Holiday Cards

I hope everyone had a really fantastic Thanksgiving! I know I did....Now it's time to send out your holiday cards. If you are like me, you have probably been putting this off and now you are short on time. We are currently offering a BRAND NEW selection of lovely holiday cards. These just in, from the Lanai collection on my site -- they incorporate your favor photo from your wedding or special event, in any color combination you desire. Even better, after choosing your color combination and design we can send you a proof within 48 hours. Once approved, we will ship your order within 48 hours as well.

Each set includes a 4.25X6" full color card with your photo, and a blank envelope in white or ivory. Return addresses can be imprinted with an additional charge, however I think these would be great to send out with a simple return address sticker on the back flap! It's simple, fast and easy. The cost per set is $2 and there is a minimum of 40 sets required for purchase. What better way to share with your friends and family your favorite pic from your recent wedding!

Stay tuned for more designs, I will be putting up more over the weekend for all to see! To order, simply email me.


Letterpress Invitations

I love these invitations from my new San Juan Invitation Suite. This adorable set features a hand-drawn starfish icons and is perfect for all those fun destination events. Order soon, because right now we are offering 15% off all letterpress orders booked before December 31st. If letterpress isn't in the budget, we also offer high-quality offset printing, or thermography printing as well. Contact us for a quote today!


Announcing the Launch of EAD Living

Hello happy readers! This week marks the launch of Elizabeth Anne Designs newest blog, EAD Living. Their goal with this new lifestyle blog is to create an open and artistically expressive community. After your wedding is over and the craziness dies down, where will you go for your daily blog fix?? Here is your answer: Check out this new blog dedicated to making our everyday lives as beautiful and creative as the day we begin our marriage. EAD Living will be filled with crafts, recipes, book reviews, and everything else we love about the home arts.

The blog has already launched with enormous support and has received nothing but terrific feedback. So there you have it...Look forward to favorite recipes, DIY crafts, organizing tips, design, fashion, pets, children, eco living, outdoor life, travel, and much more from the gals at Elizabeth Anne Designs!

A Ginko Leaf Reception

Another great reception idea! Instead of a tent card why not write on fall leaves? These leaves I did for my client in San Francisco. Her whole wedding had a ginko leaf theme, and these settings definitely tied it all together. I wrote on each leaf with white calligraphy ink and they turned out swimmingly for her destination wedding in Hawaii!
In response to yesterday's post, these leaves would function as fabulous placecards.

Ginko Leaves or other leaves can be ordered at our website, Laura Hooper Calligraphy.


Placecards vs Escort Cards

{Paula Escort Cards}

One question I get asked quite frequently as a calligrapher is "What is the difference between a placecard and an escort card?" And the answer, simply put, is that your escort cards will be put at a central location at the reception, either organized on a table by last name, or hanging on a tree, or some other creative display method. Your guests will find their card, and will then locate their table number indicated somewhere on the card.

Often times the bride will choose a small envelope with each guest's name written on it with an insert card inside that tells them which table they are seated at. These adorable envelopes are also available for purchase on our site.
{Calligraphy in Bickham Swash Caps}

The photo above is a placecard. Placecards sit at each individual place setting, and the guests locate their tables using their escort cards that they have previously located. Unless you are having a small event, it's probably best to not have placecards without the use of escort cards to lessen the confusion of your guests!

{Image courtesy of Beth Helmstetter, Calligraphy in Cherise Script}

These sanddollars were used as placecards, layered over the napkin which hugged the menus we created as well.

{Sanddollar Placecards are available for purchase}


Real Weddings: Fancy That! Events

Recently my client Christine Zohrabians of Fancy That! sent me these photos from her own gorgeous wedding at the former Ritz Carlton Huntington in Pasadena, California.

In addition to planning her own wedding this past year, Christine plans beautiful, couture events and specializes in event management, guest management, and event design to ensure that her brides get the best interpretation of their vision for the most important day of their life.
Each event is coordinated with the specific couple in mind, taking into account their budget, scope, traditions, and personalities. The result is an event that is as seemless as it is stunning.

We used calligraphy to make large signs that Christine framed for the entrance to the reception.

Their Gorgeous Cake!!

Petal cones were hung at the end of each row of chairs, with cards instructing the guests to shower the happy couple with petals as they walked back down the aisle after the ceremony.

The calligraphy monogram was transformed into a beautiful light display using gobo on the dance floor!

Photographer: Brandon Humes of Couture Foto
Videographer: Brian Starkman of BGS Productions
Florist: Freelance event florist Gildaz Design for Fancy That! Events
Dance Floor, rentals etc: Royal Events Inc.
Event design +Coordination: FANCY THAT!


The Classic Bride New York

Hey NYC Brides -- be sure to stop by the Wedding Library to pick up their new Guide for the Bride. It's a mini-journal filled to the brim with the best vendors in New York. The best part is the full size Classic Bride Map I designed for them earlier this year! This map shows the locales of the Wedding Library's favorite venues, vendors and points of interest, along with a handy guide on the right with all their contact information. I cannot wait to get my copy!


And Now We're on Melissa's Smitten!

What a week for press! Last week I had a short interview on Melissa's Smitten blog. Be sure to check out Melissa's beautiful blog, it's a great resource for wedding tips, advice and inspirations. I love all the pictures and inspiration boards she features on a daily basis.


We're on Weddings Unveiled

Last night we were informed that my calligraphy was covered on Weddings Unveiled, a lovely bridal magazine with a great blog! There you will find an overview of the history of calligraphy and some tips from yours truly on incorporating calligraphy into your wedding. Thank you so much Weddings Unveiled for the amazing opportunity and I hope this information helps many more brides to appreciate the ancient art of calligraphy!

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