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Holiday Cards

It’s Christmas card time! I’ve always loved the idea of sending out a family Christmas card – my Mum does it every year and always includes a letter updating everyone on all the happenings of the previous year. So when Ty and I got married, you better believe I was excited about our first ‘family’ Christmas card!

Back in May, Ty and I got together with our talented wedding photographer at sunset for an engagement photo session. It was an uncharacteristically dark and gloomy afternoon, with light rain and a really cold breeze, and as we were driving to the gorgeous lavender farm location, we watched the storm clouds roll in and wondered if we should just postpone the shoot. I’m so glad we didn’t though, because although we froze while having our picture taken, the mood created by the dramatic weather was so romantic and just perfect for our engagement shoot!

It took a little over an hour to get over 100 frame-worthy photos, which included an outfit change (in the car – so glam!). Surprisingly, I was SO nervous for our photo session – which really paled compared to how Ty felt – but Charmaine was so wonderful at putting us at ease. She gave great direction, but not too much, so we never felt posed or forced. I haven’t shared any photos from our engagement session yet, so first I want to share our favourite snaps from the shoot!

So when it came time to choose a photo for our first Christmas card, you know I had a hard time choosing! We loved all the photos from our session but after three evenings spent trying to decide, we finally choose this one!

When it came to turning our photo into a holiday card, I turned to Optimal Print. There are so many gorgeous holiday card designs to choose from and even better, they print and ship within 72 hours. Perfect for those of us who leave these types of things to the last minute 😉

I feel like sending mail is almost a thing of the past, but there’s still a little niche for sending Christmas cards that I love! Do you send out Christmas cards? Thanks so much for reading and I’m sending you all virtual Christmas cards as we speak (it’s not the same as the printed version though, I know!). XO

**Engagement session photos by Charmaine Otto Photography**

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