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Custom calligraphy letterpress wedding invitations

For their New Year’s Eve wedding celebration, Adrienne and Robert chose hand calligraphy by Nicole Black as the stylish focal point of their letterpress wedding invitations. Charcoal ink kept the look modern and neutral while gold foil edging and our Gatsby liner pattern added a pop of instant glamor. 

Custom calligraphy letterpress wedding invitations by Bella Figura

Custom calligraphy letterpress wedding invitations by Bella Figura

If you love Nicole’s hand calligraphy as much as we do, you’re in luck – she’s offering Bella Figura couples a special offer:  book your envelope addressing with Nicole between now and February 28, and get $25 off your order of $100 or more!

letterpress ink: charcoal | font: copperplate | paper: bella cotton 1-ply + 2-ply ivory | foil edging: gold shine | hand calligraphy: mitty + mitty caps styles | envelope: bella cotton ivory | envelope liner: gatsby pattern in charcoal + cream | Hitched | customization #24559

Preppy chic hand calligraphy letterpress wedding invitations

Christina and Christopher transformed our Honoured Guest letterpress wedding invitations from over the top elegant to preppy, summertime chic for their country club wedding. They asked Sarah Hanna to pen her hand calligraphy at an angle, and carried that unexpected personalization through to their reception card and directions card. Edge painting and a custom pineapple patterned envelope liner in fuchsia add a pop of color to the nautical inspired navy letterpress printing.

Preppy chic hand calligraphy letterpress wedding invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress inks: navy + fuchsia | paper: bella cotton white 1-ply + 2-ply | edge painting: fuchsia | envelope: bella cotton white | envelope liner: custom pattern in fuchsia | hand calligraphy: honoured style | customization# 23273

Designs by Nicole Black on sale this month! Plus a special offer for calligraphy addressing!

Our Designer of the Month promotion is back, and our featured designer for the month of February is the Left Handed Calligrapher, Nicole Black! All designs by Nicole are on sale for 10% off during the month of February. You can combine this offer with our 10% discount when you order 6 printed pieces or more, so stock up! Nicole is partnering with us this month for a special offer for envelope addressing, too: book your envelope addressing with Nicole between now and February 28, and get $25 off your order of $100 or more! Just let Nicole know that we sent you when you book your calligraphy addressing. Here a few of Nicole’s newest designs – plus a peek at some of her beautifully calligraphed envelopes! 

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The fine print: this offer is exclusive to designs by Nicole Black and does not apply towards the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm Eastern on February 28, 2015 in order to receive this offer.

Custom Bescal calligraphy wedding invitations

Jennifer and Piran chose Kelle McCarter’s romantic yet whimsical Bescal calligraphy style for their silver foil stamped invitations. A floral cartouche added to the charm of their calligraphy wedding invitations, which featured a vibrant fuchsia shine foil edge. Metallic silver envelope liners added an extra touch of shimmer to this beautiful set. 

Custom calligraphy wedding invitations from Bella Figura

foil stamping: silver matte + fuchsia shine | hand calligraphy: bescal style | paper: bella cotton 2-ply white | foil edge: fuchsia shine | cartouche #30 | envelope: bella cotton white | envelope liner: metallic silver | Epitome Papers | customization #22036

Amons Calligraphy Wedding Invitations featured in Occasions Magazine!

Our Amons calligraphy wedding invitations by Elizabeth Hardin can be found in the Fall 2014 issue of Occasions: Weddings magazine! The shoot was produced by Molly McKinley Designs and photographed by Rustic White, and we love the breezy, beachy look that this talented team put together at Caspersen Beach. Here are a few photos from the issue, but be sure to pick one up today for even more beautiful wedding inspiration!

Bella Figura Calligrapher Elizabeth Hardin's Amons calligraphy wedding invitation was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Occasions Magazine! Photography by Rustic White

Bella Figura Calligrapher Elizabeth Hardin's Amons calligraphy wedding invitation was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Occasions Magazine! Photography by Rustic White

Bella Figura Calligrapher Elizabeth Hardin's Amons calligraphy wedding invitation was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Occasions Magazine! Photography by Rustic White

Bella Figura Calligrapher Elizabeth Hardin's Amons calligraphy wedding invitation was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Occasions Magazine! Photography by Rustic White

Photography: Rustic White | Design: Molly McKinley Designs | Florals + chairs: FH Weddings & Events | Linens: Nuage Designs | Dress: Malindy Elene | Hair + makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Jewerly: BHLDN

Palm tree and calligraphy letterpress invitations

Natalie and Sarah hosted a black tie affair complete with dancing and dessert in honor of their mother, Ann-Marie. Inspiration from the venue, jardin de palmeras, made its way to the invitation in the form of a palm tree from our extensive motif collection while Debi Zeinert’s hand calligraphy was a whimsical addition.

