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Designs + Calligraphy by Debi Zeinert on sale through the month of May!

We’re excited to announce that our May Designer of the Month is Debi Zeinert! Debi is a gifted calligrapher who’s been in the business for 35 years. Starting this month, in addition to our ongoing promotion (10% off ANY piece featuring a design by Debi — invitations, save the dates, you name it!), Debi is also offering Bella Figura customers an exclusive offer: save $25 for calligraphy addressing on any order, or save $50 if your order features Debi’s calligraphy in the design! Here’s a peek at some of Debi’s hand calligraphed envelopes, and her new for 2015 Sterling invitation design — check out the rest of her collection today! 

Sterling wedding invitation by Debi Zeinert for Bella Figura Calligraphed envelopes by Debi Zeinert for Bella FiguraCalligraphed envelopes by Debi Zeinert for Bella FiguraCalligraphed envelopes by Debi Zeinert for Bella Figura

The fine print: this offer is exclusive to designs by Debi Zeinert and does not apply towards the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm Eastern on May 31, 2015 in order to receive this offer. Calligraphy addressing services must be booked separately with Debi Zeinert at The Blooming Quill

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! 

Betsy calligraphy wedding invitations by Nicole BlackCalligraphy wedding invitations by Nicole Black for Bella FiguraSamantha calligraphy wedding invitations by Nicole Black for Bella FiguraCalligraphed envelopes by Nicole BlackBetsy calligraphy wedding invitations by Nicole Black for Bella Figura

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

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