After a busy December fulfilling festive orders, followed by a restful family Christmas, I began 2017 raring to go and full of business plans for the new year! Building on a wonderful 2016, I know this year is going to be a really good one for Merrie and Bright Calligraphy - with new product and service launches, some exciting wedding calligraphy work in the pipeline, and modern calligraphy workshops taking place across the south of England.
January kicked things off in style, with wedding fairs, workshops, and a couple of amazing blog features; here's what went on for Merrie and Bright Calligraphy this month...
Early January saw my first styled shoot of the year featured on the B.LOVED blog - a gorgeous shoot styled by Carmela Weddings and Events and shot by Amanda Karen Photography at The Refinery venue in London. For the Industrial Chic shoot, I contributed a large Happily Ever After lasercut sign, which was painted in copper to compliment the chic theme of the shoot. I also created calligraphy for the wedding cake.
The cake for the shoot was a collaboration between myself and Little Bear Cakery, I lettered the word ‘Love’ and she somehow magicked the lettering onto the cake - there are just so many wonderful and fun ways to incorporate modern calligraphy into your wedding! See more from the Industrial Chic shoot at B.LOVED: 'Industrial Chic & Copper Wedding'.
My workshops this year kicked off with Beginners Modern Calligraphy Classes in Oxford and Chelmsford. The Jam Factory venue in Oxford is a beautiful space, with gorgeous natural light - look out for more classes there later this year. I also loved hosting Chelmsford based modern calligraphy classes with the team at Rock the Frock and am looking forward to running more in the area in the future. Running calligraphy workshops is one of my favourite things to do, and I’m excited to be running classes every month this year - for news on the latest dates, make sure to sign up to my mailing list!
Later in the month, my wedding calligraphy was again featured on the wonderful B.Loved blog, but this time with a real wedding! The photos from Ale & Andrew’s Cotswold barn wedding at Merriscourt Barn are beautiful, and it was lovely to be a part of their big day. I created my favourite invitation suite to date in this pastel green paper. They were wrapped in a sheer vellum, tied together with a simple twine, and finished off with a custom copper wax seal. I created them in both Polish and English to include Ale's heritage in the celebrations. See more from the day on B.LOVED: 'Idyllic Stone Barn Wedding' and get in touch to discuss bespoke orders for your big day.
On the last weekend of January, I attended a wedding fair and open day at Hill Place. The weather was terrible, but the gorgeous country house venue was so cosy! I had a super day meeting other amazing suppliers like Victoria Fergusson Accessories and chatting to engaged couples about plans for their big days. I'm so proud to be on board as the official preferred stationer at Hill Place. It's a stunning venue to say I do!
It’s been such a busy and exciting start to the year, I can't wait to see what the next eleven month have in store. There are already some really exciting events on the horizon with a new foiling machine on its way next month and The Spring Make Weekend just around the corner!