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!


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

Purple Shine and Hand Calligraphy

Sarah Hanna’s gorgeous hand calligraphy mimics the billowy swirls of the Illuminer design, printed in Purple Shine foil and Lavender letterpress ink for Leanne and Craig’s late summer wedding.  Love this design? Order soon – this and all of Lindsy Talarico’s designs are on sale through the end of February.

Purple Shine and Hand Calligraphy on Illuminer by Bella Figura

letterpress ink: lavender | foil stamping: purple shine | font: declaration | paper: bella cotton 1-ply ivory | rounded corners | hand calligraphy: victoria style by sarah hanna | envelope: bella cotton ivory | envelope liner: formal flourish pattern in regalia + lavender inks | customization #18243 | Nota Bene 

60 new wedding invitations + new calligraphy hands for 2014 have arrived!

Bella Figura 2014 has arrived! Take a look at our 60 new designs and new hand calligraphy styles, brand new for the 2014 wedding season. As always, we’ve got invitations for all types of events: vintage weddings, modern weddings, formal weddings, you name it! And all of our wedding invitations are completely customizable – change the inks, the fonts, and more to make a design your own. These new designs are available for purchase and will be on our website soon, but in the meantime take a look and contact us if you’d like to order samples!


Festive Foil + Hand Calligraphy Holiday Cards

We were beyond thrilled that the lovely Debi Zeinert selected Bella Figura to foil stamp her custom holiday cards. A festive red shine foil paired with her beautiful hand calligraphy will bring joy to all who receive this delightful card.

foil stamping: red shine | custom submitted design | paper: bella cotton white 1-ply | customization #: 16412

Festive Foil stamped holiday cards

Letterpress Calligraphy Thank You Cards

We can’t think of a better (or more stylish) way to express heartfelt gratitude than with hand calligraphed thank you cards. Here are some examples of our more contemporary, less formal styles – perfect for those looking for a modern translation of an old world tradition.


Mitty style hand calligraphy in Cobalt letterpress ink:

Letterpress Calligraphy Thank You Cards by Bella Figura


Revolution style hand calligraphy in Papaya letterpress ink:

Letterpress Calligraphy Thank You Cards by Bella Figura


Harrison style hand calligraphy in Black letterpress ink:

Letterpress Calligraphy Thank You Cards by Bella Figura


Maura style hand calligraphy in Pale Gray letterpress ink:

Letterpress Calligraphy Thank You Cards by Bella Figura

Balsam Calligraphy wedding invitation in Black letterpress

We’re suckers for hand calligraphy that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Cue McKenzie and Branch’s customization of our Balsam Calligraphy wedding invitation design. Patricia Mumau’s Harrison hand calligraphy is simple, understated and just plain cool in crisp Black letterpress ink.

letterpress ink: black | paper: bella cotton ivory 2-ply | edge painting: antique gold | hand calligraphy: harrison style | customization #: 16975 | Simply Put

Balsam Calligraphy wedding invitation by Bella Figura

Gracieux wedding invitation suite featuring hand calligraphy

Our Gracieux wedding invitation design is graceful (hence the name) and elegant – but its also gritty, organic and just a touch untamed. For their recent wedding at Terrain, Julia and Ron paired the Mitty hand calligraphy, handdrawn flourishes and our Modern Herringbone envelope liner with an earthy color palate for a hip yet sophisticated stationery suite.

Gracieux is the November design of the month – save 10% on the entire suite when you order now through November 30, or save 20% if you order 6 printed pieces or more!

Letterpress inks: hazel + pewter | paper: bella cotton 1-ply + 2-ply ivory | edge painting: hazel | hand calligraphy: mitty style | envelope: bella cotton ivory | envelope liner: modern herringbone pattern in hazel | customization #: 19999 | Papery of Philadelphia

Gracieux hand calligraphy by Bella Figura

Contemporary Calligraphy Inspired Letterpress Wedding Invitation

We love seeing weddings that use personal touches throughout the day. What’s more personal than a contemporary calligraphy letterpress wedding invitation? Our Tailored design showcases hand calligraphy inspired font and design by Patricia Mumau with a stunning monogram at the top – perfect for a bride on a budget. Add “something blue” into your big day with a hand embroidered monogram to carry with you all day long!

Bella Figura's Tailored design features a contemporary calligraphy style.

(Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty)

Colette letterpress wedding invitations featuring romantic hand calligraphy

Flirty, romantic and just plain pretty, our Colette wedding invitation design in Dusty Pink and Pewter has us daydreaming like schoolgirls. Our airy and graceful Maura hand calligraphy pairs perfectly with our Elegant Garden envelope liner in the same soft, sophisticated palate. To keep things simple (and budget friendly), guests were asked to reply via Kristine and Drew’s wedding website included at the bottom of the card.

letterpress inks: dusty pink + pewter | paper: bella cotton white 2-ply | edge painting: dusty pink | hand calligraphy: maura style | envelope: jute | liner: elegant garden pattern in dusty pink + pewter | customization #: 20001

Romantic and elegant letterpress wedding invitations from Bella Figura

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