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Operation: Happy Homecoming | The Finalists

Finally! The finalists!!!

Again, I cannot even begin to describe how hard it was to narrow down the field in this contest. In fact, it was SO hard, I decided ALL the entrants should win something! More on that in just a moment, but first, let’s get our vote on!

How to Vote:

There are two ways you can vote for your favorite couple!

(1) Simply comment on this post with the names of the couple you want to place your vote for AND/OR (2) Become a fan of Elle Golden Photography on Facebook by clicking here, find the “Operation: Happy Homecoming” photo album and comment under the photo of the couple you wish to vote for.

One vote per person, per mode. That means each person can only vote a maximum of 2 times (once on the blog + once on Facebook). Voting will close at midnight (eastern time) on September 17, 2010. Any votes placed after that time will not count. Finalists may promote themselves as much as they wish.

Okay, enough chit chat! On to the finalists and their stories!

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Jessica & Kenny

Jessica, Kenny, Operation, Happy, Homecoming, military, Georgia

Jessica, Kenny, Operation, Happy, Homecoming, military, Georgia

The day I met my husband I knew life would never be the same; I also knew his employer, the United States Air Force, would never make our life easy.

For three years our dating life consisted wracking up thousands of frequent flier miles to see each other over three-day holidays (he was stationed in Georgia and I was living in New Mexico), watching movies “together” and then talking about it over instant messenger or on the phone, and texting so much our thumbs ached each night. Not only did we manage a long distance relationship during that time, but we also endured our first deployment.

On Valentine’s Day, 2009, he asked me to be his wife while I was visiting him in Georgia; I said yes and left for home the very next day, full of bliss and ready for a yearlong engagement. After three long years of only seeing each other every other month—at best—we would finally be together.

…Or so we thought.

We celebrated our marriage in front of loved ones in New Mexico, enjoyed a honeymoon, and made our way back to our home in Georgia. Life was fantastic. But then the military nudged its way into our lives and disrupted the beginning of our life.

Two months after we tied the knot my husband deployed. We were separated for 70 days—a short tour in retrospect, but it felt like years. Before he left we created wills and power-of-attorneys for each other, and while he was away everything that could go wrong went wrong, including a death in the family.

We celebrated his return the morning before the Fourth of July at three a.m., and for a moment the world around us stopped; we were finally together. But the joyous occasion didn’t last. My husband was sent on a two-week “business trip” just a few weeks later. The military can strike at any minute and call him to do his duty. Even as I type this letter (at 9 pm) I have my husband’s wedding band secure around my neck on a necklace—his schedule changed yesterday and he’s at work right now pulling a 12-hour night shift.

We’ve been married for just over six months, but have only actually physically been together for half that time. Being married to the military is teaching us to take each day as it comes and never take for granted any time we have together. The deployments, TDY’s, constant moving, schedule changes, and long periods with no contact are some of the hardest things I’ve ever experienced, but the feeling of being with him when he returns—even from something like a 12-hour shift—is unexplainable happiness.

Some days I long for a “normal” marriage and life that would allow me see my husband every day. But then I realize, it’s in those moments when we’re reunited—when the world around us stops long enough for it to be just us—that our life is completely and abnormally perfect.

{ Judge’s Commentary: I chose Jessica and Kenny because I really felt like she perfectly explained the life of a military wife and family. The military isn’t a job or a career, it’s a lifestyle. Not only for the military member, but for the whole family. While deployments, TDY’s, the moving, constantly being on call isn’t “normal” to most, it’s very normal in the military world. And she gets that. And in a crazy way, she appreciates it. The military spouse is the backbone of every soldier and airman. From reading what Jessica wrote, I think that she really supports her airman! }

Jackie & Adam

Jackie, Adam, Operation, Happy, Homecoming, military, Georgia

Jackie, Adam, Operation, Happy, Homecoming, military, Georgia

(Jackie was entered into the contest by her sister-in-law, Michelle).

Jackie Murrill is my sister in law and Adam Hill is her fiance currently serving in Afghanistan.  He is a sergeant in the Army National Guard. She is 27 and he is 29.  They are getting married in October of 2011.

