Tuesday, December 17, 2013

On the 12th Day of Merry...

So we are finally here... the 12th Day of Merry!!! And we think we saved the {best} for last...Why is it the best you ask? Well - we start with a double card feature and end with another amazing giveaway!  We are sure you will agree!

Let us being with a card that will sure to put a smile on your face...


Who: The Fords - Jennifer, Jody, Skylar (8) and Hunter (5)

Location: Research Park, College Station, TX

Clothes: I was grateful that the guys were ok with wearing purple - I know not everyone is. Jody's tie was a gift from his Fish Camp counselors but I have no idea where we found his shirt. I think the kids' clothes are from Dillards. :) 

Comments: I really loved how the purple looked good on everyone and how it was not the traditional color of family pictures. 

Designer: Shutterfly 

Photographer: Sarah Burns of Butterfly Chaser Photography (and Merry Momma favorite) she has been taking pics of the kids since they were 3 years old and 6 months. 

Favorite Thing: On the way to the photo shoot we made sure everyone was fed, we played a song everyone liked and we just said we were going to have fun and not stress about getting the "perfect" picture. The picture where we all piled on top of Jody is a favorite and I think was one of the kids' ideas. This will be fun to recreate through the years! :)

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Katy's Thoughts: Love the purple. Love the smiles. Love the family. LOVE the card! I really love how Hunter has his arm hanging all the way down to Jody's waist like he is embracing the whole family.  And if you really listen... you can actually hear them laughing! (Or at least I can!) 

Cindy's Thoughts: Purple is a favorite color in the Munson house too!  I think everyone looks good in purple. I love the white space and the brightly colored text, I think it looks awesome with the monochromatic purples. And y'all...that song and food must have worked because those smiles are to die for!

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How can you recreate this card? Jennifer said it best: we just said we were going to have fun and not stress about getting the "perfect". They also chose a great color pallet - all one color in different shades... it is a great way to look coordinated but not matchy matchy!

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Let's recap, shall we?...
  1. We've told you about our love for the monochromatic/tone on tone look
  2. We've also expressed our admiration for being silly.
  3. And one of our first posts was all about bright colors which we love!
  4. And just check out this. And then click on the link to the blog post. And then have six kids. :)
  5. And we love a stacked family pic too!


So what happens from laughing? Well it brings you JOY of course... just like the arrival of a sweet new bundle which is the theme of our second card!




Who: The B Family

Location: Their entry foyer at their house :)

Clothes: Gymboree, Target, Kohls, and our closets

Designer: The card was inspired by a design on Tiny Prints, but since the baby was born so close to Christmas, we made them ourselves with a few alterations.

Photographer: Sarah Burns of Butterfly Chaser Photography

Favorite thing: We love that we were able to share our great news with family and friends while wishing everyone Happy Holidays - it was certainly a HAPPY holiday for us! We also love that his newborn picture reflects the Christmas season - there's no better gift!

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Katy's Thoughts: Let's discuss how beautiful Momma B looks after DAYS post baby. I love the use of gray and red. Gray and anything really - its such a great neutral and allows other colors to pop! I also love that this momma had it together enough to have a baby, design and mail a card all in the month of December! :) 

Cindy's Thoughts: I love that they totally embraced the holidays!  And that picture of sweet Baby B with the ornaments...PRECIOUS!  And the hugged/snuggled family picture just makes my heart happy!

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How can you recreate this card? Have a baby at Christmas time and be totally prepared to send out cards! What? That's not easy?!?! :)

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Again, allow us to recap...
  1. We've discussed ornaments.
  2. And, the holidays are all about the birth of a baby!
  3. Siblings are also a sweet part of the holiday!
  4. And we think a baby in a sweater would be precious!!


Don't you just love those cards? Notice anything in common? Look again...it's a hint!


We ADORE these cards, mainly because the photography just captures their personalities so perfectly! 

Speaking of perfect... we are convinced that we have the perfect ending for...



Are you dying to find out?



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Because we are DYING to tell you that today we are partnering with....



YES!!!

This is how excited we are....



Today's winner will be treated with a full photo shoot with Sarah Burns and 30 edited files delivered to you digitally over DropBox after the shoot. 

The winner has to live in or be willing to drive to Bryan/College Station (Y'all. Any amount of travel is worth this!!!) and be expecting a baby or have child(ren) under 10. This cannot be used for an extended family shoot. 

The shot has to be redeemed in the months of March - May and is subject to Sarah's availability (We suggest you picking a date NOW!)

And while we don't think you need any motivation to enter, here is a lovely sampling of Sarah's work from March - May 2013. 

She is magical and captures families in all stages of life with beauty and grace.

From bumps....



to newborns...



and momma moments...



and sibling sweetness...


and all the fun of families...





Magic.

And if these two cards and all those pictures isn't enough to convince you to enter... well just check out the Pinterest shrine to her work...

Now. Enter

(Friendly reminder ... you may only win once during the 12 Days of Merry which extends to all members of your household)


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72 comments:

  1. Love Sarah's work! My 'little' would be in the pics of course!!

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  2. Would love this! Sarah is so talented!

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  3. I know a little boy that would be super cute in a photoshoot

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  4. Avery and Camille would love a spring shoot!

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  5. What a great giveaway...we love family pictures and doing new things!

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  6. I would love a family photoshoot with my husband and sweet little boy (who would be just over a year during that time frame!)

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  7. Sarah is awesome! She just captures the joy of childhood so beautifully.

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  8. We are looking forward to our Spring shoot with Sarah! Jackson and Andrew ADORE her and she captures them just beautifully.

