I’ve been looking forward to sharing more images with you from the Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop that I hosted and designed in May. Here they are and I’m so excited to share that this workshop is being featured on Snippet and Ink today!


When I heard that Laura Hooper was coming to Vancouver, Canada for a workshop, but not stopping in Seattle (my home town), I knew I needed to convince her to add the extra stop. I’ve been a big Laura Hooper fan ever since I attended one of her mini calligraphy sessions at the Trouvaille Workshop (an inspiring workshop for women in the wedding industry).

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After speaking with Laura’s Director of Operations (her amazing sister Alyssa, pictured on the right below), I was thrilled to hear that they would be willing to add an extra stop in Seattle. I immediately set-out to find the perfect venue for this 24 person, three hour calligraphy course. The Utina Wardroom , owned by City Catering Company, immediately came to mind. Their space was just what we needed: light, airy, spacious, located in the heart of Seattle, and of course who could say no to their yummy food.

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I knew I wanted to create a simple space that was inspired with Spring blooms and complimented the industrial aesthetics of the venue. I teamed up with Butter & Bloom who created a beautiful botanical garden display filled with fresh peonies and tropical greens. We leveraged rustic wood boxes to add depth and texture. Rachel, from Butter & Bloom, is not only a talented florist, but a baker as well, so I asked her to make sugar cookies for each attendee and then asked Laura to write on each of them. The cookies were so beautiful I almost didn’t want to eat mine (good thing I did, it was delicious!).

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Attendees sipped on custom mocktails from City Catering (in their adorable custom bottles), snacked on delicious popcorn and macrons, while practicing their alphabet. They took home a cute tote and a potted succulent to remind them of the workshop (thanks to Butter & Bloom!).

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I’m grateful Laura made the extra stop in Seattle. The workshop was inspiring and it was so great to meet other calligraphy lovers and watch them improve on their skills.

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Special thanks to Laura Marchbanks Photography for capturing the day so beautifully!

Head on over to Snippet & Ink to see the full feature!

Calligraphy Workshop: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Catering: City Catering Company

Florals & Baked Goods: Butter & Bloom

Photography: Laura Marchbanks Photography

Planning + Design: Jen Leslie Events

Rentals: Vintage Ambiance (easels) & AA Party Rentals (linens, chairs and drape)

Venue: Utina Wardroom