My Story Behind the Script: Our Accidental Octopus Themed Wedding

When I started planning our wedding, I knew there were a few things I definitely wanted and one of those things was that I wanted our wedding to capture our personalities. I wanted our guests to walk into the space and not only feel welcomed, but almost feel like they were walking into our home. Like absolutely 100% yes this is Michelle and Ory.

And while I had a pretty good sense of how to get there, I also wanted to be sure that when it came down to it, Ory had some say in the planning process too and it wasn’t me just living out my own wedding fantasies.

So a few weeks into selecting our most important vendors, I asked Ory, “What’s the one thing you want to be sure we incorporate into our wedding?”

And y’all, I just didn’t see this one coming. “Octopi.”

I’ll be honest. These out of left field responses are definitely one of the reasons I fell for Ory. To this day, it still keeps our marriage interesting. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that a small part of me started to panic. How the heck was I going to incorporate octopi into what I otherwise wanted to be a fairly classic and feminine wedding?

We immediately starting googling octopus weddings and I’ll be honest, the results weren’t really inspiring or comforting. But I couldn’t go back on my promise, so I set out to incorporate octopi into the wedding. And incorporate I did with the help of my mom, a few fabulous vendors including Alicia of A&P Designs and Laura of Ashton Events! Y’all, I was quite proud of the end result :)

And while initially octopi held no significant place in either of ours live at the time. They are now forever linked to the day we said I do.

Read on for some fabulous details (and the stories behind them!) from the best octopus themed wedding ever.

These octopi save the dates were the first place the octopus made an appearance. Alicia from  A&P Design Co  drew these vintage inspired octopi herself - incredible right? And the accompanying photo was a watercolor of our beachside reception venue. Photo by  A&P Design Co .

These octopi save the dates were the first place the octopus made an appearance. Alicia from A&P Design Co drew these vintage inspired octopi herself - incredible right? And the accompanying photo was a watercolor of our beachside reception venue. Photo by A&P Design Co.

When our guests arrived to  reception , they were greeted by this fun vintage beach sign. Lettered by me and built/painted by Ory.

When our guests arrived to reception, they were greeted by this fun vintage beach sign. Lettered by me and built/painted by Ory.

Ory comes from quite the handy family, so when we asked his dad and brother if they would build us some custom corn hole sets for the cocktail hour they were totally up for the challenge and made two different but perfectly complementary sets. And of course, one of them just had to feature the octopus :)

Ory comes from quite the handy family, so when we asked his dad and brother if they would build us some custom corn hole sets for the cocktail hour they were totally up for the challenge and made two different but perfectly complementary sets. And of course, one of them just had to feature the octopus :)

cocktail hour corn hole on the beach
My mom helped find some really cute furniture to decorate the bar area for our cocktail hour and this octopus pillow was one of my favorite subtle details.

My mom helped find some really cute furniture to decorate the bar area for our cocktail hour and this octopus pillow was one of my favorite subtle details.

wedding decor details vintage nautical
Family has always been important to both of us, so we wanted to be sure that family was a central theme in our wedding. This ode to our parents and grandparents weddings made for a great card table and guest book display and that vintage octopus plate? It was hand painted by Ory himself.

Family has always been important to both of us, so we wanted to be sure that family was a central theme in our wedding. This ode to our parents and grandparents weddings made for a great card table and guest book display and that vintage octopus plate? It was hand painted by Ory himself.

My mom found these super cute octopus paper weights which we used as place cards that I lettered. Our wedding was the very first wedding I ever did calligraphy for! I still to this day see these place cards in friends houses and I’d be lying if I didn’t say it made my heart so happy :)  A&P Design Co  also incorporated an octopus into the menus to subtly carry the theme over from our save the dates paper story.

My mom found these super cute octopus paper weights which we used as place cards that I lettered. Our wedding was the very first wedding I ever did calligraphy for! I still to this day see these place cards in friends houses and I’d be lying if I didn’t say it made my heart so happy :) A&P Design Co also incorporated an octopus into the menus to subtly carry the theme over from our save the dates paper story.

nautical organic wedding table setting

Y’all I seriously wish I could take you back to that day. But I hope these snippets gave you a sneak peak and a feel for how our octopus themed wedding was born. The biggest lesson learned during this process was that if you do want to have a theme to your wedding, it doesn’t have to be everywhere. A few well placed details can truly make all the difference.

bride and groom carlouel beach wedding

And if you’re currently in the midst of trying to incorporate what feels like apples and oranges into your big day. Know that where there’s a will, there’s a way. And if you don’t quite yet know what that way is, a solid vendor team can help you make that dream a reality <3

Happy Planning!


Stories Behind the Script: Will's Story

Vows are powerful aren't there? They're a promise and a commitment spoken out loud to a person in front of your closest friends and family. And whether or not you choose to write your own, those words hold so much power because they mark the why behind a lifetime adventure.

So what comes after the vows? Do you revisit them regularly? Check in with one another? How do you hold onto your marriage why?

Will and Lizzie met in the Fall of 2012. Lizzie remembers the first time they shook hands. Will, not so much... ;)

It was a moment a few days later when they got lost in conversation on a camp paddle boat that Will remembers vividly and one that still sticks with him.

In October of 2014, he asked Lizzie to marry him and less than a year later they officially became the Moyers.

Most couples might have stopped at the vows, but Will and Lizzie took it one step further - they created a marriage manifesto. A document that would remind them daily of their commitment to marriage, family and community.

Shortly after getting married, Lizzie introduced Will to Brené Brown's book Daring Greatly.

On a side note: If you haven't heard of Brené you should TOTALLY go check out her work. It's amazing.

This book and their relationship and commitment to Jesus set the stage for the manifesto, a three page document that they work shopped together to became a mission statement for their marriage.

