Vendor Spotlight: Dallas Wedding Music

Andre headshotAndre de los Santos is one of our favorite resources for putting together a string or other ensemble for anything wedding.  He is the owner of Dallas Wedding Music and Bollywood Strings and has been in business since 2010.  Since Andre has been a feature at many of our weddings, we wanted to feature him on the blog.  We hope you enjoy what he had to say!

When and how did you get into the wedding industry?

After working in an opera orchestra and a musical theatre, I decided I needed a change and wanted to play music on my own terms. I moved back to Dallas to be closer to my family in 2009 and opened Dallas Wedding Music in 2010.

Tell us about your favorite type of client.

I love my creative clients. I have performed bridal processionals ranging from Bach, Rimsky-Korsakov, The Cure, Elvis Presley to A.R. Rahman. I enjoy brainstorming with my brides and grooms how we can incorporate music that is sentimental to their relationship and tie those memories into the ceremony.
 DWS Ceremony Shot

What makes you different at what you do?

I always try to think outside of the box. In addition to ceremonies, the string quartet has performed live first dances, cocktail hours (with and without drums) and reception programs.

DWS Fun ShotWhat do you love most about weddings?

I love the feeling of being a part of a production. All of the bride and groom’s planning, visions and ideas come together in one day. The start of the wedding ceremony reminds me of opening night at the opera.
You can find out more about Andre at www.dallasweddingmusic.com and see videos at www.andredls.com.  You can reach him at andre@dallasweddingmusic.com or 214-729-2177.

Photos provided by Greg Blomberg Photography and Flashbox Photography.

Vendor Spotlight: Cindy Horstman

Whether your ceremony is inside or outside, a harp is a lovely choice for ceremony music. It provides a different sound than strings, but can offer wonderful interpretations of both classical and alternative pieces. One of our favorite harpists in DFW is the fabulous Cindy Horstman, and we’re so glad she took a few minutes to chat with us on her music and her business! Read on!

Harpist ceremony music Bella Donna Chapel

When and how did you get into the wedding industry?

I got into the wedding industry while I was in college in the late 70s. I’ve been in business as a freelance musician for 37 years. I am based in the Dallas area and invite my clients to come hear me playa public performances, which is a great way to decide if you like a musician! Or I will record and send [clients] mp3s of possible songs for their wedding. I can create arrangements for the harp out of almost any piece of music.

2Tone Harp and Bass ceremony music
What makes you different at what you do?

One thing that sets me apart is that I play an electric harp. It sounds like a traditional harp, but the tone is better and stronger for outdoor ceremonies. In addition to playing solo, I am a member of a harp and bass duo called 2tone, with Michael Medina on bass. For weddings and receptions, we create out own arrangements that have a contemporary, jazzy feel and the response from brides and their guests is very positive! I think clients hire me because I try my best to respond promptly and professionally to their requests and because me arrangements sound unique. The best compliments I receive are from happy brides that say that I made their wedding very special – I want to help make it special for them because it is their day!

Harpist ceremony music

Do you have a funny story about a previous event?

One funny story was from a wedding at the Arboretum, in Mimi’s Garden. The guests were seated on the lawn and for some reason, the timing of the sprinkler system was not right. When the bridesmaids were walking up the aisle, the sprinklers behind the guests came on! The coordinator turned them off quickly, but when the bride was halfway down the aisle the sprinklers came on again under her and all the guests! They were quickly shut off and the ceremony proceeded. The wedding was covered in the Dallas Morning News, and the bride’s father was quoted as saying, “I guess in every marriage a little rain must fall!”

Cindy Horstman Harpist ceremony music

You can hear some samples of Cindy’s music on her website. She is available by email at cindy@cindyhorstman.com or by phone at 214.207.9494.

All images courtesy of Cindy Horstman

Alternative Ceremony Selections

Wedding Bagpiper Bella Bee Photography

Photo courtesy of Bella Bee Photography

News flash – not everyone out there is a big fan of Pachelbel (gasp!). And you know what? It’s totally fine if classical music is not what you see for your ceremony! The ceremony is truly the part of the big day that should best reflect you and your partner, because it will make that moment of saying, “I do” all the more authentic for you, your family, and your guests. So what are some ways you can branch out, musically speaking?

