Featured on Good Morning Washington!

Our calligraphy made its television debut today! The lovely Yodit Gebreyes of Favored by Yodit appeared on News Channel 8’s Good Morning Washington to share tips on dressing your table for Thanksgiving and we were lucky enough to collaborate with her on a bunch of pretty and creative ways to make this year’s celebration even more personalized and special than usual as you gather with friends and family.

Among the ideas Yodit included in her tablescape, all of which featured our Glade lettering style:

• Cards at each place setting that say “I am thankful for:” to encourage everyone to reflect on their blessings

• A large pumpkin centerpiece featuring hand-lettered sentiments of thankfulness plus hand-lettered mini pumpkins to adorn each place setting

• Buffet cards that help identify dishes for guests

• Wine glasses from West Elm, personalized with custom phrases written on each

• Personalized gift tags to go along with party favors

You can see all of Yodit’s ideas (and our calligraphy!!) by pressing “play” on the video above or pop over to Good Morning Washington’s website. Hooray!

Featured in Washingtonian Bride & Groom!



I cannot believe it is already November! Before this fall completely gets away from me, I wanted to share how absolutely thrilled I am to have three of my clients’ weddings featured in the Summer/Fall 2015 issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom.

I had the privilege of working with Janice Carnevale from Bellwether Events and Claudia Smith from Fig. 2 Design on paper details for Alice and John’s May 2014 wedding at Rockwood Manor in Potomac, Maryland, as well as collaborating with Tabitha Roberts from Roberts & Co. Events to create custom hand-lettered wood tag escort cards for Jordan and Folasope’s September 2014 wedding at Potomac View Terrace in Washington, D.C. and collaborating with Rachel Merkle from Miss Merkle Design on everything from the custom invitations to a myriad of Day Of loveliness for Lee and Jonathan’s September 2014 wedding at Meridian House in Washington, D.C. I cannot overstate what an honor it is every time a client entrusts me with the paper (and chalkboard and mirror and window and wood and… I’ve written on just about everything at this point!) details for their celebrations. I take my work extremely seriously and try to give my very best with every project.

I am also ever thankful for the opportunities I have to work with so many amazing creative partners, both event designers and paper pros. To have some of those collaborations featured by Washingtonian Bride & Groom is the icing on the (wedding) cake! And to that end, I also want to say thank you to my fellow DC event professionals for making Meant To Be Calligraphy a “Top Vote Getter” in the magazine’s 2015 list of top wedding professionals. This is our second year receiving that designation and we could not be more honored to have that literal and figurative vote of confidence from our colleagues! Thank you!!

Merry, Merry!

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Meant To Be Calligraphy

So excited to share that our calligraphy workshops were included in the Washington Post Express’ Holiday Gift Guide! This year’s theme was “12 Days of Gifters Giving” and we were featured on Day 3, “3 Crafters Pinteresting”! If you are still in search of the perfect gift for your creatively-minded loved one (or for yourself!), there are still spots left in our early-2015 workshops in Washington, D.C., Middleburg and Baltimore! Pop over to the Learn page of our website to find out more and to register!

Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings!

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Meant To Be Calligraphy

We are so excited to share that our work is featured in the fall 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings! We collaborated with Rock Paper Scissors in Charlottesville, Va. to create the most luscious invitation suite for our clients, Joanna and Kyle. It features our Carter lettering style rendered both in letterpress as well as in gold foil. The wedding, which was planned and styled by Simply Chic Events, was photographed by Jose Villa and is a must-see!

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Meant To Be Calligraphy's Custom Calligraphy Return Address Stamp

Meant To Be Calligraphy

This week, The Stationery Place very kindly included our Custom Calligraphy Return Address Stamps in its 2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Stationery Lovers. As blogger Lyndsey noted: “if you love pretty paper, you probably love office supplies too.” Um, yes! Her guide includes several fantastic ideas for the packaging geeks among us. Personally, the kraft labels she spotlighted from Martha Stewart’s new line at Staples are calling my name. Pop over to see all of Lyndsey’s fab picks!

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!

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.

Real Wedding: Lindsey + Rich

Three Lights Photography

I was so excited to see photos of Lindsey and Rich’s wedding at Washington, D.C.’s posh Willard International Hotel pop up on the Three Lights Photography blog earlier this week. Photographer Laura Luis did an incredible job capturing all of the exquisite details of the day and, most importantly, the wonderful time that was clearly had by both the happy couple as well as their family and friends. I definitely recommend popping over to Three Lights to see the rest of the photos from this wedding – total eye candy!!

Lindsey was referred to Meant To Be Calligraphy by the fabulous gals at Hitched Salon in Georgetown where she purchased her wedding stationery, and I had the pleasure of working with her and Rich for well over a year – first I addressed their save the dates, then later, their gorgeous invitations and finally wrote out Day Of items such as seating cards for their reception, all in my Walker lettering style. Along the way I had the chance to meet not only Lindsey and Rich, but also Lindsey’s mom and her twin sister – so fun! It’s having the opportunity  to work with total sweethearts such as Lindsey that makes me love my job.

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