Here are some more lovely shots from Nicole and Matt's gorgeous stable wedding!  See the whole feature on Style Me Pretty here!

 

Nicoles invitations and save the dates were all hand marbled on thick cotton paper then printed in copper foil.  Her invitation had both marbled details as well as the pales of blush washes.  Each invitation suite was tied together with hand frayed navy silk ribbon, tucked inside a marble lined pale grey envelope and sealed with a custom wax seal.  All her menus featured the same pale blush wash and their wax seal at the top of each menu.  Each guests' place card was a hexagon on the same hand marbled paper, daintily tied onto a copper mug.  The rest of the reception details featured lots of carrera marble, such as the marble hexagon table numbers with copper lettering.

Design House of Moira | Marbled Invitations | Love & Light Photography
Design House of Moira | Marbled Invitations | Love & Light Photography
Design House of Moira | Marbled Invitations | Love & Light Photography
Design House of Moira | Marbled Invitations | Love & Light Photography
Design House of Moira | Marbled Invitations | Love & Light Photography

Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Cinematography: Between Sleep and Awake | Event Planning + Design: Gilded Lily Events | Floral Design: Blade Floral and Event Designs | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: The Vintage Cake | Shoes: Givenchy | Jewelry: Leonardo Jewellers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Brennans | Makeup: Make Me Up Eva | Hair: Beautiful Hair by Heather Turner | Band: Hank Lane Music | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Chandelier Grove | Bar + Linen Rentals: Paul David Partywares | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Bride's Makeup: Sara Talias | Draping: Drape Kings | Paper + Calligraphy: Moira Ink | Photo Booth: Premier Event Rentals | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Rolls Royce Rental: Concorde Worldwide | Tents, Flooring + Lighting: Sperry Tents | The Color Condition Cocktail Hour Swag: Patina | Vintage + Specialty Rentals: Dovetail Vintage Rentals | Welcome Boxes: That's Darlin'

I was so excited to wake up this morning to see Nicole and Mikes gorgeous stable wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!  

For their wedding, I created hand marbled (yes, each was done by hand!) invitations with copper foil printing, a wax seal, and custom hand frayed ribbon. 

Design House of Moira | Foil Printed Marble Invitations | Love & Light Photography

 

Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Cinematography: Between Sleep and Awake | Event Planning + Design: Gilded Lily Events | Floral Design: Blade Floral and Event Designs | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: The Vintage Cake | Shoes: Givenchy | Jewelry: Leonardo Jewellers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Brennans | Makeup: Make Me Up Eva | Hair: Beautiful Hair by Heather Turner | Band: Hank Lane Music | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Chandelier Grove | Bar + Linen Rentals: Paul David Partywares | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Bride's Makeup: Sara Talias | Draping: Drape Kings | Paper + Calligraphy: Design House of Moira | Photo Booth: Premier Event Rentals | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Rolls Royce Rental: Concorde Worldwide | Tents, Flooring + Lighting: Sperry Tents | The Color Condition Cocktail Hour Swag: Patina | Vintage + Specialty Rentals: Dovetail Vintage Rentals | Welcome Boxes: That's Darlin'

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For her programs, we bound white cotton paper with embroidery string in a perfect shade of French blue.  Her escort cards bore her large, 2" custom wax seal on pale blue paper, with her guest names in pale gold. 

Design House of Moira | Love and Light Photography | French Blue Wedding Invitations
Design House of Moira | Love and Light Photography | French Blue Wedding Invitations | Wax Seal
Design House of Moira | Love and Light Photography | French Blue Wedding Invitations

Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Cinematography: Endless Wave Studios | Event Design: Gilded Lily Events | Floral Design: Reynolds | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Cake: Carlo's Bakery | Stationery: Design House Of Moira | Jewelry: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup: Make Me Up Eva | Hair: Up & Out | Band: Almost Easy Band | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: Reverend Donald Gebhard | Ceremony Music: Shrewsbury String Quartet | Transportation: ShooBoo Shuttle | Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridesmaid's Accessories: Olive + Piper | Bridesmaids' Robes: Cloud Hunter | Cake Topper: Table Setting is My Life | Candleabra Rental: Two of a Kind | Ceremony Lighting: Ocean Tents | Custom Hair Accessories: Foolish Ginger | MOB + MOG Robes: POSY | Maid of Honor Dress: Adrianna Pappell | Rentals: Dovetail Vintage Rentals | Ring Bearer Pillow: JfyBride | Signage: Design House Of Moira | Veil: Mark Zunino | Vintage Hat Box: Trousseau & Co | Welcome Gifts: That's Darlin'

