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Last summer I styled an editorial photoshoot very close to home – as many of you know, I live on the edge of the Lake District and within minutes’ walk of the beach. When lovely Sheryl from Oobaloos Photography suggested we do a photoshoot here, I just couldn’t say no. I’m a huge believer in letting your surroundings influence the style of your day, and my choice of suppliers to take part in the shoot was inspired by the wild beaches of south Cumbria – my favourite place in the world.

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Previously featured on Love My Dress blog (thank you lovely Annabel!), this shoot was designed to show you how to incorporate simple touches inspired by waves and the sea into your wedding day. We styled a simple table with fabrics, foliage and calligraphy in lush blues and golds, with glassware from lovely Narrative Hire.

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For any of you lovely people with a creative flair and a crafty inclination, I have news! I’ve announced a brand new calligraphy class – short & sweet, affordable and for absolute beginners – in Manchester this summer.

We’re calling it Calligraphy Summer School

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Tickets – www.bymoonandtide.com/listing/619076399

If you want to learn modern calligraphy for your wedding, come and join me for a fun and relaxed class at the fabulous Ziferblat Edge St, in the heart of the northern quarter, for 90 minutes of learning to write beautiful quirky lettering.

Designing, writing and addressing wedding invitations is what I do when I’m not being a wedding blogger. I have a beautiful poem to write today, actually – you can see what I do in my life as a calligrapher on my other instagram @bymoonandtide if you like.

calligraphy classes for beginners from Claire Gould at By Moon and Tide, photo credit Zehra Jagani (3)

I also teach modern calligraphy, and I like to think I make it fun and relaxed, so you can go on and write confidently and beautifully when it comes to your wedding invitations, place names, even your table plan and venue signage. (At home, I even write on my windows, mirror and cupboard doors. It gets kind of addictive!)

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Hello there beautiful! I hope you’re having a wonderful week. I’d like to make it just that little bit more lovely by offering you an exclusive saving on my next modern calligraphy workshop, which will be happening in Manchester on Saturday the 26th of May.

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If you’re going to make your own invitations, place cards and table stationery for your wedding, attending a calligraphy workshop will be a massive help to you. You’ll learn how to make beautiful letter shapes, which will add so much personality to your wedding stationery. I’ve taught plenty of brides-to-be along with their mums, best friends and sisters… and the classes are a lovely way to spend a little relaxing time together too!

Workshops are usually £65 per person – this includes your own personalised calligraphy starter kit with pen & nib, ink and alphabet samplers.

Exclusively to English Wedding Blog readers, we’re offering a discount of £10 per person when you book 2 places together. 

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Will you be making your own wedding invitations, or buying them? Handcrafted can be a great cost-saving option if you can invest time into designing something beautiful! Making wedding stationery is also a lot of fun if you’re a crafty person, and learning how to write beautiful modern calligraphy is a skill you’ll keep and use for life!

Beautiful modern calligraphy from By Moon and Tide, image credit Eva Tarnok Photography (3)

Images by Eva Tarnok Photography, supplier list below

I’m holding six modern calligraphy workshops in 2018 in Manchester’s uber cool Northern Quarter. There are still places available for five of the dates from April onwards and I’d love to invite you along. They’re on Friday and Saturday afternoons, starting at one o’clock and finishing around half past three. The price is £65 and every attendee gets to keep their calligraphy ‘kit’ to take home and play with.

I teach all the basics you’ll need for writing calligraphy for your wedding: how to form letters and words with a looping, flowing script full of the thick and thin contrasts which really make modern lettering beautiful. With a little practice at home you’ll be able to write your invitations, place names, escort cards, menus, table plan and any paper signage for your day.

Learn calligraphy in Manchester - workshops throughout the year with By Moon & Tide Calligraphy - image credit Inbetween Days Photography (10)
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This time next week I’ll be on my way to sunny Manchester, pens and inks in my little bag, ready to meet lovely creative folks and teach them the basics of modern calligraphy. It’s one of my favourite things, and I’m excited already (I’ve started packing. A week early. I know!!) February’s calligraphy workshop sold out super quick, so I wanted to let you know the details for April as soon as I could!

Learn calligraphy in Manchester - workshops throughout the year with By Moon & Tide Calligraphy - image credit Inbetween Days Photography (10)

Spring is the busiest time for my calligraphy classes – brides and grooms (and bridesmaids… and mums) choose this time of year to start practising their writing in readiness for designing wedding invitations to send before the summer kicks in. Handcrafted is still a great cost-saving option for crafty brides, and calligraphy is so on trend for 2018! Also, learning how to write beautiful modern calligraphy is a skill you’ll keep and use for life…

Learn calligraphy in Manchester - workshops throughout the year with By Moon & Tide Calligraphy - image credit Inbetween Days Photography (4)

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Every 6 weeks or so I go on a little road trip with my pens and inks, and spend a couple of hours with lovely brides-to-be and their best girls. My calligraphy workshops get me away from my desk and into the real world – and they’ve become the absolute highlight of my year! Last year I made gift vouchers for Christmas – this year I’ve had them gorgeously copper foiled and they’re the prettiest little things 🙂

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If you’d like to treat someone you know to a calligraphy workshop in 2018, you can get your hands on one of our pretty vouchers now. I’ll post one out to you in a couple of days – and you have a choice of dates to book your workshop.