Choose a Different Instrument

Sometimes, the same song played by an electric violin or a saxophone instead of your traditional organ or string quartet can give you exactly the vibe you want for your ceremony. This is also a great way to give a more unique sound to your church ceremony – generally, your song choices will be regulated, but the instrument itself is a little more flexible. Bagpipes sound amazing in a cathedral, and provide a unique exit for the wedding party and guests.

Find Some Songs That Are More You

Pop, rock, jazz, country… What best reflects you? If you’re using a DJ or recorded music for the ceremony, the sky is the limit on choosing your processional and recessional songs. Some couples go traditional for everyone walking in, then set the tone for the reception with a fun exit song. Some couples toss all the traditional songs out the window and go for a more modern selection. Here are some popular recorded songs we’ve seen used in the last year or so that we’ve loved:

– A Thousand Years, Christina Perri

– God Bless the Broken Road, Rascal Flatts

– Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Stevie Wonder

– I Do, Colbie Caillat

– La Vie en Rose, Louis Armstrong

– Make You Feel My Love, Adele

You can also check out these more extensive lists from Paper Heart Photos and Bouquet Sound, as well as A Practical Wedding‘s list of hip ceremony music.

Tap Into Cultural Traditions

Are you doing something during the ceremony that involves a cultural tradition – for example, a Celtic hand-fasting or a Navajo blessing? Weave your ceremony together by using music that honors that region or culture for the processional and recessional. Need a little inspiration on what to bring into your ceremony?  Check out the articles here and here from The Knot.

Vendor Spotlight: Nick DiGennaro Music

Ahhh, live music… Is there anything quite like what live music can do for an event? Everything seems a bit more now, and present. The versatile Nick DiGennaro, of Nick DiGennaro Music, agreed to answer our spotlight questions, so read on to see what this guitarist and general Lover of Music has to say!

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photo credit: Nick DiGennaro

How long have you been in the wedding industry?
My focus shifted to solo guitar, jazz and classical, about twenty five years ago as well as with a very acoustic sounding duo and jazz trio.

What are your favorite wedding trends right now?
My weddings this year seem to favor classical music and pieces that have withstood the test of time rather than music or a song that happens to be in favor right now. In that first group, I would put the Beatles music, some of which is fifty years old! I hope this is the trend. I wouldn’t want couples years from now watching the video and wincing at their song selection!

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What do you love most about music for weddings, specifically?
I love to play classical and Renaissance music when the guests are arriving for the ceremony. Along with the décor, it creates the atmosphere of the beautiful and significant event that it is and I believe contributes to the lasting impact felt by bride and groom as well as the guests.

What makes you unique from other musicians?
When an inquiry comes to me about a wedding, most of the time the bride is asking only about the ceremony. The fact that I also play solo jazz guitar (and duo and trio) does tend to make what I do unique. I explain for a small additional fee, I will go on and play the cocktail hour with jazz guitar which has a very different sound and feel so the music evolves along with the day. Then, the band or DJ can kick in when the bride and groom are announced. I have many brides choosing this when this option is presented to them.

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Tell us about your most memorable and fun event/client experience.
Wow, that’s a tough one so I might go with the wedding we just did this past Saturday! Mike McCandless with Soundmasters DJ referred me to his bride’s father so the inquiry was about guitar and strings but he settled on solo guitar. He was handling everything even when I suggested that I could talk to the bride. Well, feeling that the violin was her request, I got him to add it and it sounded fantastic playing at the Bella Donna Chapel in McKinney with such wonderful acoustics. The guests were so complimentary. We played the cocktail hour with the jazz trio at Stonebridge Country Club so being able to do the ceremony with the violin and the jazz trio for cocktails before Mike McCandless took over was just about as good as it gets!

Tell us one thing we might not otherwise know about your company.
I often see musicians (and DJ’s) that seem not to be able to recognize what the function is of their piece of the event-puzzle. I keep my focus on the client. I like the little byline that I came up with: “Our music features you!”

Do you have any special discounts or offers for Nick DiGennaro Music at this time that our blog readers should know about?
I can’t do much if it’s just solo guitar for the hour but for the Jazz Trio during the cocktail hour, I will take off 10% if this blog is mentioned.

