My friend, sweet Lauren, is the head boss lady at Lauren Perry Studio. There is literally nothing this girl can’t do. I can come to her with this super vague idea and when that invitation suite gets shipped to my house, it is exactly what I had pictured! Come meet Lauren and learn all about her invitation and calligraphy business!
1. Why is your heart set on calligraphy/invitation design?
Your wedding invitations are the first glimpse of your wedding that your guests will receive! From the moment your guests open their mailbox and pull out that beautiful little envelope, they have a sense of all of the excitement that will come once the big day arrives! Most of the time when your guests are grabbing their mail, they are inundated with junk mail, and bills. Sending your wedding invitation with hand calligraphy makes that special piece of mail stand out a little bit more, so that your guests will pause and a enjoy seeing their name in calligraphy! They’ll open the invitation and see the love and care that we have put into your design, and catch a little glimpse of the personality they know and love about you and your fiance! Giving your guests that special moment is the reason why I absolutely love calligraphy and invitation design!
2. How did you get started in the wedding world?
I got started in the wedding world after I watched so many of my friends plan their weddings and have to settle for invitations that they didn’t love. Each of them found beautiful invitations, but they all said the same thing – they wished they could have changed one little part, or tweaked one color. By selecting a pre-designed, mass-produced invitation, they were never able to find a look that perfectly captured their unique relationship. A wedding is a celebration of two people who out of all of the people in the world, found each other, and couldn’t imagine their lives with anyone else. The way that you invite your guests should celebrate the unique aspects of your relationship, whether that is the fact that you met freshman year in Physics class, have a pug obsession, or want to spend every day travelling the world! I started Lauren Perry Studio to provide a way for couples to have custom designed invitations and calligraphy that would celebrate their love story, and make their guests feel special from the moment they open their invitation.
3. Who is your ideal bride and groom?
My ideal bride and groom is a couple who loves a traditional, southern look with a twist of fun, modern colors and designs! They love cheering on their school’s football team on Fall weekends, and going on adventures together. The groom isn’t quite sure about this whole wedding planning thing, but watching his bride’s eyes light up when she finds just the right wedding shoes makes it all worth it. You can find him spending time with friends on the weekend watching sports or checking out a local craft brewery. The bride is so excited to finally be marrying her best friend, and can’t wait to see how all of the special details she’s planned come together! She’s usually found decked out in preppy clothes and Lilly Pulitzer prints catching up with her friends at brunch; They love finding silly things to laugh about, and believe you should always treat your guests with Southern hospitality!
4. Why is the invitation design important to the overall wedding design?
The design of your invitation provides a sneak peek into the style of your wedding day. When your guests receive your invitation, they are clued into the level of formality of the event, the color scheme, and your wedding style! This sets the tone for your big day before your guests even arrive. When your invitation portrays a level of formality, your guests know to break out their favorite cocktail dress, when it portrays a fun laid-back look, they know they can leave the heels at home and break out a sundress!
Connect with Lauren!
Alicia and Ian are getting married tomorrow! I met with them a couple of months ago and, if I can be transparent, at that time they decided to go with another wedding planner. I was bummed but understood. Fast forward to about 3 months ago and my phone starts ringing with a phone call from Alicia. “Hmmm, this is weird.” Long story short, their planner decided to pack up shop and left them stranded! Her mistake was my gain because this couple is amazing. Alicia is so kind hearted and loving & Ian goes right along with everything; simply assuring Alicia along the way. It is so amazing to watch these two together and see how their partnership works. Their wedding is going to be such to be an amazing day! The weather is forecasted to be perfect, their vendor team is amazing–I truly think it will be one of those weddings that I will just love to be a part of!
1) How did you two meet?
We met at a party hosted by one of Ian’s college roommates who happened to be a friend from my hometown.
2) How did he propose?
We took a trip to Europe in June 2015 to run a race in Svalbard (part of Norway that is in the Arctic Circle). After the race, we traveled to Germany for a few days and then took a 2-day trip to Paris where Ian proposed at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
3) What do you think will be your favorite part of your wedding day?
