{Calligraphy Workshop} Valley & Co. + Alyssa Wilcox Photography

May 6th, 2014

The last weekend in March, we embarked on a three city “calligraphy workshop tour” to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. It was quite the adventure, but we had so much fun meeting many great people interested in learning the art of calligraphy! We are also fortunate to have amazing friends in the event industry to help us put our workshops together! Here we are sharing some snaps by Alyssa Wilcox Photography from our Seattle workshop, which was designed and produced by our friends at Valley & Co. Aleah pulled together a great team and Bing generously sponsored the extras to make it a special evening for our attendees {think delicious cupcakes from Trophy Cupcakes!}!

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The beautiful view came courtesy of our host venue, the Yacht Club on Lake Union, and Pedersen’s Rentals provided the linens. Special thank you to everyone who made it possible!

We have a full lineup of summer/fall workshops planned, so be sure to check out our website for details!

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{Featured On} Glitter Guide – Veuve Clicquot Tasting

April 24th, 2014

We are always excited when Caitlin of Glitter Guide reaches out to collaborate on a project because we just know whatever she creates will be oh-so-lovely…and this dinner tasting for Veuve Clicquot that she styled along with Julie of Julip Made definitely did not disappoint! The event took place at Table {in DC…definitely need to add that to my list of places to dine!} with gorgeous spring florals by Holly Chapple, linens from Over The Top Linens and all captured to perfection by Abby Jiu.

We created two oversize chalkboards, menus, place cards and a few smaller signs to share the social media love. Enjoy!

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To see the full feature, head on over to Glitter Guide!

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{Calligraphy Workshops} SHADE Hotel | Manhattan Beach by Raya Carlisle

March 27th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that we’ve got five workshops under our belt in just two short months! There are currently 13 workshops on the upcoming schedule and four of those are taking place this weekend in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle {still a few seats left for Seattle}! You can see the full schedule including stops in NYC, Austin, Dallas, Boston, Chicago, Salt Lake City and Denver on our website here.

Our first stop this weekend is at SHADE Hotel in Manhattan Beach, so I thought we would share the photos from Raya Carlisle of our first workshop there in February! The lovely blooms were provided by The Bloom of Time – thanks Adrienne!

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The students in this class were quite talented ~ I was very impressed with their calligraphy skills and am confident that they will be able to use it for their personal projects in the future!

Again, for more information on upcoming workshops, please visit our website!

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{Love Tour} Zoom Theory + LVL Events

March 25th, 2014

When Meredith of Zoom Theory asked us to join their Love Tour at Verandas House & coordinated by LVL Events in February, we were so happy that we would be in Los Angeles that very weekend and could finally participate! The event is a bridal showcase full of top-notch vendors ~ so be sure to check back at their site for future events!

We got our rental piece from Archive Rentals & The Bloom of Time did the gorgeous blooms & table set-up shown below. Here’s a snippet of our set-up and you can see the full day over on Zoom Theory’s blog!

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Visit Zoom Theory for a full listing of fabulous vendors!

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{In the Press} Laura Hooper Calligraphy Office on Glitter Guide

March 19th, 2014

In case you somehow missed it via all my social media outlets…my office was recently featured on Glitter Guide! Having moved to Virginia over 8 months ago, it has definitely been a long time coming to get my office organized and looking like “me.”

Enter Jessica Klein of With Love, Design. She was the best thing to happen to this place! We sent her dimensions and photographs of the space and existing furniture, and she picked out a bunch of key items to get us started, then actually came down to the office {from Boston!} for the install & styling. Honestly I don’t know how we would have done it without her. And she didn’t just make it pretty. She literally took everything off the built-in bookcase shelves and got it organized. It was amazing. Not to mention the all day shopping trip to Target, HomeGoods, Aaron Brothers and more I’m probably forgetting. {Side note: why is it so much easier to shop with a professional? Seriously, that girl is an expert!}

The oh-so-lovely Amie Decker of Amie Decker Beauty worked her magic on my hair and makeup, and my pal Abby Jiu captured it all so beautifully! Oh and to top it off? Katie from Petal and Print had recently teamed up with us for our DC Calligraphy workshop, and I was able to repurpose her stunning florals!

I am so lucky to have had these ladies help me, and it is just a joy to share it with all of you!

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Jessica even helped me get the living room into shape ~ including my favorite  accent piece…the bar cart!


And my handsome pups were on hand to enjoy the day as well…



Thanks again ladies for bringing my ideas to life and Glitter Guide for sharing it!

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{Calligraphy Q&A}

March 14th, 2014

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Thanks to social media like Instagram, I’m able to share my art with thousands of people every day – which I love! It is a great venue to share information and of course beautiful pictures. I try to reply to many questions posed on there, but thought I would start sharing some information on here when I get a chance…

Q: I recently started calligraphy – what are your recommendations for beginners and when will my writing look like yours?

A: First of all, welcome! This is a lovely art form to partake in. With that said, it is an art form. Like any other talent it takes lots and lots of practice! I can’t stress this enough. I have been doing calligraphy for over 20 years (10 professionally), and if you look at my early writings, believe me, it did not look like how I write now {see below}! Like any other activity, your body learns muscle memory and you will get better over time.

