{CurioRoad} Launching The Wedding Collection + A Giveaway

I'm always looking for awesome shops that offer unique collections of goods for the wedding day. When I found CurioRoad I was oh so excited about the wonderful collection they offer. They have been selling a collection of goods including a collection from Rifle Paper Co. but last week they opened up a Wedding Collection! And guess what, CurioRoad is offerings a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner in today's giveaway. Subscribe to the newsletter for a chance to win! We will announce the winner on Monday, June 3.

curioroad-wedding-collection1Credit: Citrine Two Tier Earrings, Sparkle Crystal Earrings,  Clear Crystal & Brass Earrings, Twisted Aquamarine Earrings

This collection of earrings is breathtaking. Even better, the price points are incredibly affordable. Yay for that. Aside from offering a stunning collection of earrings, CurioRoad has a collection of jewelry and accessories for the brides and their girls. These necklaces and headpieces are absolutely gorgeous, don't you think?

curioroad-wedding-collection2Credit: Dutchess Five Pear Clear Diamond Necklace, Square Citrine Necklace, Infinity Crystal HeadbandGold Metal Hardband 

CurioRoad is also the perfect place to find reception decor and gifts for your girls.

curioroad-wedding-collection3Credit: LOVE Gold Leaf LettersBridesmaid Personalized DishHappy Couple Wedding Cake TopperFloral Coaster Gift Set

"At Curio Road, we discover and feature spectacular products from the top small designers in the USA. Our team of merchants works nonstop to help our brides, bridesmaids, and all creative women find truly unique jewelry, accessories, apparel, and gifts. In the process, we also seek to help the incredibly talented - and undiscovered - designers in the USA grow their small businesses and reach customers who are passionate about unique design and shopping local. We hope you will join us and discover our curated Wedding collection. Say no to ordinary. Create your own unique life. And above all - Live Beautifully!"

No matter what you are looking for, CurioRoad is an online shop that you should definitely check out. The prices are unbeatable, the style is gorgeous and each piece is handmade by an independent designer. 

Minted Design Contest

Minted always has the best collection of stationery, invitations, and cards. Today you get to be the judge and choose the next Save The Date design that will be available for sale on Minted! The designer of the winning card will receive a cash prize (how awesome is that?!) AND Minted is giving away not 1 but 3 $100 Minted giftcards to 3 random voters! HOW TO ENTER:

Choose your favorite design + comment which number it is!


3 random commenters will each receive a $100 Minted giftcard to use for anything on their site. The winners will be announced January 15, 2013.

Good luck to all!

Champagne Flute Giveaway from Uncommon Goods

UPDATE: We have chosen a winner! Congrats to Caitlin Green!  Uncommon Goods has a huge collection of unique wedding gifts (http://www.uncommongoods.com/occasions/wedding-gifts) and anniversary gifts (www.uncommongoods.com/occasions/anniversary-gifts/anniversary-gifts) that are perfect for the happy couple.  I mean seriously, check out these awesome pieces that are just perfect little wedding gifts, then we will get to the awesome giveaway we have for you today.

Love Will Find A Way

Heart Strings State Love

Custom Fingerprint

And now for our fabulous Uncommon Goods giveaway. We have a pair of Ribboned Glass Champagne Flutes up for grabs for the winner!




Head to uncommongoods.com and pick your favorite product on the site. Comment below what you love and how you would use it. For an extra entry follow Uncommon Goods on Pinterest. Simple as that! We will be announcing our winner on September 10!

Milkfed Press Stationary Giveaway

Victoria, the design genius and creator behind Milkfed Press is one of the most raved about stationary and invitation work in Northern California. All her work is custom designed that is catered to her client's needs and combines every bit of craftsmanship possible: binding, typography, design, and letter press printing- with a very antique touch! Look at some of her work:

We love her! And we want to share some of her work with you with another giveaway! Here's what you have to do:

Like the Milkfed Press Facebook page & our Engaged&Inspired Facebook page,

Email me your name and address to EngagedandInspiredNatalie@gmail.com-

and the first to do this will have 7 Shake It! 8 1/2 x 11 Letterpress Prints mailed to them!

