25 11, 2015

{Calligraphy Workshop} Workshop Chicago ~ November 2015

By |November 25th, 2015|Calligraphy, calligraphy workshops, learn calligraphy, resources|0 Comments


We simply LOVE the workshop space at Workshop Chicago and were fortunate to teach 2 more beginner calligraphy sessions there a couple weeks ago! Joy of Joy Lyn Photography stopped by to snap a few pics of the wonderful space for us. We again worked with Fleur Inc & Elysia Root Cakes for flowers & treats ~ it’s really great as we get to know fellow creatives in more & more cities as well travel.

A lot of people wonderful if Laura & I go sightseeing in the cities that we visit and the truth is that we really don’t! We travel so often for our classes {you can see the 2016 schedule so far here}, that at this point we pretty much just get in, get prepped, teach the classes, then head back to our respective homes {DC area for Laura, LA for me, Alyssa}.

Our trips usually start with a long day of travel for at least one of us & when we get to our city we head straight to the hotel or venue to collect the class supplies that we’ve shipped in advance. We then spend a few hours sorting through everything and getting a prepared as possible for easy set-up the morning of the class. In NYC we are lucky that we can usually set up the night before and we also layout the supplies for the other three classes we might be having that weekend.

After set-up we will enjoy a nice dinner…and definitely some wine as we toast another weekend of workshops! The next day we will have two back to back classes, then depending on the city/schedule, we will head either straight to the airport for our flights home, or we will venture out for another yummy din & then hit the hay nice and early {think 10pm}. Then next day is basically the same with another rounds of classes and then we head home…usually getting home around 11pm or midnight on Sunday night. As you might imagine, we are both pretty exhausted {with tired feet, especially!} with all that activity, so we don’t usually add sightseeing or nights out at the bars into the mix!!

We truly do feel fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to so many wonderful cities and help keep the art of pointed-pen calligraphy thriving, and we also feel happy to crawl into bed after the long weekend away from home!  We hope to see you in 2016 when we visit San Francisco, DC, Toronto, NYC, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston Chicago & possibly a few more still in the works! Check out the full schedule here, and if you can’t make it to class, we invite you to check out our video tutorial + starter kit found here.

A few more pics from Joy…






Laura + Alyssa

23 11, 2015

{2015 Holiday Sale} 30% Off ALL Products in the Shop

By |November 23rd, 2015|decor, gifts, Holiday, news|0 Comments


If you follow me on Instagram you know I adore the fall & holiday season in general. There’s something so magical about the cooler weather, extra time with family, the decorations, food & drink fests…I just love it! So to really kick off our holiday season, we are offering 30% off ALL non-custom products in our shop using coupon code HOLIDAY at checkout {see restrictions below}.

This means holiday décor, gift wrap & tagscalligraphy supplies, wedding goods ~ everything that is not handwritten or custom in the shop. So if you’ve been eyeing a starter kit or other supplies, now is the time to buy since is the the only time of year we have offered these items on sale {only valid on starter kit purchased with the video tutorial; not valid on rose gold ink}. While you are shopping for Christmas goodies, don’t forget to stock up for New Year’s Eve as well while everything’s on sale!

We know many of you, ourselves included, will be spending Thursday & Friday with family, so to beat the shopping rush we are offering this sale from November 23-30. We hope you will take advantage now & save the weekend for relaxing with loved ones…and perhaps decorating your home like we will be!

{please note: if you are buying for Thanksgiving, you must purchase overnight shipping here if you would like to receive your items in time for this year’s Thanksgiving. If you do not purchase overnight shipping, the items will not arrive in time. We cannot be held responsible for delays by USPS or UPS.}

**coupon is valid on starter kits ONLY when purchased with the video tutorial; coupon is not valid on rose gold ink, wedding calligraphy, invitations, compasses or other custom, handwritten items**

10 11, 2015

{Modern Calligraphy Summit} Registration Opening Again Soon!

By |November 10th, 2015|Calligraphy|0 Comments


Want to learn the art of calligraphy from 9 industry pros? Next spring I will be part of a team of 9 talented calligraphy professionals who have teamed up to bring you the ultimate calligraphy learning experience.

It’s an online conference, so anyone, anywhere in the world can participate in learning this beautiful art form. If you haven’t yet signed up to be notified once registration re-opens, you can do so by clicking here. You will have immediate access a free cheat sheet ~ Top Tools for Calligraphers! Later this month you will receive some more bonus material & then be notified when the enrollment is open.

