Three things I learned in my first year of business blog post

3 Things I Learned in My First Year of Business

This week marks the one year anniversary of the official launch of Ivy + Linen Design Co. and what a year it has been. I started out the year thinking I would mostly be a shop owner who does some custom work on the side and you know maybe eventually will get into weddings once I feel like I know what I'm doing. Oh how so much can change so quickly!

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Three Typical Invitation Wording Styles

Three Typical Invitation Wording Styles

One of the most frequent concerns my brides have is how in the world to word their wedding invitations! Do you keep it very traditional and old school, or should you add some modern flair and only include your first names? The good news is that nowadays there is not really a "right" or "wrong" way to do it - sure, there are some guidelines that can be helpful so you aren't making up all the wording yourselves, but it is your wedding day and your invitations should reflect you and your wedding style.

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5 Key Elements of a Wedding Invitation Suite

5 Key Elements of a Wedding Invitation Suite

Oh, the wedding invitation suite. The part of planning the wedding that you either really know what you want or have no clue what an invitation "suite" really is - I mean don't you just send a piece of paper in the mail to your guests asking them to come? And they send something back in the mail? If we are going back to basics, then yes, I guess that kind of is it, but there is SO much more to it than that. And after today you are going to be all kinds of knowledgeable about invitation suites that there will be no more confusion involved!

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Europe Adventure Part 3: Italy

Europe Adventure Part 3: Italy

The final stop on our European adventure was Italy! I was very much excited about Ireland and Switzerland, but was most looking forward to our experience in Italy. It was made even more special by the fact that my parents and Nick's mom and her cousin joined us! When we stepped out into the streets of Florence, Nick and I were nervous that we had made a mistake - we were coming from the peace and quiet of the breathtaking mountains of Switzerland to the hustle and bustle of Florence with people literally everywhere. Thankfully it didn't take us long to get adjusted and settled in - but we still laugh about how we looked at each other thinking "what have we done?!"

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Europe Adventure Part 2: Switzerland

Europe Adventure Part 2: Switzerland

We were dressed for cooler and rainy temperatures when we left Ireland, so we were very overdressed for the 85 degree temps in Zurich! We spent our time in Switzerland mostly in Grindelwald, but explored Zurich for a few hours before hopping on the train to head south. We had lunch in the cutest little square at what was essentially a pop-up restaurant - a food truck with tables set up. We explored, got some ice cream (naturally), and then found our way back to the train station. Side note - Switzerland is expensive. Our first experience with this was at the train station when you had to pay to use the restrooms, and then when we purchased our train tickets. But we were there and going to make the most of it!

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Europe Adventure Part 1: Ireland

Europe Adventure Part 1: Ireland

Our five year anniversary is coming up in two days on August 2, which is pretty crazy! Since our Europe adventure was kind of slated as our "5 Year Anniversary Celebration" now seemed like the right time to recap our amazing 16 days in Europe. So amazing that we even looked into switching our flights to stay an extra 4 days until we had to be home for work and other commitments - spoiler alert, we didn't. There's this thing called money and lots of logistics involved, so we stuck to our original plan. So I'll tell you all about our trip and not think about the extra four days that could have been.

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Citrus-Inspired Styled Shoot

Citrus-Inspired Styled Shoot

Chelsea Allegra Photography has done it again! She worked with some amazing vendors to put together a gorgeous citrus-inspired styled shoot for her photography workshop, The Prosper Workshop. Not only is Chelsea an incredible wedding and branding photographer herself, she is now teaching other young photographers everything she has learned so they can grow and flourish in their own photography businesses, which I think is pretty cool. I had the honor of being one of the vendors for the styled shoot and I am in love with how the invitation suite came together. As soon as Chelsea sent me the inspiration I knew that this was going to be a fun one!

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Creative@Heart Round 9

Creative@Heart Round 9

Last week I had the opportunity to be a part of something that is truly hard to describe, but it was the most amazing experience: I attended Creative@Heart Round 9 in Bermuda Run, NC with so many talented creatives. I had heard amazing things about this conference, and after following all of the Round 8 adventures last year I knew this was something I definitely needed to attend and thankfully had the opportunity to do so for Round 9.

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The Role of Dubsado in My Business

The Role of Dubsado in My Business

When first starting out, I knew I wanted to craft an experience that would be simple and efficient for my clients - nothing about the process should be a burden to them and it should be fun! Because of that I knew I would need some sort of system that helped me make this happen and thankfully was told about Dubsado!

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