Jackie and I became friends in 4th grade.  We went to school together and lived down the street from each other for 7 years before I ever noticed her brother named Brad.  She asked me to date him and soon after we were a family.

Skip forward a few years to 2009.  Jackie is 27 years old and gets engaged to the man of her dreams.  They start planning their dream wedding and are happy in love.  Adam, her fiance, is now referred to as uncle Adam by my 2 and 9 year old children.

Then we get the news that Uncle Adam is deploying.  Adam in a medic in the army national guard.  As a child he suffered through brain tumors and has scars from the brain surgery he underwent to have them removed.  Uncle Adam is currently serving in Afghanistan.  He will return in early November.  He continually sends letters to my kids, his future niece and nephew.  He has sent Afghan money, bracelets, and pottery to help my oldest child learn about the culture there.  He even helped with her homeschooling lessons when he was stateside.  I know we live quite a ways away, but it would be such a blessing to these two love birds to get a pleasant surprise upon Uncle Adam’s homecoming!

{ Judge’s Commentary: Obviously, Jackie & Adam’s story isn’t as personal as some of the other entries, but that’s one of the reasons why I chose this couple. The fact that Jackie’s sister-in-law, Michelle, would enter this contest on their behalf says a lot about the type of people they must be. I love love love how Adam has become so close to Michelle’s children and spends so much of his precious free time thinking about others. I bet he’ll be the ultimate daddy one day! }

Sarah & Erich

Sarah, Erich, Operation, Happy, Homecoming, military, reunion, Georgia

Sarah, Erich, Operation, Happy, Homecoming, military, reunion, Georgia

On a gorgeous, typical fall afternoon in Savannah, I bitterly gave my fiancé the tightest hug and kiss possible and whispered goodbye. Being long distance for the bigger part of our relationship, saying our goodbyes after a weekend spent together should’ve been nothing new for us but this would be one of the hardest, if not the hardest, one that we would go through. On Sunday October 25th, 2009, we tearfully said our last goodbyes for a year and then I sent my fiancé off to war. Every second that ticked after I got in my car and drove farther and farther away from him was pure agony that made my already heavy, breaking heart break even more and it was all I could do not to turn the car around back to his arms.

That moment and the 11 months that’ve followed through this deployment have been difficult but there is no doubt in my mind and in my heart that every second of loneliness and missing him, every tear shed, and every moment of fear and worry is worth the love that I share with him and knowing that I get to spend the rest of my life by his side. I prayed for a man like him all my life but I never actually believed he was out there for me, despite my hopeless
romantic tendencies.

Fairy tales just don’t happen in real life but then one Friday night in June 2008, he came waltzing into mine when neither of us were expecting to find each other. From then on, we were inseparable and it wasn’t long before we were talking marriage and then on Easter Sunday surrounded by our families on his family farm in Tennessee, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.

While he’s been gone, we’ve had to rely on multiple means of communication and in my opinion, discovered all new ways to fall in love with each other, over and over again, and we learned to cherish each second that we had. He’s also taught me that it’s ok to focus on me and because of his encouragement and support, along with the deployment, I’ve grown as a woman and discovered new things about myself. I’m so grateful to the army, despite the separation, for all that it’s blessed us with and the places it’s taken us and look up to my fiancé as my own personal hero, in and out of his combat boots.

Winning the session would be my way to thank him and showcase to the world us as a couple, reunited and happier than ever. Our relationship isn’t typical by any means because a large part of our lives are dictated by the army and most couples aren’t separated for a year at a time by war, but to me, it’s my whirlwind fairy tale romance and I wouldn’t change a second of it. And in the end, love really does conquer all.

{ Judge’s Commentary: When I read Sarah’s entry, I had to hold back tears and that picture of them hugging just about sent me over the edge. I love how she talks about how she has grown as a woman while her fiance has been deployed. The fact that she isn’t just using her time apart to think about how much she misses her fiance, but instead is proactively learning about herself during this time is impressive. Sarah’s description of her fiance as her “own personal hero” is extremely touching, and I was really drawn to her feelings about the military. The fact that she’s so thankful for the blessings the military has provided is reason enough for her to be rewarded. }


See, told you it was hard! Now get to voting! You only have one week!

