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letterpress wedding invitations featuring hand calligraphy

Stephanie and Kingdon were inspired by our Chatsworth design when dreaming up stationery for their wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay.  They decided on letterpress wedding invitations featuring hand calligraphy from Sarah Hanna and opted for a neutral palette of desert and prussian blue letterpress inks. Their suite was elegantly understated but they did add a touch of the unexpected by way of the custom calligraphed monogram that was used as an allover pattern on the backside of their events cards. Many thanks to our friends at Oliver’s Twist for helping Stephanie and Kingdon with their wedding stationery!

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letterpress inks: desert + prussian blue | fonts: impression + moravia | hand calligraphy: nautilus style | paper: bella cotton white 1-ply + 2-ply | envelope: bella cotton white pointed flap | liner: classic color pattern in prussian blue | Oliver’s Twist | customization #34986

Ted Clausen’s calligraphy adorns the White House Christmas Tree

We keep our calligraphers pretty busy, but they work on some really cool projects on their own time. Our newest calligrapher, Ted Clausen, had the honor of contributing to the nation’s Christmas Tree at the White House! He worked on site for two days to create a hand calligraphed ribbon and sixty ornaments that adorned the tree in the Blue Room.

“The fine folks at Rafanelli Events, working with the White House, came up with the idea to wrap the tree with a ribbon on which I wrote out the Preamble to the Constitution,” says Ted. “In addition, they asked me to write out tweets from family members to troops serving overseas. These tweets were written on round mirrored ornaments and hung on the tree.”

“I think the effect was impressive; as you walked in you first noticed the large writing on the ribbon, and after walking around the tree to read a few more of the words you suddenly realized what the text was. Then, as you looked closer you saw the handwritten and personal tweets. The more formal values are offered by the preamble and the more personal statements are related by the tweets to those who are serving to uphold those values. It was a moving experience to be a part of.” 

To read more about Ted’s work on the White House Christmas Tree, check out this Boston Globe article.

Join us at the Bella FIgura flagship store for chocolates & calligraphy!

We’re excited to be hosting Bella Figura calligrapher Debi Zeinert this Saturday for a special event at our flagship store! Join us from noon to 3:00pm for your choice of a free Valentine’s Day card from our BFF Smock and let Debi personalize the card! We’ll also be providing delicious chocolate samples from our neighbors at Filicori Zecchini (and you can sneak a peek or pick up one of their luxe boxes of hand-painted chocolates). The Bella Figura flagship store is located at 1031 Lexington Avenue (at 74th Street) in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Interested in working with the store for your save the dates or wedding invitations? Make an appointment today

Chocolates & calligraphy event at the Bella FIgura flagship store on Saturday, January 28th

Limit 1 free card per person.

hand calligraphy wedding invitations with venue-inspired photographic envelope liner

When your photographic envelope liner showcases an impressive view of the Appalachian Mountains you can keep the rest of your suite pretty minimal and still have an impressive presentation. That’s just what Mackenzie and Patrick did with their hand calligraphy wedding invitations, using Nicole Black’s whimsical lettering and a sweet pine sprig motif printed in a palette that tied back to their stunning liner. Many thanks to our friends at The Write Touch!

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letterpress inks: pewter + chartreuse | hand calligraphy: hayden style | paper: bella cotton white 1-ply + 2-ply | envelope: bella white | liner: custom | The Write Touch | customization #31539

classic black hand calligraphy wedding invitations

Kristi and Christopher chose our Ambrosia design for their classic black hand calligraphy wedding invitations. Nicole Black’s stately hand calligraphy was used throughout their suite and set the tone for their Chicago Athletic Association wedding. They kept the look formal on the invitation and reply card and had some fun with modern typography on the save the date and rehearsal dinner invitation. Many thanks to our friends at Magnificent Milestones!

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letterpress ink: black | hand calligraphy: rook style | paper: bella cotton white 1-ply | Magnificent Milestones | customization #30687

hand calligraphy wedding invitations in black letterpress + silver foil

With the help of our friends at Write on Sarasota, Cara and Mathew imagined their hand calligraphy wedding invitations in black letterpress and silver matte foil. Debi Zeinert’s hand calligraphy highlighted their names and a typographic monogram was used as the focal point of the custom envelope liner. Our elegant garden pattern was foil stamped in silver matte on the back of the invitation for an unexpected display of floral elegance.

