe it would make 2019 a year to cherish and one we would not want to forget. Christian and I would be honored to have a wedding at The Inn At Five Points with amazing people, amazing photography and amazing food.
Amanda Straley and Christian Corcoran
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Reception Location & Rentals- @theinnatfivepoints
Ceremony Location and Officiant:@adkcruise Video @Rossariels Wedding Planning @Ktweddings Macrame @iamkilobravo
The Inn At Five Points Saratoga Springs, NY
Adirondack Cruise Company Saratoga Lake, NY
Friday June 14th, 2019 from 4pm-9pm
The winners will be announced on February 14th, 2019 at 12:00 noon.
Think you know someone this would be perfect for? Well tag them below and give them a stab at this awesome opportunity. We are of course pro diversity, pro equality and most importantly PRO LOVE. Are you a vendor who would like to add something to this wonderful giveaway? Shoot us a message we would love to hear from you!
** Winners will be asked to sit down and meet with planning team at The Inn At Five Points to create a vision board. From the couples vision all vendors will create the day of their dreams. The couple will have no say in provided vendor work and will be completely surprised day of. Couples are welcome to “add on” items from any of the included vendors, BUT cannot bring other vendors on board or swap out vendors. Any “add on” items will be paid for through the appropriate vendor and contracts may be needed to finalize. Alcohol is NOT provided but may be “added” through Austin Bayliss Catering only. Please no immediate family or close friends of vendors!