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International Shipping for wedding invitations

It's our pleasure to work with happy couples all around the world, from Australia to Dubai and from South Africa to Sweden to name a few. Recently we added a more affordable International Shipping Option:

Shipping to Canada:
UPS Mail: delivery in 4-7 business days = $35

Shipping to the rest of the World:
USPS Priority: delivery in 8-12 Business days = $49
UPS Express: delivery in 4-7 business days = $150

All printed orders ship from California per USPS or UPS and the delivery time will depend on your particular location and shipping method selected, between 4-12 business days.

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International Shipping for wedding invitations

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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Max Wanger photography

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

launching very soon...

Free Baby Gift Tag Printables

Here are some gift tags that are perfect to use for your Baby Shower gifts! All 12 different colors and designs can be downloaded for free on our Printables Page.

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Free Baby Gift Tag Printables
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Free Baby Printables

Want more gift tags? Here are some older blog posts with many more of our Gift Tag Printables, such as: Simple Sweet Gift Tags, Kraft Gift Tags, Feather Gift Tags, Baked Cookies Gift Tags, Folk Ornaments Holiday Gift Tags , Crystals Holiday Gift Tags and Holiday Gift Tags. Enjoy!

New! Birth Announcements and Baby Announcements

We are very excited to now offer Birth Announcements on our website. Share your bundle of joy with your family and friends with these cards, available in different designs with or without a photo. Our new collection of birth announcements is printed on ‘best in class’ quality paper stock.

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Birth Announcements and Baby Announcements

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Baby Birth Announcements without photo
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Birth Announcements with photo

Birth Announcements and Baby Announcements coming soon!

We are only a few days away from launching our line of Baby Announcements and can't wait to show them to you. Here is one last sneak peek of Madison Riley's Announcement for now.

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Madison Riley Baby Announcement

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

Free wedding invitations and save the dates

A lot of sample packages are going out this week. Did you order your free wedding invitation and save the date samples yet?

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Free wedding invitations

Our own wedding, Jen and Floris Gierman

Hi everyone, Jennifer and Floris here. We haven’t posted much about our own wedding on this blog, so we thought it might be fun to tell you a bit more about our wedding story!

Jennifer and I (Floris) got married on May 17th, 2009 at Marvimon in Los Angeles. I can’t believe it has been more than 3 years already!! We planned our wedding pretty far in advance since we had friends and family fly in from Holland, Guam, Canada and across the US.

At the time of our wedding, Jen was working at Smashbox Cosmetics and I at Volcom. Through our jobs we were able to put together some creative product trades with our wedding vendors (bar tenders, catering, DJ, filmers, etc). This really helped us reduce the overall wedding costs.

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wedding rings
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built your own photo booth for wedding
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paper cameras for wedding

One of our dear friends Karen Kostrinsky became a licensed officiant and the three of us wrote our ceremony together. Both of us had prepared some vows so while Jen promised to cook me many nice meals. I promised to take Jen on several trips around the world. The entire ceremony from beginning to end only took about 10 minutes and after the ceremony the party officially started!

We wanted our wedding to be a great time for everyone so we intentionally kept it very informal. We bought a Ping Pong Table on Craigslist, painted it bright yellow and we had a Beer Pong tournament going on all night long!

Building our own photo booth with light boxes, external flashes and a remote control resulted in 500+ hilarious photos as the night progressed. For a backdrop during the party, a few weeks before our wedding, we filmed some clips on our Super 8 cameras around Long Beach. We looped the video on a big screen throughout the evening, while our friend DJ Wade was spinning records late into the night.

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jen and floris gierman wedding
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jen and floris gierman wedding
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wedding groomsmen skateboarding

Looking back at our wedding it was an amazing day. Yes, we definitely had some things that didn’t go as planned (the music cut out for a few minutes while the groomsmen/bridesmaids walked up, several place cards were mixed around and one of our friends fell through a glass table in the hotel lobby to name a few…), but at the end of the day you roll with the punches and have to laugh about it. We figured as long as there is a lot of food and drinks, all our guests would enjoy themselves!

In the next few months we will be posting more short wedding stories from our customers and readers. If you'd like to share your story, please email us 6-10 photos and let us know what are some of the highlights of your day, what you would have done differently and any advice you would give to couples who are planning their own upcoming wedding?

Thanks for reading our wedding story and we can’t wait to hear yours!

Jennifer and Floris

All photos by Daniel Kiyoi

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pretty yellow wedding flowers
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floris gierman and jennifer gierman

Sneak Peek Baby Announcements

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fun Baby Announcements

We are so excited to give you a sneak peek of our new line of Baby Announcements which will launch very soon.
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