 

One of my favorite projects last year was creating these gorgeous French blue invitations for Jess and Roberts wedding.  We incorporated the same pale shade of blue throughout her wedding stationery.  Her invitations were large in size, using a marquis envelope in 7x7 square.  Each invitation was hand watercolored with foil printing in pale gold and paired with white cotton cards with French blue printing.  Each suite was tucked into it's envelope and sealed shut with a large seal bearing the couples artwork and crest.  

 

View the entire wedding gallery here, featured on Style Me Pretty. 

Design House of Moira | Love and Light Photography | French Blue Invitations
Design House of Moira | Love and Light Photography | French Blue Invitations

Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Cinematography: Endless Wave Studios | Event Design: Gilded Lily Events | Floral Design: Reynolds | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Cake: Carlo's Bakery | Stationery: Design House Of Moira | Jewelry: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup: Make Me Up Eva | Hair: Up & Out | Band: Almost Easy Band | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: Reverend Donald Gebhard | Ceremony Music: Shrewsbury String Quartet | Transportation: ShooBoo Shuttle | Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridesmaid's Accessories: Olive + Piper | Bridesmaids' Robes: Cloud Hunter | Cake Topper: Table Setting is My Life | Candleabra Rental: Two of a Kind | Ceremony Lighting: Ocean Tents | Custom Hair Accessories: Foolish Ginger | MOB + MOG Robes: POSY | Maid of Honor Dress: Adrianna Pappell | Rentals: Dovetail Vintage Rentals | Ring Bearer Pillow: JfyBride | Signage: Design House Of Moira | Veil: Mark Zunino | Vintage Hat Box: Trousseau & Co | Welcome Gifts: That's Darlin'

 
gorgeous wreaths by Willdfield Paper Co. 

gorgeous wreaths by Willdfield Paper Co. 

If you missed our awesome video series for the Modern Calligraphy Summit last year, you're in for a treat!  We're relaunching the series for your viewing pleasure!  Follow the link below and enroll with your email for the free video series! 

December 1st:  Hand lettering for holiday cards with Drew Europeo

December 2nd: Mixing metallic inks with ME!! (as my covert ops name, Victoria Rothwell)

December 3rd: Creating gorgeous holiday watercolor wreaths with Annie from

You can also enroll for the upcoming Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 from December 6-9th! 

 

 

 

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Over the summer, I participated in a fun, breezy summer collaboration but never got around to sharing (shame on me!). 

From our fearless leader: 

At Glow Event Design, we love coming up with new ways for couples to celebrate saying I Do. More and more of our couples are looking for “weekend experiences” they can enjoy with their guests, rather than traditional receptions. We loved the idea of a summer poolside wedding that could be hosted in a backyard or an outdoor venue.  We wanted cocktail hour to have an eclectic look that felt more like you were lounging at the couple’s home rather than on rented furniture. We mixed different styles of chairs and cafe tables to create a “collected” look, and layered in pieces from local boutiques and Anthropologie’s home line to make it look more cozy. Signature drinks were dressed up with custom stirrers and multi-colored coasters. In lieu of traditional place cards, each guest would receive a hand painted planter to take home as a favor.

 

check out the rest of the feature here:http://www.100layercake.com/wedding-inspiration/modern-summer-wedding-inspiration/

 

Photographer: Michelle Walker Photography / Venue: K Venues / Event Design & Styling: Glow Event Design / Florist: Amanda Vidmar Design / Hair & Makeup: J Beautique / Baker: Indie Cakes & Pastries / Event Rentals: Blueprint Studios / Ceremony Arch: Buzzworthy Events / Stationery: Design House of Moira / Lasercut Names: Letters To U / Escort Card Planters: Sea and Asters / Tabletop & Misc. Décor: Anthropologie / Bride’s Attire: BHLDN / Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux / Tie: Melissa Sloan / Votives: Glassybaby / Male Model: Entire Productions

Design House Prep School - Sketching for Creatives

 

 

Creative: Sketching for Creatives

Since I'm obviously a stationer, this is a perfect course for those creatives looking to hone in their paper process with their clients, but it's also a great course for all creatives looking to smooth out their customer experience.  We'll talk about why having a sketching stage is important, how transparent to be with your clients, it's advantages as well as how to go about adding a sketching stage into your own process. 

