A Pretty Anniversary Shoot

Way back at the beginning of the year, I professed my love for anniversary shoots. Sure sure, engagement photos are awesome. Wedding photos? Even better. But why does the fun have to stop once you’re married? If you ask me it doesn’t, which might be why I love this sweet anniversary shoot shared with me by Natalie of the new blog Love in October. Natalie and her husband just celebrated their first anniversary and got together with their wedding photographer Jenny Cuerel to celebrate in style. This shoot is pretty and includes a few personal details that celebrate their love of the countryside and special memories from their wedding without feeling overly styled. It has a sweet, organic feel that I just love and I know you will, too. Thanks so much for sharing, Natalie!

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{Photos by Jenny Cuerel.}

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A Little Winter Fresh Holiday Decor

I can hardly believe it’s December, but alas winter is moving in quickly. When I came across this pretty little glimpse of holiday decor it felt so perfect for today. There is something so enchanting about simple, fragrant pine boughs draped around a room with paper whites in bloom, a little touch of ribbon and a big cluster of white pillar candles. While this is lovely for a holiday home it would also be stunning as decor for a holiday season wedding. You can never go wrong with crisp snowy white paired with rich winter greens.

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simple-christmas-decorations{Photos from Life in the Fun Lane.}

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Holiday Party Invitation Downloads

Because you’ve all been loving the party downloads so much lately, I decided to team up with a bunch of fantastic designers for December and I’m happy to announce that I’ll be bringing you weekly downloads all month long starting today! Frankly, I can’t think of a better way to spread a little holiday love. Today I am thrilled to have a great holiday party invitation for you, created by the super sweet and super talented Bethany Hway of Emmy Lu Design Studio, complete with a coordinating wrap-around mailing label. Bethany’s goal was to create something simple, sweet and festive that could work as an invite for any sort of holiday party, from Christmas to New Years and everything in between.

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holiday-party-downloadsShe printed the invitation on a white linen cover weight paper, then clipped the corners with a corner rounder. Using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 6.0 or newer) you can personalize the PDF invitation with your party details. So, what are you waiting for? Download your holiday party invitations and mailing labels and start your party planning!

{Design by Bethany Hway of Emmy Lu Design Studiob*spoke blog. Photos by Bethany Hway.}

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Loving Handmade Holiday Decor

I remember spending the weeks leading up to Christmas as a kid making homemade ornaments and holiday decorations with my mom. With pipe cleaner, glitter, glue, cranberries, string and big fistfuls of nuts we had the most fun crafting up holiday cheer. Years later I still find handmade holiday decorations to be irresistible. I love these sweet little treasures, beautiful in their slight imperfection and sparkling with holiday spirit.

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{Ornaments from Rodica.}

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{Tags from MudbirdNZ.}

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{Paper stars from kissa design.}

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{Ornaments + cards from Stacey Winters.}

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Favorite Holiday Cards – Part II

Now that it’s officially time for the holidays to kick into high gear, it seemed like the perfect time for my next batch of holiday card favorites. This year I am loving cards with quirky illustrations, bright colors, hand drawn type and a playful vibe. These cards all embody that festive holiday spirit with charm and wit. For those of you who love cards that are a little less traditional and a little more fun, these cards are for you!

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{The Wheatfield.}

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{Studio Tipi.}

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{Smock.}

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{Lucky Bee Press.}

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{Spring Olive.}

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{Wild Ink Press.}

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