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I’m a sucker for paper goods. Just ask anyone I know. And, it should be of no surprise how often I’ll peruse to see what new designs have popped up and what new products they’ve introduced.  From save the dates (including magnets + postcards), to wedding invitations, thank you cards, moving announcements, birthday invitations and personal stationery, they pretty much have you covered for life. All that’s left is for you to get your butt over to the site to check everything out.

But, the best part is that I’ve partnered up with them to give away two prizes:

  • Grand Prize: $250 Minted.com credit
  • 1st Prize: $100 Minted.com credit

I couldn’t leave ya without sharing some of my favorites. Check ’em. Then, get your butt over to the site and enter. You have until March 1st, then we’ll pick our winners.  And, if you can’t wait that long, you can always hop over to Minted now and pick out your paper goods.

MIN-40R-SPC-001_A_PD Save the Date

MIN-7V6-INV-001E_A_PD Vintage Ampersand Wedding Invitation

MIN-J88-INV-001_A_PD Bold Stripe Wedding Invitation

MIN-66P-INV-001_D_PD Column Rule Wedding Invitation

MIN-29Y-TYC-001_C_PD Type Stack Thank You

MIN-76X-MVA-001_A_PD Map It Moving Announcement

As a blogger and stylist, one key characteristic I look for in other vendors is heart. And, not just for their craft, but heart and an appreciation for a good love story. Robert Johnson is a sucker for a good story, just like me, which is why I wanted to share his latest giveaway. Take it away, Robert!

My name is Robert Johnson, and I love a good love story. I love them so much, in fact, that I’ve dedicated my life’s work to capturing them in photographs. And I’ve worked with enough couples to know that every love story is a good one—full of sweetness, tenderness, plus twists and turns and inevitably, moments where love truly conquers all.

What’s your love story? Has your love overcome sickness or tragedy? Did it beat the odds? When you think of your upcoming wedding, do you think of it as the pinnacle moment of celebration after all you’ve been through together…and also the moment of an adventure just beginning?

Well, then it should be shared with all—and rewarded!

I’m getting together with a local florist to offer you a chance to win an amazing wedding package for your 2012 wedding!

Here’s what is included:

  • Wedding day photography coverage and a custom designed photo album from rojo foto//design (valued at over $1950)
  • A complete wedding ceremony floral package from Forget Me Knodt flowers – that’s bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and all your ceremony décor, too (valued at $1500).

We will even travel to a destination up to 200 miles from Aurora, Illinois!

Start by “liking” rojo foto //design and Forget Me Knodt on Facebook:

Then, tell us you story and send it to loveneverfails@rojofotodesign.com by midnight on February 29th. (Write it out and email it to us or video it and send us a link…whatever you want to do!)

Want to see who won last year? Gina and Jordan had an amazing story. This could be you! Click here to see the blog post from their wedding.

Forget Me Knodt is an amazing florist providing stunning arrangements! With florals recently featured on Style Me Pretty, Janessa knows how to capture who you are and what you want your florals to look like on your special day. Have a look:

Each and every story will be given our full attention, and the winner will be announced on March 12th.

If you are selected, we will work with you and your wedding date. While there are dates still available for 2012, if we are already booked on the day you have chosen you would need to be willing to move your date. We can also suggest dates that are open in our schedules when we announce you are the winner.

Remember – love never fails! We look forward to hearing your story soon, and ultimately to telling the winning couple’s story through photographs.

By entering this giveaway, you agree that (if chosen) you are giving rojo foto//design and Forget Me Knodt permission to publish your story. You also understand that this giveaway includes wedding photography on your chosen date, a custom photo album, plus ceremony and personal flowers floral package, and travel up to 200 miles. The winner will also be willing to sign rojo foto//design’s wedding contract and a model release.

Gina holds a soft spot in my heart. I met this good soul of a person in December 2010 at the Making Things Happen workshop at Watercolor. Besides that workshop being one of my greatest experiences of 2010, it was also a spot where I met so many wonderful people. People who share the same feelings as I about weddings and marriage. Which should be not surprise as to why I love Gina so much.

And, she just so happens to be holding a fun giveaway, what she calls her “You + Me Giveaway.” In other words, a lifestyle shoot giveaway.

So, what’s this giveaway involve? Take it away, Gina:

You and Me can represent so many different types of relationships. You and your husband, your child, your puppy, your best friend, etc. The real authenticity of the plain words “You and Me” really make me happy, so what if I give away a session that captures just that…your version of You and Me.

