An Inviting Invitation

Rich Little Bird Invitation

Rich Little Bird

We recently had the opportunity to work with Shelli Martinez of Rich Little Bird for the first time when she asked us to address wedding invitation envelopes in our Flint lettering style for a couple who will tie the knot in December. She shared a couple of glimpses of the invitation suite over on the Rich Little Bird web site and we were wowed – what a pretty, wintery confection!

Rich Little Bird Invitation with Envelopes by Meant To Be Calligraphy

Rich Little Bird

Real Wedding: Andrea and Dan

Andrea and Dan by Jodi Miller Photography

Jodi Miller Photography

Is there anything more classic than a black-and-white wedding? Andrea and Dan’s wedding was a gorgeous affair which took place earlier this month and we were truly honored to collaborate on the Day-Of paper goods with the girls at Little Bit Heart and have our handiwork included amidst all of the beautiful details planned and styled by the lovelies at Karson Butler Events. Over the course of the couple’s wedding preparations, they entrusted us with addressing the envelopes for both their wedding and their rehearsal dinner, plus signage and place cards for both events. Our absolute favorite detail, however, were the white-ink-on-black-paper escort cards in our Edwards lettering style that were “passed” on silver trays by tuxedo-clad servers. A-maz-ing and so clever! Jodi Miller Photography captured all of the prettiness of the day. We are including just a few photos here, but the entire day is a must-see, so pop over to Jodi’s site and prepare to get lost in the loveliness!

Meant To Be Calligraphy seating cards, image by Jodi Miller Photography

Jodi Miller Photography

Jodi Miller Photography

Jodi Miller Photography


Feeling Gifty?

Black Friday has come and gone. If you haven’t yet found the perfect gift for someone dear to you, let us make something special just for them! We offer custom hand-lettered return address stamps and custom hand-lettered stationery letterhead stamps that would be perfect for anyone who loves all-things-paper. The stamps are available separately or as a set and they are sure to delight.

Meant To Be Calligraphy's Custom Calligraphy Rubber Stamp Set

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Or have us create a gift for the giver in your life – we offer small hand-lettered gift tag stamps with phrases such as “from the garden of …” and “from the kitchen of …” – ideal for someone who takes thoughtfulness to heart.

Meant To Be Calligraphy Small Gift Tag Stamp

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Other ideas for a truly personal gift: we can hand-letter a poem, saying, verse, vows or even a love letter for you.

Vows by Meant To Be Calligraphy

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Alternately, if your shopping is already complete, you might want to consider one of our large custom holiday gift tag stamps – they put the finishing touch on pretty packages.

Meant To Be Calligraphy Large Gift Tag Stamps

Meant To Be Calligraphy

All of our stamps can be ordered via our Etsy shop. For custom hand-lettered poems, verses, vows, etc., send us a note via our Contact page and we’ll be in touch to discuss how we can bring your idea to the page. Please note that all orders for delivery by Christmas must be placed by December 10.

Real Wedding: Emily and Charlie

Jan Michele Photography

Emily and Charlie got married at the ever-lovely River Farm in October and we were delighted to create a few pretty details for their big day. Our handiwork included two large chalkboards written out in our McConnell lettering style – one that conveyed the order of the ceremony and another that displayed the seriously delicious menu they chose for their guests – plus several smaller chalkboard signs for the dessert table (Pies! Yum!). We also hand-lettered purple seating cards with silver ink. Such a pretty color combination! Laura Ritchie of Events in the City helped the happy couple plan and style the day and Jan Michele Photography captured all of its beauty. Excited to be able to share peeks at the hand-lettered details below!

Chalk Work by Meant To Be Calligraphy with photo by Jan Michele Photography

Jan Michele Photography

Meant To Be Calligraphy Chalk Menu - photo by Jan Michele Photography

Jan Michele Photography

Meant To Be Calligraphy Seating Cards by Jan Michele Photography

Jan Michele Photography

Meant To Be Calligraphy Chalkboad Program by Jan Michele Photography

Jan Michele Photography

A is for Apple

Meant To Be Calligraphy for DC NACE Capital Style Gala

Evelyn Alas

Here’s a peek at “poisoned apple” seating cards we created for the Capital Style Gala held recently by the Greater Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives. Love the way they were displayed! More photos from the storybook-themed evening can be found on BizBash.

White Thursday!

Newly engaged? If so, say goodbye to Black Friday and hello to White Thursday! The gals at Hitched are having a one-of-a-kind pop-up sample sale, set to take place on November 29, that you won’t want to miss! Find all the details here:

Hitched Salon

Featured in Southern Weddings!

Meant To Be Calligraphy in Southern Weddings

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Thanks to the ever-gracious Claudia Smith of Fig. 2 Design Studio, our lettering is featured in the newest volume of Southern Weddings. Claudia incorporated a modified version of our Durham lettering style into the invitation suite for the magazine’s Lilly Pulitzer-inspired editorial shoot. Then I lent my pen to other other Fig. 2-designed signage such as drink signs, place cards and a complete hand-lettered menu. The result, as seen in KT Merry’s gorgeous photographs, is a pink-and-orange-and-yellow-washed confection of prettiness. You can see a sampling of the photos on Grey Likes Weddings. But don’t miss picking up a copy of the mag itself – it’s filled with so many beautiful photos as well as tons of hand calligraphy from lots of our talented peers.

Featured in Southern Living!

Meant To Be Calligraphy in Southern Living

Meant To Be Calligraphy

The workshops I teach at Fifteen Eleven are featured in the December issue of Southern Living! They are one of twelve “experiential” gift ideas the mag recommends as can’t-miss presents this holiday season. Teaching these workshops is one of my favorite things ever, so it’s exciting to see them pop up in such a fabulous magazine alongside eleven other unique and fun suggestions for adventure-filled gifts. Hooray!

December Doings

Hi all! We just added a new date for my Introduction to Pointed Pen Calligraphy workshop at Fifteen Eleven. If you’ve been thinking of taking part in the class and are available on December 1, this is your chance! Only caveat: sign up quickly; there are only a couple of spots left. I will also be teaching an intermediate-level workshop, which is open to anyone who has taken the intro class, on December 8, and we still have a couple of openings for that class as well. Sign up for the Level II workshop can be found here.

Featured in Brides!

Meant To Be Calligraphy in Brides


We’ve been keeping this under wraps for a couple of months now and so are excited that we can finally share: our lettering is featured in the December 2012 issue of Brides Magazine! That’s our Glade lettering style adorning a block print invitation created by artist and print maker Katharine Watson. The invitation is part of a feature on how to use the color red to create an unforgettable “holiday-hued” wedding. It was a thrill to collaborate with Katharine – her work in block printing has quickly become nationally recognized – and it is exciting to see how the whole feature came together.