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!
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!
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!!
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!
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!
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!!
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!
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!
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!
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.