Sunday, July 24, 2011

Winner's Tale : Creative Couple Photography Contest

The winner of our Creative Couple Photography Contest held last year has written something as a run-up to their pre-wedding portrait session and stay at The Nam Hai with Eden Images. Here's the bride's personal take on it.

Our Hearts Are Set On The Nam Hai

Sugeetha & Kaneson's Winning Entry
Judges Comments : "Creative, Fun, Thoughtful"
As cliché as it sounds, it was truly a dream come true winning the Creative Couple’s Photo Contest organised by The Wedding Planners and Eden Images. Kaneson and I were never the ones to enter competitions, but this time around, there was something magical about the prize. The Nam Hai, from what I saw on the net, is truly a beautiful, wondrous and romantic place. I had the same feeling of awe and wonder when I was looking through the amazing pictures taken by the photographers at Eden Images (and I know that Aidan Dockery will be the photographer for our shoot there!)

It was a prize too good to let go. I wanted to win badly. Something that evokes such strong feelings and emotions was not something I could ignore. So, a plan was hatched. Out came my crafty side and with a pair of scissors in hand, I set out to show how much I ♥ the prize.  

I was so excited; I called Kaneson at work and told him he just had to get back early that day. He of course was wondering what in the world I was up to. Quickly bringing him up to date on my master plan, he promised to get back as soon as he could. Kaneson you see, is pretty well-versed already with my sometimes (ok, most of the time) insane plans and enthusiasm.  

I got my inspiration from a blog site I often visited but took the idea a notch or two up, ensuring my own take was put on it. It was a mess of paper hearts on the floor once I was done with my scissors. I stuck the hearts on the wall and when Kaneson came back home, it was all systems go!

We took pictures this way and that way and all sorts of other ways (all decent shots, ok!) and finally picked the one we both liked the best. It was such a fun thing for us to do together; we were laughing and joking all the way. (If all else fails, at least the contest enabled couples to have loads of fun creating their entries!)

Finally, we posted our photo and hoped for the best. I must say it was an exhilarating wait, checking Facebook everyday, seeing what pictures other couples were posting, wondering if ours was going to be the most creative of them all.

Our friends, family and even colleagues got into the act. They were quick to support us in this competition by clicking ‘like’ on our picture. Everyday Kaneson and I would update each other on how many ‘likes’ we received and we truly felt ♥ reading all the messages wishing us good luck.

We were at one point head to head with another couple on the number of ‘likes’. The day before the competition ended, they managed to surpass us. I felt a knot in my stomach, but still kept faith that we could win.

I was at work when the winner was announced. Access to Facebook is not permitted in my company so I had friends and family calling me and sending me text messages to let me know that Kaneson and I won the competition. I quickly called Kaneson to share the good news with him. We were both over the moon. It was such exciting news for us and the judges’ comments about our picture made the win much sweeter.

Our trip is almost here. In two month’s time, our feet will touch the soft sands of Hoi An’s beaches, experience the majestic Nam Hai and our love, captured in beautiful pictures by Eden Images.

Thank you to The Wedding Planners, The Nam Hai and Eden Images for this opportunity. We ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ you.

Ed : We love you too and CoNGraTuLations again! Have fun and let your hair down!

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