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// Author: Vanessa // 72 Comments

Welcome to Vanessa Weddings‘ blog!  This has been a long time coming and after much trial and error and brainstorming (and patience from my awesome designers/developers), here we are!! Please be patient as we work out the kinks and refine things.

As promised, I have a stellar giveaway to start things off with a bang.  I love giving things away so make sure you check back regularly. You never know what fun stuff you might win! ;)


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                                                                             TA DAAAAAA!!! Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s (one package of film is included)

If you’ve ever used one of these, you’ll know they are SO much fun! I’ve been to weddings where these were used as the guest book- every guest took pictures of themselves with these cameras then placed them on a scrapbook page with a note to the bride and groom- such a great idea! They’re great for everyday fun images and a different perspective at your next party or event.

 To enter, just comment with an idea of how YOU might like to use this camera and what you might do with the cool little prints. Then, head over to the Vanessa Weddings Facebook page and “like” us for notice of future posts and giveaways!  Feel free to share this blog with your friends & family. 

Contest ends at 12:00 midnight EST on Monday, February 18th, 2013. One entry per person please! 

P.s. This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Fujifilm. They don’t even know I’m doing this. :)

P.p.s. There may or may not be chocolate thrown in for the winner. Because I’m just sweet like that.



Thank you for your support and encouragement!




  1. Katie Starr - February 14, 2013 8:20 pm

    Congrats! Lovely website, Vanessa! Love the galleries you have up; such talent!
    As for your cute giveaway, wonderful way to jump start the website traffic!

    And to what I would used the fancy little camera for: My husband and I are moving to Asia to teach English this summer, and if I had a cute little Instax Mini, we could take pictures of our adventures and then mail them back to friends and family like mini postcards! A fun and personal way to say “hi!”

    I hope you and yours have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! :)

    • Krissy Hinton - February 18, 2013 7:27 pm

      This would be SO much fun to own!! I’ve wanted a Polaroid camera for a while! I’ve always wanted one if I ever went on a cross Country road trip to take pictures and put them in a “smash book”. That’s how I would use this camera! :)

  2. Lela Elliott Gillin - February 14, 2013 8:22 pm

    I would use this cute little camera for snapshots to send to my brother in Afghanistan where he is bravely serving our country. He loves his sweet nieces and would enjoy seeing pictures of them.

    • Vanessa - February 15, 2013 11:52 am

      Huge thanks to John for his service to our country!!

  3. Esther - February 14, 2013 8:23 pm

    Since childhood, I have been known as the girl who takes pictures of gravel roads and overexposed pictures. Until the invention of the camera phone, I have never had much luck with cameras at all. So if I were to win this camera, I would use it to (hopefully) get those pictures of family, friends, and locations I have wanted to take for *so* many years! It would clear my name from being “gravel girl” while having fun creating memories…also, that is an ADORABLE camera!

    The fact that it includes instant gratification is AWESOME as well. ;)

  4. Meghan - February 14, 2013 9:02 pm

    I think I would just carry it with me to take photos of simple happy things, and put them together to make an inspiration board.

  5. Jackie K - February 14, 2013 10:14 pm

    Ive wanted a polaroid for so long! If take pictures with friends, events, the marvelous nature and scenery of my beautiful town, and pictures of all the places I visit. If I won it, I would do the photo a day project and stick them on my wall or bulletin board. I never end up printing the photos I take with my digital camera so it would be awesome to win this!
    Thanks a ton for this giveaway. It’s truly the best giveaway idea ever! So excited!
    P.S. my other blog is

  6. Elizabeth Bailey - February 14, 2013 10:34 pm

    Hummm….what would I use that cute camera for? Or it’s prints? I could make photo books, modpodge coasters, lots of fun things. Would be perfect for capturing everyday and vacation memories in a fun unique way. Thanks for doing this!

    And btw, FujiFilm should get on the ball. They ought to know who you are! What gives?! ;-D

  7. Carrie Drake - February 14, 2013 10:42 pm

    I am great at taking pics of my kids (meaning I take them often, not that I necessarily take them well), but I rarely print or organize them. I would use this in the hopes that I would actually do something with my printed pictures!

