Wishlist: The Lettered Bride DIY Calligraphy Kit

I did my own ‘calligraphy’ for my wedding.  It involved a specialized fountain pen and lots and lots of inky fingers!  In the end, I thought it came out pretty good—I got calls asking about my handwriting (sorry for the bragging!  I felt so proud. :3) but it was a LOT of hard work (but also lots of fun)!  Part of the difficulty came from not knowing where to start.  I started with the wrong pens and then I had the wrong ink—I was pretty discouraged and I almost gave up!  I’m glad I stuck with it.

To make it easier for an already busy bride who’s got a LOT on her plate, Ashley Lurcott, a pro wedding calligrapher, has curated this beauty.

Voila!  The Lettered Bride.


The Lettered Bride DIY Calligraphy Kit is much more than just a pen, ink, and an alphabet to copy — from laying out your envelopes, to crafting your own unique lettering style, to prepping and cleaning your pens, it’s your complete guide to addressing beautiful wedding invitations!

The Lettered Bride comes with high-quality, bride-tested tools and materials to make learning a modern calligraphic style easy and fun. Add a personal touch to your invitations and other wedding paper goods (favors, name cards, etc.) without spending a ton of time and money trying to find the right materials!

– Easy care, no-rust pen holder
– Two different nibs to create a variety of writing styles
– High quality ink tested on commonly used wedding envelopes (please specify black, white, or gold)
– Step-by-step instruction booklet with alphabet variations, pen care instructions, envelope layout ideas, and custom-ruled practice sheets
– Lovingly packaged by hand – perfect for engagement gifts!

– Designed by a bride who spent way more time and money than she wanted to trying to find the right tools to address her wedding invitations!
– Specify your ink color – perfect for those using darker envelopes who may want gold or white ink.
– All three available inks have been thoroughly tested against many other inks and are beautiful, opaque, durable, quick to dry, and just the right consistency.
– The Lettered Bride emphasizes modern calligraphy scripts – most in-store kits don’t provide pointed-pen nibs and instead teach old-fashioned, gothic calligraphy styles.
– The instruction booklet includes prepping and care of your pens and nibs, envelope layout ideas, troubleshooting, and multiple variations of letterforms so you can create your own unique alphabet that works with your natural handwriting.
– Works for lefties and righties!


What do you guys think?  I absolutely love this kit!  Personally, I would go for the gold ink.  Heck, I’m tempted to buy this as a birthday present for myself.  Now I can handwrite envelopes for my sister’s future wedding?  I hope?  :]

PS Ashley also sells GORGEOUS custom calligraphy rubber stamps.  You’d have the most amazing RSVP card ever.


Wishlist: Rifle Paper Co Phone Cases + Bridal Party Cards

I like pretty phone cases.  Really!  I feel like my phone is an extension of myself, at times, and if the rest of me has cool accessories, shouldn’t my phone have some also?  Enter: Rifle Paper Co. Phone cases.  These are GORGEOUS!  And don’t worry ladies—they’ve got both iPhone and us Android users covered.  Score!

Clear Lace

Hello Hello



New York


Hello Sunshine


I think these would make the coolest gifts ever.  Maybe matching ones for all of your bridesmaids?  🙂  And perhaps you could get matching Rifle Paper Bridal Party cards!  (Can you tell that I’m a big fan of Rifle Paper stationary?)


Wedding Dress Crush: BHLDN’s Vivienne Gown

Hey, all you brides out there: You’ve got to see this one.  SERIOUSLY.

Introducing the Vivienne Gown from BHLDN.  Absolutely breathtaking!  What do you guys think?

(BHLDN is ‘Beholden’ without the vowels.  I was puzzled by this for a while so I decided to look it up.  Adorable!  Thank you, Anthropologie.  ‘Beholden’ has a Dutch history, which means, ‘to keep.’)

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Here’s a closeup of that beautiful beading on the top:




I’m absolutely in LOVE.  It’s radically different from the wedding dress that I had for my own wedding (which will always be my absolute favorite) but in an alternate reality, my dress would have been this one!  I love that it’s like simple and clean with just enough drama to make it special without going over the top.  Like…elegance without trying.  And it looks super light and comfortable~  I’ve seen more and more illusion necklines lately but this one definitely hits it out of the park.

For the bride with her sights set high in the sky, this soft cloud-grey gown is complete with elegant corded lace and hand-embroidered silver beading. The illusion tulle neckline and sheer back paneling add an extra delicate feel. This stunning design is from Catherine Deane, who creates all of her own original, exquisite artworks. Back zip and covered buttons. Silk tulle, polyester lining. Professionally clean. Imported.

  • Can be shortened; using an experienced bridal tailor is recommended
  • Bust cups
  • Recommend pairing this gown with a veil in Ivory

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BHLDN, Vivienne Wedding Gown.  $1,800.
PS: For a list of stores, click here!

Hiatus (THE BIG DAY!) and Sneak Peek for March/April

Good Morning lovelies!

Today is Wednesday, February 26th.  2014.  I am officially on pre-wedding vacation mode and my blog will be as well!  (The Big Day is this Saturday!  I’m so excited *insert a bajillion exclamation points*)  I’ll probably be out most of the time but I’ll try to sneak in from time to time to share anything fun.

But, before I did step out, I wanted to leave you guys with a sneak peek of what’s coming up for March and April.

1. Influester Optic White VoxBox Review 
I’m really glad that I qualified!  (Is it weird that I’m pretty happy to be getting dental products?)   Influester *just* shipped by box–this is my first Voxbox of 2014!  Have you guys been getting any cool Voxboxes lately?  I thought the Valentine’s Day themed one was really sweet.

2. Stitch Fix #2
I am looking forward to this the most!  I’ve been enjoying reading up on everyone else’s Fixes lately.  🙂  I was hoping to schedule this in March but I’m delaying until April.  I hope the pieces are a bit less winter themed then (I LOVE winter clothing but wearing them in Hawaii can be a bit challenging).  Hopefully I find something really awesome to wear to our honeymoon in May!

3. Detailed review on Darby Smart’s February to DIY for Box
Remember those alcohol inks?  I can’t wait to see what their March teaser picture will be.

4. Detailed review on For the Maker’s March Box
For the Makers is a similar crafty DIY box, kind of like Darby Smart.  I was under the impression that they do a bunch of seperate projects (that are all related, using similar materials, etc) vs. how Darby Smart sends you enough things for one big project and leftovers to do whatever.  I’m not sure so we will see!  All these wedding crafts have sparked the DIY-er in me—I can’t wait to do some more.

5. Detailed review on Escape Monthly’s February Box: NYC!
Escape Monthly is a travel/destination themed subscription box!  February’s box featured local artisan products from NYC, and I know that March is going to feature Ireland!  That’s pretty neat, isn’t it?

6. March and April Birchbox Reviews 

And with that, I’m out! I am sooooooooo ready to just kick back and relax.   Hope you guys are all having a great week so far!

Sunset at Ko Olina