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photo credit: Sil Azevedo Photography

Thank you very much to Nick! Follow this link to his blog, and listen to his samples online. You will not regret it!

Traditional Ceremony Selections

Processional Joy Neville Photography

If you’d like your ceremony to have a timeless, traditional feel, there are several musical pieces that will help you set the tone!  For the most part, this means classical music (no words) or hymns (can be sung or played without vocal accompaniment).

Some of the selections we hear fairly often are also church appropriate (depending on the specific rules of your venue).  Additionally, most of these songs are fairly versatile and can be played on a variety of instruments.  Be sure to find a sample that uses your instrument of choice to ensure you love the sound – a single piano sounds very different than an organ and a choir, for example.  We’ve labeled our samples below by instrument, so that you can keep track.

 

Canon in D, Pachelbel – Harp

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach – String Quartet

Air on a G String, Bach – String Quartet

Ode to Joy, Beethoven – Organ

Hornpipe from Water Music, Handel – String Quartet

Trumpet Voluntary, Clarke – Organ

The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Handel – String Quartet

Spring: Allegro from Four Seasons, Vivaldi – Piano

Bridal Chorus, Wagner (Here Comes the Bride) – String Trio

Wedding March, Mendelssohn – Piano

 

Photo courtesy of Joy Neville Photography

 

Selecting Your Ceremony Music

While the ceremony is the most important piece of your wedding day, often times the music that accompanies your ceremony is overlooked and decided on last minute. Think of the music for your ceremony as the soundtrack to these amazing moments. Shouldn’t it be special?  Of course, you may be restricted based on your ceremony venue, but let’s talk options!

Pre-recorded Music

Depending on your chosen venue, this could be a sound tech playing something from an iPod to a DJ setting up his sound system and playing music from his laptop.  Recorded music allows you to know exactly what your selected songs will sound like, as well as allowing you to edit songs for timing, shortening and/or playing only a certain part of a song.  You are limited only by what music you have and/or can purchase from iTunes.  (Unless your venue restricts your music choices, but we’ll talk about that and logistics in another blog.)  Quite often, couples choose this option due to cost as well if a sound system is included with their venue.

Live MusicHarpist Jenny Glas

There is nothing like professionally trained musicians performing for your ceremony!  It creates a wonderful ambiance, with the mood set depending on the type of instruments and songs chosen.  The most popular choice is a traditional string trio or quartet.  Usually made up of a violin, viola and cello, adding in another violin for the quartet, this classic selection sets an elegant mood for your ceremony.  You can make it fun and funky depending on the songs you’ve chosen.  Some choose a duo or to combine strings with another instrument, such as the piano.  Other classic choices are a guitarist or harpist to set the mood.  Again, music choice is key, but harps are considered to be very elegant.

Want to put a spin on the traditional strings?  Try out an electric violin or contemporary string ensembles, like The Violin Guy or Rockestra.  Some other ideas we’ve seen are bagpipes for a grand entrance or exit to the ceremony, a bell or gospel choir for all or parts of a ceremony, or even a full orchestra for the ceremony. (Yes, that does cost quite a bit of money.)  There are lots of options out there, even for those who want to be more alternative in their choices.

Stay tuned and in our next blog we’ll talk more about these options and how much music to select for your ceremony.

 Photo provided by Phase 3 Photography

Vendor Spotlight: 5 by 7 Designs

We have one final fantastic stationer to round out our month of paper!  Meet the fabulous Annie Roche of 5 by 7 Designs.  She’s a whiz with paper goods – and beyond paper!  Read on! (All photos courtesy of 5 by 7 Designs)

Wedding invitation 5 by 7 Designs

When and how did you get into the wedding industry?

After college, my plan was to teach for two years and then go to law school. I stumbled upon a stationery store in Mockingbird Station one evening and applied to work part time. I immediately fell in love with paper and invitations.

Where are you based and where do you meet with clients?

Our studio is in Addison. We have a great farmhouse table where we meet with our clients and there is always a bottle of champagne chilling in our mini fridge!

Foil invitation 5 by 7 Designs

What makes you different at what you do?

