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Back in 2015 I decided to give the gift of photography to a deserving couple through an Instagram giveaway. It was the best way I could think of to express my gratitude for this journey and since then I’ve hosted yet another giveaway… maybe I’ll make it an annual thing? Out of 20+ couples that entered (and me wanting to choose literally every one of them- hardest. thing. ever.), the winners ended up being sweet Ari and Chase. I photographed their summer camp wedding in Flagstaff, AZ last September and it was better than I imagined it couple be. Believe it or not, I was the only real vendor and their friends and family took the reins on making the rest of the day absolutely amazing. And while they were endlessly appreciative towards me, I was the real winner that day. Here are a few favorites from their love story:

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Before I head out to photograph Becca and Matt’s wedding later today, I thought this would be a great time to share their engagement session. A couple of weeks ago we spent an evening together on the Santa Monica Pier. Between hilarious photo-bombers, a ride on the ferris wheel, and a classic California sunset, the session could not have been more perfect. Becca and Matt just fit together in a way that made me love them instantly. A few times they were so swept in the moment I’m pretty sure they forgot I was there- which is just the way I like it:)

Off I go to celebrate their wedding at The 1909 in Toping Canyon!

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This tourist shanghaied my couple for a solid 5-minute photoshoot. It was pretty hilarious!

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2016 has been an amazing year so far. I have been so lucky to photograph truly inspiring, joyful and genuine couples. They have trusted me to tell their story and I’ve even ended up with some amazing friendships. From intimate weddings in grandma’s backyard to elopements on the cliffs of Big Sur, this year is going to be a hard one to top. I believe that each wedding is an adventure and I’m so grateful to take part in every one!

I want to give back in the best way I could imagine: another wedding photography giveaway! Last year when I changed my business name, I hosted my first giveaway on Instagram for wedding coverage anywhere in the US. The winners, Arianne and Chase, got married last month at a beautiful camp wedding in Flagstaff, AZ.

Here are some words from the 2016 giveaway winner: “I instantly knew that having Jessica photograph our wedding was going to be the best. She has a way about her that just makes you feel so comfortable and like you have known her for years… We knew by looking at her photo galleries and instagram that the photos were going to be beautiful, but we honestly couldn’t even believe the final result! The photos she took are absolutely stunning!!… Every time we look at the pictures we get chills and teary eyed. They absolutely capture every part and feeling of the day. She took some photos that my husband and I love, but don’t even remember her taking… Jessica is so kind and adds so much to the day besides just photography. She offered her advise on our DIY flower arrangements and even offered to refill my glass during the reception. She truly is amazing. If you are searching for a photographer for your wedding, seriously consider Jessica. You will not regret it.

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What do you win:

One lucky couple will receive a complimentary wedding photography package valued at $3,400:

• 8 hours of wedding day coverage by Jessica Hickerson

• high-resolution, edited images

• 10 year online gallery

Entries will be accepted on Instagram until October 17th 2016 at 10:00am. Please make sure you are available via phone or email on the 17th and 18th to answer questions I might have (to make sure I would be the right fit for your day!). The winner will be announced Wednesday October 19th.

How to enter:

  1. Follow me on Instagram and “like” the original giveaway post
  2. Post a new photo of you and your fiancé and share a bit about your story + your wedding plans
  3. Tag me in the photo and use the hashtag #hickersongiveaway
  4. Email me at jessica@jessicahickerson.com with your full wedding details and contact information

The fine print:

In order to enter, you must be at least 18 years old and getting married sometime in 2017. Please already have a date + venue booked or be able to select one by the time the giveaway ends.  (And obviously it must be a day that I am not already booked!) If you have already booked me as your wedding photographer, you are not eligible for this contest.

While this giveaway is open to anyone in the US + beyond to enter, wedding or elopements more than 50 miles outside of Los Angeles are subject to travel fees. The winner will be selected by Jessica Hickerson and then announced on Instagram on October 19th as well as notified via email. If they choose not to accept the prize, Jessica will choose an alternative recipient.

By participating in this wedding photography giveaway, you agree to be bound by these official rules.  By entering you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current & complete. This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Instagram, Facebook, or any other website.

Thank you & good luck!!!

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With a love story 10 years in the making, Julia and Scott’s wedding day was sure to be a special one. There were so many special details that filled their day, from a morning getting ready at her grandmother’s house, to a ceremony at the same church where Julia’s parents were married, and little reception details hand crafted by their friends and family. My favorite moment of the day was stopping at The Cove in Palos Verdes on our way to the reception to capture some photographs of Julia and Scott alone. These two created a wedding day overflowing with love and I’m so thrilled to share a few of my favorite images. Lots of love to the newlyweds!!! <3

Photography: Jessica Hickerson Photography

Venue: Point Vicente Interpretive Center 

Coordinator: Nicole Alexandra Designs

Caterer: Lisa’s Bon Appetit

Dress: Watters from BHLDN

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Sammi and Joey’s wedding at Highland Springs was something special. Little pieces of their story was inserted into the wedding details, like Sammi’s dress made from the lace of her mamas’, bouquet charms with photos of their grandparents, and a basketball cake to commemorate how they met. They read their vows under the shade of a 1,000 year old oak tree. The air was still and happy tears were shed as Joey and Sammi finally received the names husband and wife. Then the rest of the day was a whirlwind of popsicles, old friends, and heartfelt toasts, as the smell of lavender lingered everywhere they went. We found some time to sneak away to watch the sunset in a field of lavender and it was the most beautifully peaceful moment.

Photography: Jessica Hickerson Photography
Venue: Highland Springs Ranch
Coordinator: Kayla Ewing
Flowers: Above the Stem
Dress: Custom
Hair & Makeup: Megan Lenton
Marquee Sign: Marquee Inland Empire
Catering: Highland Springs Ranch
Popsicles: Front Porch Pops

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