24 10, 2016

{Elopement} A Thomas Photography

By | October 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We couldn’t stop swooning when we received the gallery for these gorgeous photos from A Thomas Photography!  We loved how all the simple details came together perfectly, from the watercolor invitation to the beautiful gold band round cut ring from Trumpet & Horn.

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Vendor Credits:

Photography: A Thomas Photography (@ahthomas)
Ring: Trumpet & Horn (@trumpetandhorn)
Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab (@richardphotolab)
Ring Box: Weft & Whimsy (@weftandwhimsy)
Ribbon: Pistils & Stamen/Susanna Luck (@susannaluck)

20 10, 2016

{Halloween Bar Cart} Get prepped for a spooky soirée!

By | October 20th, 2016|cards, decor, Holiday|0 Comments


For our first year in our new studio, we had to decorate the office for our first Halloween…and let’s face it, we will likely decorate every year since we love the holidays! It was such a blast working with our photog Anne Kim to dress up the bar cart and truly kick off the Fall holiday season.

You can get your own bar cart ready for Halloween with 60% off our Halloween goods using coupon code BOO2016 at checkout in our LHC shop!

Photos by Anne Kim




Don’t forget to stock up your own cart with these Halloween products at 60% off using code BOO2016 now through Monday, October 25th!

13 10, 2016

{Real Wedding} Lauryn Prattes Events + Abby Jiu Photography

By | October 13th, 2016|Calligraphy, envelopes, event planning, flowers, invitations, photography, real weddings, reception ideas, Uncategorized, venues|Comments Off on {Real Wedding} Lauryn Prattes Events + Abby Jiu Photography


Things have been crazy around the studio lately with so much workshop travel, winding down on summer weddings, and gearing up for the holiday season, so we’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front!

We’re back today with this beautiful Greek infused wedding from Lauryn Prattes Events & Abby Jiu. Our favorite component is the gorgeous handing escort card display…with the beautiful Amaryllis Inc blooms as a backdrop, it looks simply dreamy!

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Vendor Credits:
Planner – Lauryn Prattes Events
Photographer – Abby Jiu
Florals – Amaryllis Inc
Calligraphy – Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Stationery – Winifred Paper
Welcome Boxes – Marigold & Grey
Rentals – DC Event Rentals

30 09, 2016

{Calligraphy Tip} My Favorite Gold Paint Pen + Oyster Shells for Weddings

By | September 30th, 2016|Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101, Creative Tip|0 Comments


I’m often seen using gold paint pen in my Instagram feed and I think one of our very top questions is “what pen is that?!” While there are many different brands and styles of paint markers, and different calligraphers and letterers each have their own favorites, you can find my preferred gold paint pens right here!

Personally I keep a whole pack of pens on hand, plus a variety of pen tip sizes {medium, fine & extra fine}, so that I always have what I need on hand. I even travel with my favorite paint pens which I mentioned in a previous post about what’s in my travel bag.

I use these paint pens on a variety of products including the oyster shells shown here, agate slices, real pumpkins, acrylic and more.

If you’d like to add these oyster beauties to your wedding celebration, you can find details + order through our website!



Photos courtesy of Anne Kim

27 09, 2016

{Real Wedding} Jessica Rourke Design + Chris Isham Photography

By | September 27th, 2016|Calligraphy, event planning, invitations, real weddings, reception ideas|Comments Off on {Real Wedding} Jessica Rourke Design + Chris Isham Photography

We’re still crazy for rose gold around here, so this rose gold, full calligraphy invitation suite was just up our alley! We loved working with Jessica Rourke to create this suite for her clients and are even more smitten with the full design she pulled together for the wedding itself. The gorgeous florals by Fern Studio + the romantic lace and details…swoon!

Check out below for some serious wedding inspiration by Chris Isham Photography.









Vendor Credits:
Planning, Styling, & Coordinating: Jessica Rourke
Photography: Chris Isham Photography
Florals: Fern Studio 
Invitation Suite & Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy 
Ceremony Venue: Certus Loft at Peach Center
Reception Venue & Catering: Larkins Catering & Events
Makeup, Hair, & Style: Mikel Rumsey
Cake: Pylon Cake
Rentals & Décor: Professional Party Rentals /Industry Event Rentals / La Tavola Linen 
Signage: Paper Birch Designs & Lady Letterpress

21 09, 2016

{Calligraphy Workshops} Boston Workshop with MStarr Design & Ruth Eileen Photography

By | September 21st, 2016|Calligraphy, calligraphy workshops, learn calligraphy|0 Comments


We had SUCH a great trip to Boston a few months ago and we are looking forward to returning in 2017 for another round of beginner calligraphy workshops with MStarr Design taking the lead on our coordination and design. Emily always finds the best vendors and creates such a fun atmosphere for our attendees. Take a peek at the workshop magic below with photos by Ruth Eileen Photo, florals from Wild Folk Studio, rentals from Peterson Party, all melded together at Lookout Farm Hard Cider.

