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Friday, December 21, 2012

Bridal Show Info & Tips {Winter 2012} Springfield, MO Wedding Photographers

This is my first attempt at this so forgive any "ums" or "uhhs". haha! And I have one little correction to make. All About Weddings website is www.allaboutweddingsmissouri.com NOT www.allaboutweddingsspringfield.com. :-) We will be at both upcoming Bridal shows and would love to see you all there! I hope this information is helpful!

Upcoming Bridal Shows: 

When: January 6, 2013
What time: 11:00 am- 4:00 pm

When: January 13, 2013
What time: 11:00 am- 4:00 pm



Bridal Show Tips:



1) Research area vendors prior to the show & before setting your budget
One way to save time during the bridal show is to research and familiarize yourself with the wedding vendors in your area that will be exhibiting. Also, be sure to pick up a copy of Metropolitan Bride (our feature here) & 417 Bride magazines and scroll through them before you get to the show. To see which local merchants are exhibiting and to pre-register for the shows, follow the links below:

All About Weddings: www.allaboutweddingsmissouri.com
Metropolitan Bride: www.metbride.com

2) Have a game plan
You will have a limited amount of time during the bridal shows to visit a ton of vendors, so make the best use of your time by putting a  list together of who you'd like to visit with and learn more about. Having an idea of who you want to meet at the shows, will help you use your time more efficiently & narrow down your vendors quickly.


3) Find out who you connect with. Will they provide you with the products and services you need? Will they be fun to work with? Will they be there from start to finish, giving you the best possible experience? Those are the less obvious questions to ask yourself but very worth considering. :-)


4) Consider hiring a wedding planner
Area Wedding Planners:
Scarlett with Swept Away : www.sweptawayrentals.com
Mary with Bringing it Together: www.bringingittogetherevents.com
Becca & Megan of Events by Social Graces: http://eventsbysocialgraces.com/


5) Post Show: Don't let the information you gather collect dust.
Do yourself a favor and arrange to go through and organize all the literature you got from the bridal shows while everything is still fresh! This way you can follow up with your chose vendors and book them asap (and before they are already committed).


I hope that helps all of you! Feel free to email christinebonnivier@gmail.com or call 717.856.0016 and I'd be happy to answer your questions as best I can. I can't wait to see you all at the Bridal Shows! :-) You can find more Bridal Show tips here.

What an incredible year it has been. To see what we've been up to, check out our most recent posts on the blog: http://christinebonnivierphotography.blogspot.com/ I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Love & Hugs,
Christine


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Published! Metropolitan Bride Feature {Winter 2012} Springfield, MO Wedding Photographers

Excited and proud to announce that Katelyn & Troy's beautiful Integrity Hills wedding was recently published in Metropolitan Bride magazine. It was our first wedding on 2012 and it also happened to fall on my birthday :-) I love looking back at their images...their day was so special and super fun! They are both darling and have been enjoying life in Hawaii where Troy is stationed. 

We'd love to see everyone at the upcoming show in January at the Springfield Expo Center (January 13th). To get more info about the Metropolitan Bridal Expo coming up soon, click here. (Brides- you can pre-register on their website). Come check us out, we'd love to see you! :-)

To see our listing on MetBride.com click here.
To follow Metropolitan Bride on facebook click here.
To pick up your copy of the Summer/Fall 2012 issue of Metropolitan Bride, click here.


Merry Christmas! xo Christine



Christmas at The Bonnivier's {Personal} Winter 2012

Deck the Halls with Disco Balls! We had Christmas early here in MO because Levi & I are heading to Philly on Sunday! Thank goodness we didn't make plans to fly out today...it's quite blustery! Dodged that travel nightmare ;-) I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful snowy day. I am loving it! (Mostly because I know tomorrow it will be back to 50 degrees). haha! Anyone else with me on that one? 

Last Saturday was so much fun! It was a very 'Springfield Christmas', complete with Elle's truffles (and by the way...holy DELISH!) and cupcakes from The Cup. We devoured some Italiano hor d'oeuvres (what a treat) and enjoyed glazed ham, roasted chicken, rice pilaf & roasted veggies for dinner. Everything was delightful! So thankful everyone could come over & celebrate with us! Love you guys!

Merry Christmas ya'll! I will be out of the office next week visiting my family on the East Coast. I hope everyone gets to steal some time off to spend with loved ones. xo

Warm wishes,
Christine

Rum balls from Elle's Patisserie
Twinsies! I would have never been able to relax if it hadn't been for Kiley...she rocks in the kitchen. :-)
You know those "Awkward Family Pictures" that we're all too familiar with? This is Andrew & Kiley's take on it...so freakin' hilarious! We laughed and laughed. :-) 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Yay for 2012! {Personal} Springfield, MO Photographers

I recapped CBP's 2012 yesterday and decided why not go down memory lane again today. :-) Levi and I have had some really fun adventures and enjoyed the company of many a fine folk this year. ;-) It has been a blast! We celebrated our 4 year Anniversary as well as 4 wonderful years in our home here in Missouri. It's hard to believe all that has happened in 4 short years. What an incredible journey it has been :-)  Tonight 'the girls' (my Mom & Sister in law, niece and dear friend Kiley) are going the Nutcracker Ballet and tomorrow we are celebrating Christmas early, before Levi & I head east to celebrate again with my side of the family. I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday! Warm wishes and love to all this season! XO

We celebrated many Spring birthdays! Love my precious nieces and nephew  :-) 
We went to DC and visited family
Levi & his cousin Mike at the White House
My loves! Cousin's Em & Katie...xoxoxo
Spent some time with the Atlantic Ocean in beautiful Bethany Beach, DE. Love! 
Mike & Danielle- thanks for having us at your lovely home and for all the fun in Delaware
Buddha baby bear turned one. We're obsessed with him ;-) 
We spent a week in a Mexican paradise :-) 
So thankful for our wonderful friends & travel buddies Andrew & Kiley! They are such a blessing! We love you guys! 
Mexico spoiled us ;-) 
Our good friends Eric, Bethany and their adorable chessy pup Bodhi came all the way from PA to visit us! It's a big deal when someone travels a thousand miles to visit. We are so thankful! That week, we thoroughly caught up and reminisced old times. We also saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert in Tulsa. Thanks again loves! 
Levi, his sister Callie & our dear friend Andrew ran A TON this year and participated in Bass Pro's Fitness Festival. I am so proud of them! 
Some of my favorite people ;-) 
Happy Holidays from The Bonniviers!!! 
Many Buddha-grams and fun little updates flooded your news feeds ;-) @christinebonnivier 

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