Queen of Arts.

I have a thing for calligraphy... in a pretty big way.

{Remember when I lived in Dallas and worked in luxury paper?}

Every time I see simple text transformed into artwork,
I fall in love again.

There's little better than seeing you own name 
in all it's flourished & embellished glory!

Here are some of my favorite pieces we did 
with one of my favorite magazines- DWeddings.

calligraphy by Tara Jones
calligraphy by Boo Owens
calligraphy by Natalie Clarkson

Isn't that letterpress & calligraphy a killer combo?
It's to paper what leopard skin & red soles do for a shoe...

If you are looking for a great stationer- try my friends at Bell'Invito.
{You won't find better printing in the world.}

If it's a hand-penned piece you're after try my favorites:

You'll recognize her work from the calligraphy
 seen here on Aspiring Kennedy- a personal favorite!

She did my wedding, and is the sweetest woman in all of Texas.
(Oh, and talented, too! D Magazine named her Best of the Best for 2010.)

Everyone loves her work- I promise you will, too.

Handmade precision- fit for a Queen 
(As a matter of fact, Susie Melissa does do addressing for Buckingham Palace.)

Her artwork embodies the traditional elegance- with a gorgeous flourish.

* photos courtesy of D Magazine, Spring Brides 2009


  1. I love calligraphy!!! Beautiful!!!

  2. absolutely GORGEOUS! i wish i had invested in a calligrapher for my wedding...

  3. Just beautiful! I can't get enough of pretty calligraphy and stationary.

  4. Gorgeous. The letterpress is to die for!

  5. Wow, gorgeous! I so wish I could write like that!

  6. Amazeballs...dying over the third shot!
    Cheers, Alcira


  7. Oh, I wish for two things: a stronger southern accent & to learn calligraphy. It's beautiful!

  8. Just gorgeous! All of it! Beautiful calligraphy makes me weak in the knees and I'm glad I'm not trying to stand right now (corny I know but true:))

    Happy Wednesday! xoxo

  9. stunning, love Bellinvito and calligraphy, really hard to beat combo!

  10. gorgeous. i love it and am jealous. that letterpress looks like a pillow you could sink into.

  11. so lovely, and wonderful to find your blog via hello splendor!

  12. I love calligraphy and used to do that, but I found it incredibly tense after a job that had 500 invites! My hands, and my fingers will never forget that....
    I keep it for my own invites now! :)

  13. Good morning from Tokyo!

    It's still very early here (thank you sweet scallywag for the morning wake-up kisses), but the early hour doesn't prevent me from appreciating the beauty of the above pictures.

    Kind of like writting letters is becoming a lost art form, so is seeing elegantly penned envelopes. Calligraphy is so beautiful! The ones you shared with us are just breathtaking and I can't thank you enough. It's made me inspired for the upcoming Holiday season. Thank you for all the lovely links, Lauren!

    A lovely November day to you in England...



  14. I agree completely! I can't decide which ones are more beautiful! Recently I have been so into calligraphic fonts, and would certainly have more if myfonts.com didn't charge my first born and left arm for them. But- they are gorgeous!

  15. MUST I have a Google account to be an Aspiring Kennedy follower? Because I MUST follow- in no way can I lead...

  16. OOPS! Apparently, I HAVE said Google account! I wonder what the password is...

    Miss you, Miss-almost Kennedy!!

  17. Wow that is so cool that you worked with those!

  18. Lovely! Especially drooling over the first image with the invites!


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