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Adventures of a Bride to Be


June 21, 2011
(image) My venue mailing to be put into the hands of the USPS tomorrow, I am moving along on my list of items to cross off…while, of course, adding others.

Advice to be heeded if you can: STOP LOOKING AT WEDDING WEBSITES AND MAGAZINES a month before your wedding or you will decide to buy/do/create things that, really, you could have been just fine without.

I didn’t heed my own advice.

Our wedding day was predicted to be hot, and would also be outdoors, so we decided to have little bottles of Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite in tubs for our guests to drink when they arrived for the ceremony. I saw the striped straws in some magazine, and not being able to find them anywhere, one of my favorite websites of all tiem……came to the rescue.

Pink striped straws in hand, now I had to create the cute little flags that everyone sees on them, attach them to the straws, and find a cute display cup for them as well.

Easier said than done.

One of many items left on my ToDo list, I still was without dresses for my daughters, so I had to follow-up with the manufacturer as to their whereabouts. We are now about a month out & I needed those dresses in case they needed alterations locally. After contacting them, I was told they’d be shipping before the July 4 holiday in plenty of time for alterations, if needed.

Last-minute items were coming from Laura, beautiful though they were, that also meant more work: menus, programs, table signs.

I swear, I LOVE my wedding design, I love my dress, I love the colors, I love my fiance… I was not loving the final days of details I no longer felt like keeping up with. I needed a second wind and one was not to be found, though I had to finish things up, so I had no choice. I was not bridezilla, I was bridexhausted. One month, one day & counting…
Until next time,
“There is a great deal of satisfaction to be found
in the complete exhaustion left behind by a job well done.”


Sneak Peek: New LHC Website & Blog!


While it has been quite a busy wedding season, we've also been working behind the scenes developing a brand new look for the Laura Hooper Calligraphy website and A Lucky Orchid Wedding blog! On our new site you will find more invitation suites, more maps, more event signage and more information on all the the Laura Hooper Calligraphy specialties!

The site will be ready to launch as early as next week, but in the mean time, here's a sneak peak of the new home page...

We hope you will visit the site once we launch and take a look around at all we have to offer at Laura Hooper Calligraphy!

Invitations: Summer Starfish


The crisp air of fall is sneaking up on us more and more each morning and night, but the nice 70 degree mid-days remind us that there are still a few remaining days of summer. So what better time than to share a sweet starfish monogram invitation suite with accompanying program and menu!

The couple used the luxurious letter press print method for the invitation piece and RSVP card giving the summer set a more elegant feeling.

The wedding took place in Hawaii, so the couple utilized the RSVP to get a bit of information from their guests.

They not only tactfully let their guests know which parts of the weekend were appropriate for children and which were not, but they also obtained arrival and accommodation information ~ and of course we think the delicate icons are a charming touch!

The monogram continued to the reception with a tie-top program and menu card.

Here's a close-up of the adorable starfish with the couple's initials.

Maps: France


We created the below map of France as a save the date card for a couple getting married in France next June 2012.

The bride was so sweet and provided some information to help us "envision" the map. From the bride:

The wedding will be in the south France, with the two ceremonies (cival and religious) being in my fiances home town of Ollioules and the reception on a near by island, Ile de Bendor, just off the coast of Bandol. The theme of the wedding is classic with a touch of Provence - lavender, olive trees etc.

She even included a photo of the church to help with our rendition:

We make so many maps each week it is such a joy to get a little background on the couple and location!

In the Press: BRIDES Magazine September 2011


Back in February we shared a romantic wedding that took place amongst the beautiful, outdoor setting of the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, New York, and it is currently featured in the September issue of BRIDES magazine! With impeccable design by Beth Helmstetter and delectable photos by Corbin Gurkin, this piece is definite eye-candy!

We were pleased to contribute the stationery for both the wedding and rehearsal clam bake as well as escort cards, table cards and menus!

Everything was very classic which made for a tasteful, clean look while also maintaining an overall elegance. Tres chic!

Creative Tip: Pocket Folders


Last week we showed you belly bands and ribbon to keep your invitation suite together, but another option is to hold it all together in a unique pocket folder designed to match your suite!

All bundled neatly together in a pocket folder...

You'll notice that the main invitation is adhered to the right side and the accompanying pieces are bound together and tucked neatly inside the pocket fold! Another special touch included in this suite is that the envelope is also printed with the design!

It's added touches like these that will enhance your invitation suite, set the tone for the wedding and make a lasting first impression with all of your guests!

Adventures of a Bride-to-Be


June 7, 2011

With invitations finally in the mail & RSVPs coming in, all the final details were caching up to me: table signs, placecards, favors, hotel baskets, dresses & shoes for the girls, my dress fittings, makeup & hair trials, and another mailing to my guests.

