Every year California Wedding Day picks the best of the best wedding vendors in California, and I'm beyond thrilled to be one of them! Winning the award for Best Invitation Designer in Santa Barbara is a huge honor, and I couldn't be more grateful! I picked up a copy of the magazine announcing the winners at the grocery store today, and I was basically jumping up and down in the aisle. For as much love as I put into everything I make, there's often a good bit of stress and anxiety as well, so getting this acknowledgment means a lot to me. Pick up a copy of the current issue of California Wedding Day, or view their list of winners online, to see all of the amazing wedding talent California has to offer!
I worked closely with the bride to create menus, table numbers, and an escort display using a color palette of rose gold and eggplant.
The menus served double duty as place cards, with each guest's name written in rose gold calligraphy at the top. They were tucked into napkins, and sized so that the guest's name peeked out of the top!
Instead of individual escort cards, seating assignments were written by table on long pieces of paper, and clipped to pretty copper wire the bride found!
I love how well the paper goods I created went with the other details of the wedding, like the bride's bouquet!
Vendor Team: Wedding Planner: Jill & Co Events | Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Floral Design: Ella and Louie | Venue: Mattei's Tavern | Catering: New West | Dessert: Enjoy Cupcakes | Rentals: Classic Party, Town and Country, Otis and Pearl | Paper Goods: Sophia Loves Letters | Hair and Makeup: LunaBella
It's my anniversary today, and I love looking back through my wedding photos, and thought it would be fun to share them! I was just starting calligraphy when I created everything for my wedding, and since then my style has improved leaps and bounds, but I wouldn't change a thing about what I made. It was the most wonderful day, and we were so happy to celebrate with friends and family. Photos by Abi Q Photo, planning Bijoux Events
Spring is here, and all of the color popping up everywhere reminds me of this Moroccan style shoot in the hills of Malibu! This shoot was featured on one of my favorite blogs, 100 Layer Cake, last year, and I love the mix of brass, bold patterns, and pops of color! Knot Just Flowers did an amazing job with the design and florals, and Steven Leyva Photography captured all of the beauty perfectly.
Photographer Steven Leyva Photography / Location: Malibu, CA / Creative Direction & Floral: Knot Just Flowers / Hair & Makeup: Blushing Beauty / Stationery: Sophia Loves Letters / Cane Back Chairs & Wooden Table: My Lovely Events / Tabletop, Gold Tray, & Glassware: Otis & Pearl / Vineyard Chairs: Ventura Rental / Cake: Frost It Cakery / Cream Chiffon Dress: Amsale / Tulle Dress: Jenny Yoo
The way colors change during the season is magical, or at least that's what I'm told, because I live in Santa Barbara, California, and while it is beautiful and warm and a million other good things, there isn't much change season to season. I think that's why I love working on fall weddings so much, because I get to immerse myself in these rich colors I rarely come across in real life.
You won't find any better fall wedding inspiration than Courtney and Kyle's wedding, and it's no wonder it was featured on Southern Weddings. It was such a joy to work with Courtney, and when she told me she was sending over handmade paper for me to use, I knew she was a dream bride! What makes this wedding extra special is all of the thought the couple put into making it personal, and celebrating the significance of marriage, and their love for each other. It's these kinds of wedding that I feel especially honored to contribute to.
Photographer: Cody Hunter Photography | Videographer: Phos Media | Planner and Florist: Isn’t She Lovely Florals | Venue and Caterer: Buckingham Farms | Dessert Baker: Show Me Love Confections | Rentals: Niche Event Rentals | DJ: DJ Jorge via Stereophonic DJs | Invitations: Artifact Uprising | Place Cards: Sophia Loves Letters | Bride’s Gown: Martina Liana | Hair Stylist: Kristy Connley | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
I love paper. Probably too much actually, because I hoard it. Order pretty handmade paper and never want to use it, save all the scraps from projects even though I know I'll never use them. But all that being said, getting to write on non-paper materials can be pretty cool, and this shoot is chalk full of calligraphy on found materials, like lightbulbs and leather, and the paper pieces got kicked up a notch with splatter paint!
All of this creativity came from Wild Heart Events and the shoot was originally featured on Green Wedding Shoes! I had so much fun contributing to it, and I hope you have just as much fun looking through the photos!
photography: Mi Belle // venue: Santa Barbara Wine Collective // design + coordination: Wild Heart Events // florals: Haute Blossoms Floral // linens: Hostess Haven // glassware: Otis & Pearl // specialty items: Hoast and Toast, Jackson and Hyde // calligraphy + graphic design: Sophia Loves Letters // pie: Pie For Breakfast // hair + makeup: Brianna Stewart // groom’s attire: The Grunion Run // dress: Shareen Bridal
Hello! If you're reading this right now you've pretty much made my day, because my blog readership expectations are very low. I'm really bad at blogging, like really, really bad. It took me forever to figure out what to title this post, if that tells you anything. But, I want to get better at blogging, and I'm hoping that, much like calligraphy, it's something that I'll get better at with practice. So, I'm going to be blogging every Monday (if I put it in writing, I really have to follow through right?), starting with recapping some of my favorite weddings and styled shoots from last year, and going from there. If you've got any suggestions of what you'd like to see in my posts, share them, it would make me so happy! Now, on to today's post...
This styled shoot from last year is still one of my favorites, probably because it includes so many of my favorite things (Donuts! Calligraphy! Flowers!). Shot at Studio 110 in Santa Barbara, California, by Phil Van Nostrand and Katie Doherty, these photos will have you craving donuts, and provide some major inspiration for your next brunch!
Photography: Phil Van Nostrand + Katie Doherty | Floral Design: Margaret Lloyd | Event Coordinator: Jill Remy | Invitations + Placecards: Sophia Loves Letters | Glass Boxes + Flash Drive: La Rousse Shoppe | Donuts: Donut Friend | Jewelry: Sophia Kaman | Square Prints: Artifact Uprising | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Tabletop: CB2 | Glassware: Anthropologie | Venue: Studio 110
Instagram has been an amazing tool for me to share my work, and gather inspiration and motivation from fellow creatives. The best part though, is how I'm able to connect with people from all over the country! That's exactly how I, based in Santa Barbara, California, got connected with Isnt She Lovely Florals, in Ft. Myers, Florida! After chatting with Krissy, and seeing her swoon worthy work, I jumped at the chance to be a part of the styled shoot she was planning! The results of that shoot are beyond dreamy, and the full gallery below is well worth a look.
Krissy created a soft and romantic vibe, mixed with bright pops of color. And that bouquet?? Gorgeous. I made an invitation suite, menus, and place cards, with calligraphy done in blue/grey watercolor. Watercolor calligraphy, a technique I'm teaching in my upcoming calligraphy workshop, is my go to for creating soft and romantic paper goods, and I knew it would be perfect for this shoot. The photography by T R K Photography is stunning, and makes me want to step right in the photo, and enjoy dinner by the lake!