Seeing each other during the first look, saying our vows, dancing our first dance. 🙂
4) Can you provide some planning advice to brides in the thick of it right now?
1. When ordering your dress, order a size up and prepare and plan for alterations from the beginning to allow yourself time to get the dress to the way it looked when you decided it was “the one”. The way it looks when you try it on is not the way it looks when you order it in your size.
2. Create a joint Gmail account for you and your partner and use this to email vendors, save your contracts, price quotes, conversations, etc.
3. Your wedding is a pretty special and unique event. If you really want something, don’t be afraid to splurge. There’s a lot of FOMO and it can be hard to discern what you really want from what you think would look really cool but try not to get hung up saying “it’s only one day, why spend all this money?”. It is one day but it’s one day for the books and that counts for something.
4. Hire a wedding coordinator!
5) What are you most looking forward to about married life?
Referring to one another as husband and wife, getting a pet (or 3) and planning new adventures!
In case you didn’t read their intro post (here), Bettina and JP got engaged at The Inn at Perry Cabin. St. Michael’s has always held a special place in their love story so it was only fitting that their wedding reception would take place at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
These two have some of the kindest hearts, ever. Bettina and JP are seriously the sweetest and most thoughtful people. Their families were hilarious (Grandma got on stage with the band…it was awesome)! I think, more than anything, I loved their “go with the flow” attitudes. You see, two days before their wedding there was a threat of a Hurricane coming up the coast. Gourmet by the Bay were total rockstars keeping me aware of other possible venues (yes, it looked that bad), then where the new tent location would be, and finally letting me know when tent was up and settled. Again, total rock stars!
So, yes, we did have to move the tent location but the hurricane stayed off the coast and they had beautiful late summer weather for their wedding day. They were still able to get married with almost 365 degree views of the water. It wasn’t everything they imagined their day to be but I do think it was absolutely gorgeous. (P.S. Make sure you scroll to the bottom and watch their video! Ah-mazing!)
Bettina and JP, thank you for allowing me to be a part a part of your amazing day! <3
Photographers: Michael and Carina
Catering: Gourmet by the Bay
Wedding Coordinator: Sara Reynolds Events
Florist: Seaberry Farms
Videographer: Shutter and Sound
Hair: PSC Artistry
Make-up: The Make-up Chic
I am SO excited to finally share these images! Anne approached me to create a shoot that would match her brand. I asked what parts of her brand she wanted to showcase.
Blue. Alright, got it!
This shoot ended up being a gorgeous mash up of vintage elegance dripping in the Pantone colors of the year! Enjoy these gorgeous images! (Featured in The Perfect Palette!)
Photographer: Anne Casey Photography
Planning: Sara Reynolds Events
Florals: Designs by Oochay
Invitations: Beloved Paper
Cake: Flavor Cupcakery
Rentals: White Glove Rentals
Gown: K & B Bridal
Hair and Make-up: Beauty by Sue
I am so excited to share this wedding with you! When Katie contacted me about being her wedding coordinator I was so excited to hear her ideas about a waterfront ceremony, historical site, cozy guest list, and a Tuesday wedding! I loved it! The day was full of anticipation from the moment I arrived. It was a warm July day and, due to the historical nature of the State House, fans were the only cooling measure. The heat did not stop the girls from enjoying themselves! Before we knew it, Katie slipped on that dress and peered out the windows eagerly ready for her first look. The first look was full of emotion & included an “off the market” real estate sign (Mitch is a real estate agent)!
Vows were exchanged overlooking the Bay and officiated by Katie’s grandfather! Katie was so excited for the recessional she forgot to grab her bouquet from her maid of honor. 🙂 Guests munched on barbecue and then danced the night away! The quintessential ending to a Fourth of July weekend wedding is…a sparkler exit! Katie & Mitch, thank you for having me part of your special day! It was full of pure joy!
Photographer: Amanda Adams
Wedding Coordinator: Sara Reynolds Events
Catering: Smokey Joe’s
Florals: Scarborough Farms
Cupcakes: The Farmer’s Daughter