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 :)

the laughing heart groom's gift for mark

Stories Behind the Script: Janelle and Roberto's Story

Last December my sweet cousin Janelle got married to her partner in crime, Roberto. The ceremony was in a beautiful church in downtown Tampa and the reception was perfectly rustic in an outdoor covered barn space. Simple and sweet - my favorite!

I was thrilled when Janelle reached out to me about addressing her wedding envelopes. Not only did the turquoise color go perfectly with the invitations she had picked out from Wedding Paper Divas, but Emily and Thomas from The Ganeys captured the suite beautifully!

Janelle and Roberto's Wedding Invitations
janelle and roberto bridesmaids
janelle and roberto church
janelle and roberto reception
Janelle and Roberto Bride and Groom

To top it all off, these two are expecting a little one for their one year anniversary!! Congratulations Janelle and Roberto! :) I couldn't be happier for you two!

Stories Behind the Script: Nora's Story

A little while back I had the honor of lettering Nora and AJ's vows for their first wedding anniversary! Such a big milestone in a marriage :)

And of course behind every marriage, there's a sweet love story that just needs to be shared. I asked Nora a few questions and her words were to good not to share exactly as she wrote them!

How did the two of you meet?
We met on OKCupid!  I was on and off of the site and online dating in general for a couple of years--really just enjoying being single and dating, but also on the look out for something special.  AJ was a self-described serial first-dater...casting a wide net for a few years and always looking for what or who was next--until me!  We had an instant connection on our first date, and the rest was history!

What's your favorite memory from your wedding day?
My favorite memory from our wedding day is a tough question!  We had a perfect day filled with joy and laughter.  I'll tell you two small bits.  Neither of us felt particularly nervous, I don't think, but AJ had trouble sleeping the night before thinking about details he didn't want to go wrong.  The pictures showing his face leading up to our first look show some real emotion--anticipation, a little anxiety, and definitely some fatigue.  But the moment I put my hand on his shoulder, his face changed completely--into a warm and honest look of relief.  A second great memory is actually from when we were reciting our vows!  We were trying hard to take some wise advice we had been given to really listen to and think and subscribe to the words we were saying and not to just repeat mindlessly.  But because we were trying to be so in the moment, we had a really hard time repeating what was said. We each had to ask for a repetition or peak over at our officiant's notes a couple of times!  It made for a lot of sincere laughter and really a sweet moment :)

What inspired you to select the vows you did?
Neither of us is religious so we didn't want to use fully traditional vows or a religious officiant.  In Colorado, where we live and got married, it's legal to self-solemnize your own marriage license--to just sign as the two parties that you're married and that's that.  We chose that route and to have a good friend officiate or emcee a ceremony for us without getting internet-ordained.  She had never done it before, so we really wound up crafting our own ceremony based on a lot of Google and Pinterest searches ;).  We wanted to find our own vows that spoke to us in a serious way and had some semblance of a traditional ceremony ("for richer or poorer..." etc).  We wound up scouring the internet for non-religious vows and secular wedding ceremonies and picked and chose different pieces from different posts that sounded right to us.  We're really happy with what we wound up with!

Congrats on being married for a year!! What advice would you give to new couples embarking on the adventure that is marriage?
We are each other's best friends, hands down.  We say "I love you" several times a day and kiss and hug when we say goodbye in the morning and when we greet each other after work.  We remind each other often that we're on the same team and that we're in it together.  It's going pretty well so far, and we're excited for our future!
 

wedding vows calligraphy - nora and aj - sunflowers


Thank you, Nora for sharing your story with me and for letting me be a small part of this special moment in your marriage!

Stories Behind the Script: Shelley's Story

I recently had the pleasure of lettering my first set of vows, and oh, what a joy it was! Personalized vows are a window into a couple's soul. It was such a honor to work with Shelley to translate those sweet words into something tangible for her and her husband for years to come.

gold calligraphy wedding vows
personalized calligraphy vows

Shelley was so sweet to work with and I wish her and her husband a lifetime of laughter and love!

Stories Behind the Script: The Rising Tide Society

"A rising tide lifts all boats."

The Rising Tide Society is this amazing group of creative entrepreneurs that I had the great fortune of stumbling upon early on in my calligraphy journey. Their motto is community over competition and time and again I've been inspired by their kindness, their generosity and most of all, their talent.

The group itself has several chapters spread throughout cities in the continental US. Lucky for me, Charlottesville has a chapter! One of my goals this year (please help me stick to this!) is to attend one of their monthly meetings. This month, the group changed things up by hosting a Styled Shoot at Trump Winery. Even on a gloomy day like today, this vineyard is still gorgeous.

I had the great fortune of partnering with Brittany from Farmstead Design Studio. Brittany has been so fantastic to work with and I'm so excited to see her creative vision come to life. She used my calligraphy to create an invitation suite that she printed on fabric, yes fabric! with blue stitching along the edges. How amazing is that!?

You can expect another post with beautiful photos and a long list of fantastic vendors in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peak of the calligraphy I did for the envelopes for Brittany's invitation suite!

Watercolor Calligraphy on a Navy Envelope for The Rising Tide Society Styled Shoot

Watercolor color calligraphy on white envelope and white calligraphy on a navy envelope round out the collaborative invitation suite with Farmstead Studio Design.