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Color lovers + modern brides will appreciate the perfectly blended pops of neon, bold textures + unexpected details. Passionate letterers will salivate over the flawless mix of nontraditional calligraphy mediums dreamed up by the visionary Jenin Paradise of Planning for Paradise. Our girl Morgan of Verdigris Photography + Design beautifully captured the stunning combination of contrasting hues + arrangements featured throughout the entire stylish shoot. And I, of course, had a blast with the creatively long neon pink leash I was given for the stationery + paper goods.

Acrylic Hand-lettered Wedding Invitation

Planning for Paradise truly dreamed up the most vibrant vignette with a 1940s twist. It's not often a calligrapher has such an amazing opportunity to mirror the subtle greys + bold fuchsias also represented in the gorgeous bridal styling + makeup.

These gorgeous tiles are also an easy DIY. We chose these smooth, white tiles from a variety of options available at Home Depot. Some quick faux calligraphy using a black Molotow acrylic paint pen makes these escort tiles a lovely + permanent keepsake for your guests.


It was an amazingly gratifying experience to be a part of such a inspired shoot - it would be a dream to have such a fun + fearless couple walk through my studio doors!

Luckily, there has seemed to be a bit of a shift in a bolder direction here in Chicago. Brides who want to stand out are realizing they need to look outside the standardized, semi-customizable box. A resurgence in calligraphy education has bride's more aware of the true value in custom wedding stationery. It goes so far beyond a Save the Date + coordinating invitation suite. It can set the tone for the entire experience. From your paper goods to your florals, the cake + the lipstick. It all goes into the making of a day, my luv! Embrace the moment, boldly.


Photographer Verdigris Photography + Design / Location: Magnolia Bridal / Stylist & Event Designer + Planner: Planning For Paradise / Florist: Planning For Paradise / Hair & Makeup: Three One Two / Invitations & Signage: Màs+Millie / Cake: Two Wild Seeds / Furniture Rentals & Stools: Sassy Abode / Dress: Sarah Janks from Magnolia Bridal / Engagement Ring: Susie Saltzman / Model: Tessa Meadows

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