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And The Winner Is…

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And The Winner Is…

Congrats to Marina J. for winning the Stella & Dot giveaway! She will be receiving this lovely necklace and bracelet set to wear on her wedding day or with jeans and a t-shirt. Big thanks to Annette of Stella & Dot for sponsoring the giveaway. If you are still looking for jewelry for your big day head over to her site and find the perfect set to wear at your wedding.

If you missed out and want to know how you can win beautiful items like this in the future, then sign up for our free newsletter. That is how you will know about our contests and giveaways.

Marina, if you have a photo of you wearing this fabulous set when you get it, we would love to see how you style it. Congrats!

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Win a Stella & Dot Necklace and Bracelet!

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Win a Stella & Dot Necklace and Bracelet!

We are thrilled to announce our first giveaway of 2016. This one makes us extra excited because we heart Stella & Dot Jewelry. We wore all Stella & Dot at our wedding and loved how fabulous each piece looked with our wedding gown. Now it’s your turn to look fabulous on your wedding day.

What’s even better is this combo can be worn again and again after your wedding is over. We love a multi-use piece. This necklace and bracelet combo will look stunning with any style of wedding gown. Will it be yours?!

How to enter: Head over to our side bar and sign up for our free newsletter. You have until March 31st to sign up for the newsletter. After that we will send out the final step via the newsletter. It’s just that easy. A winner will be chosen by April 10th, 2016 and announced here, on the blog.

Details: Total value of the set is $100. Winner must reside in the United States. Winner will be notified via email. If they do not respond within 48 hrs then another winner will be chosen. We will ship the set to the winner after the contest is over. Not exchangeable for cash.

A huge thank you to Annette of BaublesBash for sponsoring the giveaway. If you can’t wait for the winner to be announced head over to her page to shop now!

Shown below: Somervell Necklace-Gold and Amelie Sparkle Bracelet – Gold.

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How to Book a Wedding Photographer

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How to Book a Wedding Photographer

When it comes to choosing a wedding photographer some people get excited but most get overwhelmed. Photography is so much fun and something that is now accessible to all with smartphones and affordable point and shoot cameras. Just because you know someone that has snapped a few good pictures doesn’t mean they are experienced to capture wedding day moments. Take your time and be selective. Find someone with experience photographing people and events. Things can often change quickly at you need someone who can work quickly when needed. You will also want someone who you feel comfortable with, just because you like their work doesn’t mean you should hire them or the price is right. If you don’t “like” the photographer as a person then issues will arise the day of or before.

You have heard this said many times but I’m going to remind you, “The photos are the only thing you will have after the party is over.” Ok, ok, you’re saying to yourself, “I will have my dress?!” Yes you will but your dress can’t tell the story of when your aunt got on the dance floor and shook her thang with your husband!

We’ve taken some time to compile a helpful pdf with tips on how to book the right wedding photographer for you. This is such an important factor for your wedding day we have made this pdf free. Yes, yes, hugs are in order. We also accept gift cards, flowers and chocolates:) With over ten years in the event/wedding industry I have seen the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly when it comes to wedding planning. Let’s get rid of the bad and ugly and focus on the good.

We are here to help, so if you have questions, let us know. Click on the link for your free pdf download, “How to Book a Wedding Photographer.”  Enjoy!

Here’s quick sample of what you’ll find in the easy to read free pdf.

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Win a Photo Book!

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Win a Photo Book!

As a photographer I enjoy sharing my photos. Whether it’s for myself or a client the final presentation is always exciting to see. At home I enjoy hanging images on the wall, from large framed prints to a small loose ones arranged on a magnetic board. Whatever it is having those photos just sit on your computer isn’t bringing back memories or a smile to you face when you see it each day. Photos are moments in time captured, so you can remember them and share them for years to come. How cool is that?

I’m always on the look out for ways to share and preserve those memories. I recently tried out Shutterfly and was pleasantly surprised. The quality of the book I had made was really nice. Print quality was good and I enjoyed using one of their many templates to add a little pizazz to the layout. Below are a few page layouts from my book. I opted for the 8×8 hard cover and used it for the first three months of our little baby.