I have been doing invitations for 10 years now, so I have a great knowledge of paper and printing. We are here to make the design process easy! We want it to fun! We are full service, so we design, print, assemble, address, stamp AND stand in the long lines at the post office – so you don’t have to.

(Note from EED – the fact that Annie assembles and stamps everything is SO amazing.  Sounds like such a simple thing, but you wouldn’t believe how much time that saves you!)

Watercolor save the date 5 by 7 Designs

Why do you think your clients hire you or what are some of the best compliments you’ve received from your clients?

I always joke that once you are a client, then you are stuck with me. I end up doing wedding invitations, moving announcements, baby announcements and birthday invitations. I become part of the family.

The biggest compliment is a referral to a friend or family member. I am honored that my clients trust me to help their friends and family.

Save the Date 5 by 7 Designs

What do you love most about weddings?

No matter what, I always cry when the bride walks down the aisle. I always have to bring tissues.

I love all the details at the reception – from the personalized cocktail napkins, to monogrammed guest towels in the bathroom, custom drink stirrers, and personalized menu cards – the little personalized touches can really make a wedding special.

Viewer invitation 5 by 7 Designs

Tell us about some unusual items you’ve been asked to create for weddings!

We once made a personalized dog collar and sign for the bride and groom’s boxer to wear in engagement photos. We used the picture of the dog for their Save the Dates.

Steampunk Invitation Suite Flashbox Photography

Thanks to Annie for answering our questions!  Please check out 5 by 7 Designs online or in person – you can call them at 214.538.2800 or email Annie directly at annie(at)5by7designs.com.

 

Vendor Spotlight: Avalon Legacy Ranch

Oh, have we got a treat for you.

Debi Parker-Ladd from Avalon Legacy Ranch has graciously agreed to answer our questions, and provided some of the most stunning photos for you to look at. (You lucky thing!) Read on to learn about Debi and her gorgeous venue, and then scroll through for all the pretty you can stand, and then some.

photo credit: Ryan O'Dowd Photography

photo credit: Ryan O’Dowd Photography

How long have you been in the wedding industry?
I have been in the wedding business for a year and a half. Everyone who visits Avalon Legacy Ranch says, “This is so beautiful! How come I didn’t know you existed?” They all know someone who they wish had seen our venue and said their vows here. Having worked 10 years in a church and 10 years as a teacher, the people and organizational skills I learned have helped us reach the level of success we have in such a short time. We were named Best of The Knot last year after our first year in business!

What are your favorite wedding trends right now?
Hmm… we make our own trends, so I really don’t know. Weddings have changed so much since the dark ages when I was married. I love the way the brides and grooms can personalize weddings and make them all about what is important to them.

I know that having wedding planners isn’t a trend, but as a venue owner I see over and over again the value of having a wedding planner. It isn’t that the bride and the mom can’t do it all – they can – but if they do they will be stressed out the entire day.

Many moms have less than 30 minutes from the time they quit decorating until they need to walk down the aisle. They miss precious moments with their daughters and they take on too much and are exhausted. They miss precious time they could have spent with their out of town guests. If I could encourage ONE THING – it would be to find a good wedding planner so you can enjoy every moment.

What do you love most about working at a wedding venue?
Oh – it is the greatest privilege to be chosen as the venue for a couple’s wedding. We love meeting every bride and groom that visits Avalon Legacy Ranch. By the end of the wedding most of them feel like family. We love love love serving our brides and grooms – working behind the scenes to make sure that their weddings run smoothly. We are like the Fairy Godmothers in Cinderella – we make things work.

What makes you unique from other venues?
Avalon Legacy Ranch is truly spectacular. We are only minutes away from downtown McKinney – but you will think you have been transported to East Texas or Colorado when you turn the bend in the road and see our venue. We are surrounded by 25 lush acres with trees, trees, trees, and a beautiful lake.

Our outdoor chapel is nestled around the trees with stained glass windows and vintage church pews providing the intimate ambience of a church wedding in an outdoor chapel.

Our landscape was designed by Cas Franklin, an internationally award winning landscape designer. We have over 90 rose bushes and hundreds of other plants and flowers. The gardens are so beautiful and the house is so well furnished that decorating almost isn’t necessary. The bride can add her special touches and save hundreds because she is getting married in a setting that is already spectacular.