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Establishing Your Creative Process

Honing and refining your creative process is such an incredibly important part of owning and running a profitable creative business.  A consistent workflow helps us manage our clients, set client expectations correctly, correct our time management problems, elevate our client's experience, and ultimately be more profitable.  It also allows us as the creative to drive the creative process rather than our clients being the drivers.

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Finding & Exploring your passion

Many people have a dream to quite the hustle of their day jobs and follow their passion, but that's such a broad idea, where does one even start?  We'll talk about how to find your passion, the "four letter word" (day job), how to leverage it to your advantage, how real the hustle needs to be, what to expect, and when is the right time (if any) to quite the day job to fully pursue your passion.

Design House Prep School - Finding Your Passion
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Design House Prep School - Marbling

 

Paper Marbling

So much of what we stand for is establishing, maintaining and nurturing a positive work/life balance and that includes indulging and nurturing your own creativity outside your usual work.  Each semester will hold several creative courses, just to keep the inspiration alive and to expand your horizons.  This creative course is to explore the basic art of paper marbling, the supplies, process and applications.

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Design House Prep School

Beginning in September...

Join us for our maiden semester in learning and growing together.  Design House Prep School is an online workshop series geared toward creative entrepreneurs who want to grow, build and explore their passions, with a focus on creativity, business management, and profitability. 

Our goal is to create a community together to support one another, learn together, and curate a better work/life balance.  Our first semester will begin with 7 courses, combining business focus as well as creative learning.

Design House Prep School
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Design House Prep School
Design House Prep School - Pricing for Creative Businesses

 

 

 

Pricing for Creative Businesses I

With three consecutive semesters of pricing courses, we will work from how to establish your base prices, evaluating your market, finding clients, profitability and monetizing your work, elevating your pricing and clientele, and working into a luxury brand.  Our first semester will focus on determining your worth, market research, establishing value in your products, determining your need, establishing your priorities and pricing breakdown case studies.  This course is perfect for a new creative business owner, or a creative looking to revamp their profitability.

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It's Monday morning and I'm greeted by a featured post of my work on Oh So Beautiful Paper!  That's a perfect way to start a week!  You can view the featured post here!

Design House of Moira | Oh So Beautiful Paper
Design House of Moira | Oh So Beautiful Paper

Working with Marina from Bustle Events, we designed this suite for an elopement celebration, using the phrase “we fell in love, so we ran away” as the theme. We really wanted to embrace the destination aspect of the celebration, tying in natural edges and shades of blue.  The invitation itself announces their elopement and invites guests to join them at the bride’s parents home upon their return home. We really loved the idea of using paper with a raw edge and choose to go with handmade 100% cotton rag paper from Fabulous Fancy Pants. We paired the handmade paper with slooping brush lettering, and paired it with a formal serif font.

 

 

I also hand painted a large piece of artwork for the bride in monochromatic blues, and used that artwork to be printed as their envelope liners. Each invitation suite was wrapped in hand dyed, hand frayed silk ribbon and tucked into a crisp white cotton envelope.  The cocktail menus were printed on the same 100% cotton rag paper and featured a “his & hers” signature cocktail. We also created a larger scale artwork piece of the quote we used in the suite featuring the couple’s wax seal.

Design House of Moira | Oh So Beautiful Paper

Design, printing and production: Design House of Moira
Ring box: Lang Antiques
Paper: Fabulous Fancy Pants

 

Photography: Design House of Moira

 
Design House of Moira | Summer Watercolor Invitation

 

These invitations were created for the Oh So Inspired Retreat held in Sonoma, California last fall.  We wanted to create something fun, bright, bold and playful with touches of rose gold and shades of peaches and pinks.

 

 

 

The invitations were kept on the simple side, with bold lettering gracing the front.  Behind the lettering, I did a pale watercolor wash of pale pink and dropped in just a touch of rose gold.  The backs of the invitations were printed in the bold pattern, adding interest and color to the simple invitation design. 

I completely love the envelope design with the envelopes lined in the bold print.  Each envelope was addressed in the same bold, heavy brush lettering.  The carefully selected stamps are reprints of vintage seed packets and the colors were perfect!  The small reply card was printed with the couple's address with their initials in the same bold brush style.