Oh, and I didn’t forget about that whole “everyone winning” thing. So here’s the deal: the two runner-ups will get 50% off any session booked any time before the end of February. As for the rest of the entrants (the honorable mentions), they will each get 25% off any session booked by the end of February!

Honorable Mentions:

Kaci & Kendrick

Kendrick, Kaci, Operation, Happy, Homecoming, military, Georgia

Constance & Justin

Constance, Justin, Operation, Happy, Homecoming, military, Georgia

Rebecca & Nathan

Rebecca, Nathan, Operation, Happy, Homecoming, military, Georgia

Brittany & Gary

Brittany, Gary, Operation, Happy, Homecoming, military, Georgia

But I’m not done! As a thank you to all the voters, I will randomly pick a name from the comments left on this post when voting closes and that person will win 15% off any session booked by the end of February as well! What can I say? I’m in a giving mood!  😉

  • LR Coolidge - I would please like to vote for Sarah and Erich! I know them both and they are such lovely people and I cannot imagine anyone more deserving of winning this competition!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - I just love Jessica, so I’m voting for her and Kenny! She’s an incredibly strong woman and a wonderful example of a supportive military wife!ReplyCancel

  • Layla - I would love to vote for all of them! Every single one! But I know I can only vote for one, so I cast my vote for Kenny and Jessica.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Lynn - I am so honored that we were chosen as a finalist! Thank you SO much! Since we’ve been long distance most of our relationship we don’t have many photos of each other except from our wedding. This would mean so much to us. Thank you for hosting this competition. And congratulations to the other finalists!ReplyCancel

  • Tek4 - All hands up for a vote for my boy Kenny and his wonderful wife Jess. My life would be incomplete with both of you.ReplyCancel

  • Cece - Each of their stories powerfully speaks to my heart…and in my book they all deserve to win. However, if I have to choose one then it’s Jessica & Kenny.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - Sarah is amazing and I am so happy for her and Erich. They definitely deserve this and so much more! LOVE YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda - I would like to vote for Sarah and Erich! It’s been a long year for them and what a great gift to reward them with when he comes home if they could win! To the other couples- God bless you all and I wish I could vote for yall, too!!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Sarah and Erich!! Your essay made me cry, I love you so much!! You are so much stronger than you think and I look up to you so much more after watching you go through this with Erich. Erich, I love you future brother :) and am so glad you’ll be coming home soon!ReplyCancel

  • Raymond - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Sarah and Erich! What a beautiful story :)ReplyCancel

  • Lenise - I vote for Jessica and Kenny. I love their story!ReplyCancel

  • Lena - Jessica & Kenny!! They rock!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • vickie - Sarah and Erich…. I loved her essay,they deserve to win. I believe that Sarah and Erich share a very special once in a life time Love. Thank-you Erich,for your Service. I love you Sarah stay strong.ReplyCancel

  • Dustin - Sarah and Erich! Hooah!ReplyCancel

  • Joseph - Sarah and Erich best essay they deserve to win……ReplyCancel

  • Mark - I vote for Sarah and ErichReplyCancel

  • Mistie - I love Sarah and Erich’s Story, I vote for them….ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - Sarah and Erich they deserve to win.ReplyCancel

  • deborah - I love the story of Sarah and Erich, Thank-you Erich for yor service.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - I vote Sarah and Erich best story.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - 100% Jessica and Kenny. Mainly because she does support her airman and would support him through thick and thin, through anything. It’s an unimaginable hard life and they both take it so gracefully. The spouse is the backbone and this chick is one strong backbone.ReplyCancel

  • Lee Murray - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - My vote is for Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Hubbard - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I think Sarah and Erich are awesome! Great story and a great future ahead of them!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - I’ve loved reading about each couple but I definitely have to vote for Jess & Kenny!!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - My vote goes to Jessica and Kenny! They are an AMAZING couple and deserive this :)ReplyCancel

