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When we announced our first ever series of calligraphy workshops back in February, I know that I was not the only one squealing with delight! We were so happy to host 40+ guests as we eagerly soaked up lettering lessons from Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye. Lauren’s buddy Anna Routh (one of our Blue Ribbon Vendors!) was both responsible for convincing Lauren to come to Chapel Hill in the first place, and for photographing the festivities – we’re so grateful for her!

The Southern Weddings crafting machine was in full gear in the days before workshops – and we’re pretty proud with how our fringey garlands turned out!

Of course, the supplies were completely adorable. All of the basic tools needed to get started with calligraphy were included in the class fee!

Molly of the lovely paper boutique Ply (downtown Chapel Hill!) was gracious enough to lend us her space for our classes. The SW gals split up hostessing duties over the four classes, and we each chose something a little different for our snack of choice, but yummy options included biscuits with pimento cheese, cucumber sandwiches, hummingbird cupcakes, herb parmesan popcorn, and Key lime pie!

The floral straws and mason jar tops are from Shop Sweet Lulu. Morgan, our Shop Manager, lettered each attendee’s name!

Big hugs to all of the gals that came out for our classes, to Lauren for teaching them, to Molly for hosting them, and to Anna for photographing them!

Finally, I know there were a LOT of y’all that we weren’t able to accommodate at this first round of classes, so I have two pieces of good news:

1) Lauren is actually based in Dallas-Fort Worth, and she teaches classes locally! She also frequently travels to other locations to give workshops – check out her schedule here.
2) Due to overwhelming demand (more than 20 on the wait list for each class!), Lauren has planned a second trip to Chapel Hill for this November. Keep an eye out for sign-ups in a few months!

Happy Friday, friends!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Ivy Ellen reply

    The calligraphy writing looks so amazing and stylish. Definitely a skill I would love to learn! ~ Jen

  2. avatar Lauren reply

    Had such a wonderful time! Thank you again for having me! :)

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  6. avatar Kylie Dunn reply

    Hello! I am very interested in the November calligraphy class that you mentioned. I would love to hear more information about it as well as the cost. Thank you very much! :)

  7. avatar Amy reply

    I’m also interested in the November calligraphy class! Please let me know!

  8. avatar jessicainflorida reply

    I, too, would be very interested in attending the November workshop. I don’t live in the area but I would make a special trip to learn from Lauren!

  9. avatar Linda Gwatney reply

    Are you planning to offer another calligraphy workshop in the near future? Thank you!

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UPDATE! Due to overwhelming interest (yay!) all of our class spots are booked. There’s a chance we could open up two additional slots per class, so be sure to sign up for the waitlist if you’re interested!

Oh my word, do we have a treat for you today! We’ve teamed up with our amazingly talented friend Lauren from Blue Eye Brown Eye to offer a series of calligraphy workshops in Chapel Hill!

Lauren will be offering her beginner calligraphy class for this series. If you’re interested in learning calligraphy, thinking of addressing your own invitations or starting your own business, or would just like to try something new, this class is for you! It’s truly meant for beginners – if you’ve never picked up a calligraphy pen before, you’ll want to take this class! Lauren will go over the basics, including dipping your pen in ink, understanding ink flow and pressure, basic script letter forms, and developing your own lettering style. Lauren will be available to answer any questions about calligraphy along the way. Classes will be small in size (no more than 10 people) to maximize learning!

The class fee is $150, which includes your class materials: 1 pen, 3 pen nibs, ink, tracing paper, a practice alphabet and grid, and extra goodies! There will also be snacks to keep the creativity flowing :)

Lauren will be offering four classes in our area, and each will be hosted by a Southern Weddings gal! The times and dates:

— Thursday, February 27 from 6-9pm
— Friday, February 28 from 6-9pm
— Saturday, March 1 from 10:30am-1:30pm
— Saturday, March 1 from 3-6pm

All of the classes will be held in Chapel Hill. Since each class is limited to ten students, we expect these spots to FLY, so don’t hesitate if you’re thinking of signing up! We are just about bursting out of our skin with excitement over this opportunity, and can’t wait to meet the lucky ladies who will be joining us!

To register, click here! And if you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Ellen reply

    Hi! What is the policy for cancellations? I travel for work, but would know more than a week in advance if I would have to cancel – just checking on the refund policy before I register. Thanks!

  2. avatar Molly reply

    Hi there SW ladies! Let me know if you need a studio to host any of these CH dates in. I’m located at 157 East Franklin Street (just above the Krispy Kreme). Email me if you want to take a look at the space sometime and I’ll give you the tour. I just opened the studio over the holidays. I could fit no more than 10 comfortably. Cheers!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Molly! We definitely will! Thank you for the kind offer!!

    • avatar Molly reply

      Of course, I met Lara briefly years ago and she has been inspiring me through her blog since. Her inspiration is part of the reason I opened my own business finally. I know she’s requested no email until she’s done with her book, but I plan on emailing her after to thank her. Have a great day! :)

  3. avatar Christie Ray Harrison reply

    Highly recommend taking this class! I took Lauren’s beginner calligraphy class in Brooklyn NY last fall and was so impressed and inspired! You’ll learn a lot about calligraphy and also get to hear all about Lauren’s creative business! And the cute supplies are wonderful too :)

  4. avatar Ashlee Little reply

    Yay! I booked my spot in the Friday 2/28 class. Can’t wait to learn!

  5. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    See you that Thursday! So pumped!

  6. avatar jessica reply

    hey I just booked my spot, but it only charged $50. will there be a second payment in the future?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Jessica! Hooray! Yes, I believe you get a prompt for the second payment one week out!

  7. avatar Laura reply

    I’m excited! I’ll see y’all on that Saturday evening!

  8. avatar Melissa Lennox reply

    All signed up for Saturday at 3pm! Can’t wait!!

  9. avatar Amy reply

    SO SO SO excited to be taking this course. I have been interested in learning calligraphy for years but haven’t found an affordable or reputable option in the area!

  10. avatar Stephanie reply

    SO incredibly excited for this!!! I actually squealed aloud when I saw this announcement go up! I was on the fence about registering for another upcoming calligraphy workshop, but it was a bit pricier… and this one is definitely worth the drive from DC! Happy birthday to me : )

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  14. avatar Debbie reply

    Will you be offering any calligraphy classes this coming fall?

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Debbie! We don’t have any plans for one yet, but will be sure to share on our blog and social media if anything changes :) In the meantime, our friend Maghon has a bunch of classes coming up this summer–we took one with her a few weeks ago and it was wonderful!

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