Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Engagement Contest Finalists :0)

Ok guys! I'm feeling all better after a touch of the flu and I finally get to post the finalists for the free engagement session!!!

So get ready to vote for your favorite couple simply by posting a comment with the couple's name!

I'm so excited to introduce you to (drum roll?).......


Leesa and Paul!


and...
Sarah and Mikel!


Here are their stories! :0)



Leesa and Paul
Leesa and I first met our freshman year at Central High school in phoenix. Our first class together was 2nd period photography with Mrs. Meiners. I had a high school crush on Leesa, but I was always too shy to ask her out. After high school, we did not keep in touch with each other, so 15 years went by until we were both matched on Eharmony.com. I did not know it was the same Leesa from high school, I just thought she looked familiar. It was shortly after I first e-mailed her that I saw her same picture on classmates.com. Since first re-connecting, we haven't looked back. She is my perfect match and I am hers.

So we were in Oahu on vacation. after a morning of snorkling with the sharks, I drove her to an isolated beach on the north shore where we had a picnic and then I popped the question. I got it on video. you can see it at www.myspace.com/fuzzzie1 (click on the video tab)


Sarah and Mikel

Mikel and I met for the first time in 2004. We were at a performance by the band Traveler. I, being new to belly dancing, was trying my hand at dancing to live music, and he was there taking photographs for the band. Over the course of the next 3 years, our paths crossed at various dance and music shows, where I was performing, and he was shooting photos for the event. I would always wonder if he would be at the shows, and liked it when he was. At the time, I did not recognize this as for what it was, as my life was in a very different place then. I would realize it years later that those feelings were my soul recognizing its future mate.

Then, in December of 2006, my dance troupe leader, Gazelle, hired Mikel to take photographs of our troupe. I remember that day clearly. I remember walking into Gazelle’s home and seeing Mikel. And, once again, I felt glad to see him there. The shoot ended up being a blast. And afterwards I sat and talked with Mikel for quite some time. I found my self talking to him about things I wouldn’t normally talk to anyone about. My brain would scream, “Don’t tell him about how much time you have been spending alone!!!”, but my mouth went on talking. I believe it was the universe making things as they should be because it was this giving of too much information on my part that gave Mikel the opening to invite me to attend a happy hour with his social group MEETin.

Our first get together, (it was not really a date), we met at a MEETin happy hour at Jillians. I remember threading through the crowd of people. I remember it being a bit overwhelming as I am, by nature, a bit on the shy side in big crowds. He introduced me to his friends, who were all very welcoming. Once we settled into our seats, we began to get to know each other. Later that night after Jillians, we went to another MEETin event at Chuy’s for Karaoke night. No we didn’t sing... I remember a girl asking me if I was Mikel’s date. My response was, I don’t know... How funny it seems now, looking back. It would take another week and a half or so for us to go on our official first date...

From that moment on, we were inseparable. We had many wonderful adventures over the next year. Then, in October of 2007, we took a trip to Rocky Point with our friends. It was nearing sunset as we were lounging on the beach. Mikel jumped up and handed his camera to a friend and asked her to take our picture with the sunset. I remember posing with him, for what seemed like a long time. He was fumbling around with something. I said “hurry, the sunset is going away”, all the while holding my pose for the “picture”. (To find out later she was shooting a video the whole time). The next thing I knew, Mikel had a ring in his hand and said, “Will you marry me?” In that moment, time seemed to stop, as I tried to comprehend what had just happened… I looked at Mikel, with his eyes shining and the biggest smile on his face… The only thing I could think to say was, “Are you serious?” It seems silly now, but I was so shocked at that moment. Very shortly after that, it seemed like time became normal again, and I knew, without a doubt, what my answer would be. “Yes!” I said… knowing as I said it, that things were as they should be. As I looked into Mikel’s eyes, a great sense of peace overcame me as I thought about the life we will share together.

http://sarahandmikel.ourweddingday.com/index.aspx


Thank you to everyone!! Now go spread the love and vote your favorite! :0)


--
Laura Siivola- Photographer.
Organic wedding and portrait photography based in the Phoenix Arizona area.
laurasiivolaphotographer.com

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sarah & Mikel! Is this how I vote?

