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Estelle & Magan’s Meet-aversary! (Sap + Book Giveaway)

If you ever checked out our ABOUT page, you may already know that Magan and I met at one of my best friends’ weddings back in February of last year. I was a bridesmaid visiting Austin for the second time (and a week out from my own wedding). Magan was the lovely photographer that my friend’s mom found online. (She’s infinitely proud of this.) I remember being completely blown away when I first saw my friend’s engagement photos.

When I met Magan a few hours before the wedding, I was really surprised by how young she was. (Isn’t that silly? My own wedding photographers were young too.) But she was very sweet, professional, and I loved the way she did her job. I was kind of known as the bridesmaid who was about to get married, and she was nice enough to ask me about my husband-to-be and what our wedding was going to be like. And that’s where it popped up for the first time — books. (My husband and I incorporated them a lot in our wedding.) It’s probably hard to believe but we didn’t talk much more than that. She was doing her job and I was busy sampling all the fantastic beer. (Maybe too busy doing that. ha)

A week later, I got married, went away on a 2-week honeymoon, and when I got back… I had a friend request from Magan on Facebook and we started talking more about books on Twitter. (BTW, her pictures were magnificent! Amazing. We still talk about them in my office. Here’s the feature on Style Me Pretty… fun sidenote: yes that first picture is my chest. And that big picture of Carly and David shouldn’t be blurry – SMP stretched and pixelated it.)

I always like those ironic “how they met” stories.

Here’s a picture of Carly and me taken by Magan. (Scroll down to the very bottom of the post for a few photo booth outtakes from the evening.)

photography by magan blasig of urban grey photography

I honestly can’t believe it’s been a year since my friend’s wedding. It feels so far away and too close to be true all at the same time. Having Magan in my life has been so incredible and so much fun. She’s such a dedicated blog partner, enthusiastic, and completely supportive. And a great friend to have in every other aspect of life. (We finally get to hang out in person in a few weeks & I am so psyched!)


To celebrate our one-year anniversary (do we sound in love or what?), we are giving away one copy of The Fault in Our Stars by the mega-amazing John Green. Yay, book giveaway! My fabulous and talented celebrant (and fellow YA obsessive), Jessie of Eclectic Unions, contacted us about an extra copy she had obtained and wanted to know if we would want to use it as a giveaway. So here we are. Big huge, cupcake-filled thanks to Jessie (who first introduced me to Anna & the French Kiss)!



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Good luck! Can’t wait to see who wins! πŸ™‚

P.S. Happy weekend!

March 2, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Jasmine Rose - Also, did I forget to mention that those pictures are fabulous? Because they are :]

March 2, 2012 - 2:45 pm

VeganYANerds - Oops, I forgot to include the answer: Will Grayson, Will Grayson πŸ˜‰

March 2, 2012 - 9:23 am

margie c {the bumble girl} - (ducking!) I have yet to read any of John Green’s books! I know, what’s wrong with me, lol! However, I do have this one on my TBR πŸ™‚

Such a sweet ‘how-we-met’ story! You really never know where you’ll find your besties! Happy Anniversary! Enjoy!

March 2, 2012 - 9:10 am

Rachel - I’ve never read a John Green book before but I keep hearing a lot of good things. Thanks for the great giveaway! And.. happy anniversary! πŸ™‚

March 1, 2012 - 4:02 am

Catherine S. - I actually haven’t read any John Green’s book. I hope this book will be the first! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the giveaway.

February 29, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Ileana A. - This would be my first John Green book!!
The photos are soooo beautiful!! Congrats girls!!

February 29, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Justine H. - Oh my what fabulous photos! But what more is what a wonderful story of you guys. Such an interesting one too πŸ™‚
The first John Green book I read was An Abundance of Katherines, which unfortunately I did not love so much. But the rest were so gooooood! So good!!!

February 29, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Robert Zimmermann - I haven’t read any yet….but I’ve been told I must read some of his books. This is a great way to get the chance, thanks πŸ™‚

February 28, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Jasmine Rose - Okay, no throwing rotten fruit, but I haven’t actually read any JG yet. I’m thinking either Will Grayson, Will Grayson or The Fault in Our Stars will be my first, though.

February 28, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Joy - My first John Green book was Looking for Alaska as part of the Forbidden Book Club, and I absolutely adored it!

