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Amelia Lyon Photography - Holiday Cards

Today we're excited to introduce you to one of our favorite photographers Amelia Lyon. When Jen was planning our own wedding nearly 5 years ago, Amelia was one of the photographers on her inspiration boards. We really enjoy her colorful and playful style. This year we're excited to have used some of her photos for our Holiday Card templates. Many of these designs you might have already seen on our website in the last few months.

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We asked Amelia a few questions about her inspiration and camera gear, so you can also get to know her a bit better:
  • I grew up in Southern California, Chino Hills to be specific!
  • I am currently a portrait and wedding photographer, but most days I get to be a mom!:)
  • I don't get to spend a ton of time online because I'm a mother of three, so when I sit in front of a computer it is to work and not browse around. I LOVE listening to good music, it really lifts me up and inspires me, especially prior to a shoot! Right now I'm really into Bon Iver, Dr Dog, Ra Ra Riot, (always) Jimmy Eat world, The XX, Rihanna, Jonsi, Grouplove, Radiohead (always), and The Killers.
  • My photography style is colorful, playful, emotional, and when I shoot, I try to capture subject so that it feel larger than life!
  • I shoot with a 5D Mark II and my favorite lens is the 35 mm 1.4
  • My favorite thing about photography is that I get to work with happy people who don't mind showing love in front of my lens, my favorite "thing" to shoot is a wedding:)
  • Proud of my family, my business, my work, and am grateful I get to do what I love every time I work.
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    noel ornaments holiday card

    Noel Ornaments Holiday Cards 

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    triangles holiday card

    Little Triangles Holiday Postcards 

    merry and bright holiday card

    Merry and Bright Holiday Cards 

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    Red Fox Holiday Cards 

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    Kraft and Shimmer holiday card

    Kraft and Shimmer Holiday Cards 

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    Warm Wishes Holiday Cards 

    To see more of Amelia's photography, check out her website and follow her on Twitter.

Holiday Photo Cards by Laura Izumikawa

The holidays are right around the corner and we couldn't be more excited to offer Photo Holiday Cards for the first time here at Love vs Design. We have created a Holiday collection in a variety of styles, like modern, vintage, simple and whimsical.

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Left card: Cherish --- Right card: Twinkling, photos by Laura Izumikawa

All of our Holiday card designs can be customized with your own photo. For the Holiday card templates on our website, we used the photos from our favorite photographers. Laura Izumikawa is one of these photographers. She grew up in Tokyo and is now living in Orange County, California.

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We asked Laura a few questions to get to know her a bit better.

How would you describe your photography style?
I think the way I shoot changes every time, with every person and subject as I draw unique inspiration and experiences with my subjects. My goal is to capture a story at the end of the day.

What do you currently do for a living?
I am a lifestyle photographer, recently adding fashion to the mix.

Which photographers do you admire? Who / what influences you?
James Nachtwey was the reason I fell in love with photography. I am forever in awe of his work. Currently in love with "Mirai-chan", by Kotori Kawashima. Bleubird - I love her life and stalk her constantly.

What’s your favorite camera to shoot with?
Borrowed a Hasselblad once and I can't stop thinking about it. "Oh yes, she will be mine."

What do you enjoy the most about photography?
I love that photography can change me as a person as it constantly challenges me to reach outside my comfort zone and makes me want to see things in a totally different light. My favorite thing to shoot is my time traveling away from home. I love documenting new experiences and memories.

Check out some of Laura's amazing photos below and visit her website for much more eye candy.

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Left card: Blissful --- Right card: Holly Jolly, photos by Laura Izumikawa

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Left card: Woodland --- Right card: Evergreen, photos by Laura Izumikawa

Karina Ramos - Featured Artist

Karina Ramos Design

This hard working lady is part of our design team at the Love vs Design office. She is graduating in a few weeks and we're very excited for her to join us full time. She brings a lot of positive energy and she loves to travel around the world to places she's never been before.

Things that catch my eye are clean and classic with a touch of modern elegance; I also have an affinity for condensed typefaces and clean white space. All my life I have had a love for all things visual. From being in elementary school and color coding handwritten notes with jelly pens to painting as a teenager. I feel lucky to be a designer and to have fun every day doing what I love, at times feels surreal.

Other interests and musings: Travel, midcentury modern architecture & design, pugs, black and white, Japanese food & culture, old hollywood glamour, red lipstick, & ice cream! I love to see new things and to travel to places I have never been before. This year I have been lucky enough to backpack through Europe with my friends. And will be travelling to Asia to visit my family in the Philippines and also Hong Kong.

