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!

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.

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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: Lindsey's Story

One of my favorite things about what I do is getting to work with such amazingly thoughtful people. Lindsey is no exception. Lindsey reached out about purchasing some monogrammed stationery for herself and a friend (who turned out to be her sister-in-law). I was so excited to get to work with Lindsey on this order and be reminded of how much I love designing this monogrammed stationery. Y'all the photo's just don't do it justice.

Lindsey decided to go with a three letter monogram design for her sister-in-law, Amy.

Lindsey decided to go with a three letter monogram design for her sister-in-law, Amy.

I use custom stamps to emboss the stationery and love including these as part of the packaging!

I use custom stamps to emboss the stationery and love including these as part of the packaging!

Lucky for me, Lindsey was so easy to work with and her stationery turned out beautifully. And her sister-in-law loved it too! So. much. happy! 

Lindsey's two letter monogrammed gold embossed stationery.

Lindsey's two letter monogrammed gold embossed stationery.

Stories Behind the Script: Amy's Story

One email from Amy is all it takes to know that she is filled with a vivacious enthusiasm for life. Not only is this love for life reflected in her beautiful photography, but you can literally feel Amy's kindness and joie de vivre via email. Y'all, that is hard to do! Amy reached out to me late last year about designing a logo for her. She imagined something that incorporated florals and pale mints, corals and golds. Umm, hi. My favorite!

Amy was so sweet and patient throughout the process and with each exclamation point, I knew we were getting closer to nailing down her perfect logo. 

A sneak peak at the design process for Amy's logo.

A sneak peak at the design process for Amy's logo.

I'm excited to share the final logo here with you all and can't wait to see it become part of Amy's new brand.

The final logo for  Amy Robinson Photography !

The final logo for Amy Robinson Photography!

I'm so grateful to have gotten the chance to work with Amy and for our stories to have crossed paths! 

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!