Like I have mentioned before, it is so important to me to have a connection with who I photograph, so I want to get to know what your “You and Me” is all about. Tell me your “You and Me” story. I want you to explain what you think is important about your “you and me”? What do you cherish? What is unique? What do you and your “me” do for fun? It doesn’t have to be a novel, just tell me your story. Get creative. Have fun with it. Again, your “you and me” could be a number of things.

What do you need to do to enter the giveaway?:

  1. Your “You & Me” story. Emailed to Gina at gina at ginazeidler.com, please title “You and Me_(put your name here)”
  2. Along with a photo of your “You & Me” in the same email.
  3. Share this post at least once either with your friends via Facebook (Be sure and link to Gina Zeidler so that she can see your post! Like the page and Comment on her giveaway blog post to let me know you’ve posted) or on Twitter (again Be sure and link to this blog post and mention @GinaZeidler) Or both if you are that awesome.

The winner will receive a lifestyle session shot by Gina based on their “You and Me” story. She would love to shoot on Valentine’s day somehow, although it’s not a must (but it could totes be a fun date or gift to give someone). The deadline is January 21, 2012.

The Rules:

  1. Contestants must live in or travel to Minneapolis/St.Paul for the photo shoot OR if out of the area/state the winner would be responsible for travel.
  2. Event photography, Extended families, and large groups are excluded from this giveaway.
  3. All entries must be received by January 21st, 2012 at midnight.
  4. The session will be shot before May 1st, per the photographer’s schedule.
  5. The prize is non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash.
  6. This does not apply to a session that is already booked with Gina Zeidler.

In honor of the New Year and my upcoming 1,000 post, I am giving away this fabulous women’s skirt (Teacher’s Pet) from Shabby Apple.  I’m quite partial to this skirt, as I love just about anything nautical themed.

It would be perfect for a walk on the beach or a night out.  I’m jealous of the lucky reader who wins this beauty!

To enter, you must “Like” Shabby Apple on Facebook. For other ways to enter, you can:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post.
  • Follow Landlocked Bride on Twitter.
  • Tweet about this Giveaway by sharing this Tweet: I just entered to win the Teacher’s Pet skirt from @ShabbyApple on @LandlockedBride http://ow.ly/8cIZl.

To enter using the above methods, I am using Rafflecopter to help moderate the giveaway.

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And….we have a winner (thanks to Random.org)!  After receiving 24 fabulous comments from you readers on your favorite wedding traditions, we have a winner!

Vanessa C – send an email to brit at landlockedbride dot com to claim your prize!

As for the rest of you – thank you for leaving some blog love! And, be sure to of Southern Weddings Magazine today – it’s so worth the wait to have it mailed right to your front door (than to not be able to find it anywhere in town)!!

Stay tuned for a fab Chicago real wedding coming up next from Heather Parker Phtography. Nothing better than starting your Monday with a little eye candy!

Before I left for our honeymoon, I pre-ordered a couple of copies of the newest issue of Southern Weddings Magazine. Now, I realize this blog is focused on the Midwest and Mountain West brides, but you cannot help but love the work the gals at SWMag are doing. And, since the first time I picked up the very first issue – I’ve been hooked.

Photo courtesy of Lara Casey

So, in honor of the gorgeous, glossy pages of V3 of Southern Weddings, I’m giving away a copy to one lucky blog reader.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, telling me your favorite wedding tradition.  You have until Friday, October 15 to enter.  I’ll announce the lucky winner on Monday, October 18.


Kristen from k. holly photography is giving away a free destination wedding photography package and I wanted to spread the word! Many times, couples forget to think about hiring a fantastic photographer for their fantastic destination wedding, so here is your opportunity to have beautiful wedding photos to remember your special day.

How to Enter
Send an email to kristen@khollystudios.com and include:

1. Your names and contact info.
2. Your wedding date and location
3. Your story! How you met, how you got engaged, all that good stuff. We want to get to know you!
4. Send a picture of yourselves, or send us to your wedding website!
5. Tell us what’s unique about you, why you should win, and why your wedding is going to be the best ever!

What You’ll Win

  • Unlimited wedding day coverage by two photographers
  • Online gallery proofing
  • Blog feature
  • DVD of high resolution images with printing rights
  • Rehearsal coverage
  • Romantic day-after session

This package is a $4,550 value!

Spread the Word!
If you already have your photographer booked, then share the news with your engaged friends and family members! This contest is open to brides and grooms nationwide, so get out and spread the word! The contest ends on February 28th!