Real Wedding: Gwen + Matthew // One Year Anniversary

When your mom is your florist, your dad is your jeweler, and you have your own personal collection of antique decor to incorporate into your rustic-chic themed wedding, your wedding is guaranteed to have all the heart eyes. Gwen and Matthew were one of my favorite couples of 2017 and I can’t believe it’s been a year already, but they say time flies when you’re having fun, right? Happy one year anniversary, Gwen & Matt!

Venue: Brandywine Manor House // Photographer: Bartlett Pair Photography // Videographer: Tag Visual Media // DJ: Lovesick Inc // Florist: Petals ‘n Vine // Jewler: JG Kronenberger Fine Jewlery // Calligrapher: Caitlin Jane Calligraphy // Invitations: Paper and Posh // Caterer: Sage // Make-up: Blushing Brides // Wedding Dress: Lian Carlo // Groomsmen Apparel: Mainline Custom Shop // Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your MuMu // Tables: Barnes Farmhouse Tables

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Vintage Stamps // Tips and Where to Source Them
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One of the most common questions I get asked is about vintage stamps and where to source them, so today I’m sharing a round-up of my favorite online shops to purchase from.  Vintage stamps are gorgeous and add a fun element to your wedding or party invitations -- the downfall is that they can get pricey, so I recommend using them for milestone invitations like weddings, birth announcements, showers, etc.  Unused vintage stamps never expire, so there are endless opportunities to purchase stamps that reflect you, your personal style, or a specific color palette.

If you shop for vintage stamps and feel like they’re going to break your budget, an alternate option is to mix-and-match regular USPS postage with some vintage stamps.  It’s a great way to get the vintage “look” without the price tag that comes with it.


Most vintage stamps run in the 3-8 cent range, so you’ll need a lot of stamps to add up to the correct postage.  What is the correct postage, you ask? I always recommend taking a full invitation suite to the post office and have it weighed to determine the price.  There are many factors that impact postage such as size and shape of the envelope, weight, and extra embellishments like wax seals. Once you know your postage and are shopping for vintage stamps, search for as many high value stamps as possible and then supplement your postage with the smaller stamps.


Lastly, if you’re using a calligrapher, be sure to share with them that you’ll be using vintage postage as this can alter the layout of your addressing!


My favorite shops for sourcing vintage stamps:

Underwood Letterpress

Vintage Postage Shop

Verde Studio

Little Postage House

Pack and Post


Did you find this post helpful?  Have any other questions? Let me know below!


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Wedding Inspiration//Refined, California Elegance

Last month I had the opportunity to participate in the first styled shoot at the new Terrain at Devon Yards and, not to get all cliche on you, but what a gorgeous space! The images below shot by Maria Mack Photography speak for themselves, so without further ado…

Planning & Event Design: Arielle Fera Events // Venue & Catering: Terrain at Devon // Floral Design: Twisted Willow Flowers // Cake: Nutmeg Cake Design // Hair & Makeup: Hayley Annino // Stationery: PaperTree Studio // Calligraphy: Caitlin Jane Calligraphy // Jewlery: L.Priori // Rentals: White Glove Rentals // Dress & Bridal Accessories: BHLDN // Menswear: The Black Tux

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Turks & Caicos Travel Recap // Where to Stay, Eat, Shop + Swim
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A few weeks ago we FINALLY took our trip to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos.  We were originally scheduled to take this vacation in September 2017 but mother nature/hurricane season had other plans and we were forced to postpone.  Welllll let me just say that Turks and Caicos was so worth the wait! Ed and I took a two week trip back in November to Thailand and the Maldives and if there’s one thing you know about me it’s that I’m as honest as they come, and I have to say that the water in Turks and Caicos is on par with that of the Phi Phi Islands and the Maldives, anddd not to mention, you can get to T&C without having to travel halfway around the world. #win

If T&C isn’t already on your bucket list, I highly recommend adding it (and bumping it to the top!)  Not only is it a quick flight from the US, but they also speak English, accept USD, and the country is really safe.  I love all the Caribbean destinations, but there are some I just wouldn’t feel safe venturing around, but we rented a car and drove all over the whole island without any issues.  We did get a flat tire one night after slamming a massive pothole, but that’s a story for another day...

Below I’m sharing my favorite places to stay, eat, drink, shop, and swim in Turks and Caicos.

STAY

We rented one of the White Villas in the Long Bay area for our week stay. We originally found the house on AirBnb, but ended up booking directly through the owners Simon and Pina.  The house was perfect and came with all the amenities we needed, had its own pool, and was a quick 2-3 minute walk to the beach.

For more information about the White Villas, you can visit the website here, or any AirBnb or Google search of vacation homes in T&C will bring up a bunch of other rental options to accommodate a variety of budgets and family sizes.

 White Villas in Turks and Caicos

White Villas in Turks and Caicos

EAT + DRINK

Cocovan - Who wouldn’t want to get served a meal from an airsteam!? Not only does this place have a super cool vibe, the food and drinks are really good.  I recommend the sesame beef tacos, fried shrimp and mac n’ cheese balls, the gorgonzola fries, and really anything on the menu….

Turks Kebab - Order #14 off the menu with a side of hummus and pita.  It was so good we went here for lunch two days in a row.

Infiniti - The Infiniti Bar at the Grace Bay Club is a must visit.  Think lanterns, string lights, chill seating, sunset views, and good drinks.

Las Brisas - Sadly the existing restaurant was hit pretty hard by the hurricanes in 2017 so the original spot is closed while undergoing construction to rebuild, but they’ve set up an outdoor deck area as a temporary space.  It’s beautiful, is right on the water with good views, and the food was really good.

