Luxe Bohemian Texas Wedding

Every once in awhile, you get clients who embrace all of the crazy design ideas you have, and let you execute a one of a kind, premium invitation suite. Regan & Colin were the perfect clients, knowing the feel and colors of what they wanted, but allowing me to take creative liberties when designing their suite. What we ended up with was a show stopper of an invitation, complete with a double heavy main invitation with a digitally printed pattern on the back and letterpress + rose gold foil on the front, letterpress + foil reply card and details card, and light gray lined envelopes with rose gold foil addresses. The modern monogram I designed for their suite, they carried through with the rest of their big day.

Martha Stewart Weddings picked up their full bohemian wedding, so go check it out!

San Francisco Holiday Card Mini Sessions, 2016

I'm excited to announce that I have collaborated again with the talented, Anna Wu for her Holiday Card Mini Sessions here in San Francisco! From Anna...

Whether you’d like some family portraits, a mini engagement session, or a shoot with Fido, now is the perfect time to gather your loved ones together for some fun holiday photos with custom greeting cards designed by Brown Fox Calligraphy.

You can visit Anna's blog for more information and a link to sign up for your spot. They are limited, so make sure to grab yours as soon as possible!

BHLDN’s Walnut Creek Grand Opening Wedding Fair

I'm excited and honored to be included in BHLDN's grand opening in Walnut Creek on Thursday, October 6! This wedding fair is being held from 6 pm until 9 pm, and will feature talented vendors from around the Bay Area including Jasmine Rae Cakes, The Black Tux, Absolute Celebrations Catering, Sacha Badame Styling & Makeup, Florali, Trynh Photography, and Ivy Hill Entertainment.

This event is a perfect excuse to bring your closest friends, mom, and bridesmaids to browse dresses and wedding accessories with you! Space is limited, so RSVP here and come say hi to me when you get to the store. 

1 Year

Today is officially my one year anniversary of switching to Brown Fox Calligraphy full time! As most of you know, I spent the previous 5 years as a Civil Engineer designing roads and highways, so this was quite a 180 for me.

Now that I've gotten to spend all of my time devoted to Brown Fox, I could not imagine doing anything else, and I think that's a great indication that I made the right choice last August. It was a very difficult one for me, having studied engineering in college and working hard to become a Professional Engineer in the last couple of years. It was not a decision I took lightly or came to quickly. There was a lot of heartache and struggle during that period of time figuring out if I wanted to make the leap to pursue my passion. Even though I believe this is what I meant to do and it makes me happier than anything I've ever done, I felt a huge part of me was being left behind. Being okay with this was a process, and I am happy to say that I love where I am now, and have many aspirations for Brown Fox and my new skillset. 

Naturally, I had to learn many new things that come with running your own business. I had to be owner, employee, marketing division, accounting group, and many more roles I wasn't necessarily prepared for. One piece of advice I have for those of you interested in having your own business -- hire people whose jobs it is to be experts in those fields, if you feel time spent on those aspects of your business are taking away from the places you excel. Finances are not something I am great at, and after spending hours researching taxes and setting up IRA accounts, I realized I needed an accountant. Now I have the most wonderful accountant helping Brown Fox, and it was one of the best decisions I have made in the last year. It frees up my time so I can spend more of it creating. My next goal is to work with experts in marketing to help my business get to the level of exposure I am seeking. Don't be afraid to ask for help from the talented people in your life, and don't feel like you have to do everything on your own!

I feel lucky every day to have found work that fulfills my passion and pays the bills, and I do not take it for granted because I know it's something that a lot of people never achieve. I would not have gotten to this place without the incredible, unrelenting support of my friends, family, and boyfriend. It truly takes a community to help you achieve your dreams, so surround yourself with people who believe in you!

Thank you to each and every one of you who has supported my business directly and indirectly. I would absolutely love to hear about your dreams, and if I can ever offer and advice or help in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. 

A rising tide lifts all boats

PORTRAIT PARTY

Anna Wu has recently launched a personal project called The Portrait Party, and I was lucky enough to attend the very first one! In Anna's word, the idea behind the Portrait Party, 

...is very simple. I gather a small group of people, we throw ourselves a little party, and I take portraits of everyone. I come across so many people who say they could really use an updated headshot, but instead of just having a huge group of photographers and other people show up to get and take photos, I wanted to keep it very small. We each contribute what we can to the party and get the benefits of networking without the pressures of being in a huge group of strangers. For me, I get to test out different lighting techniques or ideas for portraiture and hone my craft too.

The other talented women who attended were Amanda of Amanda Vidmar Design (floral design), Praise of ComePlum (photo & design), Rachael of Ruby and Rose (event planning & design), and Farrah of Spirit Makeup. Each of contributed something from our expertise to the afternoon, which was such a fun and relaxed way of working with no pressure!

Check out the gorgeous shots Anna and Praise captured below, and also visit Anna's blog post for more!

Photo by Come Plum

Photo by Come Plum

Photo by Come Plum

Photo by Come Plum

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

Photo by Anna Wu

What a bunch of beautiful, powerful bosses! Spending time with each of these ladies was an inspiration to me and reminder of how hard working small business owners are. It made me think of how important it is to connect with others and support everyone working their asses off to do what they love.

Thank you, Anna, for the amazing afternoon!


Makeup for everyone: Spirit Makeup
Photography: Anna Wu / ComePlum
Place Cards & Sign: Brown Fox Calligraphy
Snacks & Bubbly: Ruby and Rose
Florals: Amanda Vidmar Design