What would you use the photo book for? An engagement guest book for your wedding day? A small parent album of your wedding photos or a book to give to your loved one?

How to win:

Leave a comment below and tell us how you would use your photo book. How would you share your images and why is it important to you. You will win an 8×8 Shutterfly photo book. A winner will receive a code to redeem on the Shutterfly website. But hurry, we need your comments no later than July 25th! The book is worth $29.99. We can’t wait to hear your stories! 

In the meantime, check out their sample books online. Yah! We love giveaways.
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Are you Lucky in Love? Win a complete wedding!

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Are you Lucky in Love? Win a complete wedding!

Is planning stressing you out? Are you thinking that it’s just too overwhelming to narrow down the vendors choices in the Oregon for your upcoming wedding? If planning isn’t your thing and you just want to have fun, kick back and enjoy your wedding day without lifting a finger than we have an amazing contest for you. You could win a wedding valued at over $20,000! Yes you read that correctly. All the vendors you need from a photographer to the venue to a caterer you could win in an awesome contest called,

“Lucky in Love – A Uniquely Portland Wedding Giveaway”

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We are excited to announce that by attending The Art of Weddings Bridal Show on March 26th, 2014 bridal show engaged couples will have the first opportunity to sign up for this giveaway! That’s right, before the contest goes live online in April, engaged couples can enter at the bridal show. What’s even better than that you ask? If you purchase your tickets online your email will automatically be entered into the Luck in Love contest! You will be the first to get the nitty gritty details on how to win this amazing contest.

Below is a list of the fabulous local vendors who are a part of it. Many of them will be showcasing at the Art of Weddings Bridal show so you can meet them in person. Any couple would be so “Lucky in Love” to have all of these vendors on their big day! We hope to see you on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at The Gerding Theater at The Armory. Who knows, you may end up feeling “Lucky in Love”!

Win Engagement Session!

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Win Engagement Session!

You have until midnight of March 31st (tomorrow night) to enter for a chance to win an engagement session! All you have to do is sign up for the newsletter on the right hand side of this blog. Could it be any easier?! A random winner will be announced within a week. Good luck!

The giveaway is an engagement session from Jasmine Photography. With over ten years of experience behind the camera you are going to have a fun session and end up with a great set of photos of you and your fiance. Just like anything else you want to get good at, you need practice in front of the camera before your wedding day. You will feel from relaxed and comfortable letting your true self come out in the images.

Here is the amazing package she is offering to one of our lucky readers.

Engagement Session from Jasmine Photography

  • One hour session in the Portland area.
  • Online gallery to view final images.
  • Black and white and color images.
  • $60 of loose print credit.
  • Two full resolution digital files.

Total package valued at $340.00

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Win A Portland Engagement Session!

Don’t you love it when you win something? I am the person who almost never wins. I like to enter drawings for different things and sometimes I play the lotto ( you never know, right?!). I remember when I was younger and I called in to a local radio station in hopes of being the lucky caller to win a Bangles tape. I was the caller who won! You wouldn’t believe how excited I was to win that tape, yes a cassette tape (this was the 80’s). So we want to give that feeling to one of our lucky readers.

The giveaway is an engagement session from Jasmine Photography. With over ten years of experience behind the camera you are going to have a fun session and end up with a great set of photos of you and your fiance. Just like anything else you want to get good at, you need practice in front of the camera before your wedding day. You will feel from relaxed and comfortable letting your true self come out in the images.

Here is the amazing package she is offering to one of our lucky readers.

Engagement Session from Jasmine Photography

  • One hour session in the Portland area.
  • Online gallery to view final images.
  • Black and white and color images.
  • $60 of loose print credit.
  • Two full resolution digital files.

Total package valued at $340.00

How do you win? All you have to do is sign up for The Art of Weddings Newsletter. Just enter your email in the box on the upper right corner of the blog. It’s as easy as that. We’ll announce the lucky winner on the blog after March 31st, 2012. By signing up for the newsletter you are already a winner since we’ll be sending out special offers from vendors and advice on planning your wedding day thru the newsletter. Good luck!