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Happy Thursday! Many of you will know I’m a calligrapher when I’m not blogging. It’s been a crazy old year and with Christmas coming round I wanted to show you lovely lot what I get up to! This time of year is all about family trees and calligraphy gift sets – with the odd commissioned artwork thrown in. Everything I do is designed for gifting: beautiful packaging is a major part of what I do.

Images of my calligraphy sets by Marion Botella Photography

Christmas calligraphy gift set

This beautifully presented Christmas calligraphy set is perfect for beginners with full instructions and everything you need inside.

by moon and tide calligraphy for weddings
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Hey lovelies!  A very quick little blog post from me today as I’m squirrelling away behind the scenes on a couple of little projects. I’m reaching out to every wedding stationery designer out there for a little help and so I can feature your designs!

Very soon I’ll be publishing English Wedding’s Essential Guide to wedding invitation wordings.

The guide (on the blog) will be full of example wordings, advice and beautiful invitations with recommendations for where to buy wedding invitations!

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I love seeing the wedding readings our featured couples choose. This was a new one for me, and I think it’s really sweet. Every now and then a wedding reading will inspire me to pick up my calligraphy pens as well!

Wedding reading ideas - That Still and Settled Place, by Edward Monkton - calligraphy Claire Gould By Moon and Tide UK (2)

Wedding reading ideas - That Still and Settled Place, by Edward Monkton - calligraphy Claire Gould By Moon and Tide UK (3)

That Still and Settled Place

Edward Monkton

In that still and settled place
There’s nobody but you
You’re where I breathe my oxygen
You’re where I see my view
And when the world feels full of noise
My heart knows what to do
It finds that still and settled place
And dances there with you

Calligraphy wedding service for place names and more - written by By Moon and Tide Calligraphy - image credit Camilla Lucinda (1)
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Do you celebrate Halloween? Here at English Wedding HQ I love the old belief in fairies and spirits – it’s said they can reach us more easily tonight than at any other time in the year… so I see it as a time to pray for loved ones lost; to celebrate their lives and look back on precious times and memories shared. It’s also a lovely opportunity to cook pumpkin stuff – I actually spent a few happy moments writing on a little pumpkin in my calligraphy class the other week! Anyway – before I begin today’s blog post I have a request for wedding stylists and photographers – I would love to feature this year’s Halloween weddings on the blog this time next year. If you’re styling or shooting a wedding today, please consider submitting it for publication on English Wedding next year. We don’t need ghosts and goths (although, that would be pretty awesome!) – I’m looking for weddings with orange, autumnal or pumpkin styling ideas to inspire our readers. Thank you!

wedding calligraphy workshop uk claire gould
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Hey lovelies! I have something special for all of you crafty brides and grooms – I’ve launched a nice chunky handful of NEW modern calligraphy workshops for 2019, and one of them will be ESPECIALLY for wedding calligraphy. This is the first workshop of its kind in the UK (or anywhere, as far as I know!) and will focus on helping you create beautifully lettered items for your wedding.

If you’re tying the knot in 2019, have crafty tendencies and love lettering, then this is going to be the perfect workshop for you! Why not bring along your bridesmaids, or your mum or your other half – and I’ll introduce you to beautiful modern calligraphy so you can design gorgeous goodies for your wedding day!