Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Holiday Card Link-up!

We're so excited to bring you our first annual Holiday Card Link-up! We had an absolute blast putting together our holiday card and working with some fabulous sponsors, so today we're taking you behind the scenes of our festive photo shoot. Make sure you link up your holiday card posts at the bottom!

This entire photoshoot wouldn’t have been possible if not for our fabulous photographer, Alex Peterson from Idalia Photography. Alex is a NJ Wedding Photographer who also happened to shoot Little M’s adorable newborn photographs, so we were absolutely thrilled when she agreed to photograph our holiday card for us!

We were just a *tad* excited so of course we had to commemorate the day on M's chalkboard wall! (crappy iPhone pic - Alex's beautiful photos are below!)
We’ll be giving a full review of her work in the new year, so keep a look out for that, but you can see how talented she is just by looking at the photos! The pictures turned out better than we could have ever imagined and we are so grateful that she was able to capture our best, galish selves! We decided to use three themes for the shoot and she was game for pretty much everything we threw at her!
A little pre-shoot setup
Our first setup was our party look.

We donned our finest dresses and accessories and toasted to a fabulous year with lots of champagne and cupcakes (and nail polish, of course! Wait.. you mean you don’t often include nail polish on your cake plates?!).

Our fantastic party set-up came together thanks to the The Sugar Confetti Shop, which has all sorts of festive supplies for your special events. We loved adding their gold-striped paper straws to our champagne flutes, and also decorated our table with their gold glitter bunting and confetti.

 One of our favorite items offered by Sugar Confetti is the confetti wand, which would be perfect for New Year's Eve (or really, any party). We had a little too much fun with ours and started tossing the confetti at Alex:

Our next theme was more of an outdoorsy look…

and by outdoorsy we mean fur, heels, sparkly headbands and hats…

...and your classic woodland accessories – a metallic champagne wreath, gold confetti balloons, a jaunty pair of glitzy nutcrackers and some custom burlap and sequined stockings. These glitzy stockings were created by TwentyEight12, which carries all sorts of pretty, unique stockings for the gal who wants to add a little glam to her Christmas!

We are beyond obsessed with this wreath from Treetopia – and believe us that it’s even more stunning in person! 

We fell in love with all of their colorful tree and wreath options after seeing them showcased at a blogger event back in November, so we knew we just had to have one of their gorgeous wreaths for our holiday card. We also loved the whimsy of our gold confetti balloons, which were also supplied courtesy of The Sugar Confetti Shop.

For our last scene, we knew we really wanted to get some close-ups, so we decided to use a sparkly backdrop so our surroundings didn’t distract in the photos.  

We selected this dreamy silver bokeh 5x5 backdrop from My Back Drop Shop, and it set our winter wonderland scene perfectly.  
Of course we couldn't resist adding in our signature initials - while it usually reads as B & M we were thrilled to switch it up and give a little holiday nod to our celebrity dream boat, Michael Buble!
The 5x5 is on the smaller side, so if you’re looking to do more full length photos, we’d recommend getting a size or two bigger, but for our close-ups it worked great! 

The material is a very thick vinyl which makes it very sturdy and easy to hang, as well as easy to roll up and store without doing any damage.
A little behind the scenes action - please excuse our crappy iPhone picture!
We were also very impressed by how beautifully the backdrop photographs and how realistic it looks - it definitely doesn’t look like vinyl in the photos!
We're more than a little obsessed with these guys who are lovingly referred to now as our nutcracker boyfriends!
And for the grand reveal - our finished product!
The front of our card
And when you open it up, a little glitz and sass from The Gals!
We managed to put our own stamp on these cards as they were designed by M, who can be found on her Etsy shop at The Printable Gal. B did all of the faux-ligraphy on the envelopes and her Etsy shop, Fabulous Lettering, will be opening in 2015!

And just because Alex captured so many images that we love, here are our few of our favorites that didn't make it into the final card:


A Big Thanks to ALL of our wonderful sponsors - make sure you show them some love!:  
Photography: Idalia Photography // Wreath: Treetopia // Party Decór and Goods: The Sugar Confetti Shop // Custom Stockings: TwentyEight12 // Photo Backdrop: My Back Drop Shop // Card Design: The Printable Gal

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in our Sequin Card Swap - thanks for sharing the holidays with us in this special way! Now it's your turn to link up and share your holiday cards...it can be the cards you sent/received in the swap, or your personal card...we want to see them all!

An InLinkz Link-up

As our card says, "May your days be sequined and bright..."
P.S. Today is the LAST DAY to enter our Cirque Colors giveaway!


  1. Love your fun photo shoot! The cards turned out great! You guys both look adorable!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. Absolutely fabulous photo shoot! The cards came out amazing :)

  3. Such a fun photoshoot and love your card. What a fun blog swap, too!

  4. You gals look great! The photography is just beautiful, and the card is perfect:)

  5. I don't think I could have loved your card more!! You ladies put so much thought and energy into making it so special and it really shows!! Thanks you so much for sharing it with me!! Loved getting my own!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  6. Your card is so fantastic!! Thanks for doing this, it was so much fun!! Happy Holidays!!

  7. So awesome! And I'm obsessed with your sequin shirts!! Where did you get them? Have a Merry Christmas!

  8. So sweet! I love what y'all do over here and your card just exemplified your fun spirit! Merry Christmas! xo

  9. Loved participating in this and LOVE you gals' card! Such a fun photo shoot too. Thanks for doing this for all of us! :)

  10. You guys killed it with these photos, adorable!! So sorry I didn't join in today, I've not received anything yet I was supposed to. I think my post office hates me or something :(

  11. Your cards came out so beautiful!!!! I am so impressed!!!

  12. you guys are awesome! what a fabulous, fun photo shoot!

  13. I love all of these pictures and your card turned out amazing!!! It looks like you guys had so much fun during the photo shoot!

  14. This is so adorable!! I am in love with the balloons with the confetti inside! Looks like so much fun. Have a great Christmas to the both of you!

    Natalie // Sprinkled with Pearls

  15. So fun! Love all of your photos- you guys look great :)

  16. Oh how fun! Love all the pictures! You gals look fab!

  17. Hello! I am a new reader coming from over at Emily's blog. I love love love your pictures and I cannot wait to catch up with reading your blog and follow along in 2015. I hope you both have a wonderful Christmas!

  18. Love the way the card turned out! And I loved working with you both - you are quite a fun and energetic duo! Happy Holidays!

  19. Thank y'all again for hosting! I love how your card turned out and it's so cute to have it hanging with all of my other Christmas cards :)

  20. This was so much fun! Thank you so much for hosting! I loved your all's card...so perfect. I hope you all have the happiest of holidays, and I look forward to what you hAve in store for us next year!


  21. These are adorable! So jealous that I had to send out Christmas cards with my hubby instead of my best friend. Somehow I can't see him blowing glitter at the camera. :)

  22. I love these pictures!! Your two are so cute!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  23. You girls are amazing - I LOVE this post and love the final product too (which is hanging prominently on my fridge). Seriously, I love all the hard work you put into this and how it all came together so perfectly - plus the fact that you lovelies organized such an incredible card swap is equally awesome :) I can't even imagine attempting such an undertaking, so I'm super impressed (as per usual) with you girls! xox

  24. So so cute!! you gals pulled out all the stops for this shoot and the card is lovely! Love this idea :)

  25. you guys are so stinking adorable, and i just love the photos. but wait, why are you holding a B & M? ... lol just kidding ;)


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