The time has finally arrived!!  Registration for our Modern Calligraphy Summit this upcoming Spring 2016 is finally OPEN!!  We have put together a really great video that talks more about the summit and what to expect. 

We are offering an early bird special through August 18th, and the rate will go up after that so make sure to register soon! 

We have brought together 9 amazing and unique calligraphers from around the world to share, lead and guide you through this incredible calligraphy summit.  We all have different styles to share and cant wait to share them with you!

Follow my direct link to be eligible for a special treat from me (just a hint, I think it will include a new print of my favorite art quote "I art, therefore I bullshit" hehe.  I'll include a second print that has a bit more of a romantic air to it.).

Register HERE!!

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Good morning and happy Monday!  The 9 instructors of the upcoming Modern Calligraphy Summit have a special treat for you today!  We sat down with Ashley Lurcott, the host of our Summit, and chatted about our favorite tools and why we love them!  Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a 30 minute video, get to know us a bit, and kick start your week!

(Post Script: I'm a total dork on camera)

If you singed up yesterday, you'll have a link in your email.  If not, sign up here and join in the fun!

Modern Calligraphy Summit | Victoria Rothwell | Moira Design Studio



I am so thrilled and excited to be teaching in the upcoming Modern Calligraphy Summit!!  Myself, along with 8 other incredibly talented ladies from around the world will be teaching this upcoming February.  The Summit will be an entirely online conference, so anyone can join in, no matter where you're located!  I'll be teaching a course on flourishing.  Follow the ink below to get our FREE cheat sheet, Top Tools for Calligraphers - a list of all our favorite tools of our trade!  Stay tuned, early bird enrollment opens soon! #moderncalligraphysummit

Follow the link for our Top Tools sheet!

 

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...inspired by the still life painting of the old masters full of dramatic colors and gorgeous, light textures.  The photography for this project was so lovely, light and airy; I just fell in love with the finished images! 

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the invitation for this suite included taupe watercolor with gold foil.  the invitation was topped with a crested monogram and surrounded by a border.  I loved combining the contemporary watercolor with the moody colors.  The invitation was layered with a deckled edge velum with the "ever mine" quote on it.  The entire suite was wrapped in a raw edged linen with a matching monogram.

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Moira Design Studio | Design House of Moira
Moira Design Studio | Design House of Moira

Shot by the lovely Cadence Kennedy

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Vendors: Photography: Natalie Franke // Styling: Kruse & Vieira Events // Florals: Intrigue Designs // Invite Suite & Paper Goods & lettering for table: Design House Of Moira // Calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter // Linens: BBJ Linens // Rentals: Select Event Group // Cake: Wildflour Fine Baking Co.// Welcome Basket: Marigold & Grey // Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil // Gown: Kate McDonald Bridal // Tux: The Black Tux

If you've ever had the pleasure of checking out the work of Natalie Franke, you're in for a serious pleasure!  I worked with her, along side Kruse and Vieira Events for the gorgeous two-day Bayside Workshop in Queenstown, Maryland.  The swoon worthy photographs were featured on Grey Likes Wedding last week!  Here are the invitations I create for the workshop, with more lovely pictures to follow!

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Moira Design Studio | Design House of Moira
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CITRUS SMASH
Yields one cocktail

2 oz top shelf gin
1-2 tangerine peels
1⁄2 oz simple syrup
1⁄2 oz lemon juice
1oz soda

Instructions: Muddle tangerine peels and simple syrup in flat-surfaced glass. Add gin, lemon juice, and top with soda. Serve on the rocks.

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Enjoy a free printable of the Citrus Smash cocktail here!

 

Michelle Leo of Michelle Leo Events is one of the amazing leaders in our industry, so when she approached me to create a suite for her bride, Sara, I was honored!  The suite we created is one of my all time favorites (I know I say that a lot, but how could I possibly pick a true favorite?!). 

We wanted to keep the suite classic, elegant, and interesting with some texture and gold.  The suite was printed in gold foil on 220lb stock in a pale ivory and a textured aubergine.  The main invitation was adorned with antique lace appliqued in the corners, each hand cut from a larger lace piece (on the plus side, it didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would!).  The envelopes were both lined with pale fall leaves and the suite was tied up with thin velvet ribbon.  The aubergine envelopes were then addressed in flourished gold, and into the post they went! 

