My Story Behind the Script: My Origin Story

Don’t worry. This post is not about my birth story or even about how I got my super hero powers. Although I’m still holding out for that letter from Hogwarts…

But rather, this is the story of where my calligraphy journey began.

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One of the questions I get asked most frequently is “How did you get into calligraphy?” And the simple answer is, “I kind of always was.”

Seriously though. From a young age, I remember sitting in school with my notebook eyeing everyone else’s handwriting and spending hours perfecting my own. And it was comforting.

Fast forward a lot of years as I was planning our wedding and I KNEW in my heart of hearts that I wanted the prettiest calligraphy on our invitations. Not something super formal, but something that would set the tone for our fun, we love you, kind of wedding. From the moment people got the save the dates, we wanted them to feel loved and to know that if they came to celebrate our marriage with us, that they would be in for a real treat.

And so I found the perfect calligrapher! That’s right. It wasn’t me, ha.

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But, you know, sometimes life had other plans. My dream calligrapher wasn’t available. And you know, I probably could have gone and found myself another person to do the lettering for me, but something just lit a fire under me and I thought, “Wait, I bet you I can do this!” so I then spent hours on the internet googling what supplies I would need and trying to figure out how the heck to do this thing.

And after hours of research, I picked up my very first nib and went to town. Now my lettering then looked nothing like it does today. So if you’re on a quest to learn, have no fear, there is still hope for you yet!

But more importantly, if you have a thing in your life that you can’t get off your heart or if a fire lights under you, just start before you convince yourself otherwise. Because let me tell you, had I thought too long and hard about it. Had I started to worry about what people would think. Had I second guessed my ability to enter a sea of other calligraphers amongst an already saturated Etsy market, I would have been denying myself so many amazing opportunities and connections to people that this little business has brought me.

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As I started lettering prints and stationery and envelopes, I quickly realized the wealth of stories that lay behind these otherwise simple seeming words. And that my friends is when I fell in love with calligraphy and why my Stories Behind the Script series began.

And while there are so many stories I could start to tell you, the most important thing I actually want to leave you with is this. Give yourself the space to write your own story. To change. To evolve. To let life pull you where it will. Because seriously, you never know what goodness may be waiting for you on the other side.




The Proper Way to Address Envelopes: Hint It's Not What You Think

We’ve all been there - trapped in a moment, paralyzed by indecision, completely hung up on the proper or right way to do something.

After countless google searches, combed through blog posts, and searched images, something just doesn’t feel right. It’s all just too formal. Inauthentic. It’s not YOU.

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And let me be the first to tell you, I’ve been there. Back in the day, before this calligraphy business of mine was born, I was sitting at my kitchen table having this same debate over my wedding envelopes. On the one hand, I wanted to honor my mom’s friends, who I assumed (yes, most of these hang ups we grapple with are assumptions on our parts), wanted to be addressed more formally.

And yet, a lot of our friends had gone the route of not sharing last names, which I didn’t want to butcher in some formal style that just wasn’t made to honor these choices. And so, I was at a crossroads of not having my envelopes all be the same. *gasp*

But then it dawned on me. It DID NOT MATTER. And in fact, the formality of titles just wasn’t authentic to who we were. Most days, if you’re lucky, you can find us in jeans and the most casual of shirts. Dressing up is reserved for special occasions.

Our favorite date night spot? A hole in the wall Mexican place around the corner from our old house.

So I got a little crazy. Addressed my parent’s friends formally. Our friends without kids, with just their first names. And friends with kids got some combo of first names plus kids names or a family name.

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And you know what, no one reached out saying, “Dang, I can’t believe you left my title off.” Instead, we got compliments on how pretty the envelopes were. How excited people were to celebrate with us. Well wishes from a far. And check ins on how everything was going.

All of this to say that, if you’re on the cusp of lettering a batch of envelopes, be it for a wedding, a shower, holiday cards, etc. It’s OK to let go. Be a little different. And do what feels right to you. Because at the end of the day, you, the person on the other end of that card, is what people really care about.

And if you’re still stuck and needing a little help making a final decision, I’m only an email away.

Wedding Calligraphy On a Budget: Getting the Most Bang for your Buck

Ok, friends. I know.  Weddings are expensive no matter which way you slice it. And sometimes calligraphy just doesn't make the top of the list given that for most of us it's a want and not a need.

But just because you don't need something, doesn't mean it can't be part of your magical day and I'm hoping the next few paragraphs here will give you some tips and tricks on how to incorporate calligraphy into your wedding without breaking the bank.

So the biggest thing to know about calligraphy in weddings is that calligraphy can help set an aesthetic and feel for your guests. I don't know about y'all, but when we got married, we wanted our guests to feel special and loved and calligraphy was our way to add personalized touches because who doesn't love to see their name written prettily!? Even the men were taking home our personalized favors ;)

But in order to set the vibe that you're going for, it doesn't always have to be grandiose and a few well placed pieces can absolutely do the trick!

Here are a couple of ideas for incorporating calligraphy into your wedding at a few different price points:

$100 and under

  • Display a favorite print, quote, or scripture (or 2) on your gift table or cake table! These also make a great keepsake to display in your home after the wedding!

  • Add a pop of pretty with calligraphy on your table numbers.

  • Get small custom signs made for your gift table, cake table, bar menu, etc.

  • Ask a calligrapher to create a keepsake envelope for your invitation suite! Your photographer can then use this for your invitation photos and you can keep the pretty envelope to display in a shadow box or wedding display!

$200 and under

  • Display your personalized vows on your gift or cake table! These also make a great keepsake to display in your home after the wedding!
  • Wow guests with personalized place cards or escort cards!
  • Add a pop of calligraphy on your wedding invitations by using a semi-custom invitation suite!
  • Add a mirror welcome sign for a pretty entrance to your ceremony/reception!
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$300 and under

  • Send happy mail to your guests with hand lettered wedding envelopes!
  • Add a statement piece with a customized seating chart on an elegant mirror.

Seriously, y'all. SO MANY OPTIONS! So before you throw in the towel on having calligraphy as part of your wedding decor, know that there are so many ways to do this. And all of them can add that personal touch and charm that calligraphy offers.

If you're still struggling on ways to incorporate calligraphy into your wedding and want a little help, use the form on the Let's Chat page to reach out! I'm happy to work within your budget to figure out what some affordable options might be for you and help make your wedding that much more special.

PS These prices are based on estimates and may vary based on the number of guests, the size of the project, the calligrapher you're using and how quickly you need a piece, but hopefully they make you realize that wedding calligraphy doesn't have to be a total pipe dream and that you can create that magical wedding you always hoped for without sacrificing your budget in the process. Happy wedding planning, friends!

Stories Behind the Script: Katie's Story

Y'all have heard me say this before, but nothing makes me more excited to know the WHY behind a print that I'm lettering - seriously it makes it that much more special.

And when I get asked to letter something for a friend, I get just that much more excited :)

Needless to say I was thrilled when Katie asked me to letter her now husband, Mark's, favorite poem as a groom's gift.

These two lovebirds got hitched earlier this June and I couldn't be more excited for them. Congrats you two!!

PS How cute is this frame that Katie picked out for the print which now hangs in their room? I love watching a print transform from the one that leaves my little corner desk and seeing how it's displayed in it's new home :)

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