Yes, another mailing.

My wedding is going to be at a venue that you have to find the location for the ceremony & reception, so I neeed to send maps to help them get to where they needed to be. Whereas maps were printed by the Chicago Botanic Garden for visitors, they wouldn’t be easily used by wedding guests trying to find a ceremony & reception.

Fortunately, I knew someone who did these amazing maps by hand & would recreate a much smaller, more weddingish version of the information I needed my guests to know.

OH, LAURA?!?!?!

I did think ahead on this one, so they were ready to go, I just needed to wait for RSVPs to come in so that I would send them to those guests that were attending. My goal is to send them all out one month in advance of the wedding, and then any stragglers thereafter, to guests & any vendors that should know where they needed to go.

I sweat the details. It is my nature.

Even though our wedding day is almost here (and I have SO SO SO much left to do!), my attention to each detail solely to make my guests feel welcome, so welcome they shall feel…

STAMPS: Zazzle

Until next time,

“It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”
~John Wooden


In the Press: INSIDE Weddings Fall 2011


Last week we shared my own bridal shower featured in the new Fall issue of INSIDE Weddings, and we are so pleased that another one of our clients' weddings was also included in the issue! They worked wth the lovely Susan & Kathy of Bella Weddings to create a culturally vibrant celebration that all began when the groom flew all the way to Sri Lanka to ask for the bride's parents permission! And with MiBelle Photography behind the camera - the photos are sure to be treasured by the happy couple and their families!We were able to create the rehearsal dinner invitation and also pen the escort cards on our ever popular compasses! Read more on this wedding on the Mi Belle blog or read about the groom's trip to Sri Lanka on the INSIDE Weddings blog![...]

Creative Tip: Seating Charts


Last week we showed you a variety of charming seating charts, and today we wanted to feature a nautical themed one for a wedding taking place on Santa Cruz Island.

Each flag icon represents a nautical boating flag and each couple's name is written on the tiny boats clustered around the flags in "coves" on the island!

The bride & groom also ordered table cards so the guests could find their seats. Below is just a sampling.

The nautical themed chart is a unique way to incorporate the couple's love of boating into their big day!

Creative Tip: Belly Bands


Sometimes clients want to add a final touch to their invitation suite and including a belly band is a great way to create the finished look! The adorable envelope liner helps too!

The all-script invitation suite exudes elegance and the gold band completes the set. You can also create the belly band look with ribbon!

These extra pieces help to make your set truly unique and showcase your wedding style.

Invitation Suite: Red, White & Blue


As we observe the Labor Day holiday, which marks the "unofficial end of summer" {technically the last day isn't until September 22!}, we thought it would be fun to share this simple invite set fashioned in the traditional colors of red, white & blue!

Creative Tip: Seating Charts


One of our increasingly popular items has been seating charts ~ they are perfect for engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and are being used more and more in wedding themselves. Both stylish and functional, our hand-illustrated charts can be created to match your invitation suite, or be themed to display a shared interest of the bride and groom!

Seating charts most commonly display the layout of the venue with guests listed alphabetically by table, or we can customize your chart however you wish.

You can also see our charts featured on Martha Stewart Weddings online!

Maps: Santa Barbara, CA


We often showcase our vibrant, colorful maps, but there is something equally as charming with this single-color map of the coastal town of Santa Barbara.

Of course the sweet red trolley car can't go without mention! We also captured the buildings out on the pier. The delicate touches make this simple map...simply perfect!

In the Press: INSIDE Weddings Fall 2011


As many of you know I was married earlier this year with a wonderful wedding in Hawaii. While we can't quite share the photos from that magnificent day, I am delighted to share that my beautiful bridal shower designed by Beth Helmstetter Events and captured by Steve Steinhardt Photography was featured in the current issue of Inside Weddings! From the amazing box-mailer invitations to the delicate Parisian theme, it was truly an afternoon to cherish. Beth even arranged for the lovely Jaimi Brooks of Fiore Beauty to set-up a mini-massage and mini-mani station for the guests to enjoy! With catering by The Food Matters and a decadent chocolate cake by Vanilla Bakeshop...I was in heaven!{yes, they were printed on tea towels!} There were delicious tray-passed treats to start off the late morning fete...Followed by one of my very favorites...french toast! And the queen of beauty, Jaimi Brooks, showing off the mini-mani station.Beth even used photos of Jeremy and me in the table decor!It was such a sweet day, and I couldn't have been a happier bride-to-be sharing the excitement surrounding my upcoming wedding celebration! {with my sister/Matron of Honor}[...]