February 27, 2012 - 2:54 pm

Bernice - It’s really fascinating how two people can become such good friends after realizing they share a particular interest. The photos are really beautiful. Thank you for being so kind and hosting this giveaway. I have read 2 John Green books before but i haven’t purchased TFIOS simply because in a review i read it was mentioned that it involves someone who has cancer and my grandfather died because of cancer while my mother just battled cancer aswell. But i guess i’m emotionally stable to read about someone with/battling cancer now :). God Bless xxx

February 26, 2012 - 8:58 pm

Lisa - I’ve never read any of John Green’s books, yet. But I’ve read reviews saying its a great read.

Thanks for offering the giveaway! Happy “Anniversary”!

February 26, 2012 - 7:42 pm

Melissa - My first John Green book was An Abundance of Katherines and, since then, I’ve read everything he’s ever written! I’ve borrowed them all from the library, so I actually don’t own any of his books. The Fault in Our Stars was my favourite though!

P.S. I can’t find whether or not your giveaway includes Canada (if it does US only, my apologies!)

February 26, 2012 - 5:48 pm

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February 26, 2012 - 9:41 am

Aik - I haven’t had the chance to read John Green’s books, though I’ve heard a great deal about them. Hopefully this one will be my first! πŸ™‚

February 26, 2012 - 8:29 am

Justine - I have yet to read a John Green book! I never know where to start with authors who have many acclaimed works.

February 26, 2012 - 5:03 am

Daisy - And then I saw the question, lol! I’ve never read a John Green book before, but after all the gushing I’ve heard about the Fault In Our Stars, I think I should start getting exciting about this author as well πŸ™‚

February 26, 2012 - 5:01 am

Daisy - Happy anniversary!! The story of how you met is so sweet and the pictures are amazing! πŸ˜€ I especially love the outtakes πŸ™‚
Thanks so much for the giveaway!

February 25, 2012 - 10:14 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - I have yet to read a John Green book, actually. I know. It’s horrible! Looking for Alaska has been on my list for years, but I have yet to read it. I have recently decided that The Fault in Our Stars is going to be my first. It sounds really good and has gotten great reviews. I can’t wait! I’m in 20th (or so) place for it at my library. It would be cooler to win it, though. πŸ˜€

February 25, 2012 - 10:14 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - I have yet to read a John Green book, actually. I know. It’s horrible! Looking for Alaska has been on my list for years, but I have yet to read it. I have recently decided that The Fault in Our Stars is going to be my first. It sounds really good and has gotten great reviews. I can’t wait! I’m waiting not-so-impatiently for The Fault in Our Stars. I’m in 20th (or so) place for it at my library. It would be cooler to win it, though. πŸ˜€

February 25, 2012 - 9:01 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve always loved your how-we-met story because I love hearing of 2 ppl meeting somewhere and becoming friends like that! And I’m so glad you guys did because you’re both awesome and I’ve enjoyed chatting with you guys on via blogging & twitter! <3

February 25, 2012 - 5:00 pm

Julie Kenkel - hahaha Estelle, I AM TOTALLY PROUD, is right!! I love you and Magan to pieces!

February 25, 2012 - 4:49 pm


February 25, 2012 - 3:12 pm

andrea b - The pictures are lovely!

My first John Green book was Looking for Alaska!
I’m starting to read An Abundance of Katherines (it’s the one that I’m missing – they are all awesome).

February 25, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Andrea @ Bookstalkers - Looking for Alaska! πŸ™‚

February 25, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I’ve never read a John Green book, just the short story of his in “Let It Snow,” which I loved. Thanks for the awesome giveaway, and happy meet-aversary!

February 25, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Jessie - Fabulous photos! Your “meet-cute” is pretty adorable, too. Happy meet-aversary and hurray for John Green! (PS: The book is hanklerfished, too, if that means anything to any Vlogbrother fans)

February 25, 2012 - 1:02 pm

Kristen - Believe it or not, but I have yet to read a John Green book…. hopefully this will be my first! :))

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! ♥

February 25, 2012 - 1:02 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Gosh I love everything about this post. The story of how y’all met & fell in love (haha!) really makes my heart smile πŸ™‚ Finding friends in the most unexpected ways is the best. The two of you run such an incredible blog that keeps me coming back for more and more. I adore you two, so much! So thankful y’all met and started this wonderful place or else I would have never known the two of you ladies.

P.S. those out-take photos at the bottom are priceless. LOVE that.

February 25, 2012 - 12:58 pm

Rayna - I’ve only read one John Green book (Looking for Alaska), and from all the reviews I’ve read, one is certainly not enough.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!


PS The pictures are absolutely beautiful!

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