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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.

Sneak Peek of Love vs Design Baby

We couldn't be more excited that in a few weeks time we're officially launching Love vs Design Baby with a series of baby printables, birth announcements, baby shower invitations, kids birthday invitations, baby thank you cards and much more!

Available in a variety of different styles, we're happy to see all 70+ new baby designs come together. Can't wait to share them with you soon! Below is our first little sneak peek, we hope you like it :)

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Baby Announcement Cards
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Baby Announcement Cards

If you can't wait, here are already a few birth announcements. Many more baby designs coming very soon!

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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Best Mom Cards Template

Details to include on your Enclosure card

Including an enclosure card with your wedding invitation is a great way to communicate to your guest additional wedding day details. Whether you want to provide your guests with directions to your wedding venue, or let them know the address of a local hotel, a wedding enclosure card can be used as Reception Cards, Direction Cards, Accommodation Cards and more!

Not sure what to include on your enclosure card? No worries, we are here to walk you through this! We have outlined below the common uses and etiquette for wording on your Wedding Invitation Enclosure cards.

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wedding enclosure card

Accommodation Card: For your guests who will be traveling from out of town, it is a common courtesy to include a hotel which is convenient and affordable for them to stay. When placing this information on your enclosure card, be sure to include the hotel name, address, phone number and website. Also if there is a special rate code that you have established with the hotel be sure to include this information as well.

Reception Card: When the ceremony and reception are held in different locations, adding a Reception enclosure card will help direct your guests. Here you can provide your guests with the Venue name and address.

Directions and Transportation Card: If including a map always be sure to also include written directions and keep in mind that guests will be coming from all directions. If local transportation is available to use you can also provide them with information such as shuttles, parking and public transit lines.

Additional Wedding Events Card: For those guests you would like to join you for other weekend activities, you can choose to provide an enclosure card letting them know a schedule of events such as, rehearsal dinners and post wedding brunches to name a few.

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wedding enclosure card

Other details to consider placing on your enclosure cards:

Attire: If your wedding is outdoors and super casual or an indoor elegant setting, it’s a nice piece of information to advise your guests on what to wear.

Website Information: This is a great way to share with your guests all the information on your big day.

Alternate location: For outdoor weddings, it’s important to provide information on the alternative location in the event of rain.

We offer wedding enclosure cards that will match your invitation exactly, or you can choose an enclosure card that will compliment your invitation’s style. We offer a variety of insert cards that will deliver your information with style!

A Real Wedding that joins the community

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wedding ceremony

This Real Wedding takes place at the Fremont Abbey in Seattle, WA. A beautiful old brick church building (originally a Lutheran church built in 1914) with a warm, vintage feel. The location was chosen by the bride and groom for several reasons, but the foremost motive was their excitement to work with a nonprofit organization, which added a meaningful element to their day.

Our bride tells us about the planning of her wedding, “…I found quickly that it is easy to feel lost in the wedding industry "machine." For that reason, we attempted to keep our wit's about us while planning and work with vendors we liked and supported. We hoped to invest in organizations that seemed to represent integrity and generosity in their business. While the Abbey does host a limited number of weddings every year, its focus is on local arts programs and we really liked the idea of supporting through our venue fee, as it felt like a way to give back in the midst of the chaos of planning. That said, we absolutely appreciated the architecture and atmosphere of the Abbey, in addition to its artistic mission!” Read more about the experience of Sarah and Chris’s special day.

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bride and bridesmaids
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groom and groomsmen

What was your highlight of the day?

My highlight of the day is less about a specific moment, and more about the overall big picture of the day. Almost every part of our day was assisted, designed, or implemented by family and friends, so it was without doubt a collaborative effort. Chris grew up in Boise, I grew up in Portland, and we chose to get married in Seattle, where we had met and dated--so to have all our worlds collide together for that weekend was an incredible gift. This was particularly evident when a group of friends we had met in Portland or Seattle--a group of people now literally spread out across the globe, with many of them meeting for the first time that weekend--surprised us at the reception with a choreographed dance. That's right: in between all the prep of decorations, clothes, the rehearsal dinner, and a million other details, our friends were staying up late to hold secret dance rehearsals. We felt like the luckiest people in the world in that moment! Chris and I view the wedding day itself as an example of a community working together to create something lovely and meaningful. We can see their fingerprints all over the day, and this has made us smile and happy cry every time we reminisce.

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Is there some unique you choose to do for your special day.?

We also served brunch for dinner! We served up a delicious waffle bar with various toppings, quiche, scones, and cheesy potatoes, and had mimosas and a coffee cart amongst our drink options. We love breakfast foods, and thought this would be a fun twist on the more formal dinner served at evening weddings.

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wedding reception centerpieces
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wedding cake and welcome sign

Would have liked to do anything differently?

I would have taken a bit more time off of work in the week leading up to the wedding. I was starting to feel really frazzled until I finally caught up on sleep two days before the wedding, and everything looked so much more beautiful and relaxed after that night of rest!

I would also delegate more tasks and details (I think this is a common woe among DIY brides). For the first few months of planning, I worried about putting too much on my loved ones, so I tried to do as much as I could alone. I realized that they really wanted to help out, not only because they loved us, but because it gave them a sense of contributing! It was fun for them to see their contributions involved when the day came--they felt some ownership in the day, which was fun to see.

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bride and groom holding hands

What advice could you give to couples planning their upcoming wedding?