Adventures of a Bride-to-Be


Adventures of a (Second Time) Bride-to-BeAfter a brief hiatus, I’m back…May 24, 2011Over the past few weeks, I’ve been furiously working on my invitations because I can never leave “well enough” alone. Laura delivered the most beautiful thermograved invitations, Rsvps, and inserts, but I went a step (or 20) further.I always wanted to do a boxed invitation to an event, but figured it’d be for one of the birthday parties for my girls. I have a love of paper (I think that’s now been firmly established) and adore details, details, and more I spent a lot of time glittering, finding handmade papers, assembling, and finally boxing my Laura Hooper Callligraphy creations.Once again, not to bore you with details, you can see the pictures below. I used large silver jewelry boxes, but when they arrived in a larger corrugated box, I noticed a few had been crushed in delivery to me. So, to be sure they wouldn’t get crushed by the US Mail after all my work, I tucked the invites into white mailer boxes. Yes, officially call me enthusiastic about my papers. OK…obsessive-compulsive. I hope this inspires brides to DIY; make each and every item “your own”. This was my way of setting the tone for the wedding (which I started with the Save the Dates), and I must say, set the tone I did. I sent these out on May 23 and even the fine women at the Post Office were impressed by the packaging. I was thrilled to drop them off, finally finished with all my hard work (thank GOD there were only 52 in total!), and ready to find out who would be coming.Many were delivered locally, so the boxes were received the following day. The best comment I heard about the first impression was “I wondered what present I got!”. Rsvps came immediately, but trickled in (driving me crazy, of course!), and I actually had three guests email to ask if they could Rsvp via email so they could keep the whole invitation intact. Yep, I done good. My love of paper is my own personal inspiration to make invitations that “wow”, but it truly makes my day when people give me compliments on my work when they receive them; asking if they could keep the invite intact (one had her teenage daughter ask if she could take it to her sleepover to show her friends that weekend!) put me over the top with sheer pride in something I did with my own talent and, of course, quite a bit of help from Laura Hooper & her great team!INGREDIENTS: (a new word I’ve seen used in magazines lately)INVITES, INSERTS, CALLIGRAPHY, LABEL DESIGN: Laura Hooper CalligraphyHANDMADE CORAL PAPER: Creative Papers OnlineFUCHSIA SHIMMER PAPERS & CARDSTOCK: Stardream Azalea by Gruppo CordenonCORAL FLAT BANDS: Options Coral 2” belly bandsSILVER PAPER: MirrorcardRIBBON: Options Azalea Single-Faced SatinSILVER CORD: Scrapbook supplyGLASSINE ENVELOPES: eBayFUCHSIA PAPER FLOWER: eBay or scrapbook supplyGLITTER: Stickles by Ranger in “Icicle”SILVER JEWELRY BOX: US Box CompanyWHITE MAILER BOX: US Box CompanyADHESIVES: Tombow Powerbond, Xyron Permanent Adhesive, 3M Foam TapeSTAMPS: ZazzleUntil next time,“Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”~Ralph Waldo Emersonxoxo,Alycia[...]

Inspiration Shoot: Wine Country Elopement


Armando Martinez of Alegria Design pulled together this beautiful shoot for Santa Barbara Wedding Guide and we were more than happy to contribute! The contrast between the soft florals and black touches combined with the enchanting backdrop of Santa Ynez Inn - and voila! Romance at its finest!Get the look with these fabulous vendors!Photographer: Linda Chaja Photography Planning, Styling and Art direction: Alegria by Design Location: Santa Ynez InnJewelry: 33 Jewels Dress: La Soie BridalFloral and Plant Rental: Village Gardener Hair and Make-up: Flirt Make-up {Artist - Shannon Jordon}Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes [...]

Inspiration: Days of Summer


Often called the "lazy days of summer", those in the wedding industry know that the summer is usually far from lazy! But as the days of summer start fading fast, and kids are heading back to school, we still wanted to share a few of our favorite "summer" things! {Sand Dollars}{Seashell Invites} {and escort cards!}{Colors that  pop ~ like orange!}{Textures}{Fan Programs}{And of course, Hawaii!}Here's to savoring the last couple weeks of summer![...]

Real Wedding: Washington, D.C.


This elegant wedding took place at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and included our white programs with gold foil and Bickham Swash Caps calligraphy.

The ceremony site was stunning!

We also provided menus that were white with metallic purple foil letterpress.

How stylish is this couple?

Photography by Jennifer Lust Portrait Design.

