Love Vs. Design Holiday Card Giveaway

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Tis the season for fun holiday cards and Love Vs. Design’s amazing new collection is filled with so many beautiful + unique designs – we’re pretty much obsessed with them all! Styles range from modern to vintage to rustic to whimsical, so you’re guaranteed to find a design that reflects your personality. And since their easy-to-use process allows you to personalize your cards with your own text + photos, it’s the perfect time to share your engagement, wedding, or anniversary photos with friends + family! :)

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So crazy cute, right?!

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We’re excited to announce that Love Vs. Design is generously offering a special holiday giveaway for GWS readers! Enter for a chance to win $300 towards your Holiday Cards by filling out the form below. Thank you so much to Love Vs. Design for this fun opportunity + good luck to everyone who enters!

Discount Code for GWS Readers!
If you are ready to buy your cards now, use the code “CHEERS15″ to save 15% off your orders with this link. :) (15% off code ends on 11/26)

* contest ends on Nov 30, 2013. winner will be announced in this post

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DIY: Fall Floral Centerpiece

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I think this Fall Floral Centerpiece with Garden Roses + Gladiolus by Kiana Underwood would make the prettiest centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner. Kiana was sweet enough to share how to create this lovely floral arrangement for your own Thanksgiving table next week. Thanks so much Kaina!

There is a spectacular variety of color during autumn, and I am constantly inspired by the gorgeous floral creations that are possible during this season.

I received this lovely Depression glass ice bucket a few years ago as a gift, and every few months I’ll use it for a bright and colorful arrangement. I tend to lean toward the non-traditional when it comes to holiday decorating, and thought that this ice bucket paired with some gladiolus and garden rose would make the perfect holiday dinner table centerpiece. I mixed in some coxcomb and ranunculus for texture, as well as a little bit of autumn foliage and berries from my garden.

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Flowers Needed: Gladiolus, Juliet Garden Roses, Ranunculus, Berries, Coxcomb & Autumn Foliage

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Let’s Make the Arrangement!

1. Begin with the foliage, placing them to one side of the vessel.
2. Add the fall berries (any variety will do) to the opposite side.
3. Add the ranunculus. The bunch that I found had such an amazing variety of colors!
4. Add the the gladiolus and coxcomb. This rather unusual shade of gladiolus is to increase height and asymmetry, and the coxcomb is for a lovely velvety texture.
5. Finally, add the juliet roses. You don’t need very many, just two or three. They are so beautiful and “ruffley”, and smell lovely too. You simply cannot go wrong with juliet roses in any floral arrangement!

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So pretty and totally unique, right?! Thanks so much Kiana!

Kiana Underwood is the owner of Tulipina, a boutique San Francisco-area floral design studio. Thanks also to N. Underwood for the photos!

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1950’s Pop Art Wedding Inspiration

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For all of you brides-to-be who LOVE color and are looking for fun ways to incorporate it into your big day, get ready to be inspired by today’s dynamic + beautiful styled shoot! Staged against the clean-lined backdrop of Portland’s Jupiter Hotel, the team (led by Lacy of Form & Flora and Christa of Christa-Taylor Photography) infused the setting with a flurry of colorful, mod details that are so pretty, you just might feel transported to the perfectly decked out, mid-century setting of a Jonathan Adler store. Here’s a bit more about the shoot from Christa:

We wanted to give brides a fresh perspective on what a wedding could look like and we found inspiration in 1950’s Pop Art, bold colors, geometric patterns and vibrant paint hues. We fought to keep it clean and modern, yet still romantic and relatable. Some of my favorite details were the customized soda bottles and “paint bucket” flower vases.

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Love the color-block style floral design and, of course, those “paint bucket” vessels. So rad!

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We hand-dipped plateware that was repurposed from local consignment shops + thrift stores. The flatware took an instant upgrade when dipped white and arranged over the geometric napkins. The place setting was made complete with sweet truffle favors from designer Dot Shoppe.

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Majorly adore these soda bottle escort cards!

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The desert spread consisted of a sweet rainbow cake + donuts from Portland’s very own Voodoo Doughnuts! Love the pops of yellow + teal incorporated into the table design!

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Big thanks to the talented group of creatives below for sharing their work with us today!

photography: Christa-Taylor // veils + headpieces: Unveiled Bridal Designs // dress store: Ania Collection Bridal Boutique // hair stylist: Caprice Hammon Styling // favors + gifts: Dot Shoppe // floral designer: Form & Flora // reception venue: Jupiter Hotel // balloons: Lippman Company Balloons // invitation designer: Nimbi Design // shoes: Nine West // equipment rentals: West Coast Event Productions // model: Grace Debuscherre

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