  • Fifi LaRoux - Jessica and Kenny – I know them both and they deserve it!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Lenfestey - Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Lizzie McDougal - I vote for Sarah and Erich! They deserve it so much. What a sweet story!ReplyCancel

  • lindsay - Jessica and KennY!!! For the win!!ReplyCancel

  • rachael cade - Sarah and erich!!!ReplyCancel

  • matt cade - Sarah and erichReplyCancel

  • Loretta - My vote is for Jessica and Kenny.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - Sarah and ErichReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Each story is so powerful and amazing!! I have to vote for Jackie and Adam. Jackie and her sister-in-law, Michelle and I all went to high school together!!ReplyCancel

  • Krista W. - Jessica and Kenny have my vote. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Sarah & Erich! They deserve it!ReplyCancel

  • laura - I gotta go with Sarah & Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Jess and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Alison - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Alison - Sarah and ErichReplyCancel

  • Cat - I’m voting for Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Gail Castleberry - I am voting for Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - Jackie and ADAM!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ken - Jessica and Kenny!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Memar - Aw yall, thank you so much for all your kind, sweet words and for voting for us!! I really appreciate it and it means a lot-fingers crossed! The other stories and pictures were absolutely precious and so touching, a huge congrats to the other 2 couples that were chosen as finalists and I only wish that I could have read the other entries because I’m sure their stories were beautiful! Thank you to the judges and especially to Leilani for having this great contest and for recognizing our military :) I hope that we win (!!!!!) but to whichever couple does, a huge and deserving congrats!! I wish each and every couple nothing but the very best and God bless our troops and their families!!ReplyCancel

  • Shauna - I would like to vote for Jessica and Kenny! Absolutely a wonderful couple!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Having her soldier gone to war for a year and still staying so positive and upbeat gives Sarah and Erich my vote. They are all beautiful couples though, what a wonderful contest!ReplyCancel

  • Brandon - I would like to vote for Jessica and Kenny Sutherland!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Smallwood - I vote for Kenny and Jess all the way! I know their years together have tested the bonds of their relationship, but they have stayed strong and committed to one another! They deserve the best!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Swinney - I vote for Jess and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Miner - Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - Awww Jess and Kenny! Loving the Love!ReplyCancel

  • Fifi LaRoux - Jess and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - Jessica and Kenny are the best! Good LuckReplyCancel

  • Rusty - Kenny and JessReplyCancel

  • Monica - Jessica and Kenny! They are so inspirational by not taking any moment for granted.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - I’m voting for Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Alejandra - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - Sarah and ErichReplyCancel

  • rachael sprinkle - Sarah and erich truly deserve this!ReplyCancel

  • Imogene - Sarah and Erich!!!ReplyCancel

  • Len - Sarah and Erich have my vote, they deserve to win!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Curtis Jones - Jessica and Kenny all the way! I hope the best for all the couples in the contest.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - Jessica and Kenny! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sammye - My vote goes to Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Jackie and Adam!ReplyCancel

  • Fatima - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Erica Lee - I VOTE JACKIE AND ADAM!!ReplyCancel

  • May - I would like to place my vote for Kenny & Jessica. They are such a great couple and I love their story! :)ReplyCancel

  • Keith - Jessica and Kenny gets my vote :)ReplyCancel

  • Jim - I vote for Jackie and Adam.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - Jackie and Adam, yeahReplyCancel

  • Brad - Jackie and Adam!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Voting for Sarah and Erich…known Sarah since highschool and she is one of the sweetest people i know. I know this time has been hard for the both of them and really think they deserve this!! GO Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • PATRICIA - Jackie and Adam get my vote.ReplyCancel

  • PATRICIA - All the couples seem to be very much in love and are learning to deal with the military lifestyle.ReplyCancel

  • Adam W Hill - Well of course I would like to vote for myself (Adam) and Jackie. Thank you to all those who have voted for us so far and to Michelle who entered us into the contest.ReplyCancel

  • jackie - hi. Im voting for Adam and Jackie. This is Jackie, btw. Thank you all for your votes. We are in the middle of planning and budgeting for a wedding to be held next October, so we plan on using this package for wedding photos, if we get it. Of course we couldn’t do it this October because he is in Afghan. Its been a hard year, and Im so glad he will be home soon, and this wedding is gonna be the day Ive been waiting for for years. To marry the man i didn’t even know could really exist. Bless you all.ReplyCancel

