Calligraphy for a Durham Cathedral wedding

I was thrilled to make an appearance on the bridal blog Love My Dress last week.

Creative Calligraphy was given a mention in a profile piece on the spectacular wedding of Danielle Horn and David Bland, at Durham Cathedral, in August last year.

I wasn’t surprised that the wedding itself made it onto such a prestigious platform – it was more than worthy of a glossy spread and I was just waiting for someone to snap it up.

Danielle and David, Durham Cathedral and Seaham HallWhat I was surprised about was the mention of Creative Calligraphy among the fabulous wedding suppliers who came together to make Danielle’s childhood dream a reality.

The bride explained how she had dreamed of getting married at Durham Cathedral, which requires special permission, since slipping into the pews of the majestic building as a schoolgirl.

My involvement in her big day started with the addressing of the envelopes containing her wedding invitations, which she was delivering by hand.

I used gold gouache to write each name in copperplate calligraphy script, while the RSVP envelopes were addressed in black italic script.

Danielle and David, Durham Cathedral and Seaham HallI was then asked to write some labels for the cakes on the dessert table at the reception, which was held at Seaham Hall in County Durham, and tags for the favours.

Danielle also asked me to create some hand-written scrolls for close family and friends, which she presented to them on the morning of the wedding, as well as a gift for the canon who conducted the ceremony.

Despite the scale of the celebrations, it was the attention to detail and the personal touches that shone through on the day, every moment of which was beautifully captured by Katy Melling Photography (who was kind enough to pass on the shots she took of my calligraphy that feature on this page).

I loved this advice from Danielle in the blog: “Try and choose vendors you connect emotionally with. That way they will connect with you and will understand your visions so much more.”

Hopefully we shared that connection – we clicked immediately and I was touched when she presented my daughter with a rainbow rose flower wand, which lasted a surprising length of time in the hands of a three-year-old!

We’ve also kept in touch via Facebook and Danielle sent me a message when the blog was posted. I think she was rather proud of it – and so she should be.

PS. If you want to feast your eyes on more stunning photography from Katy, check out Danielle and David’s engagement shoot on her blog here.



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