  8. Matt Hinton - February 14, 2013 11:28 pm

    I remember my first experience with a Polaroid camera. It was a pig roast at our church and they had someone there taking all the kids pictures. I thought nothing of it until I saw my picture appear on this card as if by magic. Needless to say, I was hooked. The idea of instantly getting to see you picture fascinated me. I kept that picture for a long time, I might even still have it in a box somewhere. Ever since that day I’ve wanted a camera like that of my own. One idea I have for it would be to use it at some of the community outreach things my church does and take pictures of the children. Who knows, maybe I would be able to bring them as much enjoyment as I had when I got to see my picture magically appear before my very eyes. :)
    Another idea is that I’m working on having a family of my own and this would make for a pretty cool memory maker… Or rather a memory recorder.

    Blessings to you my friend.

  9. Alyssa Burkhardt - February 15, 2013 12:07 am

    Eeeek! Congratulations!! And what a fun giveaway to start off! (:
    I would use the adorable Instax Mini to take pictures of the little moments of husband and I’s days and then hang the prints around our little home.
    Hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day (:

  10. Bianca - February 15, 2013 1:57 am

    Hello Vanessa I came across your blog through Instagram and I’m glad I did I love it!! And love you! You seem like a free spirit I love your fun attitude! I’m a fashion blogger from Miami and I can’t believe I’ve never seen this before lol I would love to win this giveaway I would totally do like photo shoots and photo booth theme pics and make a collage so many different things to do!! Good luck to everyone who enters and good luck picking a winner XO :)

  11. Katie J. - February 15, 2013 9:47 am

    I like the website, Vanessa! :) And, if I win the giveaway, I’m totally stealing the idea of using it for my wedding (it’s getting so close now!). :D

  12. Carmen Blankenship - February 15, 2013 10:47 am

    Love, love your photography & really wish you lived closer so I could use you for my wedding!

    If I were to win this giveaway, I would love to use the adorable camera at my wedding reception, then on our honeymoon, & lots of other occasions too!

    • Vanessa - February 15, 2013 11:32 am

      I do travel! :) Thank you for the kind words!!

  13. Janet McK - February 15, 2013 11:20 am

    You mean like how I would use this ALL the time? On missions trips to give away portraits. To give the kids in my sunday school class REAL #nurseryportraits! Of my nieces and nephew(s)? At weddings, to give the bride & groom a real-time portrait on their wedding day to take with them!

    Congrats on the new site Vanessa!!!!

  14. Elizabeth Jones - February 15, 2013 11:39 am

    Your website looks great my dear! That camera is awesome, I am sure I could use it as I have only printed pictures of my daughter once! They all live on hard drives or on the web :) I would probably mostly use it to send pictures of Amelia to MY grandma who is technologically challenged and begs me to send her pictures through the post! :)

  15. Sarah - February 15, 2013 11:52 am

    Congrats on the new site, Vanessa! Love you developers! :) :) :) Blessings to ya! As for the camera: Pictures for the grandparents of course! :) :) :)

  16. Shannon Mathews - February 15, 2013 11:57 am

    Love the blog! Excited for you. I would have several uses for that sweet little camera! It would be great for a new members postings at our little church or for guest pics at our annual events and Christmas parties. Not to mention all the kids I have who would love to have their pictures taken. And my youth group would love a youth wall with their pictures posted!! I have LOTS of ideas lol just no camera. Haha

  17. Mandy Lantz - February 15, 2013 12:05 pm

    I would use the camera to take pictures on my missions trip this summer!! So I could send them to my family while I’m gone!

  18. Eastlyn - February 15, 2013 12:10 pm

    Very NICE blog you have, Vanessa!

    I really don’t have anything creative to say about your giveaway; except, as a new wife, I am still in the process of decorating my home. This camera would be perfect to capture date nights; and then I would clothespin the images to a string over our bed. I like the vintage appeal this has…

  19. Amy White - February 15, 2013 12:19 pm

    I would use it to take pics of my 6 month old son, Connor, to capture all of those special moments and then be able to actually Have the prints to make a scrapbook for him.. Rather than just have the pics stored on my phone

  20. Sara Cummins - February 15, 2013 2:26 pm

    Since Dan and I are in school and are doing lots of artsy work, I would probably use the camera to create or capture pieces of art. There are alot of things/ideas that i see and want to take pictures of and don’t because I don’t have a camera. Plus, we do not have a lot of pics of us together so it would be fun to have something like that to capture our pure awesomeness. :)

  21. Carol - February 15, 2013 2:37 pm

    Super cool!! Congratulations!!! Hope this brings you the best clients in the area. :) Blessings on you, my friend! c.

