Today in our Chancey Charm Atlanta Wedding Vendor Highlight, we’re chatting with ElisaAnne Calligraphy! We love her background story and that when she was gifted a calligraphy set when she was younger, she lost interest as she couldn’t get her broad-edge pens to work for her. Come to find out years later, it was because she was left-handed. She’s sharing how she fell in love with calligraphy (and the wedding industry through planning for her own wedding), tips for brides and more below. Enjoy!
– The Chancey Charm Team
Photo: Rosalynne Love
What’s your area of expertise?
Calligraphy & Design
First job you ever landed
The first job I ever did as a calligrapher was in the fall of 2014! I had just started calligraphy and a friend of mine referred someone to me who wanted a family recipe (that had been in their family for generations) written in calligraphy! It was a huge undertaking as a beginner, but I was very proud of the result and that’s when I really knew that calligraphy was something I could do full-time eventually! The client that I did that project for recently came back to me, now two years later, to commission me for another piece! The first wedding I ever did calligraphy work for, from start to finish, was actually my own!
What brought you to the wedding industry?
The wedding industry has been something I’ve slipped into, more or less, because I do calligraphy. When I first started calligraphy I had a general idea that I probably wanted to be able to design invitations at some point, but it wasn’t until I actually designed my own that I realized I really wanted to be able to do it for others! I finally went full-time with my calligraphy business, ElisaAnne Calligraphy, in the fall of 2016. I’m excited for my first wedding season as a full-time calligrapher because now I have a lot more time to dedicate to my clients and my craft.
Photo: ElisaAnne Calligraphy
A lesson you learned the hard way in the wedding industry
I think I’ve learned the hard way that I have to protect myself with contracts. During my first calligraphy addressing job, I didn’t have a contract in place for the calligraphy work. The girl that I did the envelopes informed me that I had made “multiple errors” on her envelopes, but didn’t send a picture or anything to show me what I had done wrong. I would have happily fixed them for her! I also later found out, since I lived in a house with girls that she was inviting to the wedding, that I had corrected the address when writing it out (since she had written it wrong) and she thought that I had made the error even though I was fixing her mistake. It was at that point that I knew I needed a very specific system in place to prevent situations like that from happening again. It was very embarrassing for me and probably frustrating for her! Since then, having a contract in place, and also informing my brides how my system works, has really helped me succeed!
Favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon
I didn’t have cable growing up, which means that I love taking a Sunday afternoon to lounge around and watch Netflix! It’s also a personal goal of mine to read a book each month, so hopefully I’ll be spending lots of time reading as well and snuggling with my kitty!
Best piece of advice to someone new to the wedding industry
Stay on top of your communication! I remember that one of my first clients told me she was super excited to work with me after not being able to get a hold of multiple other calligraphers that she tried to contact! She was super impressed by my communication and my ability to supply her a response in a reasonable amount of time. Even though I may not have been her first choice calligrapher, in the end she was super happy she chose me because she had someone she knew wouldn’t leave her hanging! A lot of vendors let emails sit for a little too long, and you’ll really “wow” clients (and vendors, if you decide to collaborate) when you stay on top of everything!
Photo: Eden Willow Photography
Best piece of planning advice to a new bride
I think the best advice I can offer is to trust the experts with their opinions and advice! You may not always be able to picture how everything will look with your flowers, dress and decorations, but the chances are if you’ve hired someone who cares about your vision, it will turn out beautifully! Surround yourself with a team of creatives that you trust, and it will truly be the best day of your life. I also highly recommend having a wedding planner and/or day-of planner. It will allow you to stress way less about the specifics on the day of the wedding.
Some words you live by
Ever since I was a kid (probably 2nd grade or so) I’ve loved the saying, “Shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” I’ve never been able to figure out who said it, but I truly think that it’s something I live by!
Best tip for balancing work + home life
This is something that I struggle with on a daily basis, but I’ve recently discovered that leaving my phone in the bedroom before I walk into my home office helps me focus a lot better. I usually try to stick with work hours of 10-6. At first I was really hung up on the fact that I wasn’t a good “morning” person, but I quickly realized that if I was being more productive a little later in the day that I should just let myself go with it! If I’m having a hard time breaking myself off from work mentally in the evening, I symbolically close the office door when I leave as a way to tell myself “I’m done for now”.
Best moment of your career
I think the best is yet to come! I’m releasing an online course called “Creating Hand-Lettered Wood Signs” in early Feb. 2017 (currently in pre-enrollement) and I can’t wait to share it with people who have been wanting to learn how to create wood signs!
Photo: Rachel May Photography
Baking cookies. And eating them. Let’s just say I baked 3 dozen cookies one evening and my hubby and I had devoured them before 48 hours had passed. I also love taking pictures of my cat and sharing them on my Instagram account. He’s become quite the hit!
Your favorite Instagram account
It’s so hard for me to choose! But I really love @hosannarevival. The girl behind it, Katie, creates gorgeous hand-painted Bibles and every time I see one I’m in awe!
What’s your favorite aesthetic
My wedding had a little bit of a modern-vintage vibe, with a big touch of rustic as well! I would say that also carries over into my own life. I love antique items in a modern setting, and I also love a clean work space. It helps me think best.
Intimate or Par-tay? What size wedding do you recommend and why?
I think this depends a lot on the individual bride, as well as her wedding guests! My wedding party was somewhere between the two, probably siding a little closer to the par-tay side! However, it wasn’t a party just because of the amount of guests, it was a party because the guests brought the party with them! There were a lot of dance trains during the reception, and just a lot of dancing in general. The wedding size should be about surrounding yourself with people that you love, as well as people who have supported you through your walk in life.
What’s the first thing a newly engaged couple should do?
As soon as my husband and I got engaged we found a venue! That’s probably the very first thing you want to secure since they can often be booked out a year or more in advance! But I guess the “first” thing we actually did was call all of our close friends and family members to tell them before we made it public on Facebook!
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