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A Delicate Pen Wedding

BY jane, ON Wednesday, May 14, 2014

One of our great pleasures, here at The Delicate Pen, is seeing photos of  our calligraphy and stationery items in action at a wedding.  Even more pleasurable is catching glimpses of the  event with all coordinating elements in full swing, but inevitably,  most beguiling are photos of the bride and groom. The wedding we are posting today is especially delightful, because it is one of two weddings for which we created separate invitations. For two sisters! The weddings were about a year apart, one last August and one just a few days ago. The first wedding,  of Jacklyn and Adam, held at the Arts Ballroom in Philadelphia last August, is our feature today. You’ll have to check back for the second sister’s wedding!

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An imported Italian paper with deckled edges and soft gold ink, accented with hand painted mauve flowers, was chosen for the invitation. We like to add a touch of romance to every thing that comes out of the studio. The colors and textures chosen made that mission an effortless one.

Jackyln and Adam. Gorgeous and glowing.


A stolen kiss.  The newlyweds – unaware of the inevitable smiles of passersby.

All photos: Tyler Boye Photography.


Black Grouse and Calligraphy!

BY jane, ON Friday, November 30, 2012

I was asked to participate in an event for Black Grouse Scotch.  It was quite an evening! As each guest arrived, they told the uber talented bartenders what flavors they preferred in their cocktail, using Black Grouse as a main ingredient.  A personal cocktail was then concocted for them on the spot.

I had two assistants positioned near the bartenders.  They made notes for each individual’s recipe.  The notes were then shuttled over to me at the calligraphy table where I lettered all evening. Each guest was then presented with a hand lettered recipe card as a take away gift! The idea is a great party idea don’t you think?

Bottles of Black Grouse set against a New York City street.

I was quite busy penning all the details of each individual recipe!

The Delicate Pen team for the evening posing in front of the Black Grouse chalk drawing that was drafted on the wall for the event.

A reminder from The Delicate Pen to drink responsively and never drink and drive.


BY jane, ON Friday, November 2, 2012

The video and blog post over at the Martha Stewart Weddings Blog is up!  You can view it here. Thank you Erin Furey for such a nice write up! Here are a couple sneak peeks, but don’t miss the video over at their blog! Plus it is a great blog to know about in general!

Photos by CarlosAndrésVarela and Anna Ross

via http://thebridesguide.marthastewartweddings.com/

Martha Stewart Bridal Market Party Report

BY jane, ON Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hi!  After a very long stretch of being away, the blog is back!  We debuted our new album of designs at the National Stationery Show in May and it has taken all these months away from the blog to produce those albums and keep up with spring and summer wedding orders. As a friend of mine says,  “We can only be super women 90% of the time! We had no idea we would be such a hit at NSS and so it took quite a while to produce the albums since every sample is hand painted. But the books shipped out all across the country last week and now there should be a little snippet of time again to post blogs regularly.  Our first post back is a fun one too!

I was honored to be the calligrapher at the grand party held at Martha Stewart Weddings Headquarters during Bridal Market week. The highlight of the evening was a real wedding that took place, officiated by Martha herself! You MUST read about it here.

My part in the evening was to personalize notebooks made by Minted, with each guest’s name during the event.

There will be feature and a little video on the calligraphy I did on the notebooks on the Martha Stewart Weddings Blog soon, so you will just have to wait patiently for those images!  (I will alert you on when that appears on that blog.) Here are some features of the evening, however.

I love setting up for an event.  A little production that has to come together at just the right time gives me a little adrenaline rush every time!

At just the right moment the room was ready. Everyone cleared the room for a photo op!

Creme Delicious provided henna style decorated cakes and cookies.

Trays and trays of yummy food, ice sculptures and then more cupcakes and party favors by Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes magically appeared all evening.

A calligrapher friend, the very generous Bernard Maisner, honored me by letting me letter a notebook for him.

The party in full swing!

A Delicate Pen Wedding

BY jane, ON Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hi!  I am so sorry to have evaporated for over a month! We took a little unexpected Company Vacation when the opportunity arose.  When we returned, we were blessed with a profusion of orders and we are just catching up from that whirlwind.  The hiatus has perhaps just made you long even more for the photos I promised of Jocelyn and Ryan’s wedding. So, albeit a little delayed, here they are and well worth the wait!