Debra Hicks said...

I vote for my friends Mikel and Sarah

Tracy A said...

Sarah and Mikel should win. I vote for them.

mike c said...

I vote for Sarah and Mikel! :-)

Max Heeres said...

My vote goes to Sara and Mikel.

Anonymous said...

I vote for Sarah and Mikel. You two always take such great pictures together!

Jo Anna Larson said...

I vote for Sarah and Mikel!

Anonymous said...

Sarah and Mikel are really great people, I wish them the best!

Suzanne said...

Sarah and Uncle Mikel should definitely win

cheryl said...

Sarah and Mikel!

Tonya said...

Sarah and Mikel - tai

Anonymous said...

sarah and mikel - tai

Ivy said...

Long live Sarah and Mikel: blissful, happy and just plain giddy!

Anonymous said...

Sarah & Mikel should win, they are both beautiful people on the inside and out.
I haven't had the opportunity to meet Sarah but I am positive that if she is with mikel she is amazing.

Michele W. said...

Sarah and Mikel all the way! They deserve it!

ArizonaJoe said...

Mikel & Sarah should win this.

jjones said...

Mikel and Sarah are my vote. their happiness is inspirational to all of us. Their committment to each other is such a joy to everyone who sees them.

chocolatepoundcake75 said...

I vote for Sarah and Mikel! Love you both! Congratulations again.

Anonymous said...

Sarah & Mikel get my vote! Beautiful in every way. Love your spirit! Blessings, Kyra

Arathena said...

I vote for Sarah and Mikel! :-)

Tim said...

My vote is for Sarah and Mikel.

Rowan said...

Another vote for Sarah & Mikel here - they're a truly remarkable couple!

And btw Laura, my compliments on your incredible photography!! I don't currently have a wedding planned or even a potential bride at the moment but I'm definitely keeping your site bookmarked for the future...

Sue said...

DEFINITELY MIKEL AND SARAH. Now I am not prejudice or anything, I am only Mikel's Mother, but Mikel has held out and waited a long time for this wonderful woman. I am so very happy she will soon be my daughter-in-law. I just adore her. Good going Mikel. I knew you would find the perfect woman.

Susan said...

I vote for Sarah & Mikel. I wish you two the best! :-)

Roy Conradi said...

I vote for Sarah and Mikel. Roy C.

ErinComparri said...

I'm so glad Sarah and Mikel found each other!! Best Wishes to you in your journey together.

Anonymous said...

Sarah and Mikel are such wonderful people! They deserve this and much much more!!

Anonymous said...

I Vote for my friend Mikel and his lovely Sarah they are such a loving couple and they should win..

Linda-Scheyenne said...

I would vote for my friend Mikel and his lovely future wife Sarah, they are a loving couple and they need to win..

Joy said...

Sarah & Mikel get my vote

Anonymous said...

Sarah & Mikel have my vote!

~Sasha~

Kurt said...

Mike's a pretty good guy, but that Sarah is fantastic! They've got my vote for sure. (I can say this, cause Mike's my kid...)

Anonymous said...

I vote Sarah and Mikel

Anonymous said...

My vote is for Paul and Lessa.

Anonymous said...

Paul and Leesa!

Theresa B said...

Come on - it has to be paul and Leesa! It's been long enough.

Cameron B said...

Paul & Leesa!!

Cameron Broniarczyk said...

Paul & Leesa!!!

Lisa said...

Mikel and Sarah, for sure! It was a beautiful thing to watch their love blossom to what it is today.

rlcmmm said...

I vote for my wonderful sister Sarah, who is a great women and loved vary much and Mikel her soul mate. Best wishes to you both.

john jones said...

My vote is for Sarah & Mikel. I've known Mikel since he was a toddler, I've never known him to be as happy as he is with this beautiful woman, his wife to be. All the best you two!

Mary B said...

Paul & Leesa!!!!

Tatiana said...

I vote for Sarah and Mikel!

Larie said...

Sarah & Mikel!! A beautiful couple inside & out!!

mary said...

1 more vote for Paul and Leesa!

Arial said...

Mikel and Sarah :)