GIVEAWAYS + VENDOR LOVE SNEAK PEEK + MORE | Thousands of dollars in prizes, and other things…

Ok, I have a lot to share with you on this, the day before Thanksgiving.  So sit down (or stay where you are, if you’re already sitting) and buckle up.  ‘Cause you’re in for a very pleasant, turbulence-free ride.  So, I guess buckles aren’t necessary.  Anywho!

I hardly know where to start, so I’m just going to go stream of consciousness with this.  … Which is kind of my daily approach, shhh don’t tell anybody…

First and foremost, the news that’s fit to print: Kate Middleton and Prince William will marry April 29, 2011 in Westminster Abbey, the site of Princess Diana’s funeral.  I think you know where I stand on this, but if not, I will expand soon enough, just not in this here post today.  There’s just too much else to say, and I fear information overload.  However, I am *very* interested in hearing what you’re thinking about the decision to get married where they’re getting married.  Feel free to leave a comment about it.  I’m actually dying to know.  Your responses to my post on Kate’s ring were pretty polarized, so this should keep things pretty interesting… Ok, moving on…

We’re almost to the giveaways, people… but first, I have to say this:

I am reeling over here from all the wonderful feedback ALL OF YOU have given us regarding the site.  It’s freaking me out how much you guys like it.  I told you I teared up approximately thrice the other day, right?  I’m just genuinely so freaking THRILLED you like it… believe me, I try to read every single one of your tweets, comments and definitely emails (oohhhh man your emails!) and it puts an ear-to-ear smile on my face each and every time.  Oh, and I totes agree, those little red paper hearts flanking Vendor Love are probably my favorite part, too.  It truly is all about the details, isn’t it.  :*)

All right, here we go!


How does “free photography” sound to you?  Pretty good?  Just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it.  Ok, now… how does essentially three different photography giveaways sound?

As you know, Vendor Love is coming to your faces soon, you’ve already seen a sneak peek, and we’re just so excited about it.  Mainly because it’s really pretty, I mean, those glowing images the ladies of Simply Bloom gave us for each of our categories is enough to make us squeal every time we look at the main page of the thing.  But just wait until you guys see not only the awesome category pages themselves, but – and here’s the beauty part – all of the astonishingly talented Preferred Vendors who’ll be just a click away.  We’re extremely proud of the design of our guide, but it truly wouldn’t be nearly as special as it is, without the amazeballs vendors we’ve got inside of it.  We’re thrilled to find it growing every day, with new talent filling each and every category… it’s enough to make us run laps indoors, slipping and sliding in our socks,  just to get all this excitement and pent-up energy out of our systems.  Seriously, we need to lay off the Pledge around here – I almost punctured a lung yesterday when I slid on a particularly slippery section during my return pivot.  You think I’m kidding.

But.  I.  Digress.  Ok, now, speaking of Vendor Love…

1. Answer me this: have you found your wedding photographer yet?  If that’s a no, then you are gonna L.O.V.E. this one.  One of our amazeballs Vendor Love members is giving a seriously lucky couple a full-out wedding photography package!!!!   I know, it’s a doozy.  We’ll announce just who that Preferred Vendor is… next week.  I know, I know, but you guys know we love suspense over here, right?   Fortunately you also know we love to deliver on all of our promises.  Believe me, the short wait will be worth it.

Oh, almost forgot to mention…. the value of said package is approximately $3000.  Now, push your eyeballs back into your head and read on, because this ain’t over…

2. Yet another one of our amazing Preferred Vendors is giving away two – count ‘em, TWO – free engagement sessions to two very lucky Knotty readers!  I knowWhaaaaaat?  This is crazy.  I’m going crazy, and I’m not even allowed to enter the contests.

3.  It’s not only about photography… we’ve also got some pretty spectacular bits and pieces (accessory-wise) to give away as well.  So sit tight, and get excited, if you aren’t already.