The overall wedding was simply spectacular and it was such a joy to work with such an amazing team!

 

For the menus, we kept with the moody aubergine stock - we loved the way the color stood out against the taupe linens.  The main lettering was all done by hand in calligraphy, then mixed with a classic and clean block type.  The place cards continued the moody color scheme with each guests name in flourished gold ink.

Moira Design Studio | Michelle Leo Events | Martha Stewart Weddings

Photography: Alixann Loosle Photography

Location: High Star Ranch

Event Planning: Michelle Leo Events

Catering: Culinary Crafts 

Flowers: Urban Chateau Floral 

Videography: Chris McClain 

Officiant: Rev. Kamrin Carver 

Stationery and Calligraphy: Moira Designs  

Cake: One Sweet Slice  

Music: Joe Muscolino Band  

Rentals: Diamond Rental

Hair and Makeup: Studio Enizio 

The second horoscope project I had the pleasure of pairing with Flutter Magazine on was the Taurus horoscope.

APRIL 20 — MAY 20: You love to keep things simple, but you also enjoy the luxuriousness of fine items. Splurge on a simple custom-made lace dress on your special day. Add elements of nature into your décor by using fruits for fun coloring. With earth being your zodiac element, utilize woods for texture to compliment the citrus on your tables. Gift your husband a leather embossed wallet on your wedding day (Will Leather Goods has a great selection!). He will carry it with him everywhere he goes. Set your sights on Costa Rica for an unforgettable honeymoon adventure.

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As seen in Flutter Magazine, Issue No. 6

Photography: KT Merry | Design + Styling: Joy Proctor | Floral Design: Amy Osaba Events | Hair + Makeup: LunaBella Makeup and Hair | Jewelry: Sofia Kaman | Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals | Commissioned Cream Backdrop: Katherine Bell of The Habitat Factory | Cocktails + Recipes: Melissa Piña of Soiree Center | Tableware + China: Small Masterpiece | Horoscopes: Briana Westmacott | Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Dress: Anne Barge, 617 via Lovely Bride | Invitation Suite: Design House of Moira

It was such a pleasure to work with Flutter Magazine on their 6th issue.  We took each horoscope and designed a tablescape around the traits associated with each sign.  Flutter Magazine complied an amazing group of designers and photographer to bring the shoot to life.

OCTOBER 23 — NOVEMBER 21: We are drawn to you, Scorpio bride. You are magnetic and irresistible. Be sure to emphasize your fiery spirit with bright colors on your tables and invitations. Utilize your lucky gem, the Garnet, to add a pop of color to your own attire. Peonies draped on your cake will make your guests gasp. The lush peony can spice up your bridesmaids bouquets too. Be sure to include elements of lace in your veil and dress. We suggest you jet off to Spain for your honeymoon.

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As seen in Flutter Magazine, Issue No. 6

Photography: KT Merry | Design + Styling: Joy Proctor | Floral Design: Amy Osaba Events | Hair + Makeup: LunaBella Makeup and Hair | Jewelry: Sofia Kaman | Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals | Commissioned Cream Backdrop: Katherine Bell of The Habitat Factory | Cocktails + Recipes: Melissa Piña of Soiree Center | Tableware + China: Small Masterpiece | Horoscopes: Briana Westmacott | Cake: M Cakes Sweets | Dress: Rue De Seine, Sadi via Lovely Bride | Invitation Suite: Design House of Moira

It's always such a pleasure to work with amazing event designers, so when Simone from Soirees by Simone reached out to me, I couldn't want to get started.  Her lovely bride, Kristin, was getting married at Holman Ranch in Carmel Ranch, California.  We knew that we wanted to tie in the venue itself, as well as the floral types that will be used in her reception decor and bouquet. 

We began with several sketches of how the artwork would fall to give me some guidance, and once the sketches were finished, I moved on to the artwork and invitations proofs. 