Besides the incredible surroundings – we have a bridal suite that I believe to be the best around – it is an entire floor of the venue so there is plenty of room for the bride and bridesmaids to prepare for the wedding. There is a large room for makeup and hair as well as 2 bathrooms and a beautiful, beautiful bridal suite for dressing. Oh! We even have a dumbwaiter so the groom can send the bride flowers or a gift before the wedding.

Our groom’s room is just as fabulous – they love the large screen T.V. where they can play Xbox or watch football games. They even have the option of going fishing by the lake should they chose.

Another best is the venue itself. There are so many areas for your guests to enjoy, from the 3 pergolas with fire pits to the wonderfully decorated interior rooms to the corral to the lake, our guests love our facility and truly appreciate the opportunities to slip away and spend time with close family and friends while still enjoying the reception. We are truly unique in having a venue that is big enough for a large wedding while at the same time having unique private areas for those who would like to have a quiet area for conversation.

We are very spoiled – every wedding we have guests tell us that this was the best wedding they have ever attended.

Tell us about your most memorable and fun event/client experience.
Honestly – we have so much fun with all our brides and their families. It’s just an unbelievable privilege to be a part of their day.

Our favorite moment for any wedding is those moments before the dad is walking his daughter down the aisle and they are waiting nervously talking and laughing together. Seeing a dad’s pride and love for his daughter in those intimate moments is truly a gift. We get a special glimpse into a father’s love that few people get to see.

Afterward it is so rewarding to see guests seated at the pergolas around the fire pits laughing and enjoying themselves, getting to visit with the older guests who enjoy the inside couches and fireplace, watching everyone dancing and having the time of their lives. And of course we love everyone raving about how gorgeous our venue is during the reception. Everything we do all week is about the upcoming weekend. We never ever forget that this is the most important event in this couple’s lives. We feel a great deal of responsibility to go “above and beyond” not just the day of the wedding, but every day to ensure the bride and groom and their guests have a wonderful time.

Tell us one thing we might not otherwise know about your company.
We are very thankful we can send a part of all our profits towards educating children who have been orphaned in Uganda due to the AIDS virus and the violence in the country. We have helped to build a school that currently has 167 children who are completely supported by the church. We love our weddings and we also love our community. We have churches, schools, and other groups meet here during the week and would love to have your readers let their churches and social groups know about us.

Do you have any special discounts or offers for Avalon Legacy Ranch at this time that our blog readers should know about?
We offer discounts to any bride who is choosing to book us only 3 months before her wedding – and we give her all the resources she needs to be successful – a 3 month wedding is possible!

Many thanks to Debi for answering all of our questions. You can find more information on Avalon Legacy Ranch by visiting their site here. Debi provided us with so many lovely pictures we decided to put them all under the questions so you could scroll through uninterrupted. Enjoy!

photo credit: Marianne Sabado Photography

photo credit: Marianne Sabado Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

photo credit: Laura Miller Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

photo credit: Alyssa Turner Photography

photo credit: Alyssa Turner Photography

photo credit: Laura Miller Photography

photo credit: Laura Miller Photography

photo credit: Laura Miller Photography

photo credit: Laura Miller Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

photo credit: Joel Allegretto Photography

Vendor Spotlight: CW Designs

Good afternoon, Readers! How about some pretty illustrations to brighten this overcast day? Carol Sullivan, owner and designer with CW Designs was kind enough to answer our questions and send over some photos of her lovely work. Read on to find out more about Carol and her designs, and check out her website for more information and images!

photo credit: Lightbox Photography

photo credit: Lightbox Photography

How long have you been in the wedding industry?

I started CW Designs 8 years ago originally as a kids clothing shop, but very soon after I was asked by my best friend to design a wedding invitation suite and I included a map and stuck it up on Etsy. I started to get requests almost immediately and then it just took off.

photo credit: Raquel Reis

photo credit: Raquel Reis

What are your favorite wedding trends right now?

Right now, anything gold, wood, or boho. I am always trying new things and looking for ways to interpret classic design.

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

What do you love most about working in stationery design?

