Vow Calligraphy | Devon + Caleb's Love Story
Wedding Keepsake Vows by The Vow Collective

What’s the best love story you’ve ever heard?

One of my favoritestesetestest love stories can be found in Ever After. I love Drew Barrymore’s Cinderella character. She’s smart. Unafraid to share what she thinks. She’s justice-driven. She’s kind. She’s witty. She has integrity and longs to do the right thing. She isn’t chasing after love, she’s chasing after loving others first. And that’s what attracts the Prince to her. I LOOOOOOVEEE THAT.

Stories in general can inspire us, can reach into the depths of our souls with healing and restoration, and can forever change the course of our lives.

I also believe love is just as powerful.

Love can transform us into better versions of ourselves. It changes us. Sharpens us. Moves us into selflessness. Into Sacrificial living. The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return (Moulin Rouge is another great love story!).

Love + stories.

Love Stories are so rich and moving. I think that’s why our world is obsessed with writing about them and making movies about them.

We love love. We love stories. We love them together.


Devon and Caleb’s Love Story

Wedding Calligraphy for Love Stories

Devon and Caleb are both in the medical field in Baltimore. She’s a nurse and he’s in residency. They have a special place in my heart because they also did long distance for two years. PEOPLE OF THE WORLD, LONG DISTANCE FOR YEARS IS NOT SOMETHING FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.

Something I really appreciate about Devon when she shared her love story with me, is her honesty about how they’ve had to work really hard to make their relationship work. It’s hard work to be intentional with one another when you’re both in the medical field with two inconsistent schedules. These two tied the knot to grow as they go! They’re working hard to make it work. Sometimes we need to admit this marriage thing takes hard work.

As someone who is married to a forever scholar/doctoral student, I’ve come to understand that not every season looks the same or looks the way I imagined it. Homework, papers, prepping to teach class, and writing articles— it all can keep Brett from having availability in his schedule. It’s challenging and makes our time together really valuable. Just like our vows are sacred, our Saturday Sabbaths (rest days) together are SO sacred to me now. It takes effort to keep them work-free. But it’s worth it every week.

Okiieeeee this is not my love story, it’s Devon and Caleb’s…. duh.

Devon said the coolest part of their wedding was the choreographed wedding dance Caleb did with her to…. THE GREATEST FREAKING SHOWMAN, Y’ALL. I’ve included the video at the bottom of this post because it’s SO GOOD. Like, really beautiful and challenging choreography (that makes me miss my musical theater days!). But so sweet and fun. These two love each other. You can see it in their faces.

My Favorite words from Devon’s Vows, because we all need a little more encouragement toward our goals:

I promise to thrill in your passions and encourage you towards your goals. 

My favorite words from Caleb’s vows because sharing dreams and beauty with each other can be easy to forget to do:

I will live this adventure of life by your side and share with you my dreams and show you the beauty and thrills I see.
I will show you my gratefulness for the incredible lady you are~

If you love how Devon and Caleb’s vows turned out, you can purchase your own in my etsy shop. If you’re getting married soon, you can also add our vows to your wedding registry (maybe there will be some stellar wedding guest out there excited to gift you your wedding vows after your wedding ceremony!).

Chasing love stories,


Vow Calligraphy | Josie + Matt's Love Story
Wedding Vows in Modern Calligraphy on Handmade Paper

Josie and Matt’s Love Story

First of all, Josie had her vows printed on beautiful handmade paper by White Dragon Paper and we added a small greenery design to them. I LOVE HOW THEY TURNED OUT.

As for their story: Josie didn’t want to date Matt. Matt wanted to date Josie. Classic Rom-Com ammiright?! He crashed a wine party she hosted while her mom was in town… and then he crashed all her plans to not date him. He won her cute lil’ Five foot Two cuban heart over.

Paper Anniversary Gift for Couples

Josie and Matt talk a lot about team work in their vows. They recognize that being married means being for each other and on each others’ team. Maybe it’s because Matt was in the NFL and he really understands team metaphors…. or maybe it’s because they understand it’s better to be on the same team than on different teams. I’m not gonna lie, sometimes in marriage, it’s easier to feel like we’re on different teams, each of us trying to win against one another. Here’s to being on the same team!

I cried reading through their vows as both of them mentioned losing one of their parents, but wanting to keep their parents’ positive impact and legendary influence in their lives and in their marriage. How beautiful.

My Favorite words from Josie’s Vows:

No matter what comes our way, I promise that you will never have to face it alone. We are a team. And although you’ve played on a few dream teams in your day, they ain’t got nothing on this….

…I promise to enjoy all of life’s little momenticos with you; to remember that life is made up not by the big events, but the moments in between….

….I will even love you when I really don’t like you….

….My father always said, “you reap what you sow.” It’s a saying I live by, and our marriage is no different. I promise to put the work in to make our marriage a beautiful one….

My favorite words from Matt’s vows:

We are a team and always will be.
Te quiero mucho mi amor.

If you love how Josie and Matt’s vows turned out, you can purchase your own in my etsy shop. If you’re getting married soon, you can also add our vows to your wedding registry (maybe there will be some stellar wedding guest out there excited to gift you your wedding vows after your wedding ceremony!).

Chasing love stories,


What to get your husband for your wedding
Vow Calligraphy | Kelly + Dustin
Anniversary Gift for Intentional Couples

One of my favorite lines from Love Actually, is when Hugh Grant is narrating the end of the movie, he says, “Love is, actually, all around.” Further proof of that? Kelly and Dustin met at a gas station. Love can be found anywhere. At any place.