Design House of Moira | Summer Watercolor Invitation
Design House of Moira | Summer Watercolor Invitation | Envelope Liners

When you run away and get married in Italy trailing your entire family and group of friends with you, you might as well go big.  We created these invitations to reflect the amazing venue, complete with cypress trees, old masonry and yellow shutters. 

Design House of Moira | Artwork Wedding Invitation | Italian Wedding

 

 

"we fell in love so we ran away"

Design House of Moira | Elopement | Custom Wedding Invitations

Two people fell in love, eloped and got married!  To announce their marriage, we created a main piece with the date they tied the knot, paired with a reception card announcing a celebration thrown by the brides parents.  I created the suite with handwritten, contemporary brush calligraphy and printed the entire suite on handmade cotton rag paper.  The envelopes were both lined with monochromatic indigo florals, and addressed in the same looping indigo lettering.  The entire suite was wrapped in hand dyed silk ribbon. 

Design House of Moira | Style Me Pretty

 

One of my favorite clients (I say 'favorite' but all my clients are pretty fricken awesome!), Miss Jess Galfo, fashion blogger of Dressed by Jess and blogger bride at Style Me Pretty met up with her completely fab event designer to have a sit down recently to chat about style, paper, and all details weddings!  Paige from Gilded Lily Events is working with Jess on her wedding design, and I have the pleasure of creating her paper pieces for her.  They cozied up in Paige's darling office to pour over paper options, printing methods and wedding details.  The lovely afternoon was then shot by Love & Light Photography and was featured on Style Me Pretty today!  Jess turned the tables a bit and put on her hat as blogger and picked Paige's brain a bit about owning a wedding design company and working with clients.  Check out her full interview the rest of the gallery

 


From Paige:

There are plenty of ways to showcase your personality on your wedding day, but what elements are the most important?

I truly believe that love is in the details. However, couples can easily get weighed down by all of these “little” things. I like to remind brides-to-be that it is important to really zoom in on the areas that will make the most impact. If you think back on a picture of a wedding that you loved, you probably didn’t notice everything that was going on around it. Focus on what is the most important and highlight it. For an overall beautiful, cohesive look, I believe the flowers and paper goods are the most important elements. They carry the wedding day story and are usually the first and last thing that your guests will take note of.

Invitations are the guests’ first peek at the formality of the wedding along with the type of event being thrown. How can brides keep them creative, yet cohesive?

Save the Dates and invitations are the first connections that your guests will have with your wedding and it sets the tone for what to expect for your day. Before you send out your invitations, make sure you have a good idea of the color palette and key design elements that you are going to use throughout your wedding day. Custom invitations are the way to go and are not just a luxury item. Be clear with your graphic designer or artist of what you want and how they can work within your budget to make your invitation dreams come true.

 

Check out more from Paige on Style Me Pretty!

 

Design House of Moira | Style Me Pretty | Gilded Lily Events
Design House of Moira | Style Me Pretty | Gilded Lily Events

This has been such a long time coming!!  The Modern Calligraphy Summit begins at the end of the month and I'm so excited to get started!! 

Before we can begin, we have one more round of open registration before we close the doors!  Registration will run through the end of the week, so don't delay. 

Lets review what we're talking about here:

The Modern Calligraphy Summit is an intense calligraphy workshop taught by nine of the best calligraphers from around the world.  So often interested students miss out because an instructor isn't in their area or they cant get to the workshop for scheduling reasons.  We've solved those problems!  The summit is entirely online and we have students joining us from 38 countries (and counting!)

The summit will run for two weeks, adding a new video each day.  Classes will range frombasic lettering, to brush lettering, developing your style, brush lettering, flourishing, envelope layout and so much more!  We'll also be hosting two live webinars at the end of the summit to address business and pricing questions as well as studio/work space questions.  Our private Facebook group for all attendees has also proven a wonderful platform for encouragement, Q&A and interaction with professionals.  You'll have lifetime access to the summit videos to check back in and watch them again and again.

This summit is the first of its kind and I'm thrilled to be part of it!  This is such a great way to kick start your calligraphy business, further your hobby, or pick up a new one! 

Want to get signed up before it's too late?  Click here!

Modern Calligraph Summit | Design House of Moira


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