Posts Tagged ‘calligraphy’

Classy Summertime Picnic Party by Anne Roberts Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Colleen and Zachary envisioned a summertime wedding reminiscent of a classy dinner party, but combined with the relaxed charm of a picnic.  The outcome?  Hands down one of the most sophisticated, unique, and lovely weddings I’ve seen!  We’re overjoyed to feature their love story and beautiful wedding day photos by Anne Robert Photography as this week’s Real Wedding of the WeekColleen has always loved the small details that make a wedding special.  Together with event designer, Vicki Grafton of My Simple Details, she went to work implementing the dozens of unique elements that imbued the day with classy, summer style.  When Colleen first started planning, she found a photo of a bride and groom dancing on a checkered floor.  She was captivated; the vision and color palette unfolded from there.  Black and white gingham accents appeared throughout the day, and contrasted with a palette of champagne bridesmaid’s dresses and dramatic crimson florals.  Colleen’s look was feminine and romantic, and she carried a dreamy, lush bouquet by Petals & Hedges.  After a traditional ceremony at the same church that Colleen’s grandparents wed,  the happy couple and their guests traversed from D.C. to Arlington’s Hendry House for a dashing reception filled to the brim with darling details.  From the relaxed charm of the red bicycle and gingham napkins, to the refined sophistication of calligraphed place cards and casual-elegance centerpieces, the party was overwhelmingly stylish.  

Swoon.. (And the bride’s first dance dream came true)!  There’s much more to see, enjoy the full feature here…

Photos by Anne Robert Photography

Event Design and Coordination by My Simple Details

Bridal & Bridesmaids Gowns by J. Crew

Hair & Makeup by Amie Decker Beauty

Floral Design by Petals & Hedges

Invitations by minted.; Calligraphy by Rachel Carl

Ceremony at Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle; Reception at The Hendry House

Rentals by Potomac Party Rentals and Capital Party Rentals

Cake and Catering by Eat&Smile Catering


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Part One: Love Poetry Photoshoot with Erich McVey Photography + Petalos
Posted by Kate. Filed under Photography, Wedding Inspiration

I have a love affair with poetry… the kind that is timeless, enduring, and speaks to the heart like nothing else.  In the early planning stages of this exclusive PW styled shoot, it occurred to me that there is nothing more romantic (and for me, more meaningful) than love poetry.  I wanted to share something utterly dream-filled with a contemporary approach on classic style.  I sought out the wildly talented Erich McVey and Stephanie Major of Petalos– who poured over every detail to help me bring the vision to life.  And thus, this exquisite spread of photos came forth.   Enjoy reveling in all of this romance, romance, romance… 

We chose The Historic Deepwood Estate for its classic ambiance, light-filled rooms, and breathtaking landscape.  A warm, rich palette of crimson, pink, amber, peach, and gold hues set an inviting tone with stunning contrast.  Above, our bride model Nicole poses in a soft peach Jim Hjelm gown.

The first vignette was set in the courtyard, amongst lush forest and arching topiaries.  Nicole was the epitome of fairytale romance in a soft sherbet Lazaro ballgown and loose, wavy locks styled by Christine Shields.  Kamyar, our groom model, looked incredibly dapper in black tie finery from Este’s Mens in Portland.

On the bouquet: ‘I went with a crescent design which allows for an organic shape.  It is composed of an assortment of roses, stock, pepper berries, and chocolate cosmos.  To bring a modern textural quality I also included mink protea and cockcomb.’ ~Petalos

Braided velvet ribbon by Midori was used on the handle.

After falling completely in love with Neither Snow’s calligraphies, I asked Mara to infuse our collaboration with the written word…. and she did so, so beautifully.  Her one-of-a-kind calligraphy danced across the fabric ceremony backdrop, the vows, and more… 

On a day when the wind is perfect,

the sail just needs to open

and the love starts.


Today is such

a day.

~Rumi, translated by Daniel Ladinsky in Love Poems from God

There is more loveliness to bask in; be sure to head over to the photo gallery to see the full photoshoot. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing all of the delicious details from the reception right here…. xoxo

Photos by Erich McVey Photography

Design and Florals by Petalos

Calligraphy and Ceremony Backdrop by Neither Snow

Hair and Make-Up Styling by Christine Shields

Venue: Historic Deepwood Estate

Lace Mermaid Gown by Jim Hjelm; Sherbet Ball Gown by Lazaro

Groom’s Attire by Este’s Mens

Tiara by Twigs and Honey via The English Department

Ribbon by Midori

Models: Nicole and Kamyar from Option Models & Media

Gold Chiavari Chair Rental by West Coast Event Production

Marble Table Rental by Peter Corvallis

Creative Direction by Katelin Gallagher


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Creative Calligraphies
Posted by Kate. Filed under Wedding Invitations

I’m calligraphy-obsessed…and for good reason. Although it’s an ancient art, it is certainly not what it used to be. With so much unique and creative typography, you can pretty much tell from the script whether an event is of the modern elegance persuasion or more of a trendy sophisticated style.  In other words, the look of the written word says a lot. Arguably, creative calligraphy is both the perfect introduction and finishing touch to a stylish event.   Feast your eyes… here are a few pretty finds from some of the top calligraphers around.

no. 1 Calligraphed Glassine Favor Bags by A Fabulous Fete

With these stylish little bags, something as simple as a popcorn snack looks very, very chic.

no. 2 Modern Rainbow Name Tags by Sparrow Nest Script 

How fun would these be for a wedding weekend of connecting new faces?!

no. 3 White on Color Calligraphy by Perch Paper Company

Love the stand-out white on bold color, and of course the artistic script by Perch Paper.

no. 4 Watercolor Frames by Paperfinger

{Photo by Jen Huang}

The watercolor frames and angled lines create such an organic feel…  And don’t forget what a great idea it is to have your vows scripted too!

no. 5 Split Fountain Suite by Paperfinger

And because Paperfinger’s got so much gorgeous work, I thought I’d share a peek of their new collection too!

no. 6 Fancy Chalkboard Seating Chart by Meant to Be Calligraphy

{Photo by Holland Photo Arts}

This exquisite lettering by Meant to Be Calligraphy brings chalkboard décor to a whole new level.

no. 7 San Francisco Style by Calligraphy by Hillary

Wavy and curved lines make this envelope script extra special pretty!

Want to see more?  Enjoy the inspiration in our photo gallery.


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