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  9. OF COURSE I have to enter this one. Sarah is one of the true treasures you have shared with us and we are so grateful!

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  10. HELLO! Sarah is simply amazing! :)

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  11. Love her and would love to have her for Trey's first birthday!

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  12. We love Sarah and all the amazing photos she's taken of our family. She is a remarkably talented lady!

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  13. Would love to come up and have her shoot our family of 3!!!

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  14. Sarah is amazing! Even when I think there is no way we will have a single great picture they ALL turn out amazing!

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  15. I would love to take it with me and my girls!

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  16. This would be so wonderful for us... Sarah's photos would be such a great keepsake as we have kids with birthdays in March & April!

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  17. As a photog myself, I can honestly say we LOVE to see Sarahs work, but have never had the opportunity to work with her. I think I might pee myself if I won!

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  18. Great partnership - love Butterfly Chaser Photography!

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  20. Would LOVE for Sarah to photograph my kiddos/family. She took pics of my older two while I was preggo with my 3rd and we need new pics!

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  21. Love Sarah's work! My little one would be in the pics :)

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  22. I would love to win this - I love Sarah's work so much!

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  23. Would love a cute maternity shoot or newborn pics from Sarah!!!

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  24. We would do a family shoot with a focus on my two little men (a 1-month old and a 16-month old). These would be perfect for capturing our newest son in the next stage!

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  25. I would love to actually have some professional pictures of my little man! :)

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  26. She is simply the best at what she does, capturing such precious moments in such a beautiful and unique way! Our family would love a shoot with our new addition! We would treasure it forever! Thank you for your sharing this opportunity!

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  28. Sarah is the best! It would be my family (2 kids, me and hopefully the hubby!)

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  29. I love Sarah! It would be our cute little family of four!

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  30. That's my sweet Robbi Ruth in TWO of the newborn pictures. I love Sarah's work!!

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  31. Sarah is so great!! We would love another family shoot with her!

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  32. Oh my goodness - I've been dreaming of a photo shoot like this for my family. The last time we did something like this was 6 years ago!

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  33. You Merry Mommas are the cutest! A photo giveaway with Sarah is a wonderful prize!

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  34. Sarah is the best!! We love getting our photos done by her. She is totally worth the drive, everytime!! Would love to win a shoot for our family of 5!

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  35. It would be all four of the Vardeman family!

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  36. Sarah is awesome. So awesome that we have driven to CS several times from Houston for her magic. My photo shoot would be of my family, including my little princess who's 2.

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  37. Sarah is our favorite of all time! I would love for her to shoot our family of four again before May- she is more than talented, she is truly a blessing of a friend!

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  38. Sarah is amazing and has been shooting our family for a few years now. She always makes us look stunning. I would love to win a free shoot so I can finally do the Where the Wild Things Are with my son Max and daughter Abby

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  39. Sarah is truly gifted. She has even taken excellent pictures of my camera shy husband! :-) I still remember the first time I met her. My now-three-year-old was only 13 days old. She was so patient and so knowledgeable about babies! Love her!

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  40. Sarah is our favorite! If we won, we'd use it for our next newborn shoot!

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  41. Sarah is Ah-Mazing! Emmarie will definitely be the focus of any photo sessions we have! :)

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  42. It would be great to win a photo shoot!!! Hmmmm... I don't know if I would invite my whole family for a photo shoot or do a photo shoot with my best friends. Either way, this would be a great giveaway to win!

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  43. Sarah is AMAZING!! Our shoot would include Me, Hubby, Morgann & Emery! We need updated family pics!!

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  44. Would love to put Sarah to work editing photos of her second cousin Alex.

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  45. We moved away from College Station before my youngest was born. I'd love to have some "Sarah Pictures" of our family of five when we visit in the spring!

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  46. I am crossing my fingers for this one! It would probably be some 18 month pictures of my son and a few family shots of the three of us!!

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  47. I love Sarah's work and I have a little fella' who will be turning two soon!

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  48. Thanks Merry Mommas for saving the best for last! Love Love LOVE that Sarah Giles Burns for capturing our lives over the last 3 years and would love for her to work her magic again!!!

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  49. I LOVE all of Sarah's Photos! She is so talented!

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  50. A mother/daughter shoot sure would be fun!!!

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  51. You know I love a photo shoot! (and I love the Ford's card!)

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  52. We LOVE Sarah at Butterfly Chaser!!

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  53. I have admired Sarah's work for SO long! It would be so awesome to finally get pictures taken by her.

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  54. My photo session will include my husband, myself, & my son Xan (aka ill' David Beckham).

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  55. Pick us, pick us. We'd love to bring our two kiddos (ages 4 and 2) to Aggieland for a photo shoot - and we'd get to see some wonderful friends in the meantime. I can't wait!

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  56. I love the B family's Christmas card! I'll have to have Sarah take some Christmas themed shots of my Christmas baby :)

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  57. Pick us! We would have the 3 little Upton Boys and their Mommy and Daddy!

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  58. What a great giveaway. Sarah has been taking our photos for a few years now and we love her so much! We are also friends with the Fords in the first photo - a great great family!

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  59. We love her! She is like part of the family!

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  60. Would love a spring photo shoot, and I am always looking for new ways to style our christmas cards!

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  61. Jax and Kade would love to have a brother shoot!!

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  62. Knox and my baby bump would be in the photo shoot!

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  63. I know a sweet baby boy coming in April who would love his picture taken!

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  64. I would love a family shoot with our 3 year old and newborn!

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  65. There is a chance you're qualified to get a $100 Kohl's Gift Card.

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