What a fun time we had at Summerour on Wednesday for an Occasions Magazine editorial shoot! Picture beautiful Claire Pettibone gowns, P3 Lab making the models look fabulous, gorgeous flowers by Amy Osaba and lovely cakes by Sweet Sensations (Amy and Sharon are so fun and sweet!); and Kristy ( so happy to finally meet her!!) styling the stationery pieces! I just love seeing my calligraphy with Kristy's artwork - we make a great team! :) And all of this goodness was captured on camera by Christine Gallagher Photography.
Here's a sneak peek from my iPhone and I cannot wait until this baby is published! (Thank you Kristy!!!!)
My husband and I are from the Bahamas so I get really excited when I spot a Bahamas wedding featured on a blog or magazine. This week was no exception as I read Style Me Pretty's tweet about this lovely wedding on Pink Sands Beach in Harbour Island! I love the use of conch shells to create the aisle and those conch fritters...... yum! You can find the complete post on Style Me Pretty here.
Spring is here! YAY!!!! And with that comes a super special MM Ink announcement..............
MM Ink is now a FULL TIME calligraphy and design studio!!!!
I am thrilled to be able to devote 100% of my working time to something that makes me so so happy!
I LOVE calligraphy!
Many people thought I only did calligraphy; but before this year, I wore this lovely MM Ink hat primarily at night after a full time job as a Senior Auditor for a cable company, and putting our 3 kiddos to bed. Yep, I studied Accounting in college, graduated and got my CPA license soon after. But I always wanted to be a full time professional calligrapher....I just did not know when.
Around the beginning of 2009, I had a talk with my hubby and we decided that I would make the transition in October 2009. Well that did not happen - we got our sweet baby #3 instead :). So we changed plans and at the end of 2010, we decided that the new date will be March 2012.
I prayed so hard for God to show me His plan for me and to reassure me that this was the right time. Well, He answered in a BIG way! Last August, the company that I was working for announced that they were going to outsource the accounting function to a company overseas and hence, eliminate my position (and many others). My termination date was set for September 30; but due to a project they needed me to help with and my severance package, guest what....that put me right at March 16, 2012! God is so good and I know this is His plan.
I've spent the last 3 months gearing up for this day and I get excited every morning starting my day doing what I LOVE!!! I feel extremely blessed to have this opportunity and I am so thankful for everyone who supported me since the very beginning and throughout this journey (especially my wonderful husband Lars, my 3 darling little ones, Mommy, Mom, Patyence, Jan, Aisha, MTH, and my calligraphy teachers and mentors - Sheila Waters and Pat Blair). And the wonderful people and clients I get to work with make it all the more special (and fun!!!). It has been an incredible ride and the best is yet to come! Stay tuned!!! :)
Here are some goodies from around the web for your weekend browsing....
1. The amazing artist, Kristy Rice is revisiting one of my favorite shoots we collaborated on last year - the Dali inspired shoot! Get ready for over the top details here (stationery), here (dessert table and programs) and here (tablescape).
Oooohhhh, I am feeling blue - in a really good way! :) Well, I got a very special package in the mail on Saturday.....my lovely Southern Weddings Blue Ribbon!
I feel so blessed to know and work with the SW team. These ladies produce such a stunning magazine every year and I cannot thank them enough for their continued support! MM Ink has been featured in 3 of their 4 volumes and I am so honored to be the Southern Weddings Editors' pick in their calligraphy category.
Here's a glimpse at some of the calligraphy work I have done over the years for Southern Weddings. To view the complete features, visit my featured page here.
The SW magazines are FULL of great wedding ideas and inspiration for your special day so be sure to pick up a copy of the latest issue on newsstands and guess what.....the past issues are online!!!!
What a pleasant surprise to see that Erin and Danny's beautiful wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty last month! Erin and her mom did such a fabulous job with all of the details! You may remember my post here with some images from the wedding and here's more with a close up of the seating card calligraphy I did for them. Also, check out the full gallery on Style Me Pretty here. You will love all the details and Amy Osaba's flowers - SO pretty!
Congratulations again Erin and Danny and thank you for the shout out on SMP :)