madelyn + ryan

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!

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Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbon:  Silk and Willow   Flowers Provided by:  Oklahoma Flower Market

Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbon: Silk and Willow

Flowers Provided by: Oklahoma Flower Market

Veil picture? Swoon-worthy!!!

Veil picture? Swoon-worthy!!!

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LOVE!!! HOW HAPPY EVERYONE IS!

LOVE!!! HOW HAPPY EVERYONE IS!

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The Bride’s Grandfather made the wood boxes for the centerpieces. How sweet to add a sentimental element to your wedding day.  Venue:  Springs Event Center Edmond

The Bride’s Grandfather made the wood boxes for the centerpieces. How sweet to add a sentimental element to your wedding day.

Venue: Springs Event Center Edmond

Plates, Chargers, Napkins and Arch Rentals:  Marianne’s Rentals

Plates, Chargers, Napkins and Arch Rentals: Marianne’s Rentals

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Arch Designed by:  Tabulous Design

Arch Designed by: Tabulous Design

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Inkstainedfingers

Inkstainedfingers

Photography Courtesy of:  Brooks Captured Moments Photography

Photography Courtesy of: Brooks Captured Moments Photography

Wedding Cake and Sweet Treats:  Mishelle Handy Cakes

Wedding Cake and Sweet Treats: Mishelle Handy Cakes

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Lighting:  Ropp Studios   || DJ:  M&M Productions  || Photobooth:  Oh Snaps Photobooth

Lighting: Ropp Studios || DJ: M&M Productions || Photobooth: Oh Snaps Photobooth

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Rustic Pizza Bar:  Revolve Pizza

Rustic Pizza Bar: Revolve Pizza

Most Awesome and Positive Pastor:  Jeff Cooper

Most Awesome and Positive Pastor: Jeff Cooper

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

navy blue was the theme

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.

Mexican Themed Wedding || Mexican Tiles with Gold Ink  Photographer: http://www.melissamarshal.com/  Event Planner: http://www.gibsonevents.com/   

Mexican Themed Wedding || Mexican Tiles with Gold Ink

Photographer: http://www.melissamarshal.com/

Event Planner: http://www.gibsonevents.com/

 

Place cards || Navy Blue Ink on White Cardstock (Modern Calligraphy)  Photographer: https://www.instagram.com/watsonandpayne/  Event Planner: http://www.gibsonevents.com/

Place cards || Navy Blue Ink on White Cardstock (Modern Calligraphy)

Photographer: https://www.instagram.com/watsonandpayne/

Event Planner: http://www.gibsonevents.com/

paige + caleb

Navy Blue Envelope with Modern Calligraphy. Gold Shimmery Ink  Photographer: https://www.instagram.com/watsonandpayne/  Event Designer: http://www.gibsonevents.com/

Navy Blue Envelope with Modern Calligraphy. Gold Shimmery Ink

Photographer: https://www.instagram.com/watsonandpayne/

Event Designer: http://www.gibsonevents.com/

lennon

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.

I illustrated the invitation and sent it off to the printer. Yea, maybe, I shouldn't take pictures of my work at 11pm...

I illustrated the invitation and sent it off to the printer. Yea, maybe, I shouldn't take pictures of my work at 11pm...

Then I started going a little crazy from there....

 

Paper cake plates and customized ribbon...

Paper cake plates and customized ribbon...

a 5X7 Print I was going to sell in my shop but forgot to actually list it.... GO ME!

a 5X7 Print I was going to sell in my shop but forgot to actually list it.... GO ME!

Coasters so mimosas didn't soak into the antique furniture....

Coasters so mimosas didn't soak into the antique furniture....

Flowers and eucalyptus as well as other items to jazz up the gift opening area.

Flowers and eucalyptus as well as other items to jazz up the gift opening area.

I know this looks more sad than it really was but it was cool at the beginning of the party. Flowers over the food table.  Next time, I think I'll hire someone to take pictures as I am the worst at remembering to take relevant pictures when I am in the mix of cocktails and sweet baby clothes.

I know this looks more sad than it really was but it was cool at the beginning of the party. Flowers over the food table.

Next time, I think I'll hire someone to take pictures as I am the worst at remembering to take relevant pictures when I am in the mix of cocktails and sweet baby clothes.

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.

Revisiting 2016.....

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:

As seen on:  Brides of Oklahoma  "Wedding Trends of 2016"  Calligraphy ||  Inkstained Fingers    Event Styling ||  Gibson Events    Florals ||  Birdie Blooms    Photography ||  Brett Heidebrecht    

As seen on: Brides of Oklahoma "Wedding Trends of 2016"

Calligraphy || Inkstained Fingers   Event Styling || Gibson Events   Florals || Birdie Blooms   Photography || Brett Heidebrecht

 

Metallic Gold Ink on Burgundy Escort Envelopes

Metallic Gold Ink on Burgundy Escort Envelopes

taylor + darrell

Here's a story, of a beautiful bride and her handsome groom...

The whole family was such a joy to meet and work along side as well as a few of these vendors.

The whole family was such a joy to meet and work along side as well as a few of these vendors.

Wedding Styling: http://www.leslieherringevents.com

As featured on: http://southernweddings.com

Flowers: http://www.poppylanedesign.com

Flowers: http://www.poppylanedesign.com

Photography: http://www.magnoliaadams.com

 

the details

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!!!

about those bouts

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

Reception Chalk Board

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.....

 

Wax Seal Place Cards

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!

maggie

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. 

Grey Escort Cards with Bleed-Proof White Ink

Grey Escort Cards with Bleed-Proof White Ink

abby + brian

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.

alt summit

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.

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