While I was lettering the mirrors for their wedding, the bride and groom arrived at the venue. I often don’t get to see the soon-to-be-married couple, so to spy them just before the event was a terrific perk for me.  I managed to get a few photos from the ladder where I was poised with my pens!

No photo compares, however, to this wonderful, professional photo of the bride and groom.  What a moment! How fortuitous that this wedding took place during the Pop Up Piano event to create such a fabulous setting for a memory on film!

Photo © Yun Gen Yang Photography

Happy Valentine’s Day

BY jane, ON Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Delicate Pen! Here are a few images to get you in the spirit!

My favorite postcard from my vintage collection. A cherub with her “Delicate Pen.”

Some wonderfully creative lettering.  The  image is from my acquaintance on Instagram. @nrichardsen from Norway. @delicatepen thanks you, Nina, for permission to post the photo!

Photo:©Nina Richardsen

I have been waiting since June to share this photo on a romantic occasion.  While at the LIMA show last June, the Anheuser Busch stately horses clip-clopped in the Mandalay Bay convention center one day, bringing the trade show floor to a magnificent  halt. These two are obviously sweethearts.

Have a wonderful day!

A Delicate Pen Wedding

BY jane, ON Monday, February 6, 2012

Every so often one of our brides indulges me, by giving me permission to post photos of their wedding. Such is the case with Jocelyn and Ryan.  This lovely couple contacted me about calligraphing the many mirrors at their wedding venue, 632 Hudson in New York City.

I met Jocelyn at the venue weeks ahead of the big day to scope out the lay of the land, measure the mirrors and access how much time I would need to letter them on Wedding Day. I was enchanted by the venue and its many nooks and crannies, and thus, my creative juices starting flowing about where and how to enhance this intimate event with the flourishes of my pens. They gave me full artistic license within the guideline of using a palette of white for much of the lettering, with accents of the vibrant colors of peacock feathers, which were a recurring theme of the wedding.

At first glance, I realized this fish tank was the perfect opportunity for some circular lettering!

The ceremony’s program was lettered on the mirror at the base of a grand staircase.

Here is a close up of the base of the mirror where I saw the possibility for a little romantic accent!

One of two powder room mirrors which received adornments.

The large mirror in the dining area was great fun to letter, with so much space. I lettered it sparingly, however, so that the reflection of the evening’s events were the main focus.

The entrance mirror was not on the original plan, but I couldn’t resist the chance to letter the word “Love.”

This is just a teaser for our next post in a few days where you will see the glorious bride and the dashing groom!

Photos: First and Third Photos © Yun Gen Yang Photography.  All other photos © Jane Labanz.

Delicate Pen Weddings Reprise

BY jane, ON Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I thought before I present our first Delicate Pen Wedding in this new year, I should review some wedding highlights from 2011!

Tawnya and Kiel

See more photos here.

Leigh and Jonathan

See more photos here.

Debra and Jack

See more photos here.

Talia and Seth

See more photos here.

Best Wishes to all our 2011 Delicate Pen couples!

Color of the year

BY jane, ON Monday, January 2, 2012

Each year Pantone announces a color of the year.  This year, 2012, it is Tangerine Tango. Orange is my least favorite color on the color spectrum, so I was a bit tepid in my first reaction to this color. But upon studying this tangerine,  I have grown to appreciate the reddish tint with the burst of yellow.  This is what Leatrice Eiseman,  executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute® has to say about this year’s choice:

“Sophisticated, but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it. Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Who doesn’t need a little tango this year?  Let’s see how I can work this year’s color on to some stationery.  Perhaps on some thank you notes for holiday gifts?

Photo: Frederic Cirou/Corbis via www.pantone.com

Merry Merry

BY jane, ON Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

There are grand trees.

Small trees.

Trees up high.

There’s The Tree.

But no tree is as fine as the tree in your own home with family and friends gathered near!

Merry Christmas from The Delicate Pen!