  22. Rebecca T - February 15, 2013 4:26 pm

    What a cute little camera! I would use it for so many things! If I were local, you’d have my business. Love your work.

    • Vanessa - February 15, 2013 10:09 pm

      Thanks, Rebecca!! I do travel. :)

  23. Emily Wells - February 15, 2013 5:20 pm

    Hi there! It’s exciting that you have a blog!! Congrats!
    How would I use that awesome camera? Hmmm…
    Photo projects with the kiddos I nanny and babysit for (scavenger hunts, school projects, etc.), on mission trips where you want to be able to instantly share photos with those you’re serving– especially at times when you’re not sure you’re going to see those people again or if they don’t have email or Facebook, at the two weddings I’m in this summer, or my wedding someday (love the guest book idea!!). That’s all I can think of for now. :)

  24. Ruthann - February 15, 2013 5:32 pm

    Beautiful photography and web site Vanessa! I have a friend in Malaysia who has a camera similar to that and it just looks like fun! I’d take photos of my family and friends and mugs of coffee and pretend I knew what I was doing, but really just have fun. :-)

  25. Adrian D. - February 15, 2013 6:26 pm

    Congrats on the new website, Vanessa!! It looks great!!

    If I were to win this little beauty… I would use it for my wedding in July and set it up for our DIY photobooth!! Then my new hubby and I could take it on our honeymoon to Jamaica!

  26. Jennifer Gideon - February 15, 2013 9:12 pm

    Fun! Website if fabulous, darling – as are you!

    If I had this fun camera – I’d do fun photo walks with my 3 year old so she could have instant gratification on her already crazy good pictures! I wish that someone would have fostered a creative way to express myself when I was younger. Who knows what the next generation will have in store for us if we just provide them with some basic tools!

  27. Jackie Phillips - February 16, 2013 11:29 pm

    I love, love, love the new blog and look!! So you!!! As far as the Polaroid give-away, super fun! I would totally leave fun prints hidden with sweet notes to my husband and just take pictures of everyday life. Something I need to work on (even as a photographer). Plus, it may help with our fever to go into film!

  28. Blanca Zearfaus - February 16, 2013 11:33 pm

    Very nice blog Vanessa!! Congrats!! If I were to win that sweet lil camera it could come in handy for snapping lifes memories of me and my lil family. We cant figure out how to retrieve the thousands of pics we have on our hard drive cause its broken, so hopefully I could get a neat lil camera such as this one to where I can have some instant memories that cant get stuck on a hard drive!! Thanks for the chance… Take care!

  29. Misty Roszell - February 16, 2013 11:53 pm

    I would use this camera to take pics of artistic inspirations when they strike- be it a sunset, a cool building, or an awesome fabric pattern- and then add it as a visual aid to my sketchbook for future paintings. Congrats on the new website! I love your photography!

  30. Esther R. - February 16, 2013 11:55 pm

    Well I am not getting married anytime soon, I don’t have children, and I don’t have many date nights. But I love to travel and I enjoy crafts so that would be how I would use the camera. And maybe I would sneak in a few shots of my adorable niece.
    I look forward to seeing more of your work as time goes by. Love you m’dear.

  31. Leah Williams - February 17, 2013 12:07 am

    I would use it to take super fun pics of dates that I go on with my hubby! :)

  32. Cindy - February 17, 2013 7:02 am

    I can see so many ways I would use a cool camera like this. With grand babies I’m always taking photos but never seem to get them printed. It would be great to be able to have instant mini prints of them and they would love the instant gratification of having instant prints. The little prints would be a great addition to my “Smash” scrapbooking as I document the life of Cindy. In addition, we’ve got two weddings this year and this would be great to create a digital guest book for the kids.

  33. Jody - February 17, 2013 7:50 am

    Enjoyed your site. Going on a.trip in April. That compact camera would fit nicely!

  34. Jennifer Olmstead - February 18, 2013 12:35 pm

    I want to have an Instax board in the entryway of our new house, where I take and post photos of every guest, so we remember the people we see. :) What a great giveaway!

    • Esther R. - February 18, 2013 7:24 pm

      That is an awesome idea!

