by: Lauren

Happy Friday friends! So it has been a BIG week here at ELD!!! By now I’m sure you’ve discovered that things are a little different here at ELD (and if you haven’t yet, go take a look around and then come on back) thanks to the launch of ELD 2.0 this past Monday. But I have yet *another* thing to celebrate this week, because TODAY IS EVERY LAST DETAIL’S OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY! (Or anniversary… or blogiversary… I really haven’t decided what to call it.)

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That’s right… 3 years ago, on December 7th, 2009, Every Last Detail officially launched. It was just a tiny post “announcing” the official launch, and it wasn’t the prettiest or best site ever, but it was my own little corner of the internet that I decided to lovingly refer to as Every Last Detail. 3 years ago, I had just been laid off from a desk job, was working part time in the wedding industry, was newly married, and had recently coordinated one of my first weddings. At the time, I totally thought I was going to be a wedding planner- I had no clue that ELD would go in the direction that it did. If you had told me on that day 3 years ago that I would be blogging full time, I would have thought you were crazy! And now, here I am, 3 years later! It’s been quite a journey, and I’ll be honest- sometimes I don’t quite know what the plan is and things can get a tad bit stressful… but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

With the launch of the new ELD, a super amazing inspiration-shoot-turned-dinner-party on Wednesday night, and now the 3 year “birthday”, I’ve spent a lot of time this week reflecting on how far both I and ELD have come. The word that keeps repeating over and over in my head is: thankful. Thankful for the great friends I’ve made who I would have never met if it weren’t for Twitter and the wedding world (yes, I admit it- I have Twitter to thank for many of my friends). Thankful for having a wonderful, supportive community in all of you. Thankful for the pushes when I need them, and reining in when necessary too (I tend to have LOTS of ideas and no time to do them…). Thankful for the people who have trusted me with the marketing of their businesses, and the relationships that I’ve been able to build with them at the same time. Thankful for my lovely contributors who enable me to provide even more pretty to you all. Thankful that my husband and family- although they really don’t understand what I do- have given me nothing but support. Yes, it’s most definitely been an overwhelming- and crazy- week of thankfulness over here! And so on that note…

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… I’m ending this week with something HUGE and AMAZING… a photography giveaway! And this isn’t just any photography giveaway… it’s wedding photography, all day, anywhere in the world, from Karen Schlink Photography! There are several opportunities to enter below, but the only big requirement for entering is to email Karen with your “story”, your wedding date, and a photo of the two of you!*

UPDATE 12/21/12: The winners of the “Anywhere In The World” giveaway have been selected……

Maren and Marco from Germany, you have won wedding photography from Karen Schlink!! (Karen will be emailing you!)

To everyone who entered, thank you so much for your excitement, and your support of ELD too! :) I’m so thankful to have you all as readers! 

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*Disclaimer: Winner will receive full coverage wedding photography, anywhere in the world. Date is subject to Karen Schlink’s availability, and winner is responsible for travel costs.

Another big huge THANK YOU to all of you… and now come celebrate with me and enter this awesome giveaway!!

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Founder & Editor at Every Last Detail
Lauren Grove is the editor and owner of Every Last Detail. A clueless bride-turned-wedding planner, Lauren uses her experiences and knowledge to educate and inspire brides all over the world.
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  1. Dress For The Wedding

    Happy blog birthday, ELD! Lauren, what you have accomplished in those 3 years is amazing! You are an inspiration! Cheers, and here’s to more great things to come!

  2. Loverly

    Congratulations on the anniversary! xo, the Loverly Team

  3. Stephanie (Fab You Bliss)

    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, HAAAAPPPYY birrrrrthday dear Every Last Detail….happy birthday to you! So much fun! Congrats on an amazing 3 years & here’s to many, many more!!!

  4. eengland22

    Happy Blog Birthday! So amazing what can happen in 3 years, isn’t it? I would love to win the Wedding Photography giveaway because it’s the most important part of the wedding, but we don’t have enough in our budget to give it justice.

  5. Lauren Comastro

    I really hope we win this! I have never won anything so I am hoping my luck changes here :)

  6. Karen Schlink

    I’m so excited for everyone who is entering! Please remember that you MUST email me your story & a photgraphy of you and your fiancee to enter! My email address is listed above. Can’t wait to read all your stories! :)


    i am not getting married but I really hope i could win! Come on over to the Kangaroo land to take photo of my bridal products! Please!

  8. Samantha

    Happy blog birthday! How exciting! :)

    My fiance and I would absolutely love to win this giveaway! I am a big photography buff, so it’s very important to me to have beautiful photos of our big day. Unfortunately, we don’t really have much room in the budget to afford beautiful photography, so winning would be a godsend!

    Good luck to everyone entering and congratulations to whoever does win!

  9. Maren

    I HAVE to try it… this is an amazing giveaway! I really want to win it, because i love the photographys on this blog. My wedding is next year in may and this would be just amazing to win!

  10. Monica Wile

    I want to win because it would be such a blessing! :) Her work is beautiful and we are a couple that is on a very tight budget!

  11. Eleanor Moss

    Karen’s photography is absolutely beautiful. It would be so wonderful and such a blessing to win this for our wedding. I would love to have gorgeous photographs to have and share the love and happiness at our wedding.

  12. Kate

    I would love to win this! My fiance and I are paying for the wedding, so every little bit helps. He’s in the Army, and currently deployed, but always close to my heart.

  13. ssantoki

    Karen’s natural style of shooting is beautiful and exactly what my fiance and I were hoping to find for our special day. Plus Karen seems like the kind of person that I would feel very comfortable with.

  14. HoyaBear

    I would love to win this! Karen’s style of photography is exactly what I’ve always imagined for my wedding. I graduated from law school in May and as yet have been unsuccessful in finding a job, which makes affording photography of such high quality nearly impossible. Winning this photography would mean the world to me.

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