Calligraphy and hand-lettering adds an incredibly elegant touch to weddings and other events, and it goes beyond the envelopes. Escort cards, quote signs, thank you tags, seating charts, table numbers, menus, welcome bags, itineraries, laser-cut signs...the possibilities are endless!
Laura Hooper of Laura Hooper Calligraphy was my first calligra-crush (it's a thing, I promise). After passing the Bar in fall of 2012, I started having more time for interests other than law school, studying and working out. I don't remember how I found Laura's Instagram account, but I do remember falling in love immediately. In December, I gifted myself her Calligraphy Starter Kit but couldn't quite figure out how to use the oblique nib! Two moves later, I lost the instructions and guide from the kit and sadly, they remain lost and unused. Last fall, I picked up the dip pen again and this time, the ink flowed. So much that this spring, my friend and I started Because Calligraphy, a full-service calligraphy and hand-lettering studio based in St. Louis, Missouri. Here's a look at invitations we addressed in gold ink for an upcoming Indian event:
My other calligra-crushes are Joi Hunt of Bien Fait Calligraphy, Copperplate Queen Susie-Melissa Cherry of Calligraphic Arts, and Katrina Lariza-Centeno of Calligraphy Katrina. Joi has one of the most beautiful Instagram feeds (check her out at @bienfaitcalligraphy) and she is beyond talented. Her script font style is formal yet delicate and dainty. Joi comes up with the most beautiful ink colors and is the Pearl-Ex queen. She is also incredibly sweet! I sent her a fangirl email and she sent the nicest response. Susie-Melissa is highly sought-after for her immaculate Copperplate calligraphy. If you're looking for the most formal presentation, Copperplate is the way to go. Her client list includes U.S. presidents and British royalty. Katrina's Instagram feed (@calligkatrina) is also beautiful and chances are, your favorite luxury fashion house, magazine, or celebrity has used Katrina for their events. Her flourishes are equally as beautiful as her sans serif modern styles.
Check out some of Laura, Joi & Katrina's work below! Images are courtesy of each calligrapher and taken from their Instagram accounts.