Bespoke Wedding Invitation | Calligraphy | Warrenton, Virginia
When Terry Kaye of Terry Kaye Events reached out about a vintage 1940’s styled wedding inspiration shoot at a historic home turned B&B in downtown Warrenton, Virginia I was intrigued, especially because of the history of this property. The home has a long history and was once the Hearst house where Randolph Hearst’s grandson and his beautiful bride hosted their reception which was said to be “the wedding of the year”. I mean for someone who is all about storytelling through my designs this was an opportunity to create a beautiful wedding invitation suite that shared a snippet of this gorgeous home’s history as well as contributing to another chapter in this house’s story book.
The inspiration for this styled shoot stemmed from design aesthetics for a glam, elegant and timeless feel with a french twist which paired beautifully with the color palette of pale blue, gold, ivory and nude blush. I designed this wedding stationery suite around classic and elegant calligraphy styles that are timeless in and of themselves. I was inspired by the ornate filigree often found in vintage architecture and home decor design and wanted to incorporate some of those ornate and dainty details within the suite design. I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to incorporate that so I turned to Pinterest and started researching historic homes and vintage decor. I fell in love with frame and mirror details and immediately knew that would be the perfect vehicle for an ornate filagree and I just love how the hand illustrated frame turned out! Since I wanted to to add a modern twist to these wedding invitations I decided instead of a traditional white, the invites would be the most gorgeous shade of pale blue and that pop of color was just what this suite needed! Pairing this wedding invitation with classic gold calligraphy was a no brainer!
I had the opportunity to actually see the Chilton House on the day of the styled shoot and my oh my is it ever gorgeous! I was blown away by it’s stately front and every room was just as breathtaking as the last! The tablescape from this styled shoot is still one of my all time top favorite tables! I am obsessed with the dusty blue candles in antique gold candlestick holders especially when paired with the greenery garland running down the length of the table, the layered gold chargers and place settings and the pale blue menus I designed perfectly placed at each seat.
This vintage wedding styled shoot is tells a beautiful story at an even more beautiful historic home and is one to see! You can check out more of this styled shoot which was also featured over on Artfully Wed!
Photographer | Candice Adelle Photography
Event Planner | Terry Kaye Events
Event Venue | The Chilton House
Vintage Decor | Bella Villa Antiques & Vintage Rentals
Dress Store | Blush Bridal Boutique
Jewelry | Carter & Spence Jewelers
Stationery + Calligraphy | Farmstead Design Studio
Beauty | Salon Emage Day Spa
Equipment Rentals | Sammy’s Rentals Inc.
Floral Designer | Sarena Floral Designs
Custom Wedding Gifts | Southern Grown Vintage
Cake Designer | Sweet Pink Bakery
Lighting | La Bella Luce
Bespoke Wedding Stationery | Calligraphy | Charlottesville, Virginia
There’s something so pure about a mother’s love and when I was approached to design a calligraphy letter from a mother to her daughters for a bridal session I had to say yes! Shelby was married at the courthouse and never had a chance to wear a wedding gown. She now has two young daughters and wanted to have a bridal session with her girls. Shelby wrote the most beautiful letter to her daughters for their future wedding days and let me tell you, I definitely cried a few times writing that sweet letter! Since becoming a mother I am an emotional wreck whenever I see the mother son dance at weddings, thinking about one day that being Grayson and I and it gets me everytime to think of the man Grayson will become (like now, the extra pregnancy hormones are just adding to me sobbing as I write this)!
I designed and wrote Shelby’s letter to her daughters in pink watercolor calligraphy since the session was being photographed in a grove of blooming cherry blossoms. The bridal session couldn’t have been more beautiful or perfect! Below is the letter Shelby wrote to her daughters,
“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
My dear daughters,
My prayer for you is that
the One who created your hearts
will lead you to the men
who will lovingly care for them.
As you grow, I hope that you
come to learn just how
valuable and treasured you are.
My sweet girls, always remember
that you are precious to me
and my love for you will never end.
I pray that on your wedding day
and forever after, you will
experience profound joy
and a rich and lasting love.
Someday you will be brides,
but you will always be my daughters.
I hope Shelby and her daughters treasure this letter for all their days and look back at these photos with joy and love. One of my favorite aspects of my job is being a part of some of the most special days in my clients lives! It bring me so much happiness to know that my bespoke stationery and calligraphy are a piece of the puzzle to making that day one of the best days of their lives, creating memories that will last them a lifetime and something they can look at for years to come!
See this session published in
Lieb Photographic Blog
Photography | Lieb Photographic
Videography |Olea Films
Fashion | BHLDN
Flowers | Good Earth Flowers
Cake | Cakes in Art
Gift Items | Southern Grown Vintage
Calligraphy | Farmstead Design Studio
We are beyond excited for the official launch of Farmstead Design Studio! It has been years in the making and can’t wait to share it all with you! Welcome to our home on the Farmstead . . .
Farmstead Design Studio in a nutshell | Designer of all things pretty. Creative-mompreneur. Graphic design. Bespoke event + wedding stationery. Calligraphy + custom signage. Interior design & decor. Brand styling + logo design. Inspiring others to live a creative life.
We are currently based in Charlottesville, Virginia and would love to meet you for a cup of coffee, talk over the phone, exchange emails or chat on Skype + Facetime. Although we are physically based in Virginia our services are available nationwide and internationally thanks to the wonderful advancements in technology. We have clients from all over including, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, Charlottesville, Virginia, Asheville, North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, San Diego, California, Orange County, California, West Palm Beach, Florida, San Fransisco, California, New York City, New York, Charleston, South Carolina + beyond!
Check out our pretty paper for every occasion, interior design + home decor for a beautiful space and brand styling that tells a story. We would love to work with you and can’t wait to see where this adventure takes us! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to start telling your story through our custom designs! Follow us on social media to see all the awesome projects we have the opportunity to create and updates on all the newest happening at Farmstead!