Giving Away a Wedding | For Real

My dad was my best friend. The kind of person I could tell anything to.

He owned his own photography studio {Cannon Photography} in Troy, MO for over 30 years. He is where this passion of mine really began. 

When I was getting ready to head to college, I decided to study photography just like him. My dream was that one day, we would run the studio together and build it beyond both of our wildest dreams. While in college, I realized, they weren't teaching me anything about photography that he couldn't teach me, so I headed in a different direction into Criminal Justice. He was supportive, he always believed I could do whatever I wanted. 

I thought I would have plenty of time to learn from him. I didn't know he was going to be taken too soon. On November 5th, 2008, he was taken in a car crash when he was supposed to be in Mexico with family. I'll never forget that phone call.  

My dad was my role model, my best friend, my biggest supporter. He was everything to me.


My dad died 10 days after my first wedding. I was in Mexico on my honeymoon when he was taken from this world. In the nearly 10 years he's been gone, he's missed so much. He's missed the birth of ALL of his grandchildren, he wasn't here to help me through my first divorce, he wasn't here to meet the man that I call best friend and husband now, he didn't get to see me graduate with both of my bachelor's degrees or my master's degree. It seems like a lifetime ago while at the same time only being a moment ago that he was taken.

We talked. ALL the Time. I miss his voice. 

This year on August 8th, my dad would have been 63 years old. So, sometimes, August sucks. But this year, I'm doing something special for him.

I'm giving away a wedding!

He was where this whole thing started and on his birthday this year, I'm going to honor the memory of the man that I adored. 

I'm giving away a wedding package for the upcoming 2019 season. 

I'm giving away a wedding package to a couple who has experienced loss like this - a death of a parent. A parental death that is gut-wrenching and never really gets better. A loss that shakes your world and always makes you feel like you are standing on shaky ground. I'm giving this gift to a couple in honor of him.

Here's what's included:

  • 8 hours of photography coverage
  • 1 photographer
  • USB of fully edited high resolution images from your wedding
  • Online gallery of fully edited web resolution images from your wedding
  • Full printing rights to your images so that you can print and share to your heart's content :)
  • Engagement session
  • Online gallery of high resolution images from your engagement session
  • Travel within a two-hour radius of St. Louis, MO

And here's the fine print:

  • Applicants must have a parent who has passed away
  • Applicants must have a date and a venue secured
  • Applicants must complete the application process (below)
  • Applicants cannot already be contracted for the upcoming 2019 season
  • Applicants cannot have already inquired for the upcoming 2019 season
  • Travel over 2 hours from St. Louis, MO is permissible, if the couple is willing to pay for this extra travel and potential lodging

If you are a vendor, who would like to participate in this giveaway, please reach out to me via email ( I would love to include you in this special gift to a wonderful couple. 

Applications will open August 8th, my dad's birthday. They will close on September 8th and the winner will be announced on September 9th!

I can't wait to read and share in your stories!

P.S. This idea, I love, but it was not solely mine. Another dear photographer, Erica of Sweet Alice Photography out of NY began a wedding giveaway a couple years ago. I came across it this year and asked her permission to do the same thing, as we had both experienced the loss of our best friend and parent. She graciously said YES. So, if you have the time please read her story as well. Thank you!