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It’s BOGO on the 7th Day of Christmas!

Buy One, Get One 50%

Okay first, if you haven’t seen my vendor spotlight over on All Women Stalk go check it out and get the dish on my new Etsy shop! One of my favorite online gal pals was so gracious enough to feature my new store and I couldn’t feel more honored!

Also, today is day 7 of my 12 Days of Christmas specials and its a goodie (I think, I hope)…BOGO 50% off ornaments!! This applies to both the small and large ornaments.

And ladies (and gents), when I listed the personalized photo ornaments in my Etsy shop a few weeks ago, I had NO idea how fast they’d fly off the “virtual” shelf so quickly.  I tell you it has been soooo much fun designing and crafting up these little precious tile memories for those who have requested them. There is something about the newlyweds or recently engaged getting so excited over their favorite couple’s photo and putting it on their first ornament together.  And for those in their first home or having their first little one is just as exciting! I get a thrill out of making each and every one.

Mr. Oceanside was out of town yesterday so as a little surprise I decorated the house and put up our Christmas tree before he got home. He LOVED it and we were sooo excited to hang our first “married” Christmas ornament last night!

So let the holidays in the Steaple house officially begin!

For the first time home owners…

A little family keepsake…

And something for the precious little ones who keep our world going and growing..

Check out my shop today because this sale only lasts until midnight PST! Have a fantastic Thursday everyone!



Enchanted Lake Fall Wedding Inspiration

Okay soooo Treasury Lists on Etsy might be the thing of the past, bust since I’m new to it I’m kinda excited about my first creation!

Thought I’d share it with you beauties on this fabulous Tuesday. This dreamy lake fall wedding collection makes me think of the leaves changing color, the crisp, fresh air of the new season and ever so slight chill it brings- all reasons to cuddle up with the one you love and celebrate happiness.

Check it out over on Etsy and let me know what you think!

Blog Around the World {Out of Africa: Lucky #7}

Whoop, whoop- you found lucky #7 here! I’m so excited to be a part of and share this special Blog Around the World feature of a vintage desert safari shoot- Out of Africa! So what is this special photo “reveal” idea? Here’s a little from Alicia, one of the masterminds behind this fabulously wild photo shoot:

Hello Lovelies! I am Alicia from The Charity Wedding and I am excited to present another round of Blog Around the World with some of my favorite wedding bloggers! I recently helped organized a styled shoot using the theme of a Vintage Desert Safari. Each blogger will be showcasing a photo from the shoot and sharing some tips, advice, or just some pretty-eye candy for you to enjoy! Be sure to visit all the blogs to make sure you catch all the goodness! Thanks so much to all of the participants!

And now to share the lucky #7 photo!

Out of Africa: Blog Around the World

This photo took me deep into lala land as I reminisced and daydreamed of…

  • My sister Lydia’s wedding that took place this past November, overlooking the wintery mountains and quiet streams in Helen, Georgia.
  • A wedding full of rustic elegance with a dreamy bridal dress and accessory details like this big bow back and birdcage veil.
  • The sweet vintage travel inspired e-sessions that swarm blog land and unique luggage tags for a destination wedding or honeymoon.
  • All the pretty ways one can use bunting or garland as part of wedding day decor, bridal showers, or cake toppers!
  • Of all the places and journeys I hope my life takes me around the world including my own African safari, outback excursions, & European backpacking trips.

This photo also instantly made think of my own bridal shower hosted a few weeks ago by my sister, Lydia with beautiful tea inspired elements and decor picked out by both her and my mom. My mom already owns some awesome pieces of furniture that could be used as “props” so they were put to good use the day of my Iced Tea Bridal Shower. A vintage chair, old vintage school desk and chair, mini tea set, and old vintage window pane turned into a bridal tea masterpiece with hanging tea cups and smaller framed art created the perfect display under a shady tree and beside a hydrangea flower garden. Ahhh, gotta love all the creative women in my life!

Remember you can spice up and add a little “wow” factor with some unexpected props at your next event or party. And you can do it for cheap! Just start by looking around your home, borrowing from a friend, or if you want to dish out a little change- go to the Goodwill or check out some yard sales. You don’t have to go broke to add a little fun to the mix!

So now let the real fun begin! I invite you take a wild ride with me on this WORLD WIDE safari throughout the blogsphere to see more amazing details from the Vintage Desert Safari shoot. A new photo will be revealed by bloggers every 15 minutes so I raise caution- this may cause some serious eye candy distraction throughout the day! =)

Coming up next in just 15 minutes from her own fabulously stylish Girl Cave is one of the sweetest, most creative and talented chicks out there, Rhi from Hey Gorgeous!

And if you haven’t been following from the beginning, be sure to visit those who came before me to see how the scavenger hunt began and don’t forget to show them some love!

