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and I also custom design wedding and special event stationery.
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Announcing the winners of the free engagement shoot giveaway!

I fell in love with the story about how they met. I fell in love with the story about how they got engaged. I even fell in love with the little details that came out in subsequent e-mails after she first contacted me: how Jill's family dog Pollie looks like my Barley, and how our Dads shared a connection in the beer industry (how cool is that!?). But what really got me was how Jill talked about the plans for their wedding and their vision for an engagement shoot- all so uniquely them. So, it is without further ado, that I announce Jill and Casper as the winners of my Valentine's Day Engagement Shoot Giveaway!

Jill sent me these great photos of them; the one on the right is from their engagement.

Jill, I'll be in contact with you soon to plan your session and I'm really looking forward to it!

Here's a little about the lucky couple, written by Jill:

Our Story: 
Some people may tell you we met at a BAR, but the truth is we met at a concert that just happened to be taking place inside a bar ;)  In early 2007, we both were at Firehouse Saloon in Houston to see Micky and the Motorcars perform.  Supporting his fellow Idahoans, Cap had seen them before.  I was joining a girlfriend from work, bridesmaid Erica Sparrow, to see the band for my first time.  With a bucket of beers in hand Erica and I were ready to settle and enjoy the problem, no where to sit!  Thanks to Erica, a picnic table full of 4 guys soon became a slightly more cramped picnic table full of 4 guys, me, Erica, and a few other friends.  One of those 4 guys was Cap.  He soon found me and we talked the rest of the night....all the way through the entire Micky concert.  We return to Firehouse Saloon fairly often, usually to see Micky and the guys yet again, and always have to point out "our picnic table".
Our Engagement:
Cap is a full time graduate student at Rice University studying "The West" through cultural anthropology.  Included in his studies is a primary focus on American Rodeo, in which he still performs as a bronc rider (though not as often as he used to).  This past fall he was invited, along with 50 other Americans, to perform in the first ever European Rodeo Tour.  They traveled all across Spain for 6 weeks bringing the sport of Rodeo to thousands that had never seen or heard of such an event.  Partially through the tour, I joined Cap and the group for a little Spanish vacation of my own.  A couple days into my visit, we departed from the tour for a little adventure of our own in the Spanish mountain range of the Sierra Nevadas.  While visiting a quaint Spanish mountain town, Cap proposed during sunset much to my surprise!  I accepted immediately and then found out the long story behind the engagement.  He had actually bought the ring before leaving Houston back in September.  He had then kept the ring with him at all times as his group trekked across Spain....from planes, to buses, to horseback!  He even joked that he came close to "sewing it into his underwear" just to ensure it's safety :)


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About Kelly Tarleton

I've always been a creative person, and the one who always had a camera on-hand at a moment's notice for any occasion. Photography and graphic design dominated my life in school and I loved every minute of it. I miss that constant creative outlet and want to share more of it with my family and friends through this blog.See more of my work at my website:

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