The conference is not just for beginners and will cover a full spectrum of this wonderful art including developing your own style, envelope layouts, flourishing, watercolor, floral embellishments & more!

Enrollment will only be open for a limited time later this month, so be sure to sign up with your email address now. Pricing increases each enrollment period, so you don’t want to miss out this round!

6 11, 2015

{Social Media Tip} Using Phone Filters to Edit Photos for Instagram

By |November 6th, 2015|Calligraphy, tips|0 Comments


We are often asked who takes our photos for our Instagram feed and the answer is that we do unless otherwise credited with a photographer! While we would love to be able to share professional photos each and every time {because let’s face it ~ they are just BETTER!!}, so many things cross Laura’s desk every day that we want to be able to share, even without professional pics.

Here are some basic tips {from our experience only ~ there are many other apps and tools to use, but these are just the ones we prefer}:

  1. We always edit our photos completely outside of Instagram and do not use any filters offered directly in the Instagram App.
  2. Try to take your photos in natural lighting. This means without the lights on or direct sunlight hitting your area. This can be outside {we get good pics in the backyard covered patio} or inside{ in front of large open windows}. Try a few different areas to see what works best for you.
  3. You don’t have to have a professional grade camera. We use an iPhone for all of our own photos & videos, too. Having a newer version of the iPhone really helps {need to upgrade? Business expense! This is not legal tax advice, but definitely something to consider…}
  4. Once we have our original photo, we edit it directly in the photo edit on the iPhone ~ no special apps yet. Go to the lighting setting then adjust for brightness & contrast separately. See our original photo below.
  5. Our next step takes place in the Aviary app ~ this is a photo editing app available on your phone. Here we adjust for lighting & sharpness {this is especially helpful when you are showing calligraphy with fine hairlines}.
  6. Lastly we use Afterlight if we still want to get a little more brightness for the photo.

Here is the original photo for the one shown at the top of the post. As you can see, these simple steps made for a brighter, sharper photo in under 5 minutes!


As we mentioned above, there are many, many other photo editing apps you can use {or even better you can edit in Photoshop if you’ve got the time/skills!}, but hopefully these tidbits on what we like will help you on your way to a better, brighter Instagram feed.

Let us know your preferred photo editing apps below in the comments!

Laura + Alyssa

19 10, 2015

{Floral Workshop} A Morning with Sweet Root Village

By |October 19th, 2015|about laura, flowers, Workshops|0 Comments


A couple weeks ago I decided to take a weekday morning off for a one-on-one floral workshop with the lovely gals at Sweet Root Village, Lauren & Rachel. The wedding season can be a very busy time, and as a small business owner I am usually in the mindset that I have to be doing something for my business…at all times. This year I’ve been focusing on intentionally scheduling time off for myself whether it be on my own, with my husband, with my family, etc.

As I’ve mentioned many times on Instagram, I love flowers! I planted about a thousand plants at my house this past season and can not wait for the bounty that {hopefully!} awaits me next spring, so in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to see if Lauren & Rachel would teach me some tricks for sprucing up my arrangements.

It was such a wonderful morning spent with fellow creatives & I’m so glad I took the time out of my week to do something for me. Not only did we create a beautiful arrangement, but we also chatted about small business ownership, working in the wedding industry and more. It’s always such a treat to spend time with industry colleagues who understand “the business” ~ as my sister & I like to call it!

Anyway, Lauren & Rachel are so talented, that not only do they create gorgeous floral arrangements, but they also snap great pics! Here are a few from my time with them…










I had so much fun that I already scheduled a holiday session in December when my mom comes to visit! Thanks again Lauren & Rachel for having me!


20 07, 2015

{Calligraphy Workshop} Workshop Chicago

By |July 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments


Earlier this year we were able to visit Chicago for 2 more rounds of our beginner calligraphy workshop. We covered the oblique calligraphy pen, got started with some practice strokes to start getting used to utilizing the pen to achieve the fine hairlines and thick swells that are characteristic of pointed pen calligraphy, and then we jumped into Laura’s Copperplate Alphabet. Seats in our 2016 workshops are available now with an Intermediate course included as well!