Make sure to schedule time with your fiancé where the goal is to relax and have fun, not wedding plan. It can be easy to feel like that's all you should be working on, but the whole point of the planning is a joyous commitment of love and faithfulness you'll be making at the end! Don't forget to take care of the relationship in the midst of the madness of planning.

Utilize friends and family as much as you can, because it's more fun to work with people you already know and love--but use a day-of wedding planner! The people who know and love the bride and groom should be relaxing and enjoying the wedding day, not running around trying to make sure everything got taken care of. I planned most of the wedding, but communicated all the details and plans to my day-of coordinator. From the rehearsal dinner on, any questions about timing, details, or logistics went to her.

Use a checklist that breaks down what needs to be done by when. I think this helped me in my moments of feeling totally overwhelmed--I would remember, this is all I have to do for this week. I will worry about the rest as it presents itself. It made everything feel more bite-sized and managable.

Also, build some moments in where you can be alone for a moment or two on the big day. It's wonderful to be surrounded by loved ones, but I was glad for the few times I could be alone and let the significance of the commitment I was making really sink in.

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Subtle Elegance Wedding Invitation

Bride & Groom chose our Subtle Elegance Wedding Invitation for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Location

The Fremont Abbey in Seattle, WA

Photography by

Gabrielle LeMieux

Our Love vs Design Baby

Hi everyone, Floris from Love vs Design here. The last few months have been super exciting times here at the office and in our own personal lives. Jen, our Creative Director (and my wife) recently gave birth to our first baby. Our daughter Sadie Gierman is a healthy, happy and chubby baby :)

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Baby Announcement Cards

Jen designed the Baby Shower Invitations and matching Birth Announcements .

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Baby Announcement Cards

Sadie has been hanging out at the Love vs Design office a lot lately, she's our office mascot and personal assistant.

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Love vs Design Baby
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Jennifer Gierman
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Floris Gierman

Thanks to our friends Thamara and featured Artist Sander op den Dries for the Love vs Design baby shirt!

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Baby Announcement Cards
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Baby Announcement Cards

It was a lot of fun designing baby cards, so soon we'll be adding many more new baby designs from a few different designers, including Baby Shower Invitations, Birth Announcements, Birthday Celebration Cards and matching Thank You Notes.

A printable tie for Fathers Day

Decorate your father's day present with a bow tie gift tag and matching father's day card! Just print out and write your special message to show your dad some love this fathers day! The matching tie and bow tie gift tag will pull your gift all together and give it a fun little touch.

Its easy to create the Pocket Square Card and Gift Tags:
Step 1: Go to The Printable Templates Page and download the PDF.
Step 2: Print on 8.5" x 11" cardstock.
Step 3: Cut along the edge using scissors or X-Acto knife.
Step 4: Fold card in half, the gift tags don't need to be folded.

A printable tie for Fathers Day
fathers day paper tie
bow tie gift tag
Check back regularly because we will have more of these free printables for you in the weeks to come!

Will you be my bridesmaid card printable

What better way to ask your future bridesmaids with this lovely handmade bridesmaid card. This folded card can be downloaded, printed and personalized with your own handwritten message. The best part is, this bridesmaid card printable is totally free!

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Printable Best Mom Cards
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Writing your Wedding Thank You Cards

Planning a wedding can be a fun and overwhelming task. There are many things to plan: finding your wedding venue, thinking about what food and drinks to serve, collecting guest mailing addresses, sending out your wedding invitations and of course having a bridal shower and/or a bachelorette / bachelor party!

That’s why its great to get some helping hands leading up to your big day. Most family members and friends are very happy to help out and even give you wedding presents. Don’t ever take their help and presents for granted! Sending a personalized handwritten thank you card during your wedding planning process or after your wedding is over, will go a long way to show that you truly appreciate the help, and / or wedding presents you’ve received.

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wedding thank you cards

3 things to keep in mind when writing your wedding Thank You Cards:

Call out specifically what you are thankful for!
Whatever your family and friends helped you with, call it out! Whether its help with finding a photographer, organizing your bachelor party or stuffing all the invitation envelopes, your family and friends will appreciate the personal message. Its the same thing for thanking your wedding guests for a present they gave you. Thank them specifically for the present and maybe add a little sentence about how you plan to use their present. We recommend writing down which presents you received from your guests, this will make it easier to write the personalized thank you note later on. 

Write from your heart!
It might sound easy and maybe cheesy, but writing a genuine thank you note takes some time and effort. You don’t want to come off like a robot, copy / pasting the same words on every card. Put some real thought in each card, the receiver will appreciate this!

It doesn’t have to be so serious, add some humor!
Planning a wedding is fun and I’m sure you’re experiencing several ‘unexpected’ situations, so why not write your Thank You Card wording in a funny yet thoughtful way! Did something go right or wrong during your wedding planning, laugh about it and briefly mention it in your Thank You Card to the people involved.

  • “I’m so glad all of us walked down the aisle without falling on our faces like we thought would happen!”
  • ‘Who knew wedding cake from the ground would taste so good?” 
  • “We’re glad uncle Harry enjoyed the open bar as much as we did!”
  • “Thanks so much for the new grilling pan, can’t wait for you guys to come over for dinner, I promise not to burn your meal with these new pans!”
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it means the world to us to have you here card

Whether you end up using a Thank you note cards, or a Thank You Postcard, a design with or without your wedding photo, we're sure your wedding guests will be happy to receive your thank you note in the mail.

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