Palm tree and calligraphy letterpress invitations by Bella Figura

letterpress ink: shell | font: jubilant | paper: bella cotton 2-ply white | hand calligraphy: royal style | Union Street Papery | customization #22534

Hand Calligraphy Trends with Sarah Hanna

Asking “What styles can you calligraph?” is like asking a chef, “How many ways can you cook chicken?” If you understand your craft, you know that there are endless variations. And the more you learn, the more there is to learn. Understanding letter forms is the start to taking any font and adapting it for hand-lettered script. Today, Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna is sharing her favorite calligraphy trends — from the most popular styles and ink colors to the different ways people are using calligraphy to add an extra special touch to life’s most important events.

Trending now: without question, Victoria. I think that is because it is traditional with a personality. Generally, I match the script from the invitation – if that is my calligraphy, excellent. I can match almost any script, though. Black ink is and always will be the most classic, formal ink for addressing wedding invitations. I do, however, custom-mix a lot of gold, amethyst, and pewter.

Calligraphed envelopes from Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna, featuring Victoria, her most popular style

Classic Victoria hand calligraphed envelope

Calligraphed envelopes from Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna, featuring Victoria, her most popular style

Classic Victoria hand calligraphed envelope

Calligraphed envelopes from Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna, featuring her Embellished Victoria hand

Embellished Victoria hand calligraphed envelope – Sarah Hanna’s most lively style 

Callaway styled hand calligraphed envelopes by Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna

Classic Callaway – the up-and-comer (Callaway is the new kid, but she is bound to be the next homecoming queen!)

Callaway styled hand calligraphed envelopes by Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna

Classic Callaway hand calligraphed envelope 

A client recently commissioned Sarah Hanna to create hand calligraphed promise cards for an elaborate proposal
The hand-written note is making a come-back! Just ask the New York Times. Emotion comes alive in a way that electronic communication simply cannot. I am often commissioned to calligraph a toast or a quote or something special to be framed. It doesn’t have to be long or fancy (or written by you)…just intentional. In the words of that brilliant booze-hound Don Draper, “Make it simple, but significant.”

Unique uses for hand calligraphy: I get a lot of interesting requests. I was recently asked to be part of a truly elaborate beach engagement! My client commissioned me to hand-paint their song on 4 canvas banners. She also had me calligraph promises on 30 different cards to be tied with ribbon to a tree over the candlelight picnic. Her girlfriend is a wedding photographer, and my client made up an alias email and hired her to photograph this special engagement…..but when she arrived to photograph the engagement, she realized it was for her! She said, yes, yes, yes!!

A client recently commissioned Sarah Hanna to create hand calligraphed promise cards for an elaborate proposal

The promise cards for the engagement was a really meaningful one. Wedding toasts and vows mixed with custom painting is a favorite. Right now, I love doing the custom nursery rhymes. And of course, every Christmas, the Santa letters are fabulous! And I am REALLY excited about my new line of Artful Correspondence – hand-illustrated correspondence card sets.

Favorite calligraphy trends: Art that has staying power always gets my vote. A symbol or monogram that can be used after your wedding (which look fantastic on dance floors!), the bride’s married name custom-designed so she can put it on letterpressed stationery and more is an excellent gift. I love these trends, especially the ‘avere’ ‘tenere’ chairs….mais bien sur!

A custom dance floor monogram penned by Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna

How did you get your start as a calligrapher? My mother Kaye Hanna is an incredible artist, master calligrapher, and my instructor. So, I am turning into my mother! Truthfully, if I end up with a fraction of her talent, I will be a lucky girl.

Blue Danube style hand calligraphed envelopes by Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna

Blue Danube hand calligraphed envelope 

London Script hand calligraphed envelopes by Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna

London script – perfect for your thank you note to Her Majesty. Or your wedding at Ascot.

Honoured Guest hand calligraphed envelopes by Sarah Hanna

Honoured Guest hand calligraphed envelope

Embellished Honoured Guest hand calligraphed envelopes by Sarah Hanna

Embellished Honoured Guest – a fuller version of Honoured Guest

Homespun Inspired Calligraphy Letterpress Invitations

Patricia Mumau wows us on the regular with her carefree calligraphy and illustrations. On this customization of our Balsam Calligraphy design, Sarah and John chose a mellow color palette paired with homespun touches like a jute envelope and textile inspired liner. They added a pop of color (and a shout-out to summer) with Watermelon colored edge painting.

Balsam Calligraphy wedding invitations

letterpress inks: sand + deep blue | paper: bella cotton 2-ply white | edge painting: watermelon | hand calligraphy: harrison style by patricia mumau | envelope: jute | envelope liner: modern herringbone pattern in deep blue | customization #13893

Real Bella Figura Wedding with Hand Calligraphy by Maybelle featured on Snippet & Ink!

