Learn with us in the new year!



We’re so pleased to share that new dates have just been posted for Meant To Be Calligraphy’s popular calligraphy workshops. Our Introduction to Pointed Pen Calligraphy classes will again be held at the gorgeous Karson Butler Design Studio in the heart of Washington, D.C., and our follow-up workshop, Continuing with Contemporary Pointed Pen Calligraphy, will again take place at our home/studio, which is located just outside of the Del Ray area of Alexandria, Virginia.

Those who have previously participated in one of our workshops are also invited to take part in our signature Calligraphy Study Table sessions. These weeknight gatherings are smaller and less formal than our typical workshops, consisting of a short lecture and demonstration followed by time to practice, play and ask questions. Some have a theme (at next week’s Study Table we’ll work on holiday card designs, in late-January we’ll create Valentines) and others are more technique-driven (February’s session will focus on creative capital letters, March will be all about lowercase letter variations). And in all cases, they are fun! They are held in Michele’s home/studio and coffee and music flow freely.

We hope that you will be able to join us for a workshop (or two!). As always, we’ll be keeping the class size intimate, so if you are interested in taking part in the new year (or in gifting a class to someone else this holiday season!), please don’t wait too long to secure your spot. You can find more details and register here.

Four Candles

Four years ago today, we officially launched Meant To Be Calligraphy.

As Jennifer and I reflect back over the past year, we are so grateful both to our amazing clients and to the other creative professionals – event planners and stylists, stationers, photographers, caterers and florists – with whom we have had the pleasure to work. With that in mind, we wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged us over the past year by entrusting their calligraphy needs to us; we considered it an honor to work with each of you!

Here’s to four happy years filled with beautiful lettering, with hopefully many more to come!

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

Gaga for Gowns

Hitched Sample Sale

Courtesy of Hitched Salon

Have you heard? Hitched, our favorite source for unbelievably gorgeous wedding gowns, is having a sample sale this week! Click here for all of the deets.