Yesterday, we shared Jen and Salil’s wedding ceremony, and today we’re excited to showcase their elegant garden reception. Set under an amazing canopy of verdant foliage, with tables dressed in oatmeal linen and lush arrangements of white and green florals lining long, family-style tables, this gorgeous event is one not to be missed.
With just a quick glance through these photos, anyone can see that Jenn and Salil’s Washington summer wedding was an elegant affair. If you’re planning a black tie fete, we encourage you to take a second look, as some of our favorite details set this beautiful wedding apart from other classic weddings. Floral design is always one of the best-loved elements of a wedding day, and these amazing blooms created by McKenzie Powell are no exception. The lush arrangements and elegant white and green palette lend a traditional feel, while the garden-inspired flower selections and botanical greenery reinvent the classic look.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for Part 2, with more images and inspiration from Jenn and Salil’s wedding day!
So, you’ve pinned some gorgeous calligraphy ideas on Pinterest and you’ve been obsessively researching envelope etiquette. Now how do you find a calligrapher who can take your wedding to the next level?
Whether you’re drawn to whimsical, modern styles or want a simple, classic look, you can find a calligrapher to fit your aesthetic, time frame and budget. Here Kristara Schnippert shares with us five things you may not know about working with a calligrapher.
There are a lot of different styles of calligraphy—modern, classic or casual brushed lettering. Take a look at your calligrapher’s portfolio of past work or ask for some samples to see if they’re a good fit for you.
More than just beautiful writing, calligraphy is a skilled art that can never be replicated with a font or a printer. Each letter is written carefully and precisely. Each envelope must be prepped, dried and proofed. Every once in a while, the ink splatters or something smears. Because of this, calligraphy is a slow process. Calligraphers have several projects going at once, so expect your order to take a couple of weeks (or you’ll be considered a rush job and be charged accordingly).
With calligraphy, you really do get what you pay for. An experienced calligrapher has worked with a wide range of papers, surfaces, inks, nibs and paints, so they’ll make fewer mistakes. Calligraphers can also customize letter styles, join letters in unique ways, add gorgeous flourishing, custom match inks and more. In general, the more experienced a calligrapher is, the more options you’ll have. The best calligraphers are booked weeks – if not months – in advance, so it’s good to be proactive.
A lot of calligraphers charge extra for dark envelopes, lined envelopes, metallic ink or extra lines. That’s because all of those things take more time. Dark envelopes require penciled guidelines to ensure straight writing. Metallic inks are more time-consuming to write with. And four-line addresses take more time to write out than just three.
Beyond envelopes, you can incorporate calligraphy elements into your invitations themselves, develop a monogram or even create one-of-a-kind wedding signage. Most calligraphers ask that you send the paper or mediums (think fun mediums like leaves, rocks, driftwood, ribbon) you want to use. And remember, this is all done by hand, so don’t forget to include extras (usually 10-15%) depending on the project.
We’re always honored to showcase photos from those dearest to us. Today, we’re sharing a couple’s session from one of our staff, Kaela. The sweet glances that she shares with Jonathan make these photos so special, and this setting is just breathtaking. This is further proof that if you’re in need of some inspiration, just head outdoors! Allow nature to do what it does best.
More from Kaela:
“Everyone talks about the wedding but rarely do you hear others talk about the part after the wedding. Those precious days and months after your wedding–the time when everything is anew yet complete–that’s something to cherish.
Marriage is more than the one day of celebration, it’s a lifetime of shared experiences and memories and it is important to honor and celebrate the moments big and small in-between. We especially want to document our time together as newlyweds so we can look back on these years and remember the feeling of being young and in love.”
Love Kaela’s style? Check out her elopement here.