Our pal Jenna Kutcher was on hand to snap some pics for us…







For our second visit to Chicago, we found this amazing creative co-op space called Workshop Chicago. We connected with Fleur Inc to provide florals and Elysia Root Cakes for some sweet treats, but the best part was that we finally got to meet our Instagram friend Jenna Kutcher in real life! We basically come to “know” so many collaborators through social media then email eventually text…but it’s the real deal when we finally get to meet in person.

We were so glad you could make it Jenna & thanks for our sister pic above!!

If you are looking to learn the art of calligraphy, we have our 2016 schedule live now or if you can’t make it to class, we offer a video tutorial + starter kit as well as tools to help you continue your calligraphy journey.

Laura & Alyssa

18 06, 2015

{Now Offering} ONLINE Beginner Calligraphy Tutorial

By |June 18th, 2015|Calligraphy|0 Comments

Are you looking to learn the art of calligraphy, but can’t attend one of our in-person workshops? We are pleased to share that we are now offering a beginner video tutorial that you can use in the comfort of your own home!

Thanks to this video workshop, we’ve made it easier than ever to learn the art of pointed-pen calligraphy! To get you started, we’ve even bundled the workshop + starter kit into one, easy to purchase product with a special combined rate {click here}.

This 45-minute video covers the basics of pointed pen calligraphy with guided instruction from me personally {Laura of Laura Hooper Calligraphy}. The tutorial begins with the anatomy of the oblique pen and preparation to begin (ink dipping, gridlines, practice strokes), which is followed by close-up visuals of me writing every letter of the Copperplate alphabet – both upper and lower case – with verbal instruction on the thick and thin lines of each letter. In addition, tips and common errors to avoid are provided for a variety of letters.

Upon purchase, you will receive a file to download to your computer. You can then watch this video at any time, however many times you would like! This is not a live class and there is no specific time or location that you need to be able to take it.

Visit our website here to get started today!

If you have attended a Laura Hooper Calligraphy workshop or purchased a kit from our website, please enter your EMAIL address in the COUPON CODE to receive $40 off the video only option. If you purchased the kit through our Etsy shop, please email alyssa@lhcalligraphy.com so we can activate your email code. Unfortunately refunds can not be issued after the fact if you purchase without the COUPON CODE.

21 04, 2015

{Memphis Calligraphy Workshop} WedMemphis + Maggie Louise Bridal

By |April 21st, 2015|Calligraphy, event planning, Workshops|0 Comments

It was such a treat to visit Collierville, just outside of Memphis, TN! We were lucky enough to cross paths via Instagram with Kathryn of WED Memphis and Molly of Maggie Louise Bridal and get a calligraphy workshop set-up there this past February. Kathryn coordinated an amazing team of vendors to put it all together for us, and our attendees were treated to delicious bites from Simply Delicious Caterings, florals from Ashlye McCormick Designs and all captured by Two Halves Two Hold!












Other vendors who made this possible:
Cupcakes – The Flour Garden
Cookies – Whimsy Cookie Co.
Rentals – Mahaffey Tent
Easel – Prop Cellar

Please visit our website for more information on workshops and starter kits!

17 03, 2015

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

By |March 17th, 2015|Calligraphy, decor, green, Holiday, party|0 Comments

It is such a treat when our vendor friends ask to collaborate on holiday projects, large & small! We love these cute St. Patty’s Day motifs from our friends Abby Jiu, Lauryn Prattes and Buttercream Bakeshop





11 01, 2015

{Forest Elopement Inspiration} Borrowed BLU

By |January 11th, 2015|Calligraphy, Creative Tip, decor, reception ideas, resources, ribbon|0 Comments

Cassandra from Borrowed BLU brought us on board for this beauty of an elopement that she dreamed up and was photographed by the one and only Jasmine Star. We think the entire concept is so sweet, and we are thrilled to be part of the team that brought it to life! Cassandra had hand-dipped the tie-dye ribbon for us to write on and the s’mores “menu” was especially delicious as well.










You can see even more on Green Wedding Shoes!

Vendor Team
Photography: Jasmine Star
Rentals, styling + florals: Borrowed BLU
Furniture rentals: Yeah! Rentals
Bridal accessories: Olivia Nelson
Bride’s attire: Show Me Your Mumu Gwenth Chiffon in Ivory
S’mores: Mallow Mallow
Hair + makeup: Hair & Makeup Girl
Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Silk ribbon: Frou Frou Chic in Ivorie