  • jackie - Ya know, its weird after reading all the other stories how much you see that your journey being a military fiancé/wife, is so similar. I couldnt help but smile when i saw that Jessica and Kenny has movie nights together, too. We do that for every month that goes by, we call it date night… and we gather the same snacks even though the time difference has him on breakfast and me on dinner. And when Sarah said every mile she drove away from him was pure agony. I remember dropping him off at the airport after his two week R&R, walking away from the terminal and getting in my car was so hard, until i had to crank the car and actually drive off. Knowing that each second i drove was further away. Then looking at the clock and imagining where he was right at that second… flying further and further away, until he ws 12 hrs off of our time zone and even on a different day than we are. Bless both of you. Good luck in life and I wish both couples luck. It was, surreal to read your stories and know im not the only one that goes through the experiences i go through when it comes to deployments.ReplyCancel

  • gray - I vote for Adam and Jackie!!! I am currently in Afghanistan serving with Adam, and consider him one of my best friends. Although I have yet to meet Jackie, I look forward to finally meeting the girl Adam won’t shut up about! I have also been eating plenty of the treats Jackie sends over here supporting us on this lovely deployment!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - I vote for Jackie and Adam! They are an amazing couple!ReplyCancel

  • - I vote for Jackie and Adam!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Marlin - I vote for Jackie and Adam.ReplyCancel

  • James - Jackie and Adam all the way!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - I vote for Adam and Jackie!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - Jackie & Adam!ReplyCancel

  • Audrey (Bree) - JACKIE AND ADAM!!!ReplyCancel

  • Deanna - I vote for Adam & Jackie!! Adam is the youngest of my cousins and I am so proud of him and his service to our great country.ReplyCancel

  • Brad - Jackie and Adam all the way.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Jessica & Kenny all the way!ReplyCancel

  • Tisha - Jackie & Adam all the way!ReplyCancel

  • Holly - Kenny and Jessica!!!ReplyCancel

  • Savannah Swann - Jackie and Adam!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Reese - Jackie & Adam!ReplyCancel

  • Jo - I vote for Adam and Jackie.ReplyCancel

  • Molly - Sarah Memar and Erich MurrayReplyCancel

  • Mrs. C - Jackie and Adam have my vote. Thank you for the opportunity to vote for them and for all you do for military members and families. God bless all who serve and their Families who ‘serve,’ too.ReplyCancel

  • Mike Cornwell - My vote is for Jackie and Adam.ReplyCancel

  • Monica Sanchez - Jessica & Kenny!!!!!!!!! xoxo.ReplyCancel

  • Jamy - I comment that I want ya’ll to win!! -Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - My vote is for Adam and Jackie!ReplyCancel

  • Alex - Adam and JackieReplyCancel

  • Michele - Adam and JackieReplyCancel

  • Misty doonis - I vote for Jackie and Adam!! Hope they win!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shayna - Jessica and Kenny :)ReplyCancel

  • Pam - Adam & JackieReplyCancel

  • Teresa - What a great thing to do for our military couples. I vote for Jakie and Adam.ReplyCancel

  • Daniel - I vote for Jessica and Kenny.ReplyCancel

  • vicki - Jessica and Kenny…. so happy together!!! that’s where my vote is going!!!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie Craft - To: Sarah and Erich

    I wish you all the luck and happiness in the world. You are a beautiful couple! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Katy - Jessica and Kenny. God bless all of our troops, and their wives. It is a hard job for both!!ReplyCancel

  • Behnoz - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Brian - Sarah and Erich!! Love the Memars :), you’re getting into a good one Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Chris - Sarah and ErichReplyCancel

  • Kristy - Sarah and Erich!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tim "TJ" - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Samples - Sarah and ErichReplyCancel

