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Bride and Groom take center stage

Today’s Real Wedding truly represents the brides advice for couples planning a wedding “Do it your way!”.

Vanessa and Brandon celebrated their special day in a personal way, choosing a location that was special and unique to them. Being a Drama Teacher, Vanessa felt that a theater was the best venue to say their “I do’s”. The celebration then continued at a restaurant, La Zingara Trattoira, which was a perfect setting for the couples personal style and taste. Brandon and Vanessa wanted something smaller and intimate, Vanessa explains “The look I was going for was soft, simple, modern, and elegant, and I think we pulled it off well!”

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couple photo
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wedding location
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theater wedding
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long tables
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reception details
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florals and the newlyweds
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Place To Be Invitation Suite

Bride & Groom chose our Place to Be Wedding Invitations, Place to be Response card and Place to be Belly Band for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Venue: Capitol Theatre | Reception Venue: La Zingara Trattoria | Photography by: Brandon Scott Photography

Bride and Groom Place Cards

These chalkboard place cards are a nice way to show where the bride and groom will sitting. The size of these folded cards is 3.5" x 2". Available to print for free at home or at a local print shop, these wedding place cards are easy as cake to create

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bride and groom place cards

Words of Wisdom Cards Printable Template

Most of your family and friends have marriage advice ready to share with you. These words of wisdom cards can be used at a Bridal Shower or Bachelorette Party. You can also use the cards at your wedding, by placing a box with cards next to the guest book so guests can fill out the card when they sign the guest book. These words of wisdom printables can be downloaded for free. The size is 5" x 3.5". Print them on white, colored or kraft card stock and have fun with them!

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Unique birthday party invitations

Sunshine filled Garden Wedding

This real wedding takes place in Summerfield, North Carolina on a beautiful sunny day. The weather was perfect for an outdoor wedding, which Amanda, the bride, has always wanted for her marriage. The venue, the Gardens at Gray Gables, was filled with flowers and beauty. In addition to flowers, they decided to add a little bit of a vintage twist, using Skeleton keys all around which also aligned perfectly with their wedding invitation design, Antique Chic.

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bride and groom garden wedding
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reception decor

Something special the bride chose to do with her ‘something blue’ was to wear a pair of blue suede shoes while walking down the aisle to "The Girl" by City and Colour. Amanda also offers some advice for those currently planning a wedding, “Start planning early, the smaller the better, keep calm and drink champagne, and remember It's you and your grooms day so do things the way you want and have fun!”

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bridesmaids
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groomsmen

Amanda had many highlights from the day but the best was a surprise serenade by her now Husband, Travis, who sang "Hard to Love" by Lee Bryce. Another fun addition came half way through the reception when some of the couple’s guys friends got up and sang to the crowd with a little Backstreet Boys.

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surprise wedding song serenade
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Antique chic Invitation

Bride & Groom chose the Antique Chic Wedding Invitation for their stationery.

Wedding Location: The Gardens at Gray Gables / Photography by: Alyson Lawton

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Bunting Flags - Free DIY Printable Template

Alphabet bunting flags are a perfect wall decoration for any party or celebration, such as a birthday party, graduation party, wedding related parties and baby showers. Available in the colors Red and Blue, these Bunting Flag Printables let you say anything you want, for example: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WELCOME, PARTY, BABY SHOWER, etc.

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Bunting Flags Printable Template
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Bunting Flags Printable Template

Its easy to create these ready to print bunting flags:

1. Download the PDF template in red or blue and open it in Adobe Acrobat.
2. Print the flags on 8.5 x 11 Cardstock. You can use flat or textured cardstock, blank or colored cardstock.

3. Cut out each flag carefully using scissors or X-Acto knife. 

4. Punch a hole on both corners of the flag. 

5. Thread pretty ribbon, twine or yarn through the holes.

Have fun with this project. If you have any photos of the bunting flags you created with these templates, we'd love to see them!

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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wedding sydney harbour
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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

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