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All of my modern calligraphy classes are held in Manchester, at the heart of the Northern Quarter, and close to the station. I love teaching small groups so we do tend to fill up quickly! The class is a relaxing, enjoyable day where everyone gets personal attention and help with their calligraphy pens… and everyone will leave with a new skill, excited to practice more at home!

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Has anyone else noticed their inboxes are full of Christmas suggestions already?! And have you actually started Christmas shopping yet? I have to confess I’m a late bloomer this year… it’s going to be December before I start, I can see it now! (oops) But today I wanted to share something which will make a lovely gift for any 2018 brides and grooms – or your crafty friends!

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Calligraphy starter kit for beginners, £65 at Not On The High Street

This modern calligraphy starter kit from Not On The High Street has everything you need to learn a lovely calligraphy script – the kind you see on modern invites which looks so fun to write. I promise – it really is fun too! Lettering like this can be turned into monogram stamps, used to design invitations and address envelopes – and the most beautiful place names for your guests on the day.

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I’m a total paper freak. I love exploring art shops and specialist stationery suppliers’ little havens of handmade papers, running my hands along the torn edges of any new stock I can find. I know it’s weird.

But there’s a thing I can’t get out of my head: I read on a wedding blog a week or two ago that one of the key trends for 2018 wedding stationery would be paper.

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Photo: Olivia Bossert for a shoot for Wedding Sparrow

Not card, not pocketfolds, not even transparencies. Good old earthy, natural, handmade paper.

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Photo: Jess Petrie, featured on Wedding Sparrow. Illustration by Amy Swann

I’ve been writing on specialist papers for the last couple of years. It’s kind of what I do. I really love it – paper has a life all of its own and with every new calligraphy nib comes a new adventure in textured, woven, cotton rag or hand dyed paper.

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2018 brides and grooms, we have wonderful news for you! Rising wedding industry star and artist Amy Swann has developed a range of beautifully illustrated floral wedding stationery to complement her stunning bespoke cakes. Each invitation features hand calligraphy from By Moon & Tide – and I’m delighted to be sharing the Classic Peony wedding invitation with you exclusively on the English Wedding Blog today.

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Available now from Etsy, the Classic Peony wedding invitation is affordable, completely personalisable and priced from just £2.50. The design is reminiscent of classic English folk art: with bold florals, stunning colour and soft accents we love.

With touches of handwritten calligraphy, the Classic Peony is an invitation full of luxe florals, combining statement blooms with delicate grasses and country garden flowers glowing in evening sunshine.

Buy your Classic Peony wedding invitations from Etsy today!

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Huge thanks to lovely Carl and Lisa at 166 Photography for taking the beautiful images of the Wild & Painterly wedding stationery collection. Gorgeous flowers by Shirley from S & A Floral Design, Lincolnshire

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Hey lovelies! I hope you’re having a wonderful week. I’m spending today making up my little calligraphy workshop packs for Friday – and I’m still getting enquiries about the class. I thought I’d post here to say this week is full (to bursting!) and I’m so sorry I can’t take any more students – but I’d love to book you in for my 6th October workshop, which still has 6 spaces.

Learn calligraphy for beginners in Manchester. Image credit Inbetween Days Photography (4)

Every workshop is for absolute beginners, and covers lettering with a dip pen and nib as well as brush pen lettering. I also bring along my little pop-up shop so you can stock up on inks, nibs and even buy my book on the day!

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Workshops are held in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, in a quiet and pleasant little classroom at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Dates available for 2017 are 6th October and 24th November.

Find out more and book your places here: Calligraphy Workshops with By Moon & Tide

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Hi lovelies! I’ve literally just got back from the most amazing holiday in Switzerland – which I totally recommend! – and I’m thinking about plans for the next few months. I’m so excited to be teaching another modern calligraphy workshop next Friday, which has completely sold out while I’ve been away! We’re going to have the best time, I can’t wait!

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For any of you who had your hearts set on coming but haven’t yet booked (we always get a few last minute enquiries but we really can’t squeeze any more in, I’m so sorry!) I thought I’d share next dates.

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I’ll be running beginners modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester on the 6th of October, and again on the 24th of November.

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Booking information (and a lot more info about what you’ll learn on the day) is here:

www.bymoonandtide.com/workshops

I’d love to see you there!

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(Please don’t leave it too late to book – we have half a dozen spaces left in October, and 10 in November at the minute, but they’ll go quickly!)

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If you’re looking for beautiful invitations which reflect an English garden theme, we have the perfect solution for you. These beauties are unique – illustrated by fabulous cake artist and designer Amy Swann, with hand calligraphy by Claire at By Moon & Tide – they will delight guests from day one.

Available now from Not On The High Street, they’re affordable, completely personalisable and start from just £2.50. Imagine your wedding bouquet: the beautiful wildness of nature tumbled into the most stunning armful of blooms you ever did see.

The ‘Ethereal’ wedding invitation is designed to capture the spirit of a modern bouquet – Illustrator Amy Swann’s stunning statement blooms make this our favourite all-year-round wedding invite. With soft tones and handwritten calligraphy, it’s perfect for flower-lovers, like us!

Buy your Ethereal wedding invitations from Not On The High Street today!


Huge thanks to lovely Carl and Lisa at 166 Photography for taking the beautiful images of the Wild & Painterly wedding stationery collection for the English Wedding Blog Shop. Gorgeous flowers by Shirley from S & A Floral Design, Lincolnshire