Bridesmaid Boxes

In preparation for our big day next June, I asked the special ladies in my life if they would join us as my bridesmaids! I had such a fun time putting together these special boxes for them, and it is easy to get all of these items if you are looking for ideas.

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I included the following items for my bridesmaids:

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I packaged all the goodies together with white paper crinkle, and gold foil dot tissue paper from Paper Source. The boxes I also found at Paper Source, and to complete the entire look, I wrote each bridesmaid's name on top of the box in calligraphy and tied the box with a peach ribbon.

You can customize your boxes by using your wedding colors for the various items, or including something that is unique to your wedding (i.e. sunglasses if you're getting married in the summer, mini wine bottle if you're getting married at a winery)! Or if your budget is tight, simply write your bridesmaids a heartfelt card telling them how much they mean to you and how honored you would be to have them in your wedding... because let's be honest, that's the part that counts the most.

have fun creating your bridesmaid boxes!

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