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Drawing winners announced!

Wow, the NWAbride Premier Showcase was a huge success with record attendance! We really enjoyed meeting all the wonderful brides and their friends and families. And I was really happy with how the booth looked with our new updates.  You can see a little video from the show over on my Facebook page.

The Fashionista Portrait Party giveaway was really popular – with way more entries than I was expecting.  I had no idea when I asked people to write why they should win that I would get such funny, touching, and wonderful responses! There was no way I could pick just one, so here is what I decided to do: I drew ONE winner at random, and then picked out TWO more based on their responses.

Congratulations to: the random drawing winner, Toni Guist.

The winners based on what they wrote: Wendi Park, and Ellen Heimbach.

Didn’t win but still want to? Have your friends vote for you over on my Facebook page! Come post something on the wall, and whoever gets the most “likes” and comments on their post will also win a session! Contest will end February 4th – so get to it!

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Why should you go to a Bridal Fair?

For people planning a wedding, the task of hunting down inspiration and then the vendors to pull off your ideas can be pretty daunting. The internet is a great resource for wedding planning (and one I used pretty heavily for my own wedding) but nothing beats the experience you get when visiting with wedding vendors in person. However, unless you have an unlimited budget of time, you can’t just go from shop to shop all around town to visit each one – that would take forever! But what if there were a place where you could get a glimpse into the best wedding vendor’s shops, check out their style, sample the products and talk to real people all in one place? Well that is what Bridal shows are for! These shows go out of their way to make the bride feel special, and you will be surrounded by people who want to hear all about your wedding and give you lots of free samples and valuable info.  Even if you’ve already chosen you vendors, the cost of admission is worth it just for the experience – and it makes a great girls day out with your mom or bridesmaids.

Want to get in on the fun? The largest bridal show of the year for Northwest Arkansas is this Saturday, January 15th at the Springdale Convention Center. I will be there with some sweet treats, drawings and booking incentives so come by and see me at the NWAbride Premier Showcase!

Look for my very colorful new sign at the bridal show!

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Happy New Year From Steely Joe!

As the year comes to a close, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of my wonderful clients who made this year so fun. An especially big “thank you” to all my brides and grooms who gave me the honor of being a part of their weddings. You all re-affirmed how much I love being a photographer!


My fabulous 2010 brides and grooms. Getting married? I would love to meet you in the new year!


Steely Joe will keep the momentum going in 2011 with the NWAbride Premier Showcase in January, and my first wedding of the new year in February. Also, I am having an awesome sale on my Friends and Fashion Portrait Parties – just $100 for the most unique and fun party idea ever, but only till the end of January! It would be a great way to spend a chilly winters afternoon/evening with your girlfriends or for a bachelorette party! More details on my website.

Happy New Year Everyone, and thanks again for a great year!