I write nearly every single day, and have been doing so for the last decade. When I travel, I still do work. When I got married in Hawaii, I did calligraphy in Hawaii (granted it was for my own wedding – I likely wouldn’t take your order all the way to Hawaii :) ) I’m sure some people think I work too much, but I really do love calligraphy, and when I’m not working, I miss it and feel like I could be getting something done (welcome to the world of self-employment!). It helps that my husband works long hours as well, allowing me to extend my “work hours” each day.

I’m not saying that you need to practice calligraphy every day, but you will definitely improve more quickly if you do it more often. If you practice one night, and don’t come back to it for 7 days, then another 5 days, etc, your hand won’t remember the technique in the beginning. If I go days without writing I am a little rusty, too.

Now, where to start. There is no single answer to this, but if you have time to do lots of research online you can find a lot of the supplies. Every person is different and will find different items useful. If you would like a one-stop shop to get started with the basics, I offer a starter kit that will get you on your way with instructions, pen, nibs, ink and other fun materials. I also hold calligraphy workshops around the US and you can find more details on those here. Either way, it will be a different journey for each individual and you will learn by trial and error.

I do provide more information on where I get my supplies in the kit and in my workshops, but it wouldn’t be fair to those who make the investment to share it with everyone who follows me online, so thank you in advance for respecting that! If you have a specific question, please feel free to email me at hello[at]lhcalligraphy.com and if it is not too proprietary I will try to reply.

Lastly, it is so flattering that my calligraphy inspires you. And for anyone to say that they want their writing to be like mine is the utmost compliment, but I sincerely encourage everyone starting out to focus on finding their own style and creating the best version of their own art!


p.s. In case you are skeptical…here are some pics circa 2004. I repeat, practice is key!!

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Skip to 2005 and improving already!


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{Inspiration Shoot} Valentine Inspired Shoot by Sarah Park Events & Laura Gordon Photography

February 17th, 2014

We had the pleasure of contributing to some pretty amazing shoots these past few weeks & this one was a stunner! With Sarah Park Events‘ beautiful design paired with Janie Medley‘s gorgeous florals, it was all captured by the talented Laura of Laura Gordon Photography. The shoot included a taste of Valentine’s Day inspiration, but the overall feel is perfect for any soirée.

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Paisley & Jade‘s rentals were an excellent match for the shoot and you can see all the inspiration over on Grey Likes Wedding from last week!

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{Calligraphy Starter Kit} DIY Ideas with Dream Green DIY

February 13th, 2014

Carrie Waller of Dream Green DIY had the lovely idea to put our  Calligraphy Starter Kit to use for a fun ladies’ brunch, and you can see it all over on Rue Magazine with photos by Sincerely, Liz! We love the mint & pink color scheme she selected ~ it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day and the spring season that can’t get here quickly enough!

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We think Carrie’s calligraphy looks great! And you can get creative with your own calligraphy skills ~ sets for sale here!

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{Events} Wedding Love Tour @ Verandas, Manhattan Beach

February 3rd, 2014

Verandas Love Tour Invitation

We are excited to share that we will be back in LA in February for our two workshops as well as the Wedding Love Tour (psst…one class is just after this event in Manhattan Beach as well!)!

The winter 2014 Love Tour is Sunday, February 23rd 11am-2pm at Verandas Beach House in beautiful Manhattan Beach. Come enjoy live music, a vintage photo booth, awesome giveaways and be inspired by top-notch wedding professionals. Guests will be served a glass of OneHope wine while snacking on small bites from New York Food Company and lots of sweet treats.

Featuring Dart DJ’s, Sweet Lucie’s Ice Cream, Sweet and Saucy Shop, The Bloom of Time, Kirstie Kelly Collections, Tieks, and Archive Rentals to name a few, The Love Tour will help couples make a major dent in their wedding to-do list.

Website: weddinglovetour.com
Tickets: verandaslovetour.eventbrite.com

And now you can get $5 OFF the ticket price with this promo code: lovebirds

Special thank you to Meredith of Zoom Theory Photography for getting us on board! We hope to see you all there!!

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{Inspiration} Perfectly Pink Shoot by The Perfect Palette for Kate Spade

January 30th, 2014

We are never ones to turn down a good party, and this black + pink soiree by The Perfect Palette for Kate Spade New York is so over-the-top perfect, we can hardly contain our love for it! Photographed by Lauren Rae Photography, there are just so many steal-worthy ideas & decor. We provided the “Cheers” tags for the mini champagne bottles (how cute are those?!) as well as the gold place cards, but be sure to check out the vendor resources at the bottom to find out where to buy all the perfect details in this shoot. Enjoy!

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Stemware, Tableware, Bar Accessories & More: Kate Spade NY
Concept & Styling: The Perfect Palette
Photos: Lauren Rae Photography
Pink Table Cloth & Gold Sequin Runner: Candy Crush Events
Wholesale Flowers: Fifty’s Flowers
Pink Cake Stand: Sarah’s Stands
Lucite “cocktails” tray: Benton + Clo
Invitation: Confetti Grey
Tassel Garland: StudioMucci
LOVE Letters: The Wedding Outlet
Prints: Pretty Chic SF
#LOVE Cards & Will You Be My BM Cards: TinaHuDesign
Confetti Poppers: PosieProject
Upcycled Vases: HannaplusJosh

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