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Moonrise Kingdom Inspired Wedding Shoot

Wes Anderson has created several outstanding films, such as The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom. His saturated color palettes, quirky props and methodical cinematography are consistent aesthetics in his films.

Laura of Laura Izumikawa Photography + Caroline of Oh, Lovestruck Event Design and Styling were inspired by the characters and details from Moonrise Kingdom. They decided to combine the inspiration from this movie with simplicity of Kinfolk Magazine to style a summer engagement and elopement.

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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot
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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot
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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot
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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot
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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot
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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot
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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot

We are excited that Love vs Design was a part of this shoot with the Moonlit Wedding Invitations, Save the Dates, Response Cards, Place Cards and Wedding Menus.

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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot
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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot
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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot
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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot
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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot
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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot
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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot
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moonrise kingdom wedding shoot

For many more photos of this fun shoot, check out Green Wedding Shoes.

This wedding features the following vendors:

photography + concept: Laura Izumikawa Photography // design, styling + coordination: Caroline Cervantes of Oh, Lovestruck Event Design and Styling // floral design: Megan Gray of Honey and Poppies // ceremony floral altar design: Caroline Cervantes of Oh, Lovestruck Event Design and Styling // invitation design: Love Vs. Design // hair + makeup: E2Beauty // cake + dessert design: Merely Sweets // wedding dress: BHLDN // mid-century modern pieces: Yeah! Rentals // vintage rentals: Heirloom + Love Vintage Rentals // tableware: Anthropologie // flatware: West Elm // venue: Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins Lake Arrowhead, California // models: Jill and Zach of Little Black Boots


Landmark Wedding Day

Kate and Chris chose a Beautiful Colonial sandstone building to take their vows as man and wife, The perfect setting for this memorable day. The building, surrounded by bushland, was built in 1873 for use by the military, but is now a beautiful tea room/restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour.

With a venue this eye catching the couple chose to keep their colors really simple with white, green, the palest pink flowers, and black bridesmaid dresses. To make the ceremony that more special, Kate and Chris chose to have a ring warming in which their wedding bands were passed around to all their guests to be 'warmed' with their well wishes for our future together.

Other special touches for the day came from the brides own hands as she felt she really “put a piece of us” into the DIY decorations. They arranged their own flowers, bouquets, centerpieces, and even made marshmallows for their wedding favors. An even more meaningful touch was placing a framed photo from each of their parents wedding days on our guestbook table; this was very dear to them.

Kate describes the highlight of her day as watching her now husband have a cry during the vows, and being surrounded by all our friends and family as I married my high school sweetheart and best friend.” The evening reception that followed was filled with incredible speeches which the bride and groom could really feel the love in the room between everyone there.

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the tea room wedding
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sydney harbour wedding
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tea room wedding sydney
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vintage wedding details
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the wong couple wedding photography
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the wong couple photography
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Kate & Chris chose the ‘Rough Diamond’ Invitation for their wedding stationery.

Photographer: The Wong Couple / Wedding Location: The Tea Room, Gunners Barracks (Sydney, Australia)

Ways to word your Save the Date

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SavetheDate

Save the dates are a fun and exciting way to communicate to your loved ones to plan ahead and mark this special day on their calendar! There are many ways to send your Save the Date, as discussed in our previous blog post ‘Save the Date by Postcard, Magnet or Email’, but you may now be wondering questions such as ‘What information should I include on my save the date?” or “Do I need to make my Save the Date a formal announcement?” As always, we are here to help, read on for some advice on the in’s and outs of Save the Date wording.

Writing your Save the Dates is simple! The most important details to write on your save the date are:

- Your names: preferably first and last would be helpful for your guests

- The wedding date: It is perfectly acceptable to use informal writing than how you would write your wedding invitations. For example: rather than write the full date out as “the twenty-fourth of June, two thousand and fourteen” you may choose to simply put “06.24.14” or “June 24, 2014”.

- The wedding location: city and state of where you will be married

- Formal Invitation to Follow: This can be placed at the bottom of the card so your guests know that there is more on it’s way. Also, do remember announcements should only be sent to those who you will be inviting to your wedding as well.

For those who want to add more, feel free to get creative by adding some personal touches to the design. As this is fun news to share with everyone, you can choose to include the link to your wedding website to keep guests in the loop on event information or even include a quote that is meaningful to the both of you.

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SavetheDate

Still having writers block? Check out our Save the Date Wording Guide to help you choose. We have it covered with fun save the date wording examples, from traditional to casual for you to use. Enjoy!

Rustic Winery Wedding

Today’s Real Wedding we feature the wedding of Sam and Nicole, who were married at Train Trak Winery in Yarra Glen, Victoria (Australia), with a reception to follow right next door at a rustic Italian restaurant fitting their vision for a fun celebration with loved ones.

