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Absolutely in love with this simple and sweet tattoo that Roz hired me to script- “Fly.” Taken from the Tom Petty lyrics “learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings,” I love this simple sentiment and message.  The adoring way her daughter is gazing at her in these pictures melts my heart!  Shoot me an email if you are ready to make your tattoo dreams come true and make some prettiness permanent on your skin. xo

Photos by Cathy Nystrom.

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Can I just say how much I love designing tattoos for people?  I never imagined that this would be such a big part of what I focus on in my business, but I am so glad that it turned out that way.  Working on such permanent, personal projects with people is so gratifying.  This tattoo, with the names “Jali” and “Kai” turned out so gorgeously.  Love it, Jodi!

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For the fifth year, I’m offering a limited number of custom, personalized valentines in my online shop, Litterae Studio.  Also available in my etsy shop, if you’re more familiar with that.  This is always my favorite project of the entire year, and I feel so honored that people entrust me with their special messages to loved ones.  I’m only selling a limited amount of them this year, so scoop one up before they are gone!  They are available in two colorways- blush and then gold with cream.

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I am so excited to introduce my holiday products to you- listed in my online shop, Litterae Studio.  There are just a few of them, but they are all very special (some of them are original prints done in white gouache on French paper) and I hope you’ll take a peek!  Black Friday – Cyber Monday, take 20% off with the code JOY.  Surprise your kith and kin with some beautiful calligraphy products this year!

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So in love with how this tattoo turned out for Alexandra- this is in honor of her daughter Valentina (that name!), whose hand she is squeezing in the picture above.  I actually wasn’t crazy about the idea of the little heart at the end of the name, but I think it ended up being so perfect.  I love it!

Calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap Calligraphy
Tattoo Artist: Pee Wee from Lark Tattoo
Photography: Kristina Fabian Photography
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It was such an honor to be involved in this stunning outdoor wedding that took place last year in Georgia- Kristen and Kelly’s big day looked like a fairy tale sprung to life.  Was so happy to have seen this featured on Once Wed last month- the details are all just beyond amazing.  Information for vendors found at the bottom of the post.  Xo102415-c-001

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Calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap | Photographer: Rylee Hitchner | Event Design + Planning + Florals: Amy Osaba Events | Invitations: Gather + Co | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Hair + Make-Up: Claudia Mejerle | Rentals: Goodwin Events | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Couple’s Private Residence | Venue: Capital City Club – Brookhaven | Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Dennis Dean | Ceremony Quartet: Piedmont Strings | Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Scott Schumann Quartet | Reception DJ: DJ Joshua Bagley

I was so thrilled to have been a part of an amazing team of vendors that participated in this beautiful “Indigo-dyed Wedding” styled shoot.  We were featured here on 100 Layer Cake this week- such an honor.

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Paper Goods: Betsy Dunlap | Venue: Tohono Chul Gardens | Photography: Betsy and John  | Design, Planning & Florals: Soiree Girls | Photo Booth Bus: Ohhh Booth | Hair & Makeup: Powder Room Bridal | Gown: J Bridal Boutique |  Cake: Crumbs Cake Boutique |  Tux: Tuxedos on Broadway  | Cross Earrings: Mahlia Collection

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So I am constantly working on different tattoos for people, and its one of my favorite parts of my job.  And time and time again, I end up being happiest with the ones that are the simplest.  I don’t have many people ask for merely initials, but I think they should!  Something like the monogram above would look super unique as a tattoo.  Not sure how the fine lines of the border would hold up over time, though.  Any tattoo artists out there have any thoughts on that?

005284-R1-E008Wanted to repost one of my favorite shots of a styled shoot I participated in a bit ago.  Just one of my absolutely favorite suites ever!

Photo by: Jose Villa Photography

Styling by: Joy de Vivre Wedding Coordination

I had so much fun collaborating with the ever talented Vicki Grafton for this German Folktale Inspired Wedding photoshoot- here are some shots of the paper goodies, created by me.  Click over to Magnolia Rouge  for more beautiful photos of this styled event, shot in Germany.  Such fun!Vicki Grafton Photography-1

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kenoyer_0002Just wanted to share some images from this beautiful wedding I worked on a couple months ago- the bride was beyond lovely to collaborate with, and had some wonderful ideas for how to incorporate calligraphy into her event, including scripting on marble hexagons for place cards, and turning their names into a custom burlap welcome banner. See more photos here. Gorgeous photography by Sarah Kathleen Photography. 

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I had the incredible honor of being interviewed by Tristan of the beautiful Besotted Blog back in September, and wanted to link to it here in this space.  She has an awesome calligrapher interview series that is such a treasure trove of inspiration and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.  And as a bonus, the Mary Oliver quote that I penned, above, she turned into a downloadable wallpaper– so fun!   It was a four-part interview, and you can read them all here: Intro, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.  Thank you, Tristan!  It was such a privilege.

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I wanted to share a little bit about a very special client, Joanna, who contacted me to do some lettering for a tattoo a couple of years ago.  It was meant to honor her late husband, who had passed away unexpectedly, and  I was so honored to be a part of the process of helping her heal.  She hasn’t tattooed the lettering on her skin yet, but she recently sent me the link to these amazingly beautiful images, taken by talented photographer Rachelle Derouin.  She has had the words “Wherever you go my love will find you (from the Nancy Tillman children’s book) burned onto a special box.  It contains photos from the previous shoot they had done as a family of four with Rachelle, shortly before David passed away.  What an amazing, strong woman, and such a gorgeous, sweet family.  Working with Joanna and poring over these beautiful images of her precious family has made me want to hug my husband and babies a little harder, cherish them tighter, to never forget how numbered our days are.  Life is such a precious, fleeting gift.

I pray that this family will be so blessed as they continue to heal, and that God will grant them peace in the process. xo

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I was so thrilled to be a part of this beautiful “Ethereal Lavender Inspiration” photoshoot, featured in the Weddings Unveiled spring 2015 issue.  Turned out gorgeously!  It is so fun to contribute to a project, and see it all come together- when the final photos are released it is such a treat to savor the beautiful way it all has come together.  Other venders listed below.
photographer – melanie gabrielle
venue – the spanish monastery
creative direction, planning and florals – flutter fete
dresses – shop gossamer
paper items and calligraphy – betsy dunlap
veil – twigs and honey
table runner and ribbon – silk and willow
makeup and hair – marz makeup and hair
rentals – the salvage snob
cake – earth and sugar

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I was super thrilled with how this tattoo turned out for the lovely Guen.  In her own words, it’s “on my right foot for right foot forward and ‘meliora’ means to be better. Something I reflect upon to be a better person, learn everyday, to be kinder, be more giving and grow.”  Loved being a part of creating this one.

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Hello there! Welcome to this new space- I’m so glad you stopped by! I am so excited about this new site and hope you love it, too.

I wanted to share these photos of me and my family, taken this past summer in Seattle by the talented Heather B. Allison. We conjured up a trade – she wanted my script for a new tattoo, and I coveted her gorgeous photography, so we met up at Seattle’s Sculpture Park one afternoon, and had a blast doing a little photoshoot. Heather was super sweet and so laid back, and we had the best time. I hope you love taking a peek at our family (growing family! You can’t tell in the pictures but I was pregnant with our baby girl, born this past November!) and thanks so much for checking out the new blog. Link to my old blog can be found here: www.bdunlap.blogspot.com.

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