And the winner is…

It’s been quite the week for us here at Ever After, our competition to win a free wedding film amazed us beyond belief. We had so much fun following the contestants gather votes, campaigning on Facebook and Twitter, reading the comments left by their friends, families and complete strangers. It was truly rather special.

The first few days, votes came in steadily, and then on Wednesday, it all seemed to explode as our 2 front runners were neck and neck. Within the space of 24 hours, hundreds of people entered their vote and literally until the last minute, it could have gone either way.

But only one couple could emerge victoriously and that couple is Rebecca And Jonathan!

So we asked Rebecca to share her story of the past week:

“Jonathan has an image of him sitting with our grandchildren forcing them to watch our wedding film and look through the album for the 20th time but unfortunately we had no budget at all for videography, so the competition was really important to us. We were delighted to be shortlisted and started emailing our friends straight away. The ball started rolling quite slowly and it was great fun to see us catch up the early leaders, and pass them around the 80 votes mark. It wasn’t until Natalie & Gavin put on about 80 votes in one evening, storming into second, did we realise this was getting serious. We’re not talking war in the Arab States or child protection issues here but checking where we were in the race as the last thing you do at night and the first thing you do in the morning, became quite stressful! On Wednesday when Natalie & Gavin finally passed us we’re not going to lie, we were gutted… that was around the 190 mark and we did not think we had that many more votes to come.

We had no idea how wonderful our friends, colleagues, friends of friends etc. would be in helping us – even total strangers via twitter or comments from our friends. There were times when we were as much as 40 votes in front only to be behind by 20 a few hours later. We were just in front midday on the final day and then things went insane… the last 12 hours involved intense emailing, facebooking and tweeting. It’s a shame someone didn’t graph the progress because the lead must have changed 15 times. We were 30 votes behind at one point with only a few hours remaining and we were contemplating throwing in the towel but our friends and family completely blew us away with their help. This was more of a battle than we had imagined letting ourselves in for!

The numbers were going crazy… 300, 400, 500!!! We had no idea we’d get that many. We really thought people had gone to bed by 11pm and so were relying on people around the world in the US, NZ and Oz to keep things going. Then we started getting messages of support from all over… some people must have re-posted 4, 5, 6 times on their facebook account; people were tweeting for us; people were emailing, texting, facebook messaging. More than once we burst out laughing from one post or another… one friend said watching the voting was more dramatic than Corrie. Several more just didn’t want to go to bed until they knew the result. Jonathan didn’t want to know the scores for most of the evening but Becca kept taking sneaky peaks and then several people told us we’d gone into the lead.

Time dragged in the final two hours until we got to 11.30pm and then it went in the blink of an eye. Although it appeared we had won, 552 to 545, without confirmation we didn’t want to post it, despite so many of our friends and family asking if we had or congratulating us. It was great to get the email this morning… we’re delighted but it was a lot of hard work. We move house next week and we’ve hardly packed a thing, the house is a bombsite and the dog is miserable from being ignored!

We want to take this opportunity to thank, yet again, all our wonderful friends and family, and the friends of those friends, people we’ve never met before who took the time to help us. Commiserations go to the other couples and we know you’ll have incredibly special days regardless… it was a tremendous battle, and you fought well! As for us, if we can work together like that in our marriage the two of us will have a long and happy life together, but for now, we’re shattered and have promised each other and all those people that helped us that we will never do that again. We are absolutely over the moon to be working with Ever After Films and can’t wait to celebrate our big day.”

We’d like to thank all our couples for entering, you were all so lovely! We truly wish you all a most wonderful and magical wedding day (and hopefully we can still be part of it somehow ;-))

And of course, a big thank you to all the people who voted, whether you knew your favourite couple or you were just a stranger enchanted by their story, we and the contestants are very grateful for the time you took to help them all out.

One Response to “And the winner is…”

  • Congratulations to Rebecca and Jonathan! You are a very lucky couple indeed and you’ll be even more delighted that you won this amazing prize when you get the see the finished video and re-live (over and over and over again!) your big day after the event. You’ll have a ball – Sylvia & Niels are incredible videographers and you’ll be amazed by the things they notice, when you didn’t notice them filming half the time either… 😉

    To all of the other couples – if you are able to, really do think long and hard about booking Ever After. We went from being utterly DETERMINED not to have a wedding video at all, to reading an article written by Sylvia and seeing a beautiful Same Day Edit and being totally speechless and emotional over two total strangers’ day. We contacted them the following day and almost four years on still love our video to bits; it was worth every single penny. It’s not just about capturing beautiful images, but capturing and reliving that whole emotion and atmosphere again and seeing your guests’ reactions to your day too. Believe me, you’ll not regret the decision.

    Wishing you all a wonderful big day. :-)

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