Frances & Brad

Duck, North Carolina

photography by Sarah Street Photography

Working with Frances and her mother, Nell to design her day of details has truly been one of my favorite projects thus far. Their whole family is the epitome of style and class, and each decision we made was with etiquette, guest experience and aesthetic in mind. We started off taking cues from Frances & Brad’s invitation suite, with a soft blue watercolor wash and rose gold foil. These elements adorned their thank you cards and the weekend itinerary for their guests. For their programs, we kept it simple with rose gold foil calligraphy, and a watercolor painting of the Duck United Methodist Church, where they would become Mr. and Mrs.!

My daughter (the bride) and I found Lauren from a simple Google search of local calligraphers. We loved her style, so we hired her to do the calligraphy for the wedding invitations, but I wish we had gotten Lauren involved much sooner. She is the complete deal. She not only did what we originally hired her to do (the calligraphy), but she ended up designing and printing the programs, which included an illustration by Lauren of the church in which my daughter and her now husband wed, and the schedule of the weekend’s events in the guests’ welcome bags—all to match the original scheme of the invitations and the vision of the wedding, which Lauren picked up on right away. Lauren had recommendations of vendors for any of the little details we still needed to find or finish up and made last minute trips to meet us to deliver emergency items. She was such an asset, and we loved her so much that we invited her to the wedding! She and her husband came, and we all had the best time seeing our work come to life. She was just the right combination of inspiration and calm—exactly what a mother-of-the-bride planning a destination wedding needs! 

Nell, mother of the bride