Our Fave {Ruby & the Swallow} Posts of 2012

It has been almost a year since we started this blog, and we have loved every minute of it! We've been so blown away by the responses we have been getting all year round from both people we know and all the new people we've met through the blog. It's been difficult having to blog every day - but we've enjoyed the challenge!

So we thought we'd round up a few of our favourite posts from this year (okay, so there are more than a few - it was really hard to decide!). We're in the process of dividing all our posts into categories so that you guys can find them easily! But in the meantime, here are some of our highlights from 2012:
FREE PRINTABLES
We've loved designing fun, free things for you to print yourselves on special occasions and holidays. Every month we've given you a calendar, and we also gave you Valentine's Day tags and flags, a Mother's Day card and Christmas gift tags.
WEDDING STATIONERY
Through starting Ruby & the Swallow this year, it gave us the great opportunity of being asked to design lots of wedding stationery for friends and people who found out about us through the blog. There were Roxy & Dale's farmstyle vintage invitations and save the dates, and Kerryn & Derrick's city chic modern invitations. Donna & Danie asked us to design beautiful forest-themed invitations, Ashley & Struan's invitations were in a french country style, and Dominique & Bruce's invitations were simply modern.
LOVE STORIES
We have so enjoyed posting on lots of different weddings / love stories this year, and it has been such a privilege when people have asked us to feature their weddings. There are too many to name, but two of our favourites were Marc & Kerry and William & Roxy.
THINGS TO KNOW
As a design and wedding blog, we thought it would be good to do informative posts. Have you enjoyed them? We'd love to hear your feedback. We did a three-part series on Things to Know About Buying an Engagement Ring (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), as well as Things to Know About Choosing a Wedding Venue, Things to Know About Wedding Stationery, and Things to Know About Bridesmaids.
PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURES
Photography is one of our favourite things, so we've loved featuring photographers who we are so inspired by. Thanks to Jacki Bruniquel, Saysha Baker, Yolande MarxAdrian Frost and Fiona Clair for allowing us to feature their incredible work.
 
WHO WE ARE
Being bloggers, we don't just want to tell you about design and weddings, but we also like sharing ourselves on here so that you can get to know us. Our favourite personal posts definitely are Things You Didn't Know About Us, Our Dream Weddings (Part 1 and Part 2), and our Monthly Obsessions (September Obsessions, August Obsessions, June Obsessions).
WHAT WE LOVE {TRENDS}
love A LOT of things, and to show you all the trend boards we did this year would be too much for this post. Two of our favourite wedding trend boards are Wedding Hair and Lovely in Lace, and we really love our fashion boards too, such as Colour Blocking and Aztech.
WHAT WE LOVE {REVIEWS}
We love a good review. We try to make sure that whenever we do something cool in Durban, that we blog about it. Our fave reviews have definitely been the bridal fair features: the Heritage Market Bridal Fair and the NWJ Bridal Show. We have also really enjoyed getting to know people involved in the i heart market, and we had so much fun doing this post and this post for them. We love finding cool present ideas, and the Christmas Gift Guide for Her was awesome to put together. Lastly, if you're a magazine reader (and who isn't?) our review on the Fairlady Bride issue was interesting if you're looking for that type of read.
GIVEAWAYS
We loved doing our three giveaways this year, and we hope to bring more to you next year! We gave away a custom-designed necklace from Le P'tit Maison, a canvas print from Glee Projects, and a voucher from Kauai Florida Road.

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