25 07, 2016

{Real Wedding} A Trendy Wedding + Abby Jiu Photography

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You know you’re in for a fun time when the details at a wedding include Porch Rules, foxes & lawn games! Pam from Atrendy Wedding pulled together the loveliest touches for this backyard wedding and you can see even more photos from Abby Jiu plus inspiration & details over on Style Me Pretty. But first, take a peek below!



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For calligraphy services please visit lhcalligraphy.com!

Vendor Credits
Photography: Abby Jiu Photography
Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD
Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Venue: At Home
Coordination + Design: Atrendy Wedding

21 07, 2016

{Real Wedding} Karson Butler Events + Jodi Miller Photography

By | July 21st, 2016|Calligraphy, event planning, flowers, photography, real weddings, reception ideas|0 Comments

Karson Butler Events designed this East Coast stunner & the whole affair was recently featured in Martha Stewart Weddings! It was captured beautifully by Jodi Miller Photography & we are so proud to have been part of the team of vendors.

Emily commissioned us to create a menu board & travel sign for Matt and Josh as well as their custom drink stirrers, cloth place cards, custom favor map & compasses. The sweetest details went into the celebration including a miniature pie dessert bar & more! See below for a collection of photos from the day or pick up a copy of the most recent issue of Martha Stewart Real Weddings magazine.










Congratulations to Matt and Josh and to everyone who made this day a memorable one.

For calligraphy services, please visit our website!

Vendor Credits:
Event Planning & Design: Karson Butler Events
Photography: Jodi Miller Photography
Venue: Newagen Seaside Inn
Floral: Watershed Floral
Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Invitations: Minted
Desserts: European Bakery & Chabad Challah
Linen: La Tavola Linen
Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals
Hair & Make Up: Fred Hawck
Band: Ripcord
Fireworks: Central Maine Pyrotechnics

19 07, 2016

{Calligraphy Tips} Formatting Mailing Address Lists

By | July 19th, 2016|advice, Calligraphy, envelopes, learn calligraphy, resources|1 Comment


If you’ve been married, you probably know how excruciatingly difficult it can be to get addresses together for your guests. And if you are a calligrapher, you likely know how painful it can be to try to work with a list that hasn’t been formatted in a way that you can easily work with. So how do you marry the two {wedding pun intended!} and avoid the stress?

Be sure your clients know how you prefer to receive their list before they start working on them…i.e. immediately when they book with you! There will of course be many clients that have already started collecting their addresses, but it’s still a good idea to let them know right from the get-go how you request that lists be formatted for submission on their order.

For us this means a link to “List/Name Format” on our site immediately when they hover over “Calligraphy” – so before they even get to the page to book envelope calligraphy with us – in addition to a link in the confirmation email that they receive from us once they book their order.

The link takes them to this page where they can download either a Word document or an Excel document {which ultimately we would Mail Merge into a Word document}. The important thing with each is that if they send a Word document that it is numbered, so you can easily get a correct count on the order, and in the Excel document that you have separate columns for each component of the address so that you can easily manipulate your Mail Merge to look like an address block {tip: you can even center the address blocks in the Word doc before printing to help you gauge your centering – once you are able to center the top line, you can better see how the next lines should line up underneath}.

If you are looking for envelope calligraphy, feel free to find more details & book directly through our website here!

Calligraphers, feel free to leave your questions on other items in the comments below and we will try to include them in an upcoming post.



14 07, 2016

{Real Wedding} Lauryn Prattes Events + Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography

By | July 14th, 2016|Calligraphy, decor, event planning, invitations, location, photography, real weddings, reception ideas, venues, Washington DC|0 Comments

This gorgeous DC wedding designed by Lauryn of Lauryn Prattes Events was captured beautifully by Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography & recently featured in the Washingtonian magazine.

The entire color palette is simply stunning & Holly Chapple‘s florals are spot-on as always! Take a peek at all the delicate details below & be sure to pick up a copy Washingtonian for the full details!









Congratulations to the beautiful couple and to everyone who helped make this day spectacular.

Vendor credits:
Design and Coordination: Lauryn Prattes Events
Photography: Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography
Wedding gowns: Rent the Runway
Hair and Makeup: Georgetown Bride
Florals: Holly Chapple


12 07, 2016

{Free Desktop Wallpaper} She Designed A Life She Loved

By | July 12th, 2016|Calligraphy, Creative Tip, style, tips|0 Comments


We’ve received a lot of love from you all for our custom laser cut hanging in our studio & we adore it, too! The beautiful reminder to keep working towards your dreams & design a life you love is one of our favorites, so we decided to create a set of FREE wallpaper downloads for your phone & computer backgrounds.

To receive the free downloads, just follow this link {click here} to sign up for our email list! We promise to only send periodic newsletters with updates on our shop, sales, new products & other things happening here at Laura Hooper Calligraphy…all of which will of course look pretty in your inbox!

We love continuing to design our future and hope you can enjoy this reminder as well.

