Sam & Roxanne’s Dusty Blue Letterpress Suite

I loooooove letterpress. Its luxurious but still approachable. Its fantastic to the touch, and fascinating to look at. I was able to design this letterpress suite for a bride and groom and their September wedding. Luckily the couple are a wonderful friends of mine and my hub’s, so when I told her we should design her suite with letterpress in mind, she just said “Sure, whatever you say”. It kinda felt like Christmas.

Soft dusty blue and grey were the chosen color palette, and the Bride just wanted simple elegance. We designed a complimentary ceremony program that featured the same color palette and some vintage florals. Swoon worthy for sure! Enjoy!


Lyla’s Hand-Lettered Birth Announcement

So I little while back, I shared a few photo’s from a beautiful mom-to-be’s maternity photo session. Well, baby has arrived, we snapped a few amazing photos during a newborn session, and her arrival has been announced to her family and friends via this hand-lettered birth announcement.

As if this little one isn’t cute enough, we just needed to up the wow factor by adding a full hand-lettered design that just hugs baby’s sweet image.

I know I may be partial, but there is something so special and unique about hand-lettered pretties. The small variations, and perhaps what some may even consider imperfections, are what make them so perfect. Almost as perfect as this sweet little girl.

A Little Harvest Birthday Invitation

I was asked to design a birthday invitation for a brother and sister, who were turning four and one, respectively. Mom asked for two things: that it be harvest themed, and the phrase “We know we’ve had birthdays be-four, but you don’t want to miss this one” be included — I know, I know, it’s too cute for words. So with such an adorable little phrase, why not just make it the focal point of the design! Don’t mind if we do! Finish it off with a pumpkin-hued envelope, and you have what I consider to be harvest perfection with a side of bouncy house 😉

All design and photography by Megan Veliz

Working with a Calligrapher


Let’s face it — special event invitations (such as wedding invitations) are some of the most important pieces of mail you will ever send. Which is exactly why people employ the skills and talents of calligraphers to make said envelopes look sooooo amazing. Hiring a calligrapher is well worth the price, but there are certain things you should know and think about before hiring one. So from a professional calligrapher directly to you, here are a few items you should know and consider.

1. Book well in advance

Typically a calligrapher is a one-person operation. Meaning if you find one and really love their style, there is only one of that person who can calligraph your envelope or project in that style. So book them early. As early as six or seven months. You don’t even have to know all the details of what you want. Most calligraphers will accept a deposit to reserve time on their calendar. Not only will you be assured of your place on their schedule, you can avoid additional fees such as rush fees or convenience fees for waiting until the last minute — that’s if you are lucky enough to find a calligrapher that is not booked up.

2. Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Many brides feel like they have “stupid” questions regarding how to address envelopes and proper etiquette. We do this for you and love helping you! Envelope etiquette can also be tricky, so trust me, your questions are not stupid! Don’t be afraid to ask questions on etiquette, resources to help you prepare your list, make decisions on addressing and other questions regarding your project. Its important to figure out how your want your envelopes to be addressed, especially for number three on our list.

3. Thoroughly review your guest list!!

I see this one a lot. Check your list three times to make sure all everything on it is correct. Then check it once more. Are all your guests included? Is everything spelled correctly? What about streets and states — abbreviated or spelled out? Providing an accurate guest list to your calligrapher allows the entire process to go more smoothly. They can focus on beautifully addressing your envelopes instead of contacting you to clarify things on your list. If you have a last minute addition to your list, don’t fret! Reach out  as soon as possible to let them know and they will let you know how to provide them with that information, whether through email, or submitting and updated list, or some other method of their choice.

4. A few extras….

Calligraphers are human too and make mistakes. So for this reason, pretty much all calligraphers require your provide extra envelopes — usually 15%. So when ordering your invitations, don’t forget to purchase extra envelopes as well.

5. proof, proof, proof

Your calligrapher undoubtedly took plenty of care making sure they addressed everything correctly based on what your provided on your list. That being said, you should still proof your envelopes shortly after you get them back (within 1-3 days) to make sure there are no corrections to be made. If there are corrections that need to be made, reach out to your calligrapher as soon as possible so they can re-write what needs to be corrected and get it back to you. Because of this, you should allow extra time for these possible corrections before your mail date.