Good Luck!

and congratulations to Dalena Nguyen for winning last week's Milk&Honey Shoe Competition!

Here is her shoe design here!


The Lab + Pinterest = Bring Your Pinterest Board To Life

The Lab is a bridal experience unlike any other. Instead of traditional bridal faires, immerse yourself in inspiration brought to life, mingle with other brides & vendors all night long, find your wedding day style with our runway show modeled by SF Fashion Bloggers, and round out the night with a fabulous dance party. All this and more is definitely what you are in for when you go to The Lab. (Get your tickets now!)

Taking place in Sonoma, CA on January 12, 2013 we will have one heck of a party for you to get inspired in the best way possible, by seeing it all right in front of you!

Want your Pinterest board to come to life by a team of the best vendors in Northern California? Pin your dream wedding and submit it. If we choose it, it will be one of our featured tablescapes the night of the event.

We have partnered with a group of FABULOUS bloggers to make this happen. Head on over to Snippet & Ink, Ruffled, City Sage, Weddingbee, (more coming tomorrow) submit a link to your pinterest board!

Here is a sampling of what your board should look like:

Comment the link to your board and we will check it out! Thanks so much and we can't wait to have you at THE LAB!

Milk & Honey Giveaway

When you are looking for that perfect shoe, isn't there always the thought in your back of your head that wishes it would just take off that tacky bow or flower? Or maybe give it a different print, a different cut? Or even if it was just in a different color!  That's why the creators of Milk & Honey created a website that allows you to design and buy your very own shoe... yourself! Not only that, but they do have a wonderful selection of flats, boots, wedges, pumps, sandals, and bridals which will be custom created- so it's not a one size fits all type of deal with them. Look at these photos to get some inspiration from these shoe designers. They have also been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Lucky Magazine, and Marie Claire as well- even having celebrity guests to design their own shoes as well.

We are partnering up with the creators of Milk & Honey for another giveaway for our readers!

Go to their website, and design the perfect bridal shoe (it's really fun and easy!) and email your entries to engagedinspirednatalie@gmail.com by August 12th. The winner of this design competition will be able to win Milk& Honey's No More Muffin Top Tights- designed with revolutionary technology with a patented waistband AND be able to receive 20% off at their next purchase as well!

We will announce the winners on August 13th. Good luck and have fun!

Novella Bridal Trunk Shows + Giveaway

Novella Bridal, a wedding gown boutique located in San Francisco, offers some of the most beautiful bridal gowns, the most breath taking collections from famous designers, and top notch, personalized services for the bride-to-be in the bay area! Many people have complimented on their superb alterations, their wonderfully catering consultation services, and their super friendly customer service.

People love them, and we do too! So we have teamed up for a little giveaway offering! Here is their trunk show schedule featuring some totally awesome designers. Oh and guess what. The first five readers of Engaged & Inspired to make any purchase at these trunk shows will win a wedding hair accessory or headband worth up to $100. Also, if you make a Casablanca purchase this weekend, you will receive an additional 10% discount!

Casablanca 2013- August 3rd-5th

San Patrick 2013- September 14th- 16th

Pronovias 2013- October 19th- 21st

Essense of Australia- November 2nd-4th. 

Note: Call to make reservations at (415) 981-9373, please ask for Jacqui or Elyse. In order to win, state that you are a reader of Engaged & Inspired.

Visit their website at www.novellabridal.com and like their Facebook page.

Dapper + Dash Winner Announced

Alright everybody...It's time! The snazzy and dashing visual engineers behind Dash & Dapper  are giving away custom-fit bowties for one lucky groom and 4 groomsmen. Just to remind you of what these one-of-a kind bowties looked like, take a look at their fabulous collection.


Their intricate cuts and swanky patterns (done by the hands only a true craftsmen could create) effortlessly create the vintage look of a sharp, smart, modern man that is never outdated. The eco-friendly ethics behind it just speak authenticity. The material these bow ties are the real thing, recycled through decades of past traditions, made only to be reliable, sturdy, and strong. 

 And who said men's style had to be so limiting to just a plain ol' tux? 

