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We are so excited to share with you a little sneak peek inside the crazy popular Laura Hooper Calligraphy workshop!!! Calligraphy is a such a beautiful skill to cultivate, especially for those of you gals that love adding a special touch to your gifts, correspondence, wedding envelopes, and even party invites! So of course we are in love with the idea of attending a Laura Hooper calligraphy workshops, which are offered all over the US and Canada. We wanted to share a few shots of their gorgeous class, which we absolutely love! I want to pop myself in one of those chair immediately!

Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
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Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop

Designer Martha Hatfield tells us:

I wanted the design of this workshop to be clean and elegant and took inspiration from botanical conservatories. The bright and airy atmosphere of the white studio space was the perfect starting point. I knew I wanted to incorporate foliage into the décor and by using tape and vines Sarah was able to create the illusion of overgrown ivy creeping up the wall. Bistro style wood folding chairs and a wrought iron and wood table were the perfect addition to complete the natural color palette. The finishing touches came in the form of the beautiful (and delicious!) desserts that were made by baker extraordinaire, Cassidy Budge.

Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Wedding Blog Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop

Laura Hooper Calligraphy is currently offering pointed-pen calligraphy workshops around the US and even in Canada! The class goes through all the basics to get you started and then delves into a full Copperplate alphabet. Can’t make it to a class? Laura also offers calligraphy starter kits that ship worldwide!

Vendors: Photography: Jessica Kettle // Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy // Event Design and Styling: Martha Hatfield // Flowers: Sarah Winward // Desserts: Cassidy Budge

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“At my own engagement party a year ago, I asked my stylist to do a bow bun. I love bows; I love buns. So the “bow” bun was clearly my up-do of choice!” says photographer, Jen Huang. We decided to combing our love for Jen, and bow buns, and share this tutorial with you, shot by Jen! There are many different versions online, so we can’t take credit for the idea, but here’s how to do it:

Wedding Blog BOW BUN TUTORIAL
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Wedding Blog BOW BUN TUTORIAL

1. Curl your hair for volume and have plenty of hairspray at the ready

Wedding Blog BOW BUN TUTORIAL

Wedding Blog BOW BUN TUTORIAL

Wedding Blog BOW BUN TUTORIAL

2. Pull your hair up into a pony tail, but when you’re pulling your hair through the loop the last time, only pull it through halfway, leaving a little tail

Wedding Blog BOW BUN TUTORIAL

3. Split the ponytail “poof” in half and loop the “tail” over the split to create the “center” of the bow

Wedding Blog BOW BUN TUTORIAL

Wedding Blog BOW BUN TUTORIAL

4. Secure with bobbies or hair spray and spread the two sides of the bow for maximum effect. Thanks to the beautiful Brie for modeling in Costa Rica.

(What’s that? You wanted to see Jen’s gorgeous engagement party and her own bow bun? We thought so. Head here!)

Vendors: Photography: Jen Huang // Model: Brie // Shot on Fuji 160S and processed/scanned by RichardPhotoLab

We’re working on a super fun project over at eBay where we’ll be making some really fun “how-to” guides for you, along with links and recommendations for our favorite finds on eBay! Our first one is “How to Style Your Bar Cart.” Not only have we rounded up some fave bar carts you can nab, but also some really cute accessories and essentials! We thought we’d share with you the bar carts from Dream Green DIYKim Le Photography (seen here), and Burlap and Lace we used to help with our guide, but head here to see lots more of our finds!

Wedding Blog Guide to Styling Your Bar Cart
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Wedding Blog Guide to Styling Your Bar Cart

Above: Dream Green DIY

Wedding Blog Guide to Styling Your Bar Cart

Wedding Blog Guide to Styling Your Bar Cart

Above: Kim Le Photography

Wedding Blog Guide to Styling Your Bar Cart

Wedding Blog Guide to Styling Your Bar Cart

Above: Burlap and Lace

Lady Grey loves a little fancy added to her everyday. Take pie for example. Our fall feature from today shows a pretty little pie adorned with a leaves, like this one:

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You might ask, “Who in the world has time for this pinnable yet totally unrealistic pretty?” Only Martha Stewart, I presume. But alas, we did a little sleuthing and as it turns out, Williams Sonoma offers a cheat way to bring the fancy into your holidays for the price of a few Starbucks lattes. Yep. Piecrust cutters. In leaf shapes. Thanksgiving pies will never be the same.

Wedding Blog Fall Leaf Pie Crust DIY

Your mother-in-law will be so impressed when your dessert spread looks like this. And then you can email me and say, “Lady Grey, thank you for your easy fancy idea.” And I’ll reply, “I know, right?” Except in a much more eloquent way.

Wedding Blog Fall Leaf Pie Crust DIY

Do not attempt this for your wedding. Unless you are handing off these molds to a baker. DO attempt for a shower, engagement party, holiday festivities or maybe a bake off. Yes, most definitely if you’re in a bake off. Certainly you’ll deserve a few extra slices for a job well done. Impressing and delighting with ease. That’s our motto. Or as we like to call it, “Easy-Fancy.”

(And you know that whole, homemade crust situation? Neither do I. Homemade pies with pre-made pie dough. Easy-fancy, ladies. Easy-fancy.)

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, we are sending you off with an emerald and gold DIY from Tulle Box Designs that’s so simple and easy to do, it’s totally our style. Below are the DIY steps for this simple and chic gift!

Wedding Blog Emerald and Gold DIY Favors
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Wedding Blog Emerald and Gold DIY Favors

Materials:
gold alphabet stickers
1/8″ hole punch
gold mailing seals
gold cord
favour box
scissors

Step 1 – Punch 2 holes on a gold seal.
Step 2 –  Place an alphabet sticker on the seal.
Step 3 –  Cut a piece of cord long enough to wrap around the favour box, plus a little extra to tie a knot.
Step 4 – Thread cord through the gold seal.

Wedding Blog Emerald and Gold DIY Favors
Wedding Blog Emerald and Gold DIY Favors