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Modern Calligraphy Workshop With Quill London and Lamplighter London

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It’s no secret that everyone has gone a little bit crazy about beautiful hand lettering and calligraphy in the creative world, and with good reason. I fell in love with it in my days whilst working at a design agency and have since had huge admiration for this art, something about the romance and refined nature of this craft.

Last week, much to my delight, I was kindly invited to a taster modern calligraphy workshop presented by Quill London, an online stationery boutique curating the most stylish and coveted items. The class was held at their pop-up Christmas market at the Tracey Neuls boutique and the masterclass was taught by modern London calligrapher, Chiara Perano of Lamplighter London, whose modern and decorative style has been commissioned for weddings, events and even royalty so we were in good hands (literally).

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If you are a creative DIY bride who perhaps is wanting to attempt some calligraphy for your own day, then I highly recommend you book onto the modern calligraphy workshops in London, that they are running are a brilliant introduction, likewise for anyone wanting to indulge their love as a hobby, like myself!

Having done the class, it is of course quite a lot harder than it looks (Chaira made it look effortless, I enjoyed watching her more than I did having a go myself!) and calligraphers have been perfecting their style for years to achieve the beautiful work they create so I should advise that you won’t necessarily become an expert overnight (or even in a few weeks) as it truly is an art which takes time, patience and most importantly practice but it is a fantastic opportunity to learn the basic techniques which are key and fun to learn!

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Above was my best attempt in class! A long way to go but definitely good fun learning! 

For those who don’t have the inclination to try it themselves or don’t fancy lending their hand calligraphy skills to addressing 150 envelopes to send to their wedding guests, there are so many incredible artists out there who offer their services for hand lettering and calligraphy, whether for a wedding, event or for a personal or professional project a few of my favourites who each have their own incredible style, are Lamplighter London for modern calligraphy, BerinMade for pretty hand lettering and for traditional elegance and craft, Paul Antonio Scribe.

For more information on the modern calligraphy workshops (or just to treat yourself to some nice stationery!) you can visit Quill London for upcoming dates and to book!

Simple + Modern Wedding Stationery Inspiration

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For some reason especially this year, with the majority of my couples when they are planning their stationery they are after something ‘understated’ ‘simple’ ‘modern’ and ‘elegant’ for their wedding. Whilst there is an amazing wedding stationery industry here in the UK, a lot of the designers who offer ‘ready made’ collections, do tend to lean towards something more ‘weddingy’ (whilst that may not be an official term it’s certainly one used a lot amongst my brides!). There is a whole host of designs for those looking for something ‘pretty’ – designs featuring floral patterns, feminine colours, lots of script fonts, delicate illustrations and of course lots of hearts and whilst these are all perfectly lovely, they aren’t quite fitting the bill for those wanting something more understated and simple, and modern.

So, on my research I have found a few lovely pieces that don’t necessarily bring all the bells and whistles but certainly keep it classy. Here are my top 10 picks…

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I should say, stationery is such a personal choice and if you have found that you aren’t finding anything that quite floats your boat then a lot of stationery designers offer custom work, or they may be able to adapt their collection designs by tweaking colours and fonts. There are also those who specialise in luxury bespoke design, illustration and calligraphy if you have something very specific in mind or are looking for something that little bit more luxe it’s definitely the way to go to create something truly bespoke for you as the options are endless!

Clockwise from top left: Digital Print by Maple Tea / Stylish ‘St Pancras’ Letterpress by Eagle Eyed Bride / Graphic ‘Zoe’ Letterpress by Strawberry Sorbet / Modern calligraphy ‘Black Tie’ by Amelia Lane Paper / Black & Gold Foil ‘Connaught’ by Natalie Power / Inkless Blind Debossed by MapleTea / Luxury Gold Foil ‘Annabelle’ by Natalie Power / Print Reverse ‘Elenor’ by Denote Stationery / Printable ‘Modern Minimal’ by Penny Black Post / Heavyweight Letterpress ‘I Do’ by Invitation Company