  35. Rachel Lank - February 18, 2013 12:37 pm

    Congrats on the new website Vanessa!!! It looks great. What a great feeling, right?

    And to enter the giveaway.. I would use that little gem of a camera to take photos for FUN. As a photographer myself, I’m always shooting for others and would love a fun little camera to use as I travel, hang out with friends or spend time with the hubs.

  36. Malia George - February 18, 2013 12:47 pm

    Oh my word I adore these cameras! I spend my whole summer in the mountains of NC working at a camp where kids who have parents in prison and they all come to the camp for free, we don’t have much at the camp but we give them love but must importantly share with them the wonderful and awesome news of the gospel with them. I would love to capture the pure joy on their faces as they enjoy being kids and let their troubles from their life are put behind them for a week. And to be able to print them out and frame them right away for the camp wall!!!

  37. Mandy Caudill - February 18, 2013 12:51 pm

    This IS WHAT I WANTED FOR CHRISTMAS~ I want to bring it to every engagement shoot then take one photo there, THEN bring that photo to their wedding and ‘imitate the photo somehow with the photo in the photo! OR bring it to the wedding and take a photo of her and him separately then give each other the photo and photograph that :) If that makes sense! So glad to meet you the other day!!!

  38. Kat - February 18, 2013 12:54 pm

    I’d probably decorate my cubicle with fabulous moments!

  39. sarah - February 18, 2013 12:57 pm

    How fun! I think I’d use this camera to take pics of fun family days / outings and put them up on my toddler’s cork board in her room.

  40. Kristin U. - February 18, 2013 1:07 pm

    Yay! Huge congrats on having this up and running, Vanessa!! I bet you’re breathing a huge sigh of relief! :)

    I’d LOVE to win the camera! I’d probably use it for a lot of things, but I’d love to take images of my portrait clients and keep a little log of them or post them in my work space. I’d also love to take some photos of friends, family, and places I travel to as decoration in my room! :)

  41. Veronica - February 18, 2013 1:39 pm

    I love your new site!

    I’d use the camera for taking pictures of Mac and caregivers at the hospital: so we can document names with the faces immediately and he can have their picture with their signature in his Hospital Journal.

    Plus the camera is a great size for carrying in the massive amount if stuff I carry. I don’t have a P&S, and a bug camera isn’t something I can just pack in the trach bag.

  42. Brenda Planalp - February 18, 2013 1:47 pm

    I would love to give this to my talented and budding photo-artist daughter, Lydia. It seems like a non- intimidating camera to get to know and experiment with to get her away from just using digital. So delighted for you as you expand your career in capturing memories!

  43. Sheri Liechty - February 18, 2013 1:49 pm

    LOVE your site, Vanessa!! Nice job!

    I would LOVE to have this adorable little camera! I would use it to take pictures of all the little things my baby Gray does during the day and normallly go unnoticed or quickly forgotten. Then I would put them all together and make a scrapbook for him. =)

  44. Jill Levenhagen - February 18, 2013 1:57 pm

    My kids would so love this camera!

  45. Melodie Murray - February 18, 2013 2:12 pm

    There is no doubt in my mind that this lil camera would be taking pics of my little kiddos :)

  46. Elisabeth - February 18, 2013 4:18 pm

    I think it would be cool to use this camera for a fun photo scavenger hunt date with my man!

  47. Grace Tharp - February 18, 2013 4:39 pm

    So excited for you, Vanessa. It looks like your business ventures are going spectacularly. I would use the Fujifilm camera for snapping all sorts of fun pictures of my twins at play and our familyx4 adventures. I hope I win :) I look forward to seeing all your blog posts with your photography display!

  48. Lindsey Olson - February 18, 2013 7:09 pm

    the site looks great, Vanessa!! I would LOVE this little treasure for capturing the fun moments of my summer being pregnant with my FIRST baby :) As a photographer it is always fun to try new ways of capturing images!

  49. Andrea Reeves - February 18, 2013 7:35 pm

    This little camera would definitely be going with me to Italy later this year. :) But before then, I would take it around my new town and get some great shots to hang in our new home. :)

  50. Kelsey - February 18, 2013 7:46 pm

    Love your website…and I’d use this adorable little camera to capture memories with friends, family, and especially during a week at the beach with my sweet girlfriends coming up in April!