  • Carl - Sarah and ErichReplyCancel

  • Tony - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Judith - I vote for Jessica and Kenny – they are a great couple!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Sarah and Erich all the way!!!! Love you, miss sarah :)ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary - Sarah and Erich!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Sarah and Erich! Love you and hope you win!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nina - Sarah and Erich!! Good luck to my old friend’s lovely daughter, I know they deserve it :)ReplyCancel

  • Mike - That’s my niece!!! Erich and Sarah deserve to win this!! She works very hard in everything she does and has done so well this past year! Her dad is always talking about her and her accomplishments. We are so proud of you and to Erich, you always make us so proud with your service and we are so excited to have you in the family!ReplyCancel

  • Clinton Seay - KENNY AND JESSICA!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I want to vote for Jackie and Adam!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Jackie and Adam!!ReplyCancel

  • Nick - I vote for Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Candice - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Martha - Sarah and Erich!! Just love yall, known Sarah all her life, and I wish yall all the best in your marriage!! Our service members rightly get all the thanks and I couldn’t be more proud of our brave men and women but it’s also the silent ranks back home that stand behind our troops and Sarah, you have done an excellent job this past year and Erich if you read this, you should be so proud of your bride :) All the ups and downs are worth it, I know it’s not easy being apart for a year but you’re almost done and I hope yall win this!

    I wish all the best to the other couples as well!ReplyCancel

  • Cortney - Sarah and Erich!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - Sarah and Erich!! God bless our troops!ReplyCancel

  • Lara - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Imogene - I vote for Sarah & ErichReplyCancel

  • len - I vote for Sarah & ErichReplyCancel

  • Noelle B. - Jessica & Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Sean Bowyer - Kenny & Jessica!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Jackie & AdamReplyCancel

  • Jeff - Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • Kristen - Sarah and Erich!!!ReplyCancel

  • meghan - I would like to vote for kenny and jessica! She is so sweet and they deserve this!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Matt - I vote for Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • Greg - Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • Karla - Adam and JackieReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - My vote defintely goes to Jessica & Kenny for they are an extraordinary couple and I feel that they deserve this.. Good Luck guys!!ReplyCancel

  • jackie - well i just realized that since my sis-in-law entered me, none of you know much about me and Adam (besides our loved ones and friends that voted for us here).We had a mutual group of friends in 2007 and knew of each other, but had never met. He wanted to meet for months, but I wasn’t interested in dating because a while before i had decided Im happier with me than I am with a guy. So finally, it was one of the mutual friends birthdays and we were both invited. I was there early to decorate, and mind you we had texted a good bit so we knew each other a little. I heard my name, turned around….and was rendered totally speechless, which i just never get. Finally….i uttered, wow your tall. And I just stood there in shock. We hung out the whole night at the party, laughing and chatting. It was the most chemistry I had ever felt with anyone. That Tuesday we hung out, and it was the best day i have ever had…..until our next date. From then on it just got better with each passing day, the whole time I thought, man, it cant humanly get better than this, already im in heaven….but it did. And somehow we got closer and closer and from that first Tuesday we were inseparable. I told him a silly secret I had from childhood of my dream guy slipping in my window, and without me knowing slipping an emerald on my finger(i was like 7, so at that age I thought emeralds were so pretty) and slipped back out undetected. On Dec 28th, 2009 i woke up that morning with a ring on my finger…and when my eyes adjusted, there was Adam, on one knee asking me to marry him. I was stunned and screamed OF COURSE!!! Then he was deployed and I made the choice right then to be the best army fiancé and one day wife I could be to him. Fast forward till now, he will be home in 63 days and Im so excited to see his face. We have monthly movie dates,including snacks,on each one month down mark. And we email each other every morning…which occurs at different times for each of us, and we give a compliment…we call them sweet baby compliments. Yes, every morning, and never once have I ran out of sweet things to say that I love about him and he has been gone since Jan 6th. He is the best thing to ever happen to me and this has been the best 3 years of my life. Now at 27, Im ready to give my life to him and my heart for the rest of my days. Thank you lord, for giving me my other half. For giving me someone I want to sit on the same side of the booth with, and share food with, and wrap my arm in his while we whisper and never skip a beat in conversation. Someone I am happy to sacrifice for, daily. And thank you all for giving us this wonderful chance to win photos. It would be a great thing for us in starting our life together.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Sarah and Erich!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Will - Adam and Jackie all the way !!ReplyCancel