Bren é  Brown's book  Daring Greatly  and their relationship and commitment to Jesus set the stage for the manifesto, a three page document that they work shopped together to became a mission statement for their marriage.

Brené Brown's book Daring Greatly and their relationship and commitment to Jesus set the stage for the manifesto, a three page document that they work shopped together to became a mission statement for their marriage.

For their two year anniversary, Will surprised Lizzie with a written copy of the manifesto. It now hangs in their home as a reminder of the commitment to the three most important things in their life.

Stories Behind the Script: Yeleny's Story

Honestly, one of my favorite things about what I do is getting to play a small part in a couple's story - whether it's through lettering the envelopes for the wedding at the beginning of a marriage or helping a couple celebrate a milestone in their lives together. It's truly such a special gift!

keith urban lyric quote prints

On occasion when I'm working with a client, I just know there's a story waiting to be told so when Yeleny told me that the prints I had lettered for her corresponded to songs from their wedding, I just had to learn more!

Enjoy this sneak peak into Yeleny and Chad's love story - a classic ode to the best friend turned life partner :)

What's your love story?
Chad and I first met in high school and became best friends, as he fell in love with me I fell in love with some one else. We remained friends after high school and while the other guy and I were in a questionable relationship, Chad became my knight in shining armor and rescued me from the bad relationship. We began dating in 2005, got engaged in 2009, and got married in 2010. 

What is the significance of the songs you chose to have lettered?
Chad won me over by serenading me with Making Memories of Us by Keith Urban in his truck one night on one of our first dates. The lyrics made me fall in love with him so hard because I knew how much he loved me already. He's continued to show me that love just like the very first date, so that song became "our" song. The second song Only You Can Love Me This Way was used as our processional song with a lot of meaning for both of us since it made us remember the period of being in a long distance relationship and other moments where we were happy to have each other. 

making memories of us custom quote print

What advice would you give to engaged couples when deciding on which songs to use as part of their wedding day?
Choosing songs for the big day is difficult, but what I focused on was choosing songs that had a special meaning throughout our relationship and would allow us to relive special moments all over again. You want songs that no matter where you are during the big day you will look at each other and smile and be in total bliss that you have are now husband and wife. 

How cute is the gallery wall Yeleny created to display pictures from their engagement, wedding and 5 year anniversary!?

How cute is the gallery wall Yeleny created to display pictures from their engagement, wedding and 5 year anniversary!?

So I don't know about y'all but this totally just took me through a trip down memory lane. When we got married my husband and I danced to L.O.V.E. by Michael Bublé. The song itself didn't hold any special significance for us a couple, but it just felt right and what made it even more special is that my siblings had gifted us some dance lessons to choreograph a little something alongside the song to make our day even more memorable and to give us reasons to have regular date nights leading up to it! If you're looking for a cute and thoughtful gift, dance lessons are amazing!

So tell me, if you've gotten married, which songs did you choose to dance to or walk down the aisle and why?

<3
Michelle

My Story Behind the Script: Why I Fell In Love with Calligraphy

My husband and I got married almost a year and a half ago. It truly was SO magical to be surrounded by so many of our favorite loved ones. One of the hardest things about planning a wedding is that it never feels like there is enough time to love on your guests and make them feel valued and appreciated for traveling from near and far to celebrate that day with you. It is the people that make that moment in your life so special.

bridal party

 

In planning our wedding something that was super important leading up to the day of was the details. Not because I wanted some fairy tale wedding, but because by focusing on the details and infusing our personalities into the ceremony and the reception, we could make our guests feel special. And what better way to add personalization than through calligraphy?

place setting - octopus - gift tags

Think about it. When you get your mail every day, it's one boring bill or spam mail after another. All with your name (probably spelled incorrectly if you're like me) typed out in some generic, stale font. But you know that feeling when you see a handwritten address on an envelope? That is the very same feeling having calligraphy at your wedding can create for your guests. From when the Save the Date envelopes arrive to seeing place cards with their names lovingly written out, this extra gesture can make such a difference.

table  numbers calligraphy
wreath calligraphy - all you need is love - handlettering

Now don't get me wrong, this doesn't replace spending time with your guests at your wedding,  but  the larger your wedding gets, the harder that can be. By adding special touches throughout the evening, your guests can still feel valued, included and loved on. And for some, that place card or envelope will become a special keepsake that will remind them of the beautiful vows you made to each other that day. Calligraphy is just one little aspect of making your guests feel like a special part of your wedding day, but one that my heart has truly grown to love.

beach  portrait - wedding - love - ory and michelle - ma belle calligraphy

Stories Behind the Script: Morgan's Story

What an honor it was to get to be a part of creating Morgan's special day. I've had the privilege of knowing Morgan and Harvey for four years now. In that time, Morgan's became an aunt to my dogs, graduated from school with her Master's in Higher Education, and landed her dream job at UNC Charlotte. In a few short days, Morgan will be marrying the love of her life. I could not be happier for her and Harvey. Not only do I know that Morgan will make a beautiful bride, but I also know that her and Harvey have a great life ahead of them filled with love, laughter, surprises, adventures and all the wonderful things that life has to offer.

It was such an exciting day to receive Morgan's wedding invitation in the mail!

It was such an exciting day to receive Morgan's wedding invitation in the mail!

When these cards showed up, they were made of kraft paper and not at all what Morgan had pictured. It's amazing what a little DIY paint pen can do!

When these cards showed up, they were made of kraft paper and not at all what Morgan had pictured. It's amazing what a little DIY paint pen can do!

Sparkler send offs are one of my favorite final hoorahs at a wedding celebration.

Sparkler send offs are one of my favorite final hoorahs at a wedding celebration.

Congratulations, Morgan and Harvey! Sending so much love and positive vibes your way.