Photo Credit: Jason + Anna Photography

 The lucky bride whose about-to-be-husband and his entourage who will get to turn into a dapper and dashing pack of spiffy men is:

Kaitlin Boles

 Katilin, please email allison@engagedandinspired.com to follow up on your next steps. Congratulations!

Thank you again for all those who have participated and keep an eye out for more fun giveaways! And for the innovators behind Dapper&Dash- keep creating those ties to give a reason for men to look forward when dressing up, and hopefully we can partner up again soon.

Dapper & Dash Custom Bow Tie Giveaway

I'm pretty excited about a unique giveaway we have for you today courtesy of Dapper + Dash. I just have to say I love everything about this company. You know I'm a huge obsessor of branding, right? Well they have it down to the tee. Just look at these amazing boxes.

Dapper+Dash begins with the essentials. Only the best vintage ties and materials are considered. Once they pass the test, these materials, often found buried in closets and long forgotten, find new life. The materials are cleaned, repurposed, cut by hand and stitched into one of three patterns to create dapper bow ties for a dashing man. The packaging is assembled locally with an eye to sustainability: each bow tie is distributed in recycled sturdy, lightweight handcrafted tube, stamped by hand with the Dapper + Dash logo then sent to its final destination.

Dapper & Dash can create custom bowties as well. This is a great way to add a memory into your wedding by using the fabric of old ties from his grandfather as his bowtie. I love the idea of adding in that little extra touch to make your wedding day that much more special for him.

Photo Credit: Jason & Anna Photography


1 lucky couple will win custom-fit bow ties for the groom and up to 4 groomsmen for their wedding day.

How To Enter:

Like the Dapper & Dash Facebook Page

Like the Engaged & Inspired Facebook Page.

1 dual-liker will win. We will announce the winner on July 9.

Good Luck to all!

The Story of Us :: Book Giveaway

We are excited to be part of the  Chronicle Books blog tour and offering a book giveaway to you fabulous people. This new keepsake journal, created by Tacori and Chronicle,  The Story of Us, is a great way to remember all those little details about you two.

And now for my engagement story:

I have talked about my engagement story a few times in the history of this blog but here it is again.

I can't say I wasn't waiting and waiting for a proposal (because I would never lie to you guys) and in fact I was counting the minutes until it finally happened. When we started dating in 2006 it didn't come as a surprise to a lot of people (there was quite a history there, in fact, I think our first kiss was almost 10 years ago now) and most of all it didn't come as a surprise to me. But when it happened I was sure that this would be it for both of us and that we would end up together. (I was sure of that years before even.) So after years and years of dating I was definitely ready. Every time we would go somewhere I would think, " Ok this is how he should propose...he could totally do this right here. And....I even was pretty sure it was going to happen a few times and therefore positioned myself in certain ways. I'm crazy, just in case you haven't gathered that by now.

The day that he finally did propose was well, VERY unexpected. I had a huge fashion show coming up and to say I was stressed was an understatement. I remember being really upset for someone parking too close to my car, and having a big fit about it. Seriously, I was a little nuts that night. Ian was very adement on getting our Christmas tree that night and decorating it, but I had other plans of picking up dress shipments, and having a friend come over to help with lots of stuff.

Long story short, once the tree was decorated I went to go try on the dress shipments and pair their accessories up. He kept asking me to come to the living room but I was being VERY difficult. Finally I oblique (wearing the worst clothes ever by the way...PJ pants, a huge sweatshirt). He made me sit on his lap and then just looked at me for about 5 minutes. Somewhere in there I caught on and I was in awe. He gave me a ring box and saying something (I can't really even remember, I was in such shock). Then I said, "wait, so do I open this?" I will never forget the look on his face, he was so proud of himself, it was amazing.

Ever since then people always asked why he didn't get on one knee.....So at our wedding, this happened:

For a chance to win this beautiful book, leave a comment below about your engagement story. We’ll pick a winner this Wednesday, April 11th!

So happy I was given the chance to partake in this blog tour along with Delightfully EngagedHello!LuckyApartment 34 and Valley & Co.