We loved seeing photos from this real Bella Figura wedding on Snippet & Ink earlier this year! Jessica and Jason chose our Miranda invitation design complete with Belle hand calligraphy accents and an elegant monogram by Maybelle for their Duke Chapel wedding. Prussian Blue ink was used throughout this ivory invitation set, which included an invitation, reply postcard, a cute events card with hand calligraphy accents and adorable motifs, and lined inner envelopes featuring our Modern Floral pattern in deep blue to tie everything together. Check out Snippet & Ink to see more photos from this gorgeous wedding!

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Photographer: Kate Headley / Event Planner: Erin McLean Events / Church: Duke Chapel / Venue, Catering, Cake: The Barn at Fearrington in Chapel Hill, North Carolina / Stationery: Maybelle for Bella Figura / Officiant: Rev. Bruce Puckett / Gown: Jenny Lee / Sash: Lula Kate / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Earrings, Hair Accessories: Paris / Tuxedo: Isaia / Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo / Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Floral Designer: Mary Stevens of Fearrington House / Organist: Dr. David Arcus / Music: LaNelle David Bluegrass Band, Attraction Band / Videographer: Rising Moon Films / Photobooth: Shutterbooth / Makeup: Makeup For Your Day / Transportation: Loni’s Antique CarsCaravan BusHorizon Coachlines

 

Modern Letterpress Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Christina and Jason picked the Bristol Calligraphy design by Debi Zeinert – a great choice when you’re looking for a personal and unique style but don’t want an overly flourished calligraphy hand. The combination of our aubergine and pewter letterpress inks make these modern letterpress calligraphy wedding invitations stand out.

Bristol calligraphy wedding invitations

letterpress inks: aubergine + pewter | hand calligraphy: bristol style | paper: bella cotton 1-ply white | envelope: bella cotton white | envelope liner: classic color pattern in aubergine | customization #16788 | Good Press Paper Co

Calligraphy Addressing with Kelle McCarter

Ever wonder how long it takes a calligrapher to hand address a set of envelopes? Curious which ink color is used most often when it comes to calligraphy addressing? We sat down with Bella Figura calligrapher Kelle McCarter to learn about the ins and out of her business, how she got her start, and her favorite way to dress up an envelope.

How did you get into calligraphy? I fell in love with calligraphy and lettering art when I discovered the fabulous work of French artist Francois Gervais. When I moved to Denver seven years ago, I joined the Colorado Calligraphers’ Guild, with the goal of incorporating calligraphy into my graphic design business. I was fortunate to study with renowned artist and calligrapher Laurie Doctor, who was president of the CCG at the time.

Where do you do your addressing?  I am blessed with a beautiful space in which to do my work. I have a window view of the Rocky Mountains from my Denver studio. And, having two Golden Retrievers always by my side makes it the most pleasant of work environments.

Kelle McCarter at home with her girls, Garner & Gibson
Inside the studio with Bella Figura calligrapher Kelle McCarter

Take a peek inside the studio of Bella Figura calligrapher Kelle McCarter

How long does it take to address an envelope or a set of envelopes?  It takes about one hour to complete eight to ten envelopes because I rule pencil lines and erase them after I hand letter each envelope. I call the process “painting lettering” because each envelope is a miniature piece of art that can not be rushed.

What’s your favorite way to dress up an envelope?  I adore envelope liners. They are a simple, yet beautiful, way to incorporate another layer of design, color and texture into the presentation of an invitation. Wax seals can be beautiful and modern with a bright colored wax and a simple calligraphy monogram or initial. Also, vintage or themed postage stamps can add character and interest to any envelope.

For my own wedding, I placed Marvel Comics postage stamps on the envelopes to match the commissioned comic strip wedding announcements that my husband and I sent to friends and family after our wedding.

Hand calligraphed envelopes from Bella Figura calligrapher Kelle McCarter
 

How many ink colors do you offer? Because I work with gouaches (opaque watercolors), I can offer a beautiful array of color options- from opera pink to leaf green, two of my favorites.

What are your most popular ink colors for envelope addressing?  Black is the most popular, as it should be. It is classic and elegant always, regardless of the invitation color. A rich antique gray and sepia brown are popular, too. For save the date envelopes that are less formal than the invitation envelopes, white ink on a colored envelope is striking.

Hand calligraphed envelopes from Bella Figura calligrapher Kelle McCarter

Hand calligraphed envelopes from Bella Figura calligrapher Kelle McCarter

What’s your most popular style?  “Maura” is the most popular calligraphy that I do. I think it is because it is a blend of modern and classic lettering.

Colette, a Bella Figura letterpress wedding invitation featuring Kelle McCarter's Maura hand calligraphy accents

Many thanks to Kelle for giving us a behind the scenes look at her studio! Visit her website to learn more and to work with Kelle for your wedding calligraphy! Be sure to shop Kelle’s collection, too – her designs are currently on sale for 10% off!

 Studio & envelope images courtesy of Zorn Photography

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