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train-tracks and bridges

The highlight of Nicole's day (apart from marrying her best friend!) was seeing how everything they carefully planned for months and months played out. It was lovely to see it all materialized and with the help of their venue coordinator and some wonderful family and friends, the day ran smoothly.

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exchanging vows
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exchanging rings

The ceremony was followed by a reception at Zonzo, a small rustic Italian restaurant with their emphasis on family and sharing. This was perfect for us because it reflected what we both wanted from our wedding: a fuss-free, fun day where celebrating with our loved ones was the focus. We both have a love for all things vintage - fashion, decor and cars - so we centered our theme around this, incorporating a lot of handmade items (we made our ceremony paper decorations, ceremony programs, bonbonierre (personalized boxes with a homemade cupcake inside each), and table centerpieces with the help of our talented, flower-savvy friend Kim!

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long tables
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husband and wife

We had a lot of help from friends, and this helped make the day unique to us. Our friend Emily made our wedding cake, our friend and Sam's groomsmen Travis sang and played guitar during our ceremony, and as mentioned above, our friend Kim helped us by creating all of our beautiful floral arrangements, from the bouquets and buttonholes to the table displays. Another unique and fun aspect of our day was our dessert table - we invited our guests to bake a cake for our dessert table, guests voted for their favorite by placing a button in a corresponding jar and the winner was awarded a prize! It was great way to involve everyone and the quality of the desserts made was fantastic!

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wedding dessert table
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Wedding walk down the aisle

Is there anything you would have liked to do differently and what advice can you offer to couples in the planning stages of their wedding?

I think if we could do things differently, we probably would have budgeted better. You can never predict life and while we budgeted for the wedding, we hadn't budgeted for all of the unexpected events (for example, Sam's car, which was also our wedding car, needing repairs in the month before the day!).If I could give any couples advice for planning their wedding, I would just say, have fun with it. Don't sweat the small stuff, do something small each week or fortnight, enlist family and friends - when people ask for help, take them up on it! It'll definitely take the stress off you both and give you less to fret about leading up to the big day so that you can just enjoy it!

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Le Jardinier Wedding Invitation

Sam and Nicole chose the Le Jardinière Invitation and Le Jardinière Response card for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Location

Train Trak Winery

Reception Location

Zonzo at Train Trak Winery

Photography by

Brown Paper Parcel Photography

An Intimate Destination Wedding

Aloha! Today's Real Wedding takes place in Waikiki, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Our bride and groom, Erclynn and Daniel chose to celebrate their special day with an intimate destination wedding among their family.

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walk down the aisle
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family photo with bride and groom

The couple was married at St. Augustine By The Sea Church in the city of Waikiki and followed by a reception held at The Coconut Club. Daniel tells us, “We wanted a small close family wedding and it turned out better than expected.” Doing all the planning from their home in Michigan and never traveling to Hawaii gave them a bit of a challenge, but in the end the coordination all fell into place. They felt that every one of their vendors went over and beyond what was asked of them to make this day memorable.

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long reception table
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a toast to the bride and groom

Daniel shares his advice to those couples planning their wedding "...make sure you plan time for yourselves. You may spend so much time trying to make sure everyone of your guests is happy but make sure YOU are having an awesome time as well."

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plumeria eyes
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couple mahalo

"Love vs. Design provided our Invites and thank you cards and played a large part in the stylization of our event to which we are very thankful for."

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say yes invitation

The Bride & Groom chose our Say Yes Wedding Invitation & Say Yes Thank You Card for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Location

The Coconut Club

Photography by

Chrissy Lambert Photography

Rustic Wedding Mad Libs

Mad Libs are a fun activity for guests at any wedding event, such as an engagement party, bridal shower or bachelorette party. This can also be a wonderful substitute for a wedding guest book at a wedding reception. Wedding guests will surely be entertained while writing down their best advice. The couple will have a great keepsake item to read back on anniversaries or date nights.

This 5" x 7" mad libs template comes in light blue and lavender.

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wedding mad libs

Download these Free Mad Libs Printables and have fun with them!

Save the Date, Postcard, Magnet or Email

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Save the Date Card

He asked, and you said yes! Congratulations!! There are so many ways to let everyone know you’re making it official! There are plenty of options when choosing a save the date and we are here to help you announce it to all your loved ones

Sending out a Save the Date is your time to get fun and creative with sharing the good news! Your Save the Date doesn’t have to match your wedding invitations; if you choose a formal invitation, switch it up by sending a fun photo postcard! If you're planning a themed rustic, country or barn wedding, our latest collection of Rustic Save the Date Cards maybe just what you're looking for. If you choose to go a bit more formal, traditional save the date cards are great early reminders for your guests to clear their calendars on your wedding day

A Save the Date should be sent to those who you will also be inviting to your wedding. It is a good idea to send them out about 6-8 months prior to your wedding date to give your guests the opportunity to reserve their calendar for the special day. When creating your Save the Date you should be sure to include your last names, the location of the wedding as well as any accommodation info that may be useful to your guests. Adding your wedding website as well will help guide guests to the right direction.