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letterpress ink: black | foil stamping: silver matte | font: poetica | hand calligraphy: copperplate | paper: bella smooth cotton white 1-ply + 2-ply | envelope: bella cotton | liner: custom pearse pattern in black | Write on Sarasota | customization #34282

hand calligraphy wedding invitations in charcoal + rose gold shine

Esther and Joey chose hand calligraphy wedding invitations for their winter wedding in Brooklyn. With the help of our friends at Paper Moon they used our Ambrosia design as inspiration and made it their own with a custom submitted monogram and submitted metallic paper in a pale neutral tone that complimented the charcoal and rose gold palette.

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letterpress ink: charcoal | foil stamping: rose gold shine | hand calligraphy: rook style | foil edging: rose gold shine | paper: bella cotton white 2-ply | metallic liner: submitted paper | envelope: bella cotton white | Paper Moon | customization #31575

Classic black letterpress wedding invitations featuring hand calligraphy

Angela and Robert worked with our friends at Georgia Ann’s Paperie to create these classic black letterpress wedding invitations for their Highlands wedding. Debi Zeinert’s Classic Calligraphy was paired with a simple blind debossed cross for an elegantly simple look that didn’t compete with the lush landscape of their venue, North Carolina’s Old Edwards Inn and Spa. Debi not only calligraphed the invitation but also the reply card, accommodations card and reception card for a perfectly coordinated ensemble.

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letterpress inks: black + blind deboss | hand calligraphy: spencerian style | paper: bella cotton white 1-ply + 2-ply | rounded corners | foil edging: silver matte | Georgia Ann’s Paperie | customization #32087

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Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm Wedding featuring Gournay Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Today we’re sharing a romantic real wedding that took place earlier this month at the beautiful Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm! Jaclyn and Camilo worked with the team at our flagship store to create their calligraphy wedding invitations, which featured our Gournay design by Kelle McCarter customized with hand calligraphy accents by Debi Zeinert. Debi also hand calligraphed their invitation envelopes to match! Pink details (including the rose gold foil highlights on their invitations) were used throughout the entire wedding, from the pale pink bridesmaid dresses and flower bouquets to their elaborate floral cake and centerpieces! Here are a few of our favorites from this real wedding, but check out Love & Light for the full feature! 

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Photographer: Love & Light Photographers | Venue: The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm | Floral Design: Flowers By David | Invitations: Bella Figura | Hair: Mia Moore | Makeup: Kathy Genchi | DJ : NY Edge | Cinematography: Hart to Heart Media | Cake: My Daughter’s Cakes

modern calligraphy wedding invitations for lake house wedding

Together with their families, Cammy and Nicolas hosted their weekend wedding celebration at a family lake house in Louisiana. Their modern calligraphy wedding invitations featured hand lettering by Nicole Black alongside trendy type and motifs to keep the overall look fresh and fun. Their customized envelope liner paid homage to the spirit of their wedding – love at the lake house. Many thanks to our friends at Urbanic Paper Boutique!

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letterpress inks: black + cherry | font: chapin | hand calligraphy: mitty style | paper: bella cotton white 1-ply | Urbanic Paper Boutique | customization #32236

foil stamped hand calligraphy wedding invitations

It was our pleasure to work with Kate of Lovely Paperie & Gifts on the design and printing of her own wedding stationery. Kate and Christopher chose Sarah Hanna’s lettering as the centerpiece of their hand calligraphy wedding invitations, using our Annalise design to set the tone for their winter wedding. They used a romantic palette of tawny matte foil with whisper pink highlights and personalized their envelope liner with a sweet adage in hand calligraphy.

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foil stamping: tawny matte | hand calligraphy: nautilus style | paper: bella cotton white 2-ply | round corners | edge painting: whisper | envelope: bella cotton white | liner: custom classic color pattern in whisper | Lovely Paperie & Gifts | customization #29218

rose wedding invitations with hand calligraphy and tawny foil

Our Leigha Spring design was the inspiration for Cherisse and Raymond’s rose wedding invitations. Our friends at di’zain loft limited worked with the couple to make some changes to the design – like adding Sarah Hanna’s hand calligraphy, changing the motif to a rose from our library and using tawny matte foil to highlight their cards and envelope liner. They used a well known Scottish phrase on their thank you cards, wishing their guests a long and healthy life.

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letterpress ink: espresso | foil stamping: tawny matte | font: moravia | hand calligraphy: napa style | paper: bella cotton white 2-ply + 1-ply | envelope: bella cotton white | foil stamped liner: sullivan stripe pattern in tawny matte | di’zain loft limited | customization #28520

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