Weekly Favorites

Happy SaturdayIt’s time for our weekly recap of all the fabulous and beautiful things that landed on our list.  Sit back and enjoy!  Hope you are having a fun and relaxing weekend.  Check back with us next week for more incredible things to come.


Beautiful photography should always be recognized.  Loving how her gown just blends in with the water.

Top Row: www.tantawanbloom.com / www.squarerootdesigns.com

Serene and beautiful, this enchanted garden is just so dreamy!

Top Row: www.enzoani.com / www.bhldn.com ~ Bottom Row: www.mmdevents.com / www.maggieaustincake.com

If I could get married all over again (to the same guy of course) this would probably be my wedding gown!  Oh and those lovely shoes would pair nicely:)

The cake above was hand painted in magnolia’s..Amazing! Can you imagine the patience and time that it took to create such detail.


Top Row: www.emicibridal.com / Christian Louboutin / www.cecinewyork.com ~ Bottom Row: www.stephaniecristalli.com

As you can tell Fuchsia was part of the plan when coming up with these favorites.  I love the color and everything about each photo above from the Amazing Christian Louboutins to the vibrant invitation, and all the lush flowers!

Top Row: Alice & Olivia / Anya Hindmarch ~ Bottom Row: www.cecinewyork.com / www.aileentran.com

Some added sparkle whether in fashion or weddings makes every lady feel glamorous!

xo, Jenn

{Winner Announced}: Win 100 Custom Invitations!

Congratulations #16 Amanda Stevens is the Winner!

Please contact us at jennscalligraphy@aol.com

 We’re so excited to launch yet another fabulous Giveaway! Brides and Grooms you are    going to love this one!  We are giving away 100 of these beautiful invitation suites to one lucky couple. The couture line of custom invitations  was created with our partner Allison Barnhill Designs with the idea of combining  two artists into one style.  Each  invitation incorporates our hand calligraphy with a traditional design to create a bold and striking invitation.

Every suite has hand-lettered first names that are combined with printed text in a variety of layouts.  All designs are digitally printed and layered in the perfect colors to match your wedding. Designs can be customized with your choice of calligraphy, layout and color preferences.


Positively Purple

Nifty Navy

Beautiful Brown

Bold Black

On Monday, January 31st, the winner will be announced right here on our blog and facebook page.  The winner receives 100 of these beautiful invitation suites (your choice design and layout preference)!  All invitations come with a mailing envelope and printed return address, response set including a response card and envelope printed with response name and address.

Good luck!  * See below on How to Enter and Rules*

Enter up to 3 times!

1. Leave a comment below telling us which of the four styles of invitations you like best!

2. For a second entry, become a fan of Calligraphy by Jennifer on Facebook and be sure to still leave a comment here on our blog!

3. For a third entry, tweet the following: ” I entered to win 100 Custom Calligraphy Invitations @prettypenstudio at http://bit.ly/hJvWsn and be sure to leave a comment here on our blog!

Rules for Entry:

  1. Your wedding date must fall between May 15, 2011 and December 31, 2011
  2. Clients currently under contract with Allison Barnhill Designs are not eligible.
  3. Winner will be  posted our blog on Monday, January 31st.
  4. 100 Stylish Duo Designs invitation suites will be provided to the winner in their choice of color, style, and layout.  All invitations come with a mailing envelope and printed return address, response set including a response card and envelope printed with response name and address.

xo, Jenn

2010 Wedding Trends

We’ve almost wrapped up yet another amazing year and now it’s time to reflect back on some of the remarkable trends we loved. Thanks to all the magnificent wedding blogs, magazines and expert interviews that helped us gather pictures below to represent each trend.  2010 was certainly a year to break away from tradition and create a wedding that captured the couples personalities and style!

Wedding Trends In 2010 We Loved!

1. Personalization: Couples got super creative customizing their Big Day by personalizing it with things they loved.  Forget the cookie -cutter traditions, this year was all about taking your passions/hobbies and molding them into your wedding.  For example inscribing the couples initials on different wedding details such as: invitations, dance floors, aisle runners, wedding cakes, and even flowers that were hung at the entrance doors of the ceremony.


Top Row: www.madelinesflowers.com / Bottom Row: www.originalrunners.com, www.calligraphybyjennifer.net

2. Peacock Feathers: They were showing up everywhere and we literally mean everywhere! Everything from invitations, decor, bouquets, hair accessories, bridal clutches, and even on cakes. This trend was by far our favorite!

peacock feather

Top Row: www.clinkevents.com, Adrienne Maples Photography / Bottom Row: www.etsy.com, www.mypersonalartist.com

3.  Intimate Weddings: Couples wanted a more relaxing and comfortable setting for their guests this year.  Backyard weddings and even barns became staples for site locations among many couples.  We also saw couples getting innovative with their ceremony setups. For example couches were used in replacement of chairs or even hay bales covered with blankets.