Destination Bride-to-Be


I have to admit it, I’m exhausted! Don’t get me wrong, I thrive on being busy, but this is definitely a different kind of busy. I set a goal for myself: create, make and pack everything for the wedding by the end of August. Of course everything is taking way longer to finish than anticipated and now I know the perfectionist in me needs to take a back seat. Thank goodness Nate has been away for work over the past couple weeks, otherwise he would have had me committed. This is me taking a deep breath because everything will get finished, my goal will be met and I will have some fun along the way.Nate and his friends in Yosemite for his Bachelor Party  Nate with his Best Man and GroomsmenKeeping me sane are some incredible friends who live in the area, Marisa, Maureen, Kara, and Kat (and of course my sister). They have been an amazing support system, coming over after work and for hours upon hours on the weekends; helping me to glue and tie menus together, stuffing the welcome bags, stamping napkins, etc. While I have so many random thoughts developing in my head because I want to put so much into our wedding, they have been able to reel me in, reminding me that certain ideas are totally excessive. My family and friends are very therapeutic, thanks for keeping me on track! Candles for the Guestbook table, they match our wedding invitations perfectly!So far we have four fully stuffed suitcases and I am expecting to fill up three more. Sabryna and I separated everything in half and placed each half in different suitcases, just in case one gets lost. We figure it is better to have 40 dinner menus than none at all! I am keeping very detailed lists of what we have and what we can wait to get once down in Mexico. We have come to the realization that certain items will be much easier to acquire in Cabo rather than trying to lug everything down with us. Real flowers in Cabo are extremely expensive (more so than in the states, since they all have to be flown in) making the largest box to be hauled down, all of the birch wood flowers that we are using to make the centerpieces, bouquets and hairpieces. Luckily they are extremely light! Personalized Napkins and Dinner Menus - DIYI love the fact that we can get away with using bright colors; it’s really going to make the pictures and decorations pop.As I wrote in a previous post, we hired a travel agent thinking it would make our lives so much easier. Unfortunately, it has turned into a bit of a headache. We hired the agent for the expertise she could provide, and after answering all of our questions with flying colors we were sold. Everything was going along swimmingly and people were very happy with her service, until a few months ago when we started to get complaints from guests who were trying to book with her. The last 20 guests to book were not happy with the service or quotes provided so they all went through other channels to make reservations. We even divulged to the agent information regarding a couple friends coming in from afar, South America and Europe, who write for travel magazines and blogs. Yep, they booked elsewhere. It’s a terrible feeling to know that our friends and family were inconvenienced. In all honesty we gave our travel agent the benefit of the doubt, while we continued to hope for the best, telling ourselves, that everything would turn around. I started to question the deal Nate and I were getting as well after talking to two other brides who will be having their weddings at the same resort in September and November. Their rooms ha[...]

Spotlight on: Elizabeth Anne Designs


We love the wedding ideas and inspiration that comes from Elizabeth Anne Designs and are pleased to be included in her newly revamped vendor guide!

Visit our vendor portfolio or the Elizabeth Anne Designs blog today for some swoon worth wedding inspiration!

Creative Tip: Faux Wood


If you want to get the look of wood invitations without the actual splurge of wood, consider this "faux wood" paper. It's great also because you can letterpress on it!

The faux wood gives a natural, creative look ~ inquire for pricing and other information!

Spotlight On: Fiore Beauty


One of our absolute favorite beauty companies {Fiore Beauty} is featured today on one of our favorite online shopping sites {Rue La La}!

Join Rue La La today {it's free} to take advantage of their offer from Fiore Beauty ~ a two-hour in-home makeup application consultation and makeup bag revamp!

We had the priviledge of working with Jaimi and her wonderful team at Fiore a couple of times last year when my little sister, Alyssa, booked the team for her wedding day hair and make-up! We planned her trial run to coincide with her bridal shower to get double duty out of the fabulous looks created by Fiore.

{At her shower...}

{At her wedding}

Needless to say we loved working with the team and, as mentioned in the Rue La La feature, they came to us for both occasions. My sister also had Fiore come to our hotel the day before her wedding to do mani/pedis for the bridal party and they even came to my own bridal shower for a mini-massage and mini-mani parlor!

Invitations: Palm Tree Touches


This oldie-but-goodie save the date reminds us that simple can still be chic...and the perfect palm trees allow us to hang on the the fading days of summer!

One of my favorite things about this invitation is the line of icons letting recipients know what information they can find on the wedding website ~ it was so creative!

Guests can visit the wedding website for tips on golf, shopping, food, hotel and flights!

Maps: Palm Beach, FL


Last week we shared a Fort Lauderdale map and today we've got this beach chic depiction of Palm Beach. From Bethesda-by-the-Sea to The Breakers and The Everglades Club ~ the map would not be complete without the final touch...Neiman Marcus!

The wedding weekend, which just took place, had many activities planned for the very special guests. These were mapped out on the reverse for easy reference.

The weekend included kickoff cocktails, a "night before" nightcap, casual beach party lunch, the wedding itself and concluded with a "morning after" brunch!