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Real Wedding | Jess & Robert
 

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'

Modern Calligraphy Summit | Free Holiday Video Series!!
 
  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! 

 

 

 

Featured | Oh So Beautiful Paper

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

Featured | Style me Pretty
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
Modern Calligraphy Summit | Final Registration

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


Bespoke | Samantha & Stuart

 

 

 

 

I've been pretty obsessed with marbling lately, and this suite is nothing short of all sorts of marbled goodness. 

Gold engraved lettering, pale silk ribbon, and marbling in shades of grey, it just doesn't get any better!

The entire suite was topped off with a gold wax seal, bringing in formality and tradition.

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Featured | Engaged! Magazine | Ireland Nuptuals

A destination affair with Strawberry Milk Events, Laura Gordon and Engaged! Magazine in the Emerald Aisle produced some really dreamy images!  I had the pleasure of collaborating with these lovely ladies on a gorgeous invitation suite,  featuring lots of calligraphy, gold and teal foil printing, custom wine bottle labels and tags, and vintage postage. Check out the full magazine feature here!

Letters for Love | Working with Fig. 2 Design
Letters for Love | Design House of Moira

I've worked with Claudia of Fig.2 Designs (@fig2design) in the past, and it was my absolute pleasure to team up with her again on her Letters for Love project, supporting Sweaters and Sustenance (@sweatersandsustenance) who provides warmth in the form of coats and sweaters but also in the form of care and a helping hand. 

Myself, along with 7 other calligraphers, have teamed up with Claudia and her amazing design and printing team to create a collection of love cards in support of this cause.  Lettering from:

Me! Design House of Moira @designhouseofmoira

Molly Jacques @mollyjacques

Laura Hooper Calligraphy @lhcalligraphy

Graceline Art - Jenny Sanders @jenny_sanders_

M M Ink Studio - Moya Minns @mminkstudio

Fleur Calligraphy - Kathryn Christenbury @fleurdeletters

Paperfelt - Brenny Giovis @paperfelt

Poppy & Scooter - Jessica McSweeney @poppyandscooter

Claudia has us each write "love" or a love quote and features it on the front of the notecards.  This years theme of pink and navy is just darling!  My card this year features the verse, "I have loved you with an everlasting love" from Jeremiah 31:3.  If you're in the market for Valentines Day cards, hit up the Fig.2 shop and help us support this amazing cause!

Letters for Love | Design House of Moira
Letters for Love | Design House of Moira
Featured | Engaged! Magazine | Ireland Nuptuals

So I'm a little behind in showcasing some of the features I've had the pleasure of working with.  Ok, a lot behind.  Later this week, I have the full feature from Engaged! Magazine featuring this invitation suite, but for now we'll take a look at some of the paper details!

The suite is foil printed in a pale antique gold and teal on cotton paper with deckled edges.  We alternated the colors on each piece, keeping the overall look balanced.  The final suite was stacked up and topped with a thin piece of velum with an illustrated angel, a statue featured at the castle.  The whole thing was then wrapped with a thin piece of parchment reading "from this day forward."  I also created tags for the guest welcome baskets and custom wine labels to follow the same design. The place cards also featured deckled edges and gold ink.  Stay tuned this week to see the whole feature from the magazine!

First photo from the lovely Laura Gordon.

2016 Philadlephia Workshops
 
Design House of Moira | Creative Workshops

 

2016 has brought some really exciting new things for me so far, and we're only a week into it!  I have a really awesome second announcement in a few days that doesn't even have anything to do with workshops!

I've taught calligraphy workshops in the past both in hosting them myself and teaching at Paper Source for several years.  I love teaching and being able to share my passions and obsessions with others, but I've really strayed away from it for a while now and I miss it!  I have so many passions and loves, and anyone who knows me personally know that those passions tend to overflow into all other aspects of my life.  There are so many hobbies I've collected over the years, experiences I've learned from, and business mistakes and successes and I want to share that!

That all being said, I've decided to teach a series of workshops throughout the coming year to touch on all sorts of things.  My current obsession and the focus of my attention is how to make money as a creative; creating a solid and consistent brand, and using that brand to target your ideal client and learning how to turn that into a money making business.  I'm obsessed with studying it and can't wait to share it!

Many of the workshops will be geared towards creative businesses (experienced or inexperienced!), but don't fret!  There will be plenty for the hobbyist as well!

2016 brings another big change in my life.  I'll (FINGERS CROSSED) be moving soon (yet again.  This will make five major moves in two years, in addition to another 6 moves in and out of storage units and a 3,000 mile cross country move).  Johnathan and I are house hunting for our forever home and are getting our currenthouse ready to sell.  Something that is in the forefront of my mind as we house hunt is finding a home that has a large enough space or studio that I can host workshops in my own home (I mean, how awesome would that be!!).  It would make set up a breeze and I would be able to host anything from an intimate class of just a handful all the way up to a full sized class. 

Being from California where everything is so spread out, I love how (relatively) close together everything on the east coast is!  I would love to also be able to host traveling attendees who are driving in from other cities to attend (Hello, DC and NYC, I'm talking to you girls!).

Right now, I'm asking for anyone who is interested to get signed up so I can see which classes are the most requested and who's interested, that way when I have some dates solidified, I'll be able to let you know. 

Head over here to get signed up!

Bespoke | Indigo

From our amazing photographer on the project, Cadence Kennedy, "As an artist and photographer, I am constantly inspired by color, light and art. I started dreaming of an "indigo" inspired styled shoot after learning of "Cyanotypes" a few years back. Cyanotypes are deep blue photographic prints which originated during the 1800's. They are created by laying botanicals or objects on top of light sensitive paper, exposed to the sun, then developed."

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Photography: Cadence Kennedy //  Florals: Aurora Botanica // Styling: L 'atelier Vert // Calligraphy: Design House of Moira // Curation: Orchard + Broome // Dresses: Stone Fox Bride // Backdrop: Starling On Bond // Hair: Hair by Tiffany Hayden // Makeup: Jillian Cleary

Featured | 100 layer cake - dutch masters

A bit earlier this year, a project I collaborated was featured on 100 Layer Cake!  It was a pleasure to collaborate with Emily Wren on this moody project. 

The invitations were a gorgeous, deep aubergine, watercolor washed plum and featured coordinating hand marbled paper as the envelope liners.  The over the top flourished calligraphy was printed in white foil and then addressed in matching calligraphy.

Design House of Moira | Watercolor Wedding Invitations | Victoria Rothwell

Photographer: Emily Wren Photography / Location: Power Plant Productions / Event Design: Confetti & Co. / Floral Design: Kate Farley Design / Hair & Makeup: True Beauty Marks / Calligraphy: Design House of Moira / Desserts: Cake Life Bake Shop / Catering: Birchtree Catering / Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals / Dress: Carol Hannah from Lovely Bride Philadelphia / Jewelry: Egan Day / Models: Gina (owner of True Beauty Marks) & Mike

Modern Calligraphy Summit - Registration is OPEN!

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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Modern Calligraphy Summit | 30 Minute Video!

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



Bespoke | Moody + Gold

...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.

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

Shot by the lovely Cadence Kennedy

Featured | Bayside Workshop
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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

Featured | Grey Likes Wedding

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!

Moira Design Studio | Design House of Moira
Moira Design Studio | Design House of Moira
Moira Design Studio | Design House of Moira
Moira Design Studio | Design House of Moira
Featured | Martha Stewart Weddings
 

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 

Real Wedding | at the press!

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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