Intimate Weddings

Top Row: www.budgetdreamweddings.com / Bottom Row: www.onewed.com, www.simplenatureevents.blogspot.com

4. Eco-Chic: This year we saw more couples becoming eco cautious.  Many would think this trend would sabatiouge a wedding from being chic however that proved to be far from the truth.  As eco freindly products and elements were incorporated such as recycled paper invitations, organic flowers, the groom arriving on a bicyle, one thing became certain…Eco could be glamorous!

eco chic

Top Row: www.smartbrideboutique.com / Bottom Row: www.lilyspruce.com

5. Romantic Dresses: The application of flowers and lace were prominent in wedding gowns this year.  Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang, two of our favorite designers showcased this trend in many of their bridal gown runway shows.  We also saw brides opting for shorter lengths,  and even noticed designers beginning to introduce gowns with color (think Gray).

romantic dresses

Top Row: Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier / Bottom Row: Monique Lhuillier, Second Dress we can't find the designer sorry!

6.  Dessert Displays & Cupcakes: Smaller cakes surrounding by various desserts took center stage this year.  We also saw a lot of cupcakes replacing the traditional wedding cake.  Our favorite celeb, Carrie Underwood chose to go that route!


Top Row: www.amyatlas.com / Bottom Row: www.pinkcakebox.com, www.mysweetandsaucy.com

7. Vintage: We can’t tell you how much vintage inspired details seemed to pop up everywhere in 2010!  From retro tea-length gowns, birdcage veils and vintage hair accessories to photos using typewriters as props, vintage certainly rocked this year!  This elegant and classic look isn’t only eco-friendly but  also affordable!


Top Row: www.johannajohnson.com / Bottom Row: www.weddingchicks.com

8. Brooch Bouquets: These gorgeous creations are showing up in brides hands more and more.  We’re glad of it because not only are they ridiculously, you can save it forever! They are composed of miniature metal components of your choice which is great since brides are looking for a more personalized touch.


Top Row: www.fantasyfloraldesigns.com / Bottom Row: Lionsgatedesigns on Etsy

9. Paper Lanterns: These colorful balls added a modern and playful touch in weddings.  Couples were hanging them from ceilings, scattered them across the grass, and even tying miniature lanterns around chairs.

paper lanterns


10. Handmade Items: So many options were available when it came to handmade goodies this year!  Etsy sellers rocked their marvelous talent showcasing oodles of goodies for couples.  There are almost too many things to name but some examples we loved were  the fabulous ring bearer pillow, amazing hair pieces, and one of our favorites the personalized hanger as seen below.


Top Row: www.twigsandhoney.com, www.maihardesign.com / Bottom Row: Lila France on Etsy

11. Colorful Shoes: This one delighted us!  As much as we love shoes it was nice to see brides opting for more vibriant and fun heels.  It sure did make photos pretty!

colorful shoes

Top Row: www.clinkevents.com / Bottom Row: www.gianmarcolorenzi.com, www.christianlouboutin.com

12. Black and White Stripes: Forget Damask couples were choose the clean black and white stripes as their pattern of chose.  The great thing is this color combination paired well with bright colors which were prevalent in many weddings.

black and white strips

Top Row: Marth Stewart Weddings, www.brides.com / Bottom Row: www.elizabethdye.blogspot.com, www.yummycakes.com

13. Chandeliers: Talk about adding glamour, chandeliers were showing up everywhere from ceilings, invitations, and even wedding cakes!  Some couples chose clear sparkly ones while others wanted colorful bold ones.  We even saw flowers adorned from them in many weddings.


Top Row: www.momentaldesigns.com, www.weddingo.co.com / bottom Row: Stella Alesi Photography

14.  Paper Decor: Handmade paper décor was everywhere this year, whether it was paper flowers serving as a whimsical ceremony arch or bouquets made from paper, the trend was hot!

paper decor


15. Navy: This was certainly the new neutral this year in wedding colors.  It was showing up in bridesmaids dresses, invitations and even people were requesting navy calligraphy ink constantly.


Top Row: www.thebrideboutique.com, www.calligraphybyjennifer.net / Bottom Row: www.cakecentral.com and dress we couldn't find..sorry!

16. Unique Place Card Display: It was so fun to see couples displaying place cards in ways never imaginable and using creative ideas that tailored to their personality.

unique place card displays


We really enjoyed seeing all the amazing weddings this year and hope you enjoyed some of our favorite trends.  It will be exciting to see what 2011 has in store.

Happy New Year!

~ Jenn