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Greetings, blog traffickers and happy holidays!

I am going to be taking a short hiatus from work for the holidays, to recharge and prepare for the birth of my first child this winter.

In the meantime, please visit my website, www.joiedevivrecalligraphy.com, for my portfolio, press, information about my business, and a contact form you can use to reach me.

I look forward to working with you in the future!


Jeffersonian script

A contact at the University of Virginia recently commissioned me to inscribe some special invitations with a Jeffersonian-like script. What do you think?


Custom calligraphy dedication

A sweet student of mine contacted me about inscribing a dedication that John Steinbeck wrote for "East of Eden" and I happily obliged (English major/nerd that I am). This passage has special meaning to her and she was very happy with the results... as was I!


Elegant Charlottesville wedding

I was so lucky to work with a lovely and kind bride back in September. We created custom calligraphy welcome packets, programs, and place cards. The photographer, Meredith Sledge, captured all the beauty in this blog post. Check it out!


Rustic calligraphy menu

Fall weddings call for all things rustic. Last month, I worked on a nearly five-foot-tall rustic chalkboard menu, with my Jamie style of lettering. Check it out!


Feature on The Knot!

I'm so honored to have my work featured on The Knot's website, thanks to the lovely work of Aaron Watson Photography, Mallory Joyce Design, and many more! Check out the post on The Knot here.


Custom calligraphy wedding papers

Have I mentioned I love a professionally photographed, styled shot of my calligraphy? Swooon...

wedding papers calligraphy design


Halloween wedding calligraphy

Halloween is just around the corner and one of my lovely brides, who happens to be getting married on the holiday, just picked up this sandwich board sign, on to which I hand-lettered her wedding program and menu!
calligraphy signs program menu


Custom holiday cards

Can it already be time to start thinking about custom holiday cards?!? The answer is yes! Contact me if you're interested in having a unique, hand-lettered work of art to send to friends and families this year.
calligraphy holiday cards hand-lettered


Calligraphy + design = perfection

As much as I love good old pen and ink, I do savor the opportunity to design custom calligraphy programs and menus for my brides. This lady and gent got married earlier this month and I created all of their wedding materials!
calligraphy design wedding


Doilies with calligraphy

I love love love when brides use delicate doilies for place cards! And even better when I get to do the calligraphy.
doilies calligraphy place cards


New handlettered logo

A dear friend of mine asked me to design a handlettered logo for her photography business, and I was happy to oblige. Here's the final result!

handlettered calligraphy logo


Place cards galore

Calligraphy on place cards galore stacking up in the shop right now, and all for a Ukrainian bride and groom (making the spelling of each name an extra challenge). I love how they turned out!

calligraphy place cards


Beach wedding calligraphy

A sweet bride and friend got married in the Outer Banks this fall and I had the privilege of helping with her wedding calligraphy. I love this styled photo she shared with me!

beach wedding calligraphy


Calligraphy work in progress

I love the chance to work with Charlottesville brides on designing their wedding programs, menus, or other day-of papers. Here's a work-in-progress shot of the calligraphy before I digitize it and move it into the design program.
calligraphy weddings


Wedding signage!

'Tis the season for loads of wedding signage! Here are a few that left our shop in the last month.
wedding signs


Letterpress calligraphy invitation loveliness

Check out this lovely pro shot of the letterpress calligraphy wedding invitation I designed for a spring wedding earlier this year. Le sigh!

letterpress wedding calligraphy invitation


Classic black & white calligraphy

Can't get enough of this classic copperplate calligraphy in black on crisp white envelopes.
classic copperplate wedding calligraphy


Calligraphy wedding signs

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign!

calligraphy wedding signs
Works in progress

calligraphy wedding signs
Finished calligraphy wedding welcome sign!


New website and other calligraphy and non-calligraphy announcements!

Hi folks!
So sorry for being silent over here for the last month... things have been busy with a few projects:

  1. A new website for Joie de Vivre Calligraphy! Check it out here. I hope you love it! I am super-proud of how it turned out, and I only needed minimal help from outside sources to get it into the shape I wanted!
  2. I took a few weeks off work during June/July due to some pretty severe nausea, vomiting, and exhaustion... because I'm growing another human inside of me! It's true, I'm pregnant, due in February 2016. It was wonderful to take a short breather from my work to allow my body to get through the first trimester, and I am not safely in trimester two, and my energy (and appetite) are now back with a vengeance! (Check out the announcement I made on social media about my pregnancy.)
Thanks for your patience during a brief period of silence here at Joie de Vivre!


Glam New Year's Eve wedding

New Year's Eve weddings are so chic and glamorous, in my opinion. I was part of creating the calligraphy wedding materials and paper goods for one last year at Castle Hill Cider and it was In. Cred. Ible.

Styling by the incomparable Mallory Joyce, photos by Lucy O Photography. This wedding was also featured on Borrowed & Blue -- see that link here for all the prettiness!


Style Me Pretty feature!

I'm so thrilled to have had my work featured recently on Style Me Pretty. This beautiful organic river shoot was styled by the lovely Meredith Coe (of Meredith Coe Photography) and photographed by Emily Sacco. Love love love everything about this shoot -- the watercolors, the washes of color and organic feel, the setting, the people involved. A dream come true, right here!

Check it out here!


Website underway...

Hi, all! Sorry for the radio silence here the last few weeks. I've got a few things cookin', including a new website that I'll be launching around the first of August! Can't wait to share it.

Until then... a little snapshot from a recent styled shoot with 3 Cats Photography.

charlottesville wedding calligraphy


Lavender wedding in Charlottesville

Check out this beautiful preview of a little lavender-themed wedding shoot I was part of in Charlottesville last weekend... Photos by 3 Cats Photo Studio.


Calligraphy baby shower invitations

I had the honor of designing baby shower invitations for a dear friend a few weeks ago. I incorporated calligraphy and sweet watercolor flowers and I just loved the coral and mint color scheme. Check 'em out!


Lovely spring wedding in Charlottesville

Just got some lovely photos back from a spring wedding in Charlottesville, styled by Mallory Joyce and captured by Aaron Watson Photography. I did all the calligraphy for the wedding invitation addressing and designed/calligraphed all of the day-of paper materials.

See the full wedding here!


Wedding word search board

Amore Events by Cody had a bride who wanted a custom calligraphy wedding word search board. This was a first, but I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!


Calligraphy wedding boards

Megan and Drew were married this spring in Charlottesville, and I completed custom calligraphy boards for the two ... Lots of fun and I loved the result!


Calligraphy for wedding at Early Mountain Vineyards

Earlier this summer, I created custom calligraphy programs and menus for a lovely wedding at Early Mountain Vineyards. Flourishes for days!


Watercolors + calligraphy

Watercolors plus calligraphy on wedding invitations - my first time trying this out... I loved it!

watercolor calligraphy wedding invitation


Beautiful Charlottesville wedding

I worked with Mallory Joyce to complete the wedding calligraphy for this beautiful Charlottesville wedding last weekend. The details were gorgeous!


Memorial Day wedding in Charlottesville

Happy Memorial Day weekend! One year ago at this time, I had the privilege of working with a Memorial Day bride who had the most creative vision for her Charlottesville wedding. I helped bring some really cool, beautiful calligraphy elements to life. Check 'em out below! Photography by Jen Fariello Photography, styling by Mallory Joyce Design.