Ohh… I bet you’re wondering what all those gorgeous pictures are about.  I’ll tell you – but it’s twofold…

A) They’re a small sampling of work from just a few of our RIDICULOUSLY AMAZEBALLS PREFERRED VENDORS!!!  But wait, there’s more (I said that in my game show voice when I wrote it.  I’m odd.)…

B) They’re teasers for upcoming Real Weddings!!!  And people, if you think those shots are pretty… just wait until you see the full weddings.  They’re comin’ atcha faces, tout suite.

Happy almost Thanksgiving, loves!  I hope you have an incredible time/make the best of it/get through it without having to drink too heavily!  I’m very excited to see my extended family tomorrow.  It’s gonna rock… though one of my cousins is in Brazil right now on what is obviously a very amazing work trip, which means our traditional game of Trivial Pursuit may not happen this year.  He’s our Trivial Pursuit Master of Ceremonies, and without him, the entire competitive aspect is somewhat lost.  He’s VERY COMPETITIVE.  Wrestling often breaks out.  The dice fly off the table sometimes, in fits of passionate dice-throwing.  Those pies… they mean everything.  It’s too bad, Mike… my segment of the family would have liked to continue our winning streak.  Yeah, I just started things, a day early.  I await your overreaction, and look forward to the fisticuffs that will surely meet me, come Christmas.  Good day, sir.  Good day.

Sorry you had to see that, peeps.  Anyways, Happy T-Day!  What are your plans?  Are you traveling?  Cooking?  I got some pretty interesting answers on Twitter the other day when I asked “Are you excited for Thanksgiving?”  So, I’ll ask here on the blog… are you excited for Thanksgiving?  Chime in below.  :*)

xoxo!  – Alison

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  1. gigi on November 24, 2010

    OMG. The first picture is the most beautiful picture ever! I keep looking at it over and over. Can’t wait to see who the photographer is!!! Am drooling over the giveaways. Tell me more! Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Kara on November 24, 2010

    Yes!!! Yes yes yes yes yes!!!!! All of this, I’m so excited! And I definitely still haven’t found my photog. Which I thought was a bad thing… until NOW! :)

  3. The Demoiselle on November 24, 2010

    I don’t even know where to start with all this! :)))) WOW!!! I’ll be tuning in for sure!!!

  4. Ty on November 24, 2010

    Amazeballs!!!!!! Love that. And love you. And love these giveaways. And love those mystery vendors you’re keeping from us. So, in short, love everything about everything. Yeah!

  5. Kate on November 24, 2010

    ooooooh! I can’t wait! I need a photographer soooo bad. So excited for the giveaway!!!!

  6. Angela on November 24, 2010

    Can’t wait for what’s in store next week. LOVE the stie :)

  7. Amy on November 24, 2010

    I am so ready for this! Bring on the giveaways!!!!

  8. I love the way the wedding bands are showcased on the grapes in the vineyard. So innovative. Great photography!

  9. Ink & Button on November 24, 2010

    We are absolutely LOVING the new site! You are doing great work Alison!

  10. Lisa on November 25, 2010

    I am still searching for the perfect photographer as well, and my wedding is in 100 days!! This sounds amazing, what must we do to enter??!

  11. Alex on November 25, 2010

    Love the site!

    Wondering if you can tell me where the turquoise necklace in the 4th picture is from? It would be an absolutely perfect match for my dress!

  12. Alison on November 25, 2010

    Hi Lisa, details are coming soon, stay tuned… and best of luck! :)

  13. Jenna on November 26, 2010

    So excited for these giveaways, and TOTALLY IN LOVE with the new site!! Those folded red hearts are the icing on the “site cake” if that makes any sense. ;)

  14. Lena on November 26, 2010

    Hope you had an absolutely divine Thanksgiving! I’m still so completely floored when I see the site, and I can’t wait to see all these delicious things you have in store!

  15. Bonafidebride on November 28, 2010

    Okay, now that you mention it, the little paper hearts are SO. CUTE.

    (And so are the little sequins in this post!)

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  16. Cathie Berrey Green on November 28, 2010

    Love the new site- it is simply divine! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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