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!
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.
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?
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!
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!
There is a medieval instructional book on calligraphy that says something like: “You will have to learn to be very creative with your mistakes or else you will spend a lot of time recopying and starting over!” Remember, they were copying Bibles by hand! I also once attended a seminar on artists’ errors and how the artist then turned them into something wonderfully creative. The end result was usually more spectacular than the original plan. A “mistake” can often be serendipitous. Since calligraphy is a very human art, there are inevitable errors while working, especially in a large piece such as a Ketubah, seating scroll, or poem. Sometimes, indeed, I just have to begin anew, but other times I can solve the problem another way and create something unexpectedly beautiful!
My little seven year old niece sent me her plan for the day today! Not only do I think it is a wonderful plan, but I love how the little spelling “revision” became an opportunity for a star! The star then became a repeated element! (There do seem to be a couple more “opportunities,” but we shall overlook them for the moment!)
Some of you may know that we license many designs here at The Delicate Pen. I will share some images along the way. Our main licenses are greeting cards manufactured through Design Design. You may see one here.
I was invited to participate in the Licensing Expo that will be next week. I will be doing demos in Booth 5718 and also debuting a children’s character that has been under secretive wraps for many months. We’ll unveil her (at least you know she is a she) on the blog once she makes a grand entrance at the show. If you are in Vegas, come check out our booth! I have lots of ideas to share with all you manufacturers!
We were balancing several big projects here in the studio, including a calligraphy video we are shooting, and many “Day Of” items for several recent and upcoming weddings. (Hence my absence from the blog for a couple of weeks.) “Day Of” is industry lingo for the place cards, programs and seating scrolls that are used on the actual wedding day. While we catch up here in the studio, I will be blogging on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I can’t help but share a video I took of some baby birds that I watched incessantly for a few days this spring, outside the window where I was working. A videographer I am not, but hopefully it will still be interesting for you. I think the ending is kind of funny.
I discovered this article and quiz from the New York Times. It reveals how the human element adds an ingredient almost inexplicably engaging. Since I am a musician as well as an artist, and I believe “All Art is One Art,” I found the findings predictable, yet thrilling, since it promotes my philosophy that nothing can replace the human element. Our motto on our contact page states, “We prefer the personal touch.” In music, hand calligraphy, and gift giving, why not add the personal touch. May we suggest a Mother’s Day gift this year? We will hand calligraph a name and hand paint a flower color of your choice.