I love working with and meeting new brides; their enthusiasm is infectious. Every day is new! One day I could be working on an invitation suite for a huge wedding in Scotland, or another designing a relaxed island in Capri. It’s hard not to daydream a bit when the locations are so beautiful!

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

What makes you unique from other stationers?

I really try to capture the couple’s personality and interests in my designs. An invitation is the first thing their guests will see and I take that very seriously. I think great design in hidden in the details so I always try to give that extra little something that most people may not even notice but I will.

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

Tell us about your most memorable and fun event/client experience.

The most memorable was probably the time I was asked to create a suite based on Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson. It was something new for me, but I think we found the perfect balance of style while still allowing the couples personality to shine through. Oh, and I had to do two sets, one in English and the other in Italian! That’s amore!

I also created a huge map (36”x54”) for a couple that got married at the New York Athletic Club {below}. They displayed it at their reception where it made a great conversation piece for guests. The huge map shared all their favorite spots and memorable locations from their first date to the site of the wedding. They even printed small maps and attached them to caramel apples for their guests. I love it when people think outside the box!

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

Tell us one thing we might not otherwise know about your company.

It is truly a family owned and operated business. My husband does all the boring stuff to keep the business going which frees me up to do what I like to do, design! Sometimes I put my kiddos to work too. I have a 4-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son. My dog Lulu is always at my feet keeping me warm.

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

Do you have any special discounts or offers for CW Designs at this time that our blog readers should know about?

Sure! Enter EAD10 for 10% off custom invites and maps!

photo credit: McKinney Foto, photography by Patrizia Montanari

photo credit: McKinney Foto, photography by Patrizia Montanari

photo credit: McKinney Foto, photography by Patrizia Montanari

photo credit: McKinney Foto, photography by Patrizia Montanari

Many thanks to Carol! More pretty after the jump. Have an all-about-you kind of day!

Vendor Spotlight: The Left Handed Calligrapher

One way to make your paper products a little more personal, a little more special, is to use a calligrapher. A unique handwritten font can really set the tone for your wedding day! Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to Nicole Black, owner of The Left Handed Calligrapher.  Let’s see what she has to say! (All photos courtesy of The Left Handed Calligrapher)

Wedding calligraphy The Left-Handed Calligrapher

When and how did you get into the wedding industry?

I started my calligraphy business in August of 2007. I got married the April before and had such a positive reaction to my calligraphy that I decided to try a little shop. It helped that my mom was a creative entrepreneur when I was in grade school, so the skill set needed to make the creative and business merge was an example of living while I was growing up.

Wedding calligraphy The Left-Handed Calligrapher

Describe your favorite type of client.

I love a client who loves paper. Who values paper. Who respects paper. As a person who is all those things – the connection is instant. No matter the budget or the style – a paper person will always be my favorite type of client.

Wedding calligraphy The Left-Handed Calligrapher

What makes you different at what you do?

I am a classically trained calligrapher… who is young. So I am knowledgeable on the classic hands and also have a whimsical side that works for the modern styles. I have found a way to marry the pen and ink with technology making calligraphy available on many levels in the ever changing world of events and social gatherings.

Wedding calligraphy The Left-Handed Calligrapher

Why do you think your clients hire you?

My clients pick me because I have a strong foundation to make beautiful letters. My work is meant to be pretty and legible. It is meant to make you stop and say – wow, this is by hand.  Some one who cares touched each item of this (product) to celebrate with me and for me.

Wedding calligraphy The Left-Handed Calligrapher

Tell us about some unusual items you’ve been asked to do calligraphy on for weddings!

I have written on: people, sea shells, star fish, wine bottles, drift wood, metal, glass, mirrors, chalkboard, wood, large walls, live leaves, concrete, brick, Spanish tile, fabric and a guitar.

Wedding calligraphy The Left-Handed Calligrapher

Do you have a funny story to share about a previous event?

Gosh, I do not get to travel to my events very often; but I did get to work on-site for one in Oklahoma and wound up standing on a ladder in mud to complete (amend) the directional signage once it was in place. It’s a tough and dirty job – calligraphy. :-)

So there you have it! Check out Nicole’s portfolio at The Left Handed Calligrapher, or shoot her an email at nicole (at) thelefthandedcalligrapher.com for more information!