Our beginner calligraphy workshops delve into the art of modern, pointed-pen calligraphy starting with the tools themselves, then jumping in to practice strokes while we help each student individually, then moving on to Laura’s introductory alphabet. We also discuss tips & tricks that we use daily in our business and cover supplies care and continuing education.

If you’re looking for a fun afternoon learning a beautiful art, grab a few friends and join us this year coming up in Houston, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, NYC, DC & Honolulu.

You can also find out what cities we will be visiting in 2017 {including the Boston area again!} and sign up to be notified once the schedule goes live later this year!






14 09, 2016

{Calligraphy Tip} Working with Macarons

By | September 14th, 2016|Calligraphy Business 101, Creative Tip, learn calligraphy|0 Comments


Ah the macaron…one of our very favorite treats! We occasionally get to letter on these beauties and one of the most frequently asked questions is about the ink. Specifically about eating the ink. While personally I’d probably still eat a macaron with regular pen on it, we don’t recommend feeding your client’s wedding guests standard ink in bulk, and fortunately there is an alternative.

Edible ink pens! Yes, we only use edible markers when writing on food that is for anything other than photo shoots. There are many brands available, although the colors are somewhat limited. The brand I personally use is this one.

A few tips to keep in mind are:
1. The pen won’t necessarily work when the macarons are super fresh. Be sure to wait a few hours before trying to write on them.
2. You want to be very delicate with your touch – pushing too hard will crack the shell!
3. Consider using gloves. Technically you are handling food, so at the very least you want to very thoroughly wash your hands before touching, but we have very thin latex gloves in the office that don’t restrict my writing.

As we’ve mentioned before, when doing lettering to get that “calligraphy look” you want to do write monoline first and then go back filling in your thick lines.

If you need some guidance on where your thick lines should go, we offer a basic lettering guide in our shop!





Photos by Anne Kim

12 09, 2016

{Calligraphy Tip} Dealing with Ink Bleeding or Feathering

By | September 12th, 2016|Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101, learn calligraphy|0 Comments


It is common for calligraphers to experience ink that bleeds or feathers, particularly when writing on paper that you didn’t purchase yourself {i.e. envelopes that are shipped/dropped off for client orders}.

There are a few different factors that contribute to ink bleeding – here are just a few:

  1. Low quality paper
  2. Paper affected by moisture/humidity
  3. Thin ink

Any or all of the above factors can result in feathered ink as seen in the image at the top of this post.

Unfortunately for paper affected by moisture, there isn’t much you can do expect try to be sure that you prevent paper from being exposed to these elements. For the other two, you can thicken your ink using an ink thickener, like the one we offer with our calligraphy inks found here. The steps for thickening your ink are:

  1. Pour some of your ink into a different jar {like these!}; you never want to pour thickener into your original jar of ink {the one shown below were we at the bottom of the ink available in the jar so I was fine with thickening all of it}
  2. Mix a few drops of thickener into the ink.
  3. Test the new ink – if the ink is still bleeding, add more thickener. If it’s too thick, it won’t come off your nib and you should mix more ink back in.
  4. After a few trial and error rounds, you should be good to go!

You want to always be sure to test a small amount of ink with the thickener to be sure that they mix well together. If the thickener and ink are not compatible the ink can become congealed and unusable.






Our ink thickener is compatible with the inks sold in our ink sets, but there are other ink thickeners available such as gum arabic found here.

Ultimately quality supplies, including paper & ink, will make for a much less stressful calligraphy experience! We offer our signature practice pads in our shop here, all made with quality paper for calligraphy practice.

Photos courtesy of Red October Photography


9 09, 2016

{Lifestyle} Simple Champagne Punch Happy Hour

By | September 9th, 2016|lifestyle, photography, style|0 Comments

champagne-party-2Our friends over at Karson Butler Events were kind enough to introduce us to a tasty lemonade champagne punch at their Capitol Hill studio, and when we couldn’t remember what went in it, we had to frantically pull together an easy alternative. I think the first time we thought we were making the one Emily had made us, but later realized that we were missing the lemonade concentrate from hers. This version from All Recipes is so easy though, that we’ve been making it for our Old Town studio workshops ever since. Alicia from Love Knot Photo came by to help us document this tasty beverage below or you can check it out over on SMP Living! All the shopping details to put together your own champagne punch party are below as well…

It’s seriously so easy and it can easily be doubled or tripled as needed for parties. To make the beverage all you need is:

  • 1.5 bottles of chilled champagne
  • 1 bottle of ginger ale {2 liters}
  • 2 small packages of frozen strawberries {when we make this for multiple classes we just get a larger bag}

That’s it! Just combine the 3 ingredients, stir & serve.

Of course for our purposes we always like to dress things up with coasters, napkins & stir sticks..enjoy!

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Shop this setup
Drink dispenser {we spray painted our stand gold}
Bubbly Bar Sign
Best Ever Coasters
Stir Sticks

Heart Coasters


8 09, 2016

{POP UP SHOP} If you’re in the DMV area…come see us at the LHC Studio with Mintwood Home!

By | September 8th, 2016|decor|0 Comments

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