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!

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

 

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

Real Wedding: Carolyn + Colin

When Carolyn got in touch with me this spring to ask if I could address the envelopes for her Baltimore-based wedding, I was thrilled. And although the distance between Baltimore and DC meant that we did not have the chance to meet in person, I still felt delighted every time I saw her name pop up in my in-box as we moved on from envelope addressing through to some of the fun calligraphic details she and Colin chose to incorporate into their Big Day. In addition to seating cards (as seen below in the midst of these gorgeous shots by one of our favorite photogs, Abby Jiu of Abby Jiu Photography), I also created some fun signs for the reception as well as a custom “Carolyn & Colin” stamp that the couple used to adorn gifts for their guests (all in my Glade lettering style, which was Carolyn’s favorite from among our offerings).

Carolyn has such a sparkle to her personality and it is evident when you look through the photographs that she and Colin are head-over-heels for one another (shots from the entire day are shown on Abby’s blog and they are truly must-see!). I could not be more excited for these two and feel so honored to have had the chance to add a little of my handiwork to their wedding preparations. Thanks, Carolyn and Colin; here’s to many years of happiness for you both!!

 

Real Wedding: Anna + Matt

Amber Karson Events

We were so excited to see our clients Anna and Matt appear in the Washington Post yesterday, when the paper featured their sweet love story and photos from their beautiful National Cathedral wedding. I had the opportunity to create lots of hand-lettering in my Beckett lettering style for the couple’s reception at the Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, including seating cards and personalizing each guest’s menu (as shown on the bride’s own menu in the fun collage above). The wedding, which was planned and styled by the amazing Emily Butler and Amber Karson of Amber Karson Events, was filled with gorgeousness, from Anna’s exquisite gown, which she found at Hitched Salon and the incredible flowers from Amaryllis. To see more images of the wedding and to read about how these two, a book editor and a presidential speech writer fell for one another, pop over to Ellen McCarthy’s story in the Post. We wish this happy couple our very best!!

 

Chalk It Up

Meant To Be Calligraphy

To my delight, I am often asked to create chalkboard signage for wedding and events. I always enjoy the process of designing and executing in chalk and chalk ink, whether it be to create a seating chart (as I did for Shannon + Dave), bar signs (like those I created for Kelly + Kevin), welcome greetings (like the board I wrote out for Heather + Patrick) or a menu, which is what I created most recently for bride Tori’s wedding to groom Christian this past weekend.

Tori was referred to me by event designer extraordinaire Laura Ritchie of Events in the City and, in addition to creating adorable little hanging seating cards (shown below in a collage Laura shot during Tori and Christian’s wedding reception), Tori also asked me to use my Glade lettering style to write out a menu of the delicious meal in store for the couple’s guests. To me, the only downside to working on menus is that inevitably the mouth-watering descriptions end up making me hungry and just a tad bit jealous of the lucky guests! In any case, this particular menu was very fun to write and I am thrilled to have been able to assist with the wedding preparations for this sweet bride to her groom. Cheers, Tori + Christian!!

Events in the City

Mirror, Mirror

Amber Karson Events

Amber Karson Events

Thanks to the lovelies at Amber Karson Events, I recently had the pleasure of creating “Day Of” calligraphy in my Rockwell lettering style for bride Courtney and her groom Moshe. In addition to a passel of pretty table markers and some gloriously large place cards (both shown above right on this fun collage Amber shot during Courtney and Moshe’s wedding reception), I also wrote out a large-scale seating chart on a mirror (shown both above left and, in a close-up, below). Seating charts can be challenging because unless everything lines up correctly and looks straight, they can look like a hot mess. Writing one out on a mirror adds an extra layer of complexity because as you write, you see the writing tool twice – once as it really is and then again in the mirror. The results, however, are so lovely – especially when set against gorgeous flowers and the glow of candlelight, which is how Amber and Emily styled this particular setting. We were so honored to play a small part in such a beautiful and momentous day for the happy couple – here’s to many joyful years for Courtney and Moshe!!

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Meant To Be Calligraphy

 

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.

Three Lights Photography

 

What True Love Looks Like

Meant To Be Calligraphy

On August 30, 1950, my parents tied the knot in my mother’s hometown of St. John, New Brunswick in Canada. Five children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren later, they are still utterly devoted to one another. And their love and respect for one another as well as the way they care for others continues to be a sweet source of inspiration and true blessing to everyone they know. Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad!!

One Pretty Pineapple

Carla Ten Eyck

We always love when our clients spur us on to try something new. So when bride-to-be Heather asked me if, in addition to writing out seating cards for her and her fiance Patrick, I also could draw a pineapple on a vintage chalkboard to accompany a hand-lettered explanation in my Durham style of why the prickly fruit is considered a symbol of hospitality, I was pretty excited – and maybe a little bit nervous. Although I love to create pretty lettering, I do not consider myself much of an artist (at least not yet!). So when it came time to execute the design, I started out sort of hesitantly. But after the first few lines were in place, it all started to come together and by the end I was really pleased – the drawing definitely looked like a pineapple, and a pretty one at that! So thank you, Heather, for letting me work on such a fun project and for letting me be a part of the wedding preparations for you and Patrick. I am so happy for you both!! Everyone else: you can see more photos of this GORGEOUS and touching wedding over at Style Me Pretty today. Carla Ten Eyck’s photos are out of this world and perfectly capture both the joy on Heather and Patrick’s faces and the beautiful details – I am still swooning over Heather’s dress and bouquet – that they so carefully curated.

CARLA TEN EYCK