  • Avery - I vote for Adam and Jackie to winReplyCancel

  • Cliff - My vote is for Jackie and Adam, they are such a cute couple “ROLL TIDE!”ReplyCancel

  • Jesse - I vote for Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • David - My vote is for Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • Bobby - I want to vote for Jackie and Adam, they are so great!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - I vote for Adam and Jackie!! good luck!!! i love you guys!!ReplyCancel

  • Rodney - Adam and Jackie.ReplyCancel

  • Kevin - Jackie and Adam get my voteReplyCancel

  • Denver - I vote for Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Rigondi - ADAM & JACKIE !!ReplyCancel

  • Mike Bower - ADAM & JACKIE!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I wanna vote for Jackie and Adam, they are so cuteReplyCancel

  • Joe - Jackie & AdamReplyCancel

  • Chris - I vote for Adam and Jackie. Good Luck you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Jackie and Adam all the way!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - I would like to place my vote for Adam and JackieReplyCancel

  • Christy - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Mallory - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Gena Goodson - I would like to vote for Jessica and Kenny. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Noelle - Kenny and Jessica :)ReplyCancel

  • Tripp - Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • Ted - I want to vote for Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • Homer - Adam and Jackie all the way!!ReplyCancel

  • John - Adam and Jackie, good luck broReplyCancel

  • Donald - Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • Linda - I vote for Adam and Jackie.ReplyCancel

  • Jade Knutson - Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Dwight - Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • Betty - I vote for Adam and Jackie. Good Luck!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Adam and Jackie. I love you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Edward - I vote for Adam and Jackie. Good luck you two.ReplyCancel

  • Kaci Lott - I would like to vote for all of them but I know I can only vote for one so I would like to cast my vote for Sarah & Erich.ReplyCancel

  • Arnold - My vote goes to Jackie and Adam. Those two are a good looking couple.ReplyCancel

  • David - I wanna vote for my boy Adam and his lovely girl Jackie. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Wietse - I vote for Jessica & Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Rod - Jackie and Adam all the way, hell yeah!ReplyCancel

  • Ben Smallwood - I vote for Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Adam - Hello from Afghanistan…..just wanted to thank everyone for their votes and their kind words. I can’t wait till I’m back home with my wonderful fiance. Long Live Team AJax!! ;)pReplyCancel

  • Sarah - My vote is for Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Jessica and Kenny.ReplyCancel

  • Matt - I vote for Adam and Jackie of course. Always remember, Toxie loves you!ReplyCancel

  • James Murphy - I vote for Adam and Jackie. Come home safe.ReplyCancel

  • Thommy - I would liek to place my vote for Adam and Jackie, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - I vote for Jackie and Adam.ReplyCancel

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  • Patrick - I vote for Adam and JackieReplyCancel

  • Jeff - Jackie and Adam!!!ReplyCancel

  • Justin - I want Adam and Jackie to win!!ReplyCancel

  • Eric - Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • Erica - Adam and Jackie!!:)ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Adam and Jackie all the way!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kyle - Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • Harry - Adam and JackieReplyCancel

  • Sloan - My vote goes to Adam and Jackie. Good LuckReplyCancel

  • Mike - I’m voting for my buddy Adam and his girl JackieReplyCancel

  • Charles - Adam and Jackie to winReplyCancel

  • Corey - Adam and Jackie. El Cid ’03!!ReplyCancel

  • Stan - Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • Jim - Adam and JackieReplyCancel

  • Aaron - I want to vote for Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • Ben - Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • Lauren - They all sound deserving, but my vote is for Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Jessica & Kenny should win! They are adorable together!ReplyCancel

  • Tom R. - I vote for Sarah and Erich. Good luck guys!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Jessica and KennyReplyCancel

  • Allison - Jessica & Kenny!!ReplyCancel

  • Ali @ His Birdie's Nest - Casting my vote for Jessica and Kenny :)ReplyCancel

  • Rhett - Go Adam and Jackie!!ReplyCancel

  • Yolanda - I want to vote for Jessica and Kenny!!ReplyCancel

  • Mona - Jackie and Adam greatly deserve it-they are a big hearted couple. Adam is fighting for our country-that says it all! They both are great animal lovers as well. They are the cutest, sweetest couple! They get my vote!ReplyCancel

