Take a peek into a wedding from last weekend. If you don’t feel love and happiness, you are dead inside.
I am honored the bride and families trusted me to take care of every detail down to the bouquets. Such a huge feat, I had to ask my co-designer, Tab, to help with centerpieces, garland and the arch. He is beyond FanTabulous!
I only hope I can be there when these lovelies begin having beautiful babies and celebrate and fawn over them as well!
Thank you for letting me be a part of this most beautiful day!
Also, thank you to all of the vendors who put up with me as well!
Hey! My Family made it to the shindig! I spent 2.3 minutes with them though I have to say, my main dude is great with clean up and conversation! I love you! Thank you for sticking with me for 18+ years and my multitude of career changes! xoxo
Photography|| Kristina Gaines Photography
I tend to peruse the photographer's websites every once in awhile to see if I can catch a glimpse of work I have created for brides. Thankfully the photographers leave about photographic evidence of creations that once existed.
paige + caleb
A different take on a traditional table number.
I was involved with a baby shower recently for someone who used to baby-sit my babies.
Man, time passes so quickly. I can't believe kids I know are no longer kids and are starting to have their own bambinos!
When I get involved, you know I go all out and well, I love doing things that are different than my normal day-to-day jobs.
It started with the invitation:
Boho Baby was the theme.
Coupled with a little Beatles in the mix.
Then I started going a little crazy from there....
I'm helping with another baby shower in May. This time there are more women in charge. I'm not sure they are going to let me be as creative as I want to but then again, I am sure my paying clients will be very glad if I am cut off.
During this time of craziness, it's okay to admit, you aren't okay.
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Wow! 2016 just flew by!!!
I have to confess, I don't remember much of the year only because there was so much beautiful activity twirling around!
Here is an example of such beauty:
Here's a story, of a beautiful bride and her handsome groom...
Wedding Styling: http://www.leslieherringevents.com
As featured on: http://southernweddings.com
The beauty of calligraphy is you can add a signature touch or what designers in the industry like to call "branding" to your special day. These personalized cups, napkins and matches match the Save-the-Date invite sent out a few months ago and will also match the upcoming wedding invitation going out soon. Stay tuned for the wedding upcoming wedding invitation!!!
Like most families, our family is missing quite a bit of loved ones. I made a wood sign for a bride who is planning her upcoming vows with this thought in mind. Even though we can't see them, they are there in spirit.
When you don't want a huge fanfare, wedding announcements after the day are the way to go.
Here is a wedding I did this past year for a couple who love the color RED! The suite is beautiful and elegant with a punch of color to show their passion for life!
You can never go wrong with red in a wedding. I used it in mine 16 years ago in May. Don't think of the color as just a Fall or Winter color. The use of red can make a bold statement without hitting you over the head with intensity.
Basically, you can utilize your favorite color anytime of the season when combined with the right flowers and decor. Besides, it is your wedding. This is one of the few times in life you can do and choose EXACTLY what you want!
Photography: Aaron Snow Photography * Wedding Styling: Emerson Events * Invitation Suite: Chirps and Cheers
Treating the wedding party as individuals and not as a general title is a special way to honor your attendants during this special day.
Instead of naming the piece of paper, sticker or card "usher," "groomsman" and "Father of the Bride," using their actual name is a simple but meaningful touch.
Photo Courtesy of: Amanda Watson Photography * Flowers Courtesy of: Juniper Designs
Hot Mess here at a reception!!!! Well, I AM a mess and this was a reception for a friend's daughter and I DID DO this chalkboard HOURS before the party began. and I WAS super hot because I'm peri-menopausal....
I have to say, doing chalkboards for a friend is WAAAYYY more stressful than writing stuff out for strangers or for people I haven't had a 25 year relationship with.....
A bride I recently worked with created a unique way to present her place cards.
I created the white place card with a bone folder then wrote with black ink in a Copperplate font on the lower portion of the card. She followed up with a red wax seal incorporating her soon-to-be initial on the top of the card.
A beautiful and elegant way to do a place card or escort card for your occasion!
An off-white muslin draped board is an unique yet classically beautiful way to display your escort cards for your wedding.
Photo and Event Designed by: Lindsey Gibson of Gibson Events.
Love, LOVE, LOOOVVVEEEE! This bride and mother!
I can't believe it's been over two...three? months? since this event occurred!
I asked the mother of the bride if I could be an honorary member of the family. THIS! is how much I loved working with them. and you know what? They SMILED AND LAUGHED! ALL OF THE TIME!!!! Who does this anymore? They did! Love all around. Especially between the mother and daughter.
Reminds me of my mother and our relationship. Just the two of us. Always having each other's back.
The genuine enthusiasm was contagious and made me want to do the best work I could to make them happy. I do hope I succeeded.
The part of working with the bride and her family directly is the reason why I love doing calligraphy. The initial contact, the getting to know them and their story and the delivery of unique one of a kind pieces in many aspects of their wedding. The calligrapher is often a person who many forget when crediting the end result of a wedding but is the person who adds special touches throughout the engagement, showers, parties and the actual grand event.
When the end has come and we have finished all we can scroll and swish with abandon, the lasting relationships we make in the process is the best and satisfying result for me and why I continue to pick up my pen.
A super fabulous designer friend of mine, Rachel Singleton, referred me to Whitney English to help out with a dinner for Alt Summit this week.
I was beyond thrilled as I admire both of them so much! The kindness and warmest responses ensued from this fun venture. Simply, I don't think I've ever been thanked as much for anything I've produced as I have for this dinner party.
Rarely does one get to see the finished product unless it is for print. Half the time I stumble upon something I've done by total accident. I find the calligrapher is the last to be thanked or acknowledged when everything is said and done.
To me, when I create anything/something, it is simply unfinished as I am not quite sure how or where it went for it's final resting place.
Today, I was happy to find my little "works of art" found a happy place.