Turks Head Brewing - If you’re a beer drinker, this place is for you, but if not, feel free to scroll down :)  Because almost everything is imported, it can be pretty expensive to shop on the island, especially for alcohol.  Buying the local brands will not only save you money, but it’s always nice to support small businesses! The beer here is good, and they have a taproom where can sample everything before you buy.  Not to mention they have some really fun, creative beer names.

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Cocovan in Turks and Caicos

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Infiniti Bar in Turks and Caicos

SHOP

Lemon 2 Go Coffee - Located in the Salt Mills Plaza is this gem of a coffee shop.  Good coffee and pastries, and attached to it is the cutest little gift shop.

Weekly Fish Fry - Every Thursday outside the Gansevoort Resort is a public fish fry.  This is a great place to eat and drink, and it also has a lot of vendors set up you can purchase from.

 Lemon 2 Go Coffee Shop in Turks and Caicos

Lemon 2 Go Coffee Shop in Turks and Caicos

SWIM

Long Beach - This is the beach within walking distance from our rental.  It’s mostly a wild beach with a few houses along it and away from the touristy hotel zone. The water is the prettiest blue, but we noticed that the ocean on this side of the island tended to be a little more choppy and wavy due to the location.  If you take a walk on this side of the beach you’ll see thousands of conch shells (and no I’m not exaggerating!)

Grace Bay - Named one of the world’s most gorgeous beaches and rightfully so.  The shades of blue throughout Grace Bay are amazing, and on some days the water was so blue that the sun was reflecting off the water and made the clouds look turquoise.  Just amazing.

Sopadilla Bay - No words describe this place.  It’s a little off the beaten path, but it’s worth it once you get there.  Gorgeous, calm, and shallow water with multi-million dollar homes right on the beach.  All of the beaches in T&C are public, so even though the beach has homes right on it, you can still sit down in front of them and enjoy sunset.

Taylor Bay - This is the most secluded beach we found during our stay.  It neighbors Sopadilla Bay, but it’s tucked back in a neighborhood and really tricky to find.  The road to get there will actually say “Private” but if you ignore the sign and drive through you can park on the side of the road and walk through the one and only public entrance.  It’s definitely hard to find, and admittedly we needed to ask a police officer to direct us, but once we were there it was so. worth. It.

Turtle Cove - We found this place by means of a morning yoga class one day and it was such a good find!  The water on the shoreline is pretty rocky, but it’s gorgeous nonetheless and is a great place to check out some swanky homes and search for sea turtles.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful if you are planning a trip to T&C!  I love a good conversation about travel, so if this post leaves you with any questions feel free to drop me an email at hello@caitlinjancalligraphy.com!

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Turtle Cove in Turks and Caicos

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Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos

REAL WEDDING: ALEXA + CHRIS // A MODERN WEDDING WITH GREENERY AT THE CURTIS CENTER

Ah yes! A REAL wedding!  These days it can be SO hard to scroll through Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest and decipher what's real and what's not, and with styled shoots being more popular than ever, it can be even more difficult to find real wedding inspiration.

Alexa and Chris had a modern and chic, wedding filled with acrylic signage, tropical greenery, air plants, custom calligraphy, all contrasted with pops of black, white, and gold.  To say this was a gorgeous event is an understatement, so without further adieu, I double dog dare ya to scroll down and see for yourself!

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Photographer: Rachel Pearlman  // Calligraphy: Caitlin Jane Calligraphy  // Ceremony Venue & Cake: Cescaphe // Tuxedo: Sagets Formal Wear // Wedding Dress: Martina Liana // Floral Design: QA Event Design // Officiant:  Journeys of the Heart // Hair: Bella Angel

 

 

Invitation Addressing Etiquette
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Invitation Design by Papertree Studio, Photography by Kay Kroshus, Calligraphy by Caitlin Jane Calligraphy

I get it.

It’s time to send out those wedding invitations and you aren’t sure if you should address your Uncle Bill as “William” even though you’ve never called him that.  You’ve also got lawyers, doctors, and military members on your guest list and you aren’t sure of the proper titles to use for them.  Oh, and not to mention, you’re also inviting your married cousin who decided to keep her maiden name.

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

Below are some general rules of thumb you may find helpful when it comes to addressing your wedding invitations, but before we dive in, let’s quick touch on the difference between inner and outer envelopes.  Back in the old days when mail was delivered by hand, envelopes would get pretty dirty en route to their destination, so that’s where the idea of inner and outer envelopes was born.  The outer envelope would be the main mailing envelope, but inside would be a pristine, fancy envelope, and then inside the inner envelope lays the invitation.  Swanky, right?

Tradition has since held and invitations for formal events are often sent with both inner and outer envelopes.  The outer envelope contains the guest’s address and the inner envelope states exactly who is invited to the event.  This enables the host to be very clear about who is invited, and by omission, who is not.

If inner envelopes aren’t being used, then the names of all invited guests are written on the outer envelope.  It’s 2018, so I always tell brides to buck tradition as they see fit.  If the concept of inner and outer envelopes just doesn’t bode well for your wedding, then by all means do what fits you best!

Now that we’ve got that covered, here are some helpful hints regarding envelope etiquette for your invitations.

1.     Always use your guest's full names

2.     Avoid writing “and family” or “and children” and instead spell out the guest's names

3.     Write out the words “street,” “boulevard,” “avenue,” “drive,” “road,” etc.

4.     Spell out all state names

5.     Do not use symbols. Spell out the word “and” (an exception being if your envelopes are too small to fit everything)

6.     Guests over the age of 18 should receive their own invitation, even if they live at home with their parents

7.     Omit names of children altogether if you are planning an adult-only reception

If you're still feeling stuck and want to see some specific examples you can

Click here to download my FREE guide on envelope addressing etiquette!