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save the date postcard

Save the Date Postcards: A fun keepsake for your guests throughout the years! Choosing to go with a postcard save the date will not only save on postage and envelope stuffing but also offers you to send a short and sweet message to your guests. Should you choose this option, be sure to include the following: 1) return address - just in case your mail gets returned 2) wedding location & Wedding website – especially helpful for out of town guests 3) formal invitation to follow – so guests are aware there’s more to come!

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save the date magnet

Save the Date Magnets: This option is a fun, simple way to provide your guests with a reminder they will not misplace. A popular design choice for this save the date is the calendar magnet, which highlights your wedding day for your guest to be reminded of.

Email Save the Date: Sending out your Wedding Save the Date via email is a great way to announce your big day to your wedding guests! This is a great option for those who are having a small intimate gathering or for our tech savy customers. Our email save the date templates will save you time and money.

At Love vs Design we offer unique wedding Save the Dates that reflect your own personality. Whether you are interested in a save the date card design, photo save the date or postcard save the date, we have Save The Dates that are sure to fit your style. Be sure to browse through our many designs and if you have any questions, contact us, we are here to help!

Marriage ceremony officiated by a friend

Todays Real wedding joins Taylor Jernigan to Aaron Fichera at Ashton Gardens in Corinth, Texas.

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wedding aisle

With a sunset ceremony set in a glass-enclosed chapel, the bride and groom made their union more unique by having their friend marry them. Rather than sticking to the traditional ceremony, having a  friend marry them made the sermon more personalized, funny and heartfelt for their closest loved ones.

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bridesmaids
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solo portraits
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groomsmen
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flowergirl and ring bearers
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The reception was surrounded by a private forest which set the tone with ceiling windows, crystal chandeliers, and candlelight for Aaron and Taylors celebration as husband and wife. This truly was an intimate wedding set among many loved ones.

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newlyweds

The bride describes the highlight of her day as, “Marrying my best friend and the love of my life!

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Le Jardinier Invitation

Taylor & Aaron chose our Le Jardinier Suite for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Location

Ashton Gardens

Photography by

Julie Johnson Photography

Bridal Shower Host Planning

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bridalshowerinvitations

Now a days a bridal shower can be thrown by anyone from a sister to an aunt or bridesmaid to a coworker. However, typically, the Maid of Honor or a group of close friends or bridesmaids will usually host the event.

Are you in charge of your friends shower and not sure where to start? No worries below are helpful planning tips on how to be the perfect host and make sure the Bride to be has a great time!

Pick a date: We can’t have a shower, without the Bride there, right? Showers are usually held anywhere from a couple months to a couple weeks before the big day. Be sure to check in with the bride to see what dates are available in her schedule so that you can plan accordingly.

Pick a Theme & plan it out: Decide what type of shower you would like to hold. Weather it be an afternoon tea at a restaurant, a garden party at a home or an evening soiree, the possibilities are endless. Once you have chosen the theme, then you and your other co-hosts can set up schedule to brainstorm the menu, decorations and budget so you can assign each person with a tasks so that everyone will know their part for the day. *Helpful tip - check out our free printables section for DIY items such as drink flags, cake flags, place cards and more, we're sure  
will come in handy when planning a bridal shower.*

Guest list & Invitations: Those who are invited to the shower should also be invited to the wedding. It’s okay to ask the bride to help with the guest list or you can also check in with the Mother of the Bride. Invitations should go out to guests 4-6 weeks in advance, especially if inviting guests who are not local. The style of invitations can reflect the theme of the party and can be anywhere from casual or elegant. The choice is yours as the host!

Shower Gifts: Be sure that the Bride & Groom are already registered prior to the shower as it is acceptable to provide this information on the bridal shower invitations

One thing is for sure, the bride will be grateful for the wonderful people she has surrounding her that day to celebrate her new adventure. Shop our Love vs. Design Bridal Shower and Wedding Shower Invitations for your Bride. These are inspired by a variety of mediums which span both modern and vintage to fit any theme and will make a lasting impression on your guests.

Will you be my maid of honor card printable

This lovely handmade card with your message with certainly light up the face of your Maid of Honor! This folded card can be downloaded, printed and personalized with your own handwritten message. The best part is, this maid of honor card printable is totally free! Also, check out the matching Will you be my Bridesmaid card

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Will you be my maid of honor card printable
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Will you be my maid of honor card

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