Bubble Rock Studios (New Zealand) 9:00am
Cap Classique (UK, South Africa) 9:15am
The Unreal Bride (India) 9:30am
Brancoprata (Portugal)9:45am
Bijoux Bride (UK) 10:00am
Bridal Musings  (UK) 10:15am
The Oceanside Bride (US) 10:30am
Hey Gorgeous (US) 10:45am
Sparkle and Hay (US) 11:00am
Wedding Pickle (US) 11:15am
The Perfect Palette (US) 11:30am
Oh Lovely Day (US) 12:00pm
La Petite Coquin (US) 12:15pm
Brenda’s Wedding Blog (US) 12:30pm
Fab You Bliss (US) 12:45pm
Landlocked Bride (US) 1:00pm
Bow Ties and Bliss (US) 1:15pm
A Paper Proposal (US) 1:30pm
Engaged and Inspired (US) 1:45 pm
The Charity Wedding (US) 2:00pm

You can also follow the hashtags #BlogAroundTheWorld and #OutofAfrica to keep up with the reveals throughout the day!

So just who helped bring this fantabulously wild shoot come to life? Here is the  creative team behind the scenes…check ‘em out!

Location: Out of Africa Wildlife Park and Along the Verde River, Camp Verde, Az / Coordination & Concept: Alicia French of The Charity Wedding / Event Design: KD Event Designs / Photography:  Fancy Fin Photography / Bouquet: Glamorous Occasions / Cake & pastries: Kick Ass Kakes / Invitations, Menu, Dessert Toppers and Hang Tags: Wedding Girl / Model: Dahlee / Makeup Artist: Sabrina Sweet Makeup / Hair Artist: Erin McDonald of Aveda Red 115 Salon / Gown: La Belle Reve / Jewelry: Genevieve / Cupcakes: Handmade by Alicia

A Trash the Dress in Mexico by Joielala Photographie

Okay so after the beautiful Canadian bayside wedding and the amazing sexy sunkissed engagement session in St. Lucia I posted earlier today, my anticipation has skyrocketed and I want to be in Cabo like right now! Sooo…this fantastically fun trash the dress session was right on time! Guess where? Cabo San Lucas of course?! Guess who?? Joielala Photographie!! Oh yeah honey buns, I get to feature some of the amazing work of Taryn & Shelby from Joielala submitted via Two Bright Lights. I am a HUGE fan and have been following their work for a while now. I was super duper thrilled to see the destination wedding of Mike and Yuri posted on their blog awhile back. Although they had already promised the couple’s wedding photos and day after session to other lovely wedding bloggers to feature, they were such darlings and kind of enough to let me snag the trash the dress session!

Trash the dress sessions are always super fun and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy seeing the WHOLE wedding party get in on the action! Again, I’ve said this before but I know for a fact that I will never ever in my wildest dreams get my own wedding party to do a group trash the dress. I just won’t and I’ve come to terms with that (although I still think it would a cool experience!) Haha! So I’ll just have to live vicariously through these fun couples instead. Enjoy!

Joielala Photographie Mexico Destination Wedding

The Oceanside Bride, Yuri said: Although I had a stunt-double wedding dress for the “Trash the Dress” (TTD) shots and could have jumped into the ocean anytime, timing only allowed for shooting the day before the wedding. So Taryn and Shelby were kind enough to squeeze in shots of us in the city and the TTD session all in one day (before sunset!)

Joielala Photographie Mexico Destination Wedding

Joielala Photographie Mexico Destination Wedding

Joielala Photographie Mexico Destination Wedding

Joielala Photographie Mexico Destination Wedding

Joielala Photographie Mexico Destination Wedding

Joielala Photographie Mexico Destination Wedding

Joielala Photographie Mexico Destination Wedding

Joielala Photographie Mexico Destination Wedding

Joielala Photographie Mexico Destination Wedding

Joielala Photographie Mexico Destination Wedding

Joielala Photography Mexico Destination Wedding

Joielala Photographie Mexico Destination Wedding

Joielala Photographie Mexico Destination Wedding

Okay phew! I think I got my Cabo fix now. That should last me through the weekend. Lol!

So want to see more of this adorable couple? Be sure to check out there amazing destination wedding photos and their day before photo session in Cabo featured around the web! Crave even more? Okay, okay…there’s even more pics of Yuri and Mike on Joielala’s blog!

And yes, TGIF! So I’m wrapping up with some other things that caught my eye this week that I thought you might like to see:

  • Okay so Naomi from Enchanted Dream Weddings and Affairs seriously put all my most favorite colors together in perfect little palettes! It’s like she was in my thoughts…or maybe she has some kind of magical binoculars and peeked into my wedding planning notebook all the way from San Diego?? Hmmm…got to ask her about that one!
  • These super duper cute pinback buttons from TearDrop Weddings made me smile. =)
  • I’m sooo rolling up my sleeves for this DIY patterned party tray project shared by Pizzazzerie and making them host gifts for my upcoming showers.
  • Plan a wedding in a snap with a customizable “wedding in a box” featured over on Brenda’s Wedding Blog! An extremely cool concept- genius if you ask me!
  • And ummm I’m still trying to figure out how I can discreetly share this bachelorette sash link with my bridesmaid’s so they buy me one?? Haha- these are awesome finds from Emmaline Bride!

And I KNOW you haven’t entered yet so be sure to check out the details for the Hawaii Wedding Photography Giveaway from the very fun and talented Candice Benjamin! Contest deadline to submit is Friday, May 20th at midnight!

Okay that’s all I got so Happy Weekend Everyone!

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