  51. Stephanie Breznau - February 18, 2013 8:09 pm

    I love taking pictures all the time, but this camera would so nifty to cart around in my diaper bag or purse for all the many special Kodak moments that happen all day long with my precious munchkins. :-D

  52. Katie - February 18, 2013 8:25 pm

    Your site is pretty swanky! :) Nice job!! … as for the camera – that’s quite the lil contraption. I would love to win it because it’s cute, and it would be fun! My shoulders would also like me to win so they don’t have to lug my huge bag of gear around anytime I want to take pictures! ;)

  53. Monica DeMass - February 18, 2013 8:35 pm

    VANESSA!!! Your site is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it!! <3

  54. Jamee Love - February 18, 2013 8:36 pm

    Awesome site Vanessa! I would probably use this fun little camera for an upcoming baby shower (the mommy hasn’t been able to have babies so we’ve been storming the throneroom of Grace on their behalf and she just found out she’s PREGGO)… Much like you did for the wedding… :) This would be so fun!! Looking forward to seeing all your upcoming AWESOME pictures!! I stalk your Facebook page ;) looking at pictures…. You’re amazing!! <3

  55. Laura - February 18, 2013 8:38 pm

    I would love to use this camera and prints to have fun with the kids and record memories of our every day lives. :)

  56. Rebecca - February 18, 2013 8:48 pm

    I’ve always wanted a instant camera! For the reason that’s its instant! I’d use it to take snapshots of my every day happenings and then use a wall in my house and put them all up and fill the entire wall :)

  57. Jeanette Puckett - February 18, 2013 9:43 pm

    Congratulations on your new website! It’s beautiful!

    I would love to win a Polaroid because it’s so fun to be able to capture a moment and give someone a print instantly! Digital is nice, but it doesn’t beat holding a print in your hand!

  58. Abigail Maurer - February 18, 2013 9:46 pm

    I’m finishing up my senior year of college and want to capture the essence of the people and the place I’ve grown during the past four years of life. And, I’m getting ready to move into a new season of life where I hope to pursue a career as a freelance writer, and settle into a new life. Documenting that transition with photos from a new camera would be wonderful!

  59. Danelle - February 18, 2013 10:41 pm

    Well, I’m pretty sure I need to take this sweet little camera with me the next time I go to Enkay!! It was so cool to see another friend snapping pics of team members with our NK friends and then she was able to give them a copy of the picture. SUCH a wonderful way to leave a lasting memory and build relationships through leaving a photo memory with people who wouldn’t have a camera to capture the moment if they could. I’d love to be able to do the same…and I’ve maybe got such a trip coming up… if only I had the camera! ;)

  60. Britton Felber - February 18, 2013 11:00 pm

    I would use this to save and cherish the continued love story of my gorgeous bride and I! I would love to have prints instantly in my hands and then in a book. That’s priceless!! I need this camera. If I don’t win it I’m buying it. I need this. :)

    Btw, I love the new site!!!!

  61. Katie Christy - February 18, 2013 11:02 pm

    I would use the camera to snap pictures of my kiddos. Love the website, Vanessa! It’s beautiful, I know you put a ton of work into it. It shows!

  62. Andrew - February 18, 2013 11:03 pm

    I would use this camera to take on dates with my girlfriend, and then put all the pictures into a scrapbook to give her for our anniversary.

  63. Linz - February 18, 2013 11:05 pm

    Oh fun! We had a Polaroid as kids and I lovvved it. Now, I would use it to take snapshots of my nieces and nephew. Plus, my fiancé and I never take enough pictures of the two of us. This would be a fun way to do it!

  64. Karen Baker - February 18, 2013 11:16 pm

    Why Mary Poppins I would use it to take pictures of all our beautiful children and grandchildren!

  65. Kelsey - February 18, 2013 11:34 pm

    I would take pics of my family to have as memories! Scrapbook them! Put them in a collage! Share them! Not enough pictures are in actual picture form anymore they are all digital! I love to take pictures and this would be an awesome way to do it!

  66. Tiffany - February 18, 2013 11:44 pm

    I would use it to take pictures of my kids!! And to take pictures with them for school projects!

  67. Lacey R. - February 19, 2013 12:14 am

    Take pics of my kiddos and scrapbook them! =)


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