Natural calligraphy for a wildly romantic beach shoot in France

Organic calligraphy in soft tones for a styled wedding shoot on the French coast – dreamy inspiration captured beautifully by Amanda Karen Photography early in 2017.

“Over the years, these shores have become film sets or playgrounds for the rich and famous. Their beauty has also inspired artists such as Picasso and iconic writers. So, when I was searching for an extraordinary location for a bridal inspiration shoot, there really was nowhere more perfect.” ~ Amanda Karen Photography

The stationery follows one of 2018’s strongest wedding invitation trends: it’s all about paper rather than card. Paper allows you so much more creativity with soft textures and organic styling; while I love writing calligraphy on card for its smoothness, there’s something warmer about papers, especially the textured grey-blue I used for the stationery in this shoot.

The lettering itself is natural, flowing and soft. When working with handmade papers you can really let yourself be creative; using your imagination rather than rigid guidelines gives a freeflowing, romantic finish to the calligraphy.

“The oh-so appropriately named By Moon and Tide created truly charming stationery for this shoot that again mixed light, elegant calligraphy with textured heavyweight card. The fine lines and hand-drawn elements were just divine.”

Romantic calligraphy and soft, natural textured papers work beautifully alongside loose bouquets and floaty gowns – and look incredible in a beach setting. The gown by Leanne Marshall is just wonderful in this stunning landscape.

If you’re looking for wedding styling ideas with a natural twist, do explore the full blog feature on French Wedding Style – every detail is beautiful and the overall look is easily achieved on any wedding budget.

Huge thanks to lovely Amanda Karen Photography for sharing her beautiful images with us, and for capturing my calligraphy with such a wonderful understanding of the delicate details which are the focal point of the calligrapher’s craft.

For wedding invitations and stationery in this style please email with your wedding date. Prices start from £2 for place names and £6 for handwritten invitations.

Location: Cap D’Antibes
Creative direction and florals: Azur Flowers
Photography: Amanda Karen Photography
Dress: Leanne Marshall at Heart Aflutter Bridal
Hair and makeup: Aglaia
Stationery: By Moon & Tide Calligraphy
Silk ribbons: Kate Cullen
Crockery: Anthropologie