New Year, New Workshops!

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Hooray! We’ve opened registration for our early-2017 workshops and we are so excited to announce a new class offering: Introduction to Modern Brush Lettering! in addition to our signature calligraphy workshop, Introduction to Contemporary Pointed Pen Calligraphy, we are now unveiling a brand new comprehensive workshop called Introduction to Modern Brush Lettering!

Even better, we will be offering both our calligraphy workshops AND our brush lettering workshops at all of the locations where we teach: Washington, D.C. (at The Lemon Bowl in Park View, The Embassy Row Hotel in Dupont Circle and, for the first time ever, at Typecase Industries in Shaw), Baltimore (at Becket Hitch), Middleburg (at the Middleburg Events Studio), Charlottesville (at Rock Paper Scissors), Falls Church (at Stylish Patina’s Rough Luxe Warehouse) and Alexandria (at the Morrison House).

Past students! We will be offering Continuing with Contemporary Pointed Pen Calligraphy again this March and we would absolutely love to see you again! And also be sure to take a look at our latest Calligraphy Study Table offerings. This month’s session on tips for envelope addressing was so fun that we’ve decided to offer it again in January, just in time to help you pretty up your valentines! And in February we’ll work on tricky connections between letters.

We hope that you will be able to join us for a modern pointed pen calligraphy workshop or a modern brush lettering workshop (or both!). As always, we’ll be keeping the class size super small to allow for plenty of individual attention and instruction, so if you are interested in taking part this winter (or in gifting a class to someone else – a spot in our workshops is the perfect birthday, anniversary or holiday gift!), please don’t wait too long to secure your spot. You can find ALL of the details and register here.

Back to School!

Hooray! New dates have just been posted for our popular calligraphy workshops. Our fall Introduction to Contemporary Pointed Pen Calligraphy classes will again be held in three fabulous Washington, D.C. locations: The Loft at 600 F near the Verizon Center and at The Lemon Bowl, a totally inspiring maker space in the Park View neighborhood of the city, as well as in the bright and airy Garage Room of the chic Embassy Row Hotel in Dupont Circle. We will also be returning to Falls Church, Virginia to teach at Stylish Patina’s Rough Luxe Warehouse and to Middleburg, Virginia to teach at the Middleburg Events Studio. Plus, for the first time ever, we’ll be teaching in Alexandria, Virginia, at the gorgeously renovated Morrison House. We can’t wait!

This fall, we’ll begin our sixth year of teaching these classes and we continue to feel so thankful for the chance to share our love for calligraphy with our students and encouraged by the feedback we receive from them. A few of the kind notes we’ve received lately:

  • “You are a fantastic teacher. The time just flew by and it was totally engaging and energizing. I’ve practiced a bit and definitely want to continue to do more!” – LH
  • “Thank you again! I learned so much and have been practicing non stop!!” – EG
  • “I wanted to share a photo of my practice sheets and say thanks again for being such a great teacher. I am really enjoying even just practicing. Something about just repeating letters is oddly soothing and it’s great to have it as a hobby.” – SL
  • “I so enjoyed your class and the size was perfect. You are great instructor and kept the class on track. Can’t thank you enough.” – SV
  • “Thank you so much for being such a wonderful (and encouraging) instructor! It’s clear by the thought that you put in to each aspect of the class that you are truly committed to your students both success and enjoyment of calligraphy! I thoroughly enjoyed it!” – EW

There is nothing better seeing our students leave our workshops feeling excited to practice and grow as calligraphers!

If you’ve taken our Intro workshop previously: we’ve also posted new dates for our formal follow-up workshop, Continuing with Contemporary Pointed Pen Calligraphy, as well as for our more free-wheeling Calligraphy Study Tables.

We hope that you will be able to join us for a workshop (or two!). As always, we’ll be keeping the class size super small to allow for plenty of individual attention and instruction, so if you are interested in taking part this summer (or in gifting a class to someone else – a spot in our workshops is the perfect birthday, anniversary or graduation gift!), please don’t wait too long to secure your spot. You can find more details and register here.

Seven Candles!

Today, Meant To Be Calligraphy turns seven! We never could have imagined when we launched this business on June 1, 2009 that it would flourish so wonderfully. It’s been such a joy and a privilege to work with each one of our awesome clients and to get to know and to have the chance to collaborate with so many incredible industry professionals. We also continue to be grateful for having had the opportunity to meet and teach the art of calligraphy to so many fantastic students along the way. So, to everyone who we’ve met, worked with and taught over these past seven years, thank you, thank you for being part of this journey with us! Here’s to many more years of playing with pens and ink!

Learn With Us This Summer!

MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY

MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY

Hooray! New dates have just been posted for our calligraphy workshops. Our summer Introduction to Contemporary Pointed Pen Calligraphy classes will be held in three fabulous Washington, D.C. locations: The Loft at 600 F near the Verizon Center and at The Lemon Bowl, pictured above, a maker space in the Park View neighborhood of the city, as well as in the crazy cool Garage Room of the chic Embassy Row Hotel in Dupont Circle. We will also be returning to Falls Church, Virginia to teach at Stylish Patina’s Rough Luxe Warehouse, to Middleburg, Virginia to teach at the Middleburg Events Studio, to Charlottesville, Virginia to teach at rock paper scissors.

Now that we are well into our fifth year of teaching these classes, we continue to feel so thankful for the chance to share our love for calligraphy with our students and encouraged by the feedback we receive from them. A few of the kind notes we’ve received lately:

  • “I cannot thank you enough for such a wonderful class! You not only have the gift of phenomenal calligraphy; you are excellent at TEACHING it! I’ve been practicing nonstop since Saturday (and already ordered more supplies!).” – RL
  • “I am having so much fun practicing my writing, thanks so much for the quality teaching.” – SO
  • “Thanks again for a really fun class. I very much appreciated all of the hands on tips that you gave during the session.” – CG
  • “I wanted to compliment you on your teaching. It was so inspiring to watch you and your hand, and you definitely have the personality and the patience to be doing this. … I had such a great time and I cannot wait to practice.” – NI
  • “I SO enjoyed your class! It was so much fun!” – HD

There is nothing better seeing our students leave our workshops feeling excited to practice and grow as calligraphers!

If you’ve taken our Intro workshop previously: we’ve also posted new dates for our formal follow-up workshop, Continuing with Contemporary Pointed Pen Calligraphy, as well as for our more free-wheeling Calligraphy Study Tables.

We hope that you will be able to join us for a workshop (or two!). As always, we’ll be keeping the class size super small to allow for plenty of individual attention and instruction, so if you are interested in taking part this summer (or in gifting a class to someone else – a spot in our workshops is the perfect birthday, anniversary or graduation gift!), please don’t wait too long to secure your spot. You can find more details and register here.

Featured in Martha Stewart Real Weddings & Honeymoons!

MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY

MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY

We were absolutely thrilled to see one of our recent collaborations with Charlottesville, Va.-based stationery designers Rock Paper Scissors featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings’ Real Weddings and Honeymoons magazine! The invitation suite that Rock Paper Scissor’s Dani Antol designed for Kelsey and Casey’s destination wedding in Nassau, Bahamas was truly gorgeous and we were honored to have our Palmer lettering style incorporated into the invitation itself, as well as adorning the invitation envelopes and the seating cards. Seeing our collab in print was the icing on the cake!

Meant To Be Calligraphy and Rock Paper Scissors as seen in Martha Stewart Weddings Real Weddings and Honeymoons Spring 2016

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Learn With Us This Spring!

MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY

MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY

Hooray! New dates have just been posted for our calligraphy workshops. Our spring Introduction to Contemporary Pointed Pen Calligraphy classes will be held in two fabulous Washington, D.C. locations: The Loft at 600 F near the Verizon Center and at The Lemon Bowl, a maker space in the Park View neighborhood of the city. We will also be returning to Falls Church, Virginia to teach again at Stylish Patina’s Rough Luxe Warehouse, to Middleburg, Virginia to teach at the Middleburg Events Studio, to Charlottesville, Virginia to teach at rock paper scissors and also to just outside of Baltimore, Maryland to teach at Becket Hitch (and also to celebrate the store’s second anniversary!).

Now that we are well into our fifth year of teaching these classes, we continue to feel so thankful for the chance to share our love for calligraphy with our students and are encouraged by the feedback we receive from them. A very small sampling of notes we’ve received lately:

  • “Seven times seven “thank you!”s for investing your time and expertise in us. I’m sure you’ve heard this sentiment before, but your enthusiasm is infectious; your method and presence cultivates in each of your students a real love and passion for your craft.” – LF
  • “It was such a joy being part of your class yesterday! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I am excited to start practicing and use the technique you have taught me for my wedding invites.” – KC
  • “​I just wanted to say thank you for teaching the class yesterday! Not only was it very informational but very enjoyable! I hope to take the follow-up class and will definitely be recommending to others.” – LL
  • “Thank you so much for such a wonderful class! I enjoyed your enthusiasm and also your love and passion for calligraphy. I had a wonderful time!” – BK
  • “I really loved learning this new style – so different from what I had done previously. And not only the calligraphy, but the fun way it was all presented and how you made each of us feel like we were your only student that day.” – PP

There is nothing better seeing our students leave our workshops feeling excited to practice and grow as calligraphers!