  • Joy @ Howjoyful - My vote is for Jessica and Kenny!!ReplyCancel

  • karen sue - I vote for Adam and Jackie. This is Jackie’s mom…. I honor you, Adam, for what you do for this country. Thank you for being so good to my baby. Jackie, I also honor you for being the fiancé’ that stands behind such a great soldier.ReplyCancel

  • Lacey - My vote is for Jessica and Kenny!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Nic - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • janet sprinkle - I vote for Sarah and erichReplyCancel

  • shannon sweet - Sarah and erich for sureReplyCancel

  • sarah hopkins - All are sweet stories, but I vote for Sarah and erichReplyCancel

  • Shannon S. - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • rae - Sarah and erich are a wonderful couple!! Love them to death!! Good luck sweetie!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Jenkins - Good luck Sarah and Erik. You where meant for each other. A match made in heaven. GOB BLESS you both. I can’t wait to see the session with the couple that wins!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi Barber-Jordan - I am so proud of Erich for serving and of Sarah for supporting him. My vote is definitely for them! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Jacob - Sarah and Erich get my voteReplyCancel

  • Carol - I vote for Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne - Sarah and ErichReplyCancel

  • Jackie Chan - I vote for Sarah and ErichReplyCancel

  • Shannon Goodell - I would like to vote for Sarah and Erich. I known them for the last year and they are two of the most amazing people every! I can not wait until Erichs return with his soldiers (my husband) for them to be together again!!ReplyCancel

  • Taylor - Adam n Jackie. You two rock!!ReplyCancel

  • Derrick - I vote for Jackie and Adam. Thanks for all the boxes Jax!!ReplyCancel

  • Chris - My vote is for Jess and Kenny :)ReplyCancel

  • Sam - Jackie and AdamReplyCancel

  • Jasmine - Jackie and Adam all the way!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jamison - adam and jackie!!ReplyCancel

  • Phillip - Adam and JackieReplyCancel

  • jack - I vote for my niece Jackie(yes she was named after me) and her finance Adam. I cant wait to see you guys at the wedding. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Jackson - Kenny & Jess!!ReplyCancel

  • Marcus - Adam and Jackie….almost home, bro!ReplyCancel

  • Dana - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Audra - Sarah and Erich, love yall!!ReplyCancel

  • Jason - Sarah and Erich!!! Good luck, yall deserve it!! Hang in there til he comes home!ReplyCancel

  • H. M. - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - Would like to cast a vote for Jess & Kenny. Great stories for all and I am sure there are many more as well.ReplyCancel

  • Kenny - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Aaron - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Kenan - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • kenan - Sarah and ErichReplyCancel

  • G.M - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Matt - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Brian - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Aly - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Ty - Sarah and Erich!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • E M - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Erich - Sarah and Erich!! Thanks yall for voting for us, we really appreciate it! All the best to the other couples and to my brothers serving.ReplyCancel

  • Angie - JACKIE AND ADAM!!ReplyCancel

  • Cliff - Sarah and Erich!!ReplyCancel

  • Steve - Sarah and Erich!ReplyCancel

  • Zach - Sarah and ErichReplyCancel

  • Cooper - Sarah and ErichReplyCancel

  • Shari Zellers - I’m voting for Jessica & Kenny!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • ger - jessica and kenny!ReplyCancel


  • vicki - JESSICA AND KENNY!!! YEA!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Erich + Sarah | Love | Chattanooga, TN Wedding + Engagement Photographer » Elle Golden Photography - […] I’ve known Sarah since our pageant days many many years ago. But I began photographing Sarah in 2010 when she wanted to surprise her then-fiance with a “little black book” boudoir album upon his return from Afghanistan. I was honored to photograph that AND their rehearsal dinner in Atlanta before I even lived here. Not to mention they were also finalists in my Operation: Happy Homecoming contest! […]ReplyCancel