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Modern Deco wedding invitations

Modern Deco, designed by Karina Ramos

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Heart in Hand, designed by Karina Ramos, photo by Max Wanger

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Floating Ribbon, designed by Karina Ramos, photo by Max Wanger

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Simply in Love, designed by Karina Ramos, photo by Max Wanger

Featured Artists & Wedding Invitation Designers at Love vs Design

Wedding Invitation Designers

A few months ago we connected with 12 design friends from around the world, from The Philippines and Australia, to The Netherlands, France, Canada and all across the US. Today we are excited to share the latest Wedding Invitation Suites everyone came up with!

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Joy Laforme design

Pretty Lights, designed by Joy Laforme from Philadelphia, PA

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Molly Jacques calligraphy

Simply Drawn, designed by Molly Jacques from Grand Rapids, MI

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Karina Ramos design

Modern Deco, designed by Karina Ramos from Orange County, CA

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Jarrod Fuller design

Dotted Love, designed by Jarrod Fuller from Perth, Australia

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Kitkat Pecson design

Nautical Love, designed by Kitkat Pecson from Manila, Philippines

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Molly Graham design

Brooklyn Loft, designed by Molly Graham from Anglet, France

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Christine Pak design

Floral Nouveau, designed by Christine Pak from Los Angeles, CA

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Dale Soares design

Bloom and Grow, designed by Dale Soares from Toronto, Canada

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Emily Hoy art

Seaside, designed by Emily Hoy from Long Beach, CA

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Huilin Dai design

Cheerful Celebrations, designed by Huilin Dai from Phoenix, USA

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Jarrod Fuller design

Soda Pop, designed by Jarrod Fuller from Perth, Australia

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Kitkat Pecson art

Handcrafted, designed by Kitkat Pecson from Manila, Philippines

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Mark van der Noord design

Beachside, designed by Mark van der Noord from Amsterdam, Holland

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Susan Maddux art

Heart and Birds, designed by Susan Maddux from Los Angeles, CA

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Molly Jacques design

Lovely Lettering, designed by Molly Jacques from Grand Rapids, MI

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Christine Pak graphic design

Elegant Frame, designed by Christine Pak from Los Angeles, CA

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Molly Graham pattern

Boulder Poppies, designed by Molly Graham from Anglet, France

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Photo Save the Dates with Max Wanger

Featured Photographer Max Wanger

Today we couldn’t be more excited to share our latest Photo Save the Date collaboration with photographer Max Wanger. Here at Love vs Design we’re huge fans of his work, especially his signature photos with lots of negative space. A few months ago we connected with Max to brainstorm about a way to collaborate, using his unique photos and creating Wedding Save the Dates around them.

After several weeks of designing, we came up with 16 clean, simple yet elegant Photo Save the Dates. Customers can use their own photo in these designs, which are available in 5 x 7 cards with backings and 4 x 6 Postcards.

Max Wanger was born and raised in Los Angeles, Honolulu, Berkeley and the here and there of Tokyo. He currently resides in Echo Park, CA with his lovely wife, Margaux, his 2 cats and dog.

Here are a few things we wanted to find out about him:

What’s the top secret formula to your signature photos with lots of negative space?
A good wide angle lens and an eye for composition.

What is the dynamic when shooting photos with your wife Margaux? Do you both focus on shooting different things, like one person shoots details, the other overall interaction or do you mix things up?
We’ve learned to feed off each other really well. We kind of stay out of each other’s way and just by eye contact we can pretty much communicate where to be or what to do. We shoot the same things primarily but with different lenses and perspectives. It’s nice to have a variety of images to deliver.

How did you get into photography? What sparked your interest in becoming a wedding photographer?
I’ve been taking photographs since I was 7 years old. It’s something I’ve always loved doing. I don’t necessarily think of myself as a wedding photographer, rather, a photographer who happens to shoot weddings. When I first started shooting, I saw that there were only a handful of photographers who were doing things differently, who were thinking outside the box. I thought if I could photograph weddings the way I saw them in my head and take more of an editorial approach, it might be worth doing. The most important thing was attracting the right clientele, people who shared a similar point of view.

What do you love the most about your job?
The part I love the most about this job is being able to travel around the world and getting to meet so many amazing people.

How would you describe your photography style? Has it changed much over the years?
Whimsical, off-beat, romantic. I’ve tried to keep it mostly the same over the years, if anything, my approach to processing has become simpler and cleaner.

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Max Wanger Photography

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Max Wanger Save the Date

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Max Wanger Save the Date Designs

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What is one thing you are still learning to do?
I learn something every time I pick up a camera. That’s the beauty of photography, it’s a constant learning experience.

Do you have any current favorite photographers or artists who may have influenced you to become the artist that you are?
There are many people who have influenced me and continue to influence me, but here are a few off the top of my head: Tim Walker, Rodney Smith, Paolo Pellegrin, Anna Wolf.

Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph that you haven’t yet?
Bill Murray, Zooey Deschanel, Adele.

Where are your favorite locations to shoot and why?
Hawaii is hard to beat. I also love shooting in Tokyo and New York. The energy and vibrancy in those cities is unmatched.

What was it about Love vs Design that made you decide to collaborate with us?
The look, the feel, the fact that you were trying to do stand out and do your own thing.

You’ve been involved in many weddings. As a photographer, do you have any advice to future brides and grooms?
Let go -- specifically on the day of your wedding. Try to take everything in and enjoy it. Forget about all the little details. It goes by so fast, you want to make sure you soak it all in. And don’t lose track of each other over the course of the night. The last thing you want to do is spend your wedding night separated and apart.

Do you have anything exciting coming up?
Lots of travel, a new wedding brand and hopefully a little bit of sleep (an exciting prospect!)

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Max Wanger photos

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Max Wanger Wedding Invitations

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Max Wanger Wedding

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Max Wanger and Love vs Design

Love vs Design and Max Wanger

Enjoy 3 free samples with promo code: lvd3samples. All 16 designs can be found in the Photo Save the Date catalog and Postcard Save the Date catalog.

Max has shot so many fun projects, so make sure to check out his site maxwanger.com

Max Wanger and Love vs Design Collaboration

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Max Wanger save the date cards

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Decorating our Love vs Design office

This week Featured Artist Mark van der Noord visited us from Holland. He has designed the Fly Away and Anchors Away invitation suites and he's working on a few more invitation suites for Love vs Design. He is an amazing artist and we were excited that he wanted to give our office walls some color. Below are a few photos from his work.

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Love vs Design office

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Love vs Design office

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Love vs Design building

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Love vs Design Long Beach

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Love vs Design Los Angeles

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Mark van der Noord artwork
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Mark van der Noord

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Mark van der Noord

Featured Photographers Studio Castillero

Studio Castillero Featured Photographers

Rico and Rachel are two amazing photographers with a unique style that really inspires us here at Love vs Design. We are so excited to use their beautiful photos for our new Postcard Save the Dates. First, we'd love for you to get to know them:

We are Rico and Rachel, we are photographers, artists, vegans, and story tellers. Being able to create and make beautiful things as our career is what excites us on a day to day basis.

We feel strongly that achieving beautiful pictures starts with a collaboration between us and our clients, working together to make something beautiful. We admire any photographer with the ability to tell authentic stories in an artful and emotional way, for example, Sarah Rhoads, Jonas Peterson and Julius Shulman....

Our clients are our main source of inspiration, and them and their unique personality influence us the most in photography. We are also influenced by fashion, architecture, and music. Some of our favorite websites and blogs are Vegansaurus, Designlovefest, Tumblr, and PhotoDonuts.

Making our art our career and still loving it is our main accomplishment. We've also been published on numerous blogs and publications
(Green Wedding Shoes, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, Ruffled, Utterly Engaged, PhotoDonuts, etc)

Studio Castillero Featured Photographers Studio Castillero Save the Dates Studio Castillero Engagement Photos Studio Castillero and Love vs Design Studio Castillero Wedding Invitations
To enjoy the rest of their photos, take a look at all 14 new Postcard Save the Dates. Also make sure to check out the Studio Castillero website for a million more amazing photos.

New Wedding Invitation Designs from around the world

Our featured artists from around the world have been busy designing new wedding suites. Today we're very excited to share all these new designs with you from Christine Pak, Mark van der Noord, Emily Hoy, Stacey Lee, Shannon Lamb, Sander op den Dries, Leanne Dare, Grace Lee, Freddy Medina, and Doug Manson.

Wedding Invitation Designs from around the world

Let us know your favorite design in the comments below and be entered to win a $150 Love vs. Design gift card. The winner will be announced on December 5th. Good luck!

...AND THE WINNER OF THE $150 LVD GIFT CARD IS... LESLEY!!! THE 2 RUNNER-UP WINNERS FOR THE $50 GIFT CARDS ARE DANELLE AND SHANNON, CONGRATS LADIES!

Featured Artist Emily Hoy

Emily Hoy Artist

I really love the triangle and use it a lot. It's the most dynamic shape radiating so much energy. It's a great compliment to the organic mountainous shapes nature surrounds us with everyday, injecting that with color makes my eye's melt!

Emily Hoy designThe hardest part of design for me is editing! What not to use vs. what you want to use! Artist I love include Salvador Dali, Kurt Schwitters, Mother nature and Bjork.

I am proud of following my dreams and actually making them come true. Including moving to California to work for a skate company (
she's the Art director for Volcom girls), drumming in a band, making jewelry for a runway show, and running a half marathon.


To see more of Emily’s work, check out her website emilyhoy.com