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A peek into my little world of calligraphy!

These last few weeks have been crazy! May the 4th is a HUGE day for weddings this year – the force is most definitely with all of you lovely people getting hitched this bank holiday weekend!

I’ve been a busy little bee with lots of calligraphy work in my little home studio, so I thought I’d share a little with you today. And if any of you would like to book my services for your weddings later in the year I’d LOVE to hear from you!

My week began with Vikki’s gorgeous place names from Papier – they’re called Mother Amazon and they’re beautiful!

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My biggest and favourite project was these gorgeous handmade place names and escort cards, for lovely Emma from Tebbey & Co. They’re from Torn Edge Paper on Etsy and written by hand in a cornflower blue ink I mixed in my studio. (I’ll be teaching the simple art of making calligraphy ink in my intermediate calligraphy workshop in Manchester in August – info and tickets here.)

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Emma’s bride and groom asked for matching place names and escort cards (which will have a pressed flower added) as well as some very local (Lake District) table number signs, which were art prints with the table name written on the mount!

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And then there were the slates…

uk calligraphy on slate for weddings

The largest was too heavy for me to lift: I could just about ‘walk’ it around my studio to lay it flat to write on. The transatlantic bride and groom asked for a list of American – British translations in calligraphy on here: explaining the different meanings of ‘pants’ and ‘trousers’; ‘biscuits’ and ‘cookies’. Smaller slates were used for lawn games, the order of the day, tea & coffee, loos (translation also required here for those looking for the ‘restrooms’!) and guest book.

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Today I have a bunch of envelopes to address in an elegant calligraphy style, for these bespoke invitations I designed with beautiful illustrations by my fabulous friend Amy Swann.

bespoke illustrated unique wedding invitation by Amy Swann

There’s also some wedding favour tags for my friends at Grasmere Gingerbread and oh! a little blogging (we’ve a fabulous shoot tomorrow!) to catch up on…

Follow my wedding calligraphy adventures on Insta – I’m @bymoonandtide

Find my calligraphy website here – http://calligraphy-for-weddings.com
And future workshop dates are listed here – http://calligraphy-for-weddings.com/modern-calligraphy-workshops-uk/

Have a fabulous day everyone!

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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