10 05, 2016

{We’re Hiring!} Part-time Studio Assistant Needed

By | May 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments


We’re hiring for a new Studio Assistant at our Old Town Alexandria studio!

Job Description
20-25 hours/week {approximately}
Based out of Alexandria, VA studio {not available for working remotely}

The studio assistant will primarily be responsible for packing and shipping orders & must be available to work Monday-Friday from 1pm-6pm but actual timing is TBD based on schedule. Other tasks working with the Studio Manager may include photo staging, shop/inventory updates & other projects as needed. This position does not include any calligraphy work or apprenticeship with Laura directly.

Must Haves!
– proactive & able to work independently
– proficient with Mac computers
– ability to quickly learn various software/online shops including WordPress, ShipStation, Etsy & more
– troubleshooting skills with general office tasks
– willing to run errands as needed {this could include coffee runs next door!}

If you feel that the above described is a good fit for you, please email your resume along with why you would like to join our see & believe you would be a good fit to alyssa{at}lhcalligraphy{dot}com with subject line “Studio Assistant” no later than Monday, May 16, 2016.

25 04, 2016

{Real Wedding} Hey Gorgeous Events + Bradley James Photography

By | April 25th, 2016|cake, Calligraphy, coordinators, decor, event planning, flowers, invitations, menus, photography, real weddings, reception ideas|0 Comments

Serious swoon fest in this stunning wedding designed by Rhi from Hey Gorgeous Events with photos from Bradley James Photography!

We had the pleasure of creating a fully custom stationery suite including save the dates, invitations, a custom monogram, programs, menu cards, table numbers, escort cards & place cards ~ every detail was carefully conceptualized by Rhi & you won’t believe how beautifully it all came together! Enjoy a collection of images here & you can also pop over to Martha Stewart Weddings for even more details from this wedding celebration.

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Congratulations to the lovely couple & also to the amazing vendor team that created such a memorable and gorgeous wedding celebration.

To book wedding envelope calligraphy & invitations please visit our website!

Vendor Credits:
Design, Florals & Coordination: Hey Gorgeous Events
Photography: Bradley James Photography
Wedding Cake: Sweet Heather Anne
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Vintage Rentals: Fancy Fray
Rentals: Tablescapes
Videography: Coastline Studios
Hair & Makeup: Hanna Wagner Design
Wedding Dress: The Gown Shop Ann Arbor

3 03, 2016

{Spring Table Inspiration} Kari Rider Events + Karena Dixon

By | March 3rd, 2016|Calligraphy, coordinators, decor, event planning, photography, reception ideas|0 Comments

We’ve still got some snow flurries on the weather forecast, but this nautical spring table setting from Kari Rider Events with photos by Karena Dixon has us ready for spring! Visit their blog for the list of courses to recreate this look.

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Design & Styling: Kari Rider Events
Photography: Karena Dixon
Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Florals: Intrigue Design & Decor
Tabletop Rentals: DC Rental

Happy almost Spring!!

11 02, 2016

{Valentine’s Day Inspiration} Dinner for 2 by Type A Society + Abby Jiu

By | February 11th, 2016|Calligraphy, decor, event planning, reception ideas, style|0 Comments






This dinner for 2 by Veronica of Type A Society with photos by Abby Jiu Photography is simply swoon-worthy & the perfect inspiration for a quiet night in this Valentine’s Day! Get even more pics + details over on Style Me Pretty & check out the talented vendors involved:

Photography: Abby Jiu
Creative Direction & Styling: Veronica Rogers of Type A Society
Floral: La Fleur du Jour
Catering: Heirloom DC
Paper Products: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Ceramic Plates: Sculpture in Design

6 01, 2016

{The Good Beginning} New Online Registry from Beth Helmstetter Events

By | January 6th, 2016|advice, event planning|0 Comments


After a somewhat crazy start to the New Year, it’s nice to share something new that is purely GOOD. If you haven’t seen it yet, please take a look at our friend Beth’s newest venture The Good Beginning & be sure to share it with your friends, bridesmaids and other all around do-gooders out there!

From Beth Helmstetter Events
The Good Beginning is a a new online registry where couples who either have everything they could ever want or simply want to start their wedding off by giving back, can register for donations to their favorite charities in lieu of or in addition to the typical salad bowl or toaster. The registry allows couples to either choose from a list of featured organizations or upload their own personal favorites and then create a personal portal that they can embed into your wedding website or share directly with guests. Alternatively guests can also go to the site and search for each couple by name. In addition to the registry feature, The Good Beginning will feature fashion, design and wedding planning tips on how to easily plan a socially conscious wedding including ideas like this post on Ethiopian bridesmaids gifts where one bride gave each bridesmaid a pendant that pays 6 months worth of salary for a teacher in Ethiopia.

We love this concept as there is no time like the beginning of a marriage to start the ritual of giving back and doing good in the world.

Register or learn more at www.thegoodbeginning.com.

Alyssa + Laura