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A busy month - behind the scenes in my calligraphy studio

Hello again everyone! It’s turning out to be quite a summer and I wanted to show you what I’ve been up to when I’m not writing the English Wedding Blog! I’ve been lucky enough to work with some brilliant brides and grooms worldwide on calligraphied invitations and reception stationery – not to mention the inspiration shoots I’m looking forward to sharing with you!

So here’s a few pics of my life behind the scenes as a calligrapher – forgive the cats, they do like to help! Enjoy. And if you’d like to see more, you can find my little shop on Etsy here: www.Etsy.com/shop/CalligraphyStore

claire gould calligrapher signaturewedding calligraphy (1) This is still TOP SECRET! I worked along Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography on a photoshoot full of creative wedding ideas – in this teeniest of sneak peeks you can just see an invitation and vintage music sheet roses by the lovely Vintage Twee, alongside china from Beautifully Vintage and home made watercolour flowers, milk bottles and tags by me!
wedding calligraphy (2) Above: Oh, and we styled our shoot in two parts… the second got even more creative and a little messy! Teeny sneak peek #2 shows a cake by Caroline’s Cakes, flower stole by Brackens of Bowness, gown by Ritva Westenius from the lovely Julia Tasker Bridal Couture and a calligraphy backdrop some naughty person slashed with a knife… all at Broadoaks Country House. More soon, I promise!
wedding calligraphy (3) Then I went on another day out at Aspire Photography Training with an amazing group of photographers, and we found this old window in need of a bit of attention… sprawled on the floor with a chunky pen lovely Emma Tebbey found, I quickly scribbled (this is not my best work!) names to make a table plan… you should try it! Loads of fun 🙂
wedding calligraphy (4) I also had my box of tricks with me just in case and it was nice to see my little place cards having a picnic…
wedding calligraphy (5) … my vintage love letters originally written for French Wedding Style blog got a little attention as well!
wedding calligraphy (6) Back in the studio, spring turned into summer and I’ve been writing hundreds – probably thousands – of name tags and place name cards. Above, some little favour tags and below, some Spanish bluebells from my back garden with place name settings on kraft card.
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wedding calligraphy (8) Earlier in April and May I had the loveliest time writing two orders for Cutture – Adrienne and Peter’s wedding invitations and place name cards were deliciously laser cut, the former with the outline of their wedding venue and the latter with a beautiful lily of the valley silhouette. I used silver ink to add handwritten names.
wedding calligraphy (9)
wedding calligraphy (10) My ‘Will you be my bridesmaid‘ cards have been flying off the shelves this month, so when Nicola got in touch to ask for something slightly different I was so pleased. These cards have pale grey calligraphy and a soft ivory rose. They’re thank you cards for bridesmaids and for Nicola’s flower girl.
wedding calligraphy (11) I’ve always loved writing table plans and this simple design featured romantic lettering, pink roses and manilla card. The table plan was only A3 in size, and matching table names were tent-folded. The tail belongs to my cat Bertie who makes regular appearances on my facebook page!
wedding calligraphy (12) For brides and grooms who’d rather try their hand at calligraphy I launched these starter kits at the beginning of the month. They were featured on a number of wedding blogs and I owe huge thanks to those bloggers for sharing – these have been ever so popular! Read more about my calligraphy starter kits on Want That Wedding, Bespoke Bride and Monty Manatee Weddings – thanks so much to Sonia, Emily and Sara!

Buy your own calligraphy starter kit or any other item in my Etsy shop: www.Etsy.com/shop/CalligraphyStore

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 www.byMoonandTide.com. 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.

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