These two have vows filled with inside jokes and they even both shared their love story within their vows. You can tell they are in love with their own story. I think that’s important and grounding. To remember where your story started.

Kelly’s Vow Highlights (I love how Kelly included sharing food in her vows. THIS IS SUCH A REAL MARRIED LIFE THING. And if you ask me she’s really sacrificing by letting Dustin have the last bite!):

Dustin, loving you means letting you into the deepest part of my heart. It means modifying my plans. It means letting go of thinking my way is the right way and learning how our way fits together….

I will sleep with the fan on even when it makes me freezing. I will let you eat all the string cheese and I will always offer you the last (best) bite of my food. I will watch Friends with you as many times as you ask knowing you will always beat me at Friends trivia because you have become a bigger fan than myself.

I vow to love you for your flawfullness. 
Romantic Anniversary Gift for Wife
Romantic Anniversary Gift for Husband

Dustin’s Vow Highlights (I love that because of Kelly, Dustin is now a Friends fan):

I promise to love you each and every day, even on Sundays when you wont let me watch football. I commit to cherish you forever and ever, even when you spend a lot on shoes. Yes I’ll cherish the shoes too and wont step on them when we dance. I vow to always be understanding even when you are mad at me for something that happened in a dream.
Vow Calligraphy | Emily's Love Story

Emily’s Story

Emily and Adam dated as teenagers, then, after years apart, found one another as adults, fell in love, and got married. Emily had me write out her vows to Adam for their anniversary alongside a picture of herself:

Because of you, your generosity, and your patience I have become a better person. Our differences are some of the things that have made us so much stronger as we challenge each other and inspire the other to see things in a new way. Because of you I strive to be a better partner and a better friend. But in the end I am so lucky to have a man who loves me, respects me, and appreciates me for the person I am.

If you love how Emily’s vows turned out, you can purchase your own at my Etsy shop here. If you’re getting married soon, you can also add our vows to your wedding registry (maybe there will be some stellar wedding guest out there excited to gift you your wedding vows after your wedding ceremony!).

It feels like snorting magical unicorn dust every time I get to read a couples’ vows.

First of all, vows are such sacred words. I almost feel like I’ve been let into a very personal part of my clients’ lives, without even knowing them. I actually close my eyes and imagine what I think their ceremony looked like. I imagine them smiling at one another with deep set care in their eyes, holding each others’ hands tightly.

Second of all, I love how a couples’ values and hearts for one another come out in their words. Especially if they’ve written their own vows.

I’m an artist and wordsmith, so connecting with words that express beauty and love is something that feels like home to me. I always connect with different parts of a couples’ vows. I don’t always share the same values or beliefs as my couples, but I always find words I really connect and relate to.

I’m pumped for you to get a glimpse of some of my clients’ love stories. Um, who doesn’t like hearing how people fell in love?

Welcome to the magical love fest that is my Etsy shop. This is what it’s like for me to hear their love story through their ever-so-sacred wedding vows.

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New Collaborations + Vow Products

A few weeks ago I had a client ask me if I sell vows in two separate frames. One week ago, I had a client ask if I can add some greenery to an open space in her vows. Two weeks ago, I had a friend ask if I could write out her Maid of Honor Speech from her dear friends’ wedding.

And… about a million years ago, I told my friends Nicole and Kim I wanted their work in my Etsy shop. Because they’re both makers with really beautiful products that only add to the love fest happening in my etsy shop. Kim writes out vows in pen and ink (I write mine out digitally) and Nicole digitally illustrates couple portraits (but it totally looks like watercolor!).

All of these collaborations and ideas— they’re all amazing and because of them, I’m adding a handful of NEW products to my Vow shop.


Square Vows in Two Separate 8x8 Frames!


Illustrated Couple Portraits next to a poem, scripture, or your first dance lyrics.


Maid of Honor or Best Man Speech with Photo of you and the couple!


Vows on Handmade Paper with Deckled Edges

We've Added A Wedding Registry | Vows

Seven years ago, when Brett and I got married we were broke. I was applying for jobs and Brett was working at Sam’s Club, working his way through Grad school.

I remember our coffee budget being $25 a month. For both of us. No eating out. We bought groceries using the Target gift cards we’d received from our wedding.

I’m not surprised when I talk to couples who tell me they love my vows, but they can’t afford them. You just got married. Or you’re about to get married and your budget really might not be in a place to purchase custom calligraphy.

I can relate to that, so I thought I’d come up with an alternative plan for you. Now you can add your vows to your registry, so you don’t have to consider purchasing them after your wedding— because a kind wedding guest has already purchased them for you.

The vows I design have a range of pricing options, which is exactly what your wedding guests need when they’re considering what to gift to you. Some of them want something as fancy and unique as custom vows, and some of them want something as affordable as a dish towel.

When you add vow calligraphy to your wedding registry, you’re offering your guests a chance to give an incredibly intentional and thoughtful gift to you.

How does it work?

You register for our vows, we send you a link to include in your online registry, wedding guests can purchase the vows you wanted, and, when the wedding is over, we ask you for your vows, letter them, then deliver them!

Registering for vows is easy peasy. You can view our vow options for Newly Weds here. All you have to do is fill out our form signifying the vow options you want to register for and give us all your pertinent contact information— and we will take care of the rest!

We have provided a handful of pricing options for you and your wedding guests to choose from! We recommend signing up for a variety of the vow options you love! If you need more product information or want to view other ideas for wedding vows, you can view all of our vow products in our Etsy Shop.

Once we receive your information, we will create a registry page specific to you and send you an email with the link to send to your wedding guests or include in your online registry!