If you’ve taken our Intro workshop previously: we’ve also posted new dates for our formal follow-up workshop, Continuing with Contemporary Pointed Pen Calligraphy. Hope to see you again at one of those!!

We hope that you will be able to join us for a workshop (or two!). As always, we’ll be keeping the class size super small to allow for plenty of individual attention and instruction, so if you are interested in taking part this spring (or in gifting a class to someone else – a spot in our workshops is the perfect birthday, anniversary or Mother’s Day gift!), please don’t wait too long to secure your spot. You can find more details and register here.

Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings!

MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY

MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY

We were completely over the moon when Martha Stewart Weddings asked us to contribute the calligraphy to illustrate one of the features in their Winter 2016 issue. The feature, called Tying The Knot, shares several ideas for incorporating knots into your Big Day, and our calligraphy (in our Richardson lettering style) is sprinkled through eight full pages, including on the boutonniere labels, the place cards, the “est. 2016” favor tags and, most prominently, on the oversized, crimson, knot-shaped escort cards. So exciting!

Take a peek at the entire feature below!

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Featured in Weddings Unveiled!

MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY

MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY

Late last year, I had the privilege of collaborating with our friend Christina at Paperzest to help create the paperie and other signage for a gorgeous styled shoot which is now featured in the Winter 2016 issue of Weddings Unveiled. The shoot, which was photographed by Elizabeth Fogarty Photography, styled by Cheers Darling Events and featured lush florals by Holly Heider Chapple, is an absolute must-see. For the paper and signage, we focused on copper, fig and hunter green, and Christina incorporated my Reese lettering style into all of the various pieces. I even brought to life her vision of having a seating chart lettered on a sheet of real copper! Totally divine!!

Featured in Washingtonian Bride & Groom!

MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY

MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY

When the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom magazine hit newsstands recently, we were so excited to see our calligraphy featured throughout the pages. Among the highlights:

• Two of the Real Weddings featured were those of our clients! When you pick up your copy, be sure to look for the chairs that we hand lettered in our McConnell lettering style for Stephen and Cara as well as the seating cards and menus featuring our Edwards lettering style for Katherine and Patrick’s wedding.

• We also had three of our escort cards plus one of our escort card displays appear in the magazine – in the “Spotlight on: Escort Cards” story, you can find our Reese lettering style on the “Farm to Table” card (a collaboration with Miss Merkle Design!) and our Palmer lettering style adorning a succulent pot. And then later in the issue, in the “50 Fun Ideas for Your Washington Wedding,” you can see our work in Number 5 (a personalized wine stopper) and Number 28 (the escort cards and banner we created for Danielle and Aaron’s wedding a couple of years ago).

• Finally, for the third year in a row, we were named a Top Vote Getter in the magazine’s annual list of Best Wedding Vendors. This is the best honor we can think of, because those voting are our colleagues and clients and their votes of encouragement in our work and the level of service we provide mean the world to us!

Custom Ornament Flash Sale!

MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY

MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY

Looking for the perfect one-of-a-kind gift? If so, we totally have you covered! For a limited time (literally, right now until Friday December 4, 2015 at 10 am ET), we are accepting orders for our custom, hand-lettered, personalized Christmas ornaments. If you would like to have something truly special to give to:

• your spouse
• your parents
• your in-laws
• your newlywed friends
• your nearlywed friends
• your friends who just became parents
• your amazing long-married grandparents
• your friends and family who already have (almost) everything
• your friends who live in a tiny apartment and appreciate small-in-size gifts
• pretty much anyone who you really, really like

… then you’ll want to pop over to our shop and snap up an ornament (or two! or several!). We’ll write out your message (typically the name of a family and the year the couple was married, as shown in the photo above, but we are glad to consider other sentiments as well, if space allows!) in red, green, gold or white ink and we will ship it out to you to arrive in advance of Christmas. But again, this is an extremely limited time sale; once it’s over, we will not accept any additional orders this year!

This is our second year offering these ornaments. When we debuted them last year, we were thrilled that they met such a happy response. Some of the feedback we received from purchasers:

• The ornament is absolutely gorgeous! Michele is a pleasure to work with. – PS
• Great Christmas present for my wife for our first Christmas as a married couple. The gold lettering really stood out on the live tree with white lights. – JD
• Thank you for the lightning fast delivery. It is such a sweet heirloom for our family. – HM

Want to learn more? You can get all of the details as well as place your order here!

PS: A spot in one of our Calligraphy Workshops also makes a fab gift! Registration for our early-2016 classes opened recently but there are still plenty of dates to choose from! Details can be found here!