A few years ago I wanted some more practice photographing invitations and other detail type items, so I reached out in a Styled Shoots facebook group to see if any calligraphers wanted to collaborate. Jess commented and sent some super neat pieces my way to photograph. This is how we met and ever since, it has been so fun to follow her and see all the neat projects she has been a part of. Calligraphy and signs are becoming more and more popular at weddings and Jess would be a great option if you’d like to add that personal touch to your wedding too.
Read on to get to know Jess with Write The Way Calligraphy:
How did you get started as a calligrapher?
When I got married, 11 years ago, I fell in love with the stationery and calligraphy aspect part of weddings. I remember telling my husband that I wanted to learn how to write so beautifully. Life happens and I didn’t get right to my goal. But, years later I decided to take a class at SMU for calligraphy and fell in love all over again.
What does a wedding day typically look like for you?
Since most of the pieces I create for a wedding happen before the big day, I am usually at home working on other pieces or hanging out with my hubby and dogs on a Saturday night when most weddings occur. For the day of pieces, (place cards, menus, etc.), I will coordinate with the bride or the coordinator on getting those pieces to you before the big day.
How long have you been doing calligraphy?
I have been doing calligraphy for 4 years.
What does the booking process look like?
Once you reach out to me, I will send you a questionnaire to get to know the inspiration and ideas you have for your paper and calligraphy items. From there, we will schedule a call to go over your vision and get to know each other. A proposal will be sent, a deposit placed and time secured on my calendar to work on your project.
What are some of your favorite things to create?
As a calligrapher, envelopes are always a favorite. But lately, I’ve been loving place cards and the unique things to write on for them.
What was one of your favorite 2020 wedding trends and what do you think will be popular in 2021?
Wax seals were a favorite add on of mine from 2020. I’m hoping it continues into 2021. In 2021, I think the trend of smaller intimate weddings will continue with details like personalized items to give your guests more of a romantic experience.