Holiday Cards from Minted + a Giveaway!

Holiday Cards for Newlyweds

If you are already thinking about holiday cards (major props to you for being so on top of things!), you’re going to love all of the pretty + fun design options available this year from Minted! Featuring a wide selection of personalized + customizable photo cards as well as some of the cutest indie-designed holiday cards around, there truly is something for everyone. See a few of our faves below…

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And for those of you who tied the knot this year, this is the perfect time to use one of your amazing wedding or engagement photos with their newlywed holiday cards. Minted has got you covered with a ton of stylish + fun designs that will work awesome with your photos. And I love that they give couples the option to print their cards on 100% recycled paper!

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If you don’t have any photos you love for a holiday card, they also have lots of great non-photo card options! Isn’t the car with the tree on top just the cutest!?

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Minted is generously giving away $250 toward holiday cards (or wedding stationery!) to one very lucky reader! To enter, visit Minted by Monday November 3, 2013 + fill out the form for your chance to win. Good luck + big thanks to Minted for offering this great opportunity!

If you’d rather just get started on your holiday cards, head over to Minted to browse all the amazing design options!

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DIY: Apple Cider Cocktail

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The cold weather has arrived and it really feels like fall here today, so let the apple baking begin! :) In light of the fall season, Jessica Adams Design has put together a fun cocktail idea for an adult version of apple cider. For all you autumn brides and grooms, this is a lovely signature cocktail to serve and a presentation your guests will not forget! Thanks to Love by Serena for the photos.

Here’s what you’ll need:
• 1/2 cup – 1 cup Honey (depending on how sweet you like your cider)
• 3-4 Cinnamon Sticks
• 1/4 cup Sugar
• 1 tbsp Cloves
• 8 cups Apples Juice
• Bourbon or Whiskey (you’ll add this after the cider is made)
• 6-8 Whole Apples (for cups)
• Lemon Juice (to prevent browning)

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Steps:

  1. Rinse your apples and set them aside.
  2. Place the first 5 ingredients into a large pot and bring to boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. While your cider is simmering, take the washed apples and cut into tops of apples in a cone-like shape. Once you are able to move the top of the core, use a spoon to hollow out the insides and start to form your cup. Be careful not to poke through the apples sides. Once you have completed one apple cup, immediately place it into your lemon water mix and set . Be sure that cut side of apple is completely submerged. This will help prevent them from browning.
  5. When simmering time is complete, strain your cider.
  6. After straining, add your desired amount of whiskey or bourbon. The apple cups are small so take that into consideration when adding your liquor. Pour the spiked cider into your apple cups and garnish with cinnamon sticks and star anise.
  7. Enjoy!

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Such a pretty presentation right?! Thanks so much to Love by Serena for the photography + lettering and to Jessica Adams Design for the styling + props.

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Rustic Parisian Anniversary Session

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What could be better than a gorgeous, rustic anniversary session in Paris? How about one where the couple gets dressed up in some really lovely attire – like an amazing Claire Pettibone dress for starters?! Combine that with the romantic backdrops of the Champs Elysee gardens and the Louvre museum, the incredible talent of Laura Gordon Photography and a couple that is so completely in love and you have the recipe for some serious beauty! Here’s more from Sara of Wedding Sparrow, the planner + designer behind the shoot:

Shannon + Peter have been married a year and Peter is in the US military currently stationed in Germany. They wanted to create some amazing images that they could frame and have in their new German home, so they joined us in Paris for a weekend! Our inspiration was a rustic autumnal feel right in the heart of the city. We had custom made accessories from Enchanted Atelier, custom calligraphy stationery from Sending Heartstrings and the most amazing florals from Bo Boutique

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I know floral crowns are nothing new these days, but this one feels special! There are so many beautiful textures and I love that the florist, Amy, included some really interesting elements, like raspberries!

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Loving the artichoke boutonniere, too!

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For the last part of the shoot, Shannon switched things up with some fun, art-deco inspired headbands. Such a pretty look!

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Big thanks to the talented creatives below for inspiring us with this gorgeous anniversary shoot today + congratulations, Shannon + Peter, on your first anniversary!

photography: Laura Gordon Photography // planning + design: Wedding Sparrow // location: Paris, France // florals: Bo Boutique // hair + make up: Sarah Miller Make Up // accessories: Enchanted Atelier // dress: ‘Kristene’ by Claire Pettibone from Exquisite Bridal Couture // stationery: Sending Heartstrings // earrings: Liberty in Love // shoes: Lanvin

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