Happy bathtime, Kirstie Allsopp! (calligraphy feature)

Indulge me a moment, as I’m wearing my calligraphy hat this morning! I’m so happy and had to share: I found out last week that the very lovely Kirstie Allsopp has a piece of my work displayed in her bathroom. I can’t stop grinning!

calligrapher project for kirstie allsopp

My calligraphy project, commissioned as a Christmas gift for Kirstie Allsopp

Many of you will know I’m a wedding calligrapher – this is my day job, and I write English Wedding Blog in the evenings and at weekends. I also write bespoke calligraphy commissions and have worked with Kirstie and her amazing friend and colleague Jamie on a few calligraphy projects in recent years.

My calligraphy & Kirstie Allsopp’s bathtub!

The photo above was taken in my studio. It’s a vintage telegram which Jamie found for Kirstie. I was hired to write Kirstie’s name in a vintage style script. Jamie called me yesterday and told me the framed piece is displayed in Kirstie’s bathroom… and I’m ever so proud to think of Kirstie Allsopp admiring my calligraphy from her (no doubt gorgeous and vintage) bathtub!

calligrapher for weddings in the UK

Calligraphy for weddings in the UK

I love being a calligrapher – beautiful lettering is what makes my world go round. It’s fabulous to see American wedding blogs featuring more and more calligraphy in styled shoots and real weddings, and I do hope the trend will continue to move across to the UK.

US couples are embracing calligraphy as a decorative element and feature of wedding receptions – something I’d love to see more of here in the UK. If you’d like to find out more about calligraphy for your wedding I’ve shared some of my latest wedding commissions below for you.

wedding calligrapher readings

Calligraphy for a first wedding dance song – No Matter What (given as a paper wedding anniversary gift)

calligrapher for wedding invites UK

Calligraphy names on wedding invitations – the perfect finishing touch

wedding place names calligrapher uk

Handwritten wedding place names in calligraphy

My work was featured on Kirstie’s Vintage Home on Channel 4 in 2012 as part of the vintage wedding episode. I was sent a batch of luggage tags to write, which were then used as place names for all the wedding guests. Kirstie turned the very simple tags into gorgeous place settings with military buttons, vintage ribbon and a carnation tucked underneath – see images of Kirstie stroking my calligraphy here! Kirstie Allsopp stroked my calligraphy on the telly!

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Cecelina Photography
    7 years ago

    Beautiful work Claire!

  • Pat
    7 years ago

    There’s some of your calligraphy hanging in my downstairs toilet………. but I guess that’s not quite the same!!! Xx

  • hayleyrosephotography
    7 years ago

    Simply beautiful! I love Kirstie Allsop, how cool for you!

  • Becky
    7 years ago

    Your work is absolutely beautiful… and “Kirstie Allsopp stroked my calligraphy on the telly!” is officially my All-Time Favourite Hyperlink..! x

  • Julie Boyd
    7 years ago

    Gorgeous as always. I have some of your calligraphy in my studio.

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