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For this suite, we are combining letterpress and flatprint, digitally printing the artwork and then pressing the lettering over it.  All the envelopes have been addressed in matching taupe ink and the suite is almost ready for the mail!

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i have so many dear friends who fall under the aries sign, so i decided to do a free printable in honor of their existence this month!  Clothed in elegance and dripping in sarcasm, please enjoy a timeless coffee quote!

 

download it here.

xoxo

moira design studio - aries free printable
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Emma Wyatt brought me in recently to work on an English Garden shoot she was working on with Wedding Sparrow.  From Emma: The beautiful mint and gold tones and lavish ambiance of Fetcham Park’s Queen Anne Mansion served as inspiration for this gorgeous English garden wedding shoot, styled by the lovely Wedding Sparrow and Emma Wyatt. A light and airy pastel color palette, exquisite lace gowns by David Fielden from Exquisite Bridal Couture, and whimsical, elegant stationery from Moira Design Studio echo the beauty of the Surrey countryside. Bo Boutique Flowers created centerpieces of pale pink, cream, and yellow dahlias, astilbe, garden roses, and eucalyptus to complement the warm and sunny ballroom. A four-tiered Rosalind Miller cake is a charming nod to stacked vintage hatboxes, and a classic Bentley bedecked with astilbe, eucalyptus, and blackberries served as the get-away car.

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Photography and Styling – Emma Wyatt Photography | Venue – Queen Anne Mansion at Fetcham Park | Planning and Styling – Wedding Sparrow | Floral – Bo Boutique Flowers | Stationery and Calligraphy – Moira Design Studio | Bakery – Rosalind Miller Wedding Cakes | Gown – David Fielden from Exquisite Bridal Couture | Hair Stylist – Bella Bridal Hair | Makeup Artist – Samantha Davis Make Up | Vintage Car – The Classic And Vintage Car Company

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Together with Marcie Meredith Photography, Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers, Gossamer and the Graylyn Estate we created a gorgeous and airy shoot that was featured on Once Wed!  Check out the entire post here!

Kelly designed the shoot after being inspired by a cast iron urn during a walk in the garden.  It reminded her of a couple who's love is warm, classic and strong, like the rust on iron.  She used the colors of the urn and tied them into the shoot, allowing bits of rust to run through the design.  For stationery, we wanted to keep things classic and simple, but very personal. 

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Together with Marcie Meredith Photography, Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers, Gossamer and the Graylyn Estate we created a gorgeous and airy shoot that was featured on Once Wed today!  Check out more of the shoot here, or stay posted for the full shoot here!

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I had the privlege to work with another great team of wedding professionals on this lovely fall wedding shoot designed by Reverie Supply.  From Reverie: We loved the idea of a free spirited bride that was serene and reflective at heart. Our vision was to create a dreamy yet moody bridal inspiration using major colors from fall. The shoot began in the morning when the sun was hitting the leaves just right and before it was fully shining. We wished to keep the light’s ambiance with a slight cloud of darkness. The location of the shoot was at the Great Falls in Maryland. The park was surrounded by high cliffs, rushing water, miles and miles of trees, shells, and broken down driftwoods. It was the perfect backdrop to design our moody and surreal shoot. Against this background, we were able to embody the colors of fall through White Magnolia’s bouquet design and our bride’s lip color: rich burgundy, plum, dark greens, pops of mustard and hints of robin blue.” - See more at: http://magnoliarouge.com/moody-bridal-shoot-with-vibrant-fall-tones/#sthash.lqxdBayM.dpuf

burgundy | moody | gold | fall | calligraphy | drama

Photography REVERIE SUPPLY  / Floral Designer WHITE MAGNOLIA FLORAL DESIGN / Make-up REAL DOLL MAKEUPHair STYLED BY ANNA FAZIO / Calligraphy DESIGN HOUSE OF MOIRA / Gown SARAH JANKS from LOVELY BRIDE / Model HANNAH BREWER / Venue GREAT FALLS PARK

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I'd like to introduce this years free printable for Thanksgiving.  I've been keeping things on the more simple side as far as designs go, so this simple and pretty pen and ink is perfect.  You can download it for free through the studio shoppe.  Happy downloading! 

givethanks


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