You should always check with your calligrapher for their specific policies and procedures. Being prepared and having open communication with your calligrapher will only help the process go that much more smoothly! If you are interested in Honeybee Paper Co.’s calligraphy services, check out the calligraphy page for more information and to book time! For more details on the timeline for sending your wedding invitations, check the When To Send post!

All calligraphy and photography by Megan Veliz of Honeybee Paper Co.

Mom, Dad, Marlon, and me – Sunny Maternity Photo Session

I was lucky enough to shoot a maternity session for a super cute couple who are expecting their first babe. Not only was this couple stoked to document this exciting time in their lives, it also happened to be their one year wedding anniversary….insert sigh here.

It was a gorgeous day! The sun was out, the sky was blue. They weather was perfect. After some lovely photos taken at a nearby park, mom- and dad-to-be wanted to get back to their home where we could take some photos with their sweet pup. It just so happens it was their first family photo ever taken! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

Mom, dad, pup, and me - Maternity Photo Session









Amy & Jeff’s Beachy Watercolor Save the Date

I had the pleasure of creating a custom design for Amy  and Jeff’s Memorial Day Weekend wedding. In addition to incorporating their color palette of coral and aqua, the couple also wanted to include the infinity symbol. It’s totally their thing- he had a custom ring made that includes the symbol (I know, soooo adorable, right?!).

We bounced around a few ideas, and landed on this airy and casual design. Totally a reflection of them — you can totally tell that about them from their photo!

I can’t wait to design and share their wedding suite!

Soft hues and watercolor make this save the date a beachside wedding dream.

Soft hues and watercolor accents make this save the date a beachside wedding lover’s dream.


A Glittering Bachelorette Weekend

Bachelorette weekends are all the rage now. Why just have one night with your besties when you can enjoy two or three!?!  And why not have some gorgeous stationery to go with it. That’s what I say at least. This little number was for exactly that purpose, requested by a super thoughtful maid of honor.

It was so much fun creating this Bachelorette suite, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Glitter Bachelorette Party Suite

This amazing suite was based on Honeybee Paper’s Glitz & Glam bridal shower invitation.

All design and calligraphy done by Honeybee Paper Co. Photo credits Megan Veliz 


When to Send? A Guide to Mailing Your Wedding Stationery

Wedding planning can be confusing. Wedding etiquette can be REALLY confusing. There are entire books on wedding etiquette that can be super helpful and I recommend you choose one.  An important part of wedding planning is actually letting your guests know when and where they should plan celebrating your nuptials. When is the appropriate time to let them know? So for today we will focus on the topic of sending your wedding stationery.

When Should You Send?

You should always be using your wedding date as the starting point for determining  the “checkpoints”, if you will, for the outlined timeline. Instead of writing all the exact details, perhaps a nice little infographic is the best way to go!


The key is giving yourself enough time. Envelope addressing/stuffing/stamping can take time. Choosing a design can take time. Working with a Calligrapher takes time. Creating a custom design, if you go that route, takes time. You get the point. The following opinion may be biased (wink wink), but wedding stationery is one of the most fun parts or wedding planning! So give yourself the opportunity to enjoy it!

Caitlin and Gary’s Lavender Suite

This past October very good friends of mine tied the knot, and I was lucky enough to work with them to create a custom suite. The bride loved lavender and had a color scheme of purple and navy. How amazing. After several revisions, we landed on this gorgeous suite.


The suite featured a hand illustrated lavender border and hand calligraphed details.



The bride wanted to wrap the invitation suites in ribbon, so we were able to source an absolutely gorgeous purple velvet ribbon. What a treat for her guests to pull these beauties out of the mailbox!


For their ceremony and reception paper we brought in the lavender in the form of a small wreath surrounding their calligraphed initials.  It flowed so nicely from the invitations.



It was so fun to create these one-of-a-kind masterpieces for such an amazing couple!

Maternity Photo Shoot

I like to dabble in photography, and I had the privilege of photographing a beautiful woman (who also happens to be a beautiful pregnant woman) and her husband. It wasn’t the best day as far as weather goes, but we were lucky enough to get a reprieve from the rain and thunderstorms.


I was absolutely sticky and sweaty (good thing I wasn’t in front of the lens). I do have a tendency to get down in the grass and practically roll around. All in the sake of getting the shot. But our mom-to-be stayed beautiful and perspire-free the entire shoot. Talk about glowing!


I had so much fun taking these photos, and I can’t wait to welcome this little one into the world — of course with some beautiful paper!