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Great news this week! With the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to let you know about two fantastic collaborations with businesses that share my vision of love, marriage, and treasured keepsakes. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of partnering with both Caroline, Owner of Paloma’s Nest, and the Southern Weddings team; and I am excited about the great holiday gift options that they are currently offering, featuring my calligraphy.

MM Ink for Paloma’s Nest

I love this year’s collaboration with Paloma’s Nest, offering two classic and thoughtful heirloom ornaments for the holiday season. Words in calligraphy featuring Our First Married Christmas” or Baby’s First Christmas are the most special to either commemorate that very special year, or begin a family tradition and collection you’ll always cherish. This is a perfect and beautiful keepsake gift with calligraphy for you and your loved ones.

The ornament is handcrafted of fine pure white clay with a semi gloss finish and can be personalized with a name and year. It comes packaged in their signature keepsake gift box, and is just ideal for your next gift selection. Feel free to browse through their shop as they also offer other great gift items.

MM Ink for Southern Weddings

I am thrilled to introduce you to a Southern Weddings signature product - the ceremonial marriage certificate! This beautiful heirloom has been a favorite in the Southern Weddings Shop; and it features elegant calligraphy by me, and makes a wonderful wedding keepsake or holiday gift. The certificate is printed in gold foil and matte black letterpress, both on 100% thick cotton stock and measures 8×10 inches. I have one of each here in my studio and these prints are just gorgeous and the packaging is so lovely!

For a limited time, you can have your names, the wedding date, venue, and location hand lettered personally by me (the bride, groom, officiant, and witness lines are left blank for signing on your wedding day) – so perfect for gifting! This special offer expires December 1st, so see the shop link below to check it out, and purchase your next wedding keepsake or gift for the upcoming holidays!

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Southern Weddings certificate – Black                                                                                      Southern Weddings certificate – Gold

Psst…by the way, their Volume 8 magazine is currently on newsstands and I just received my copy! I am just dying to see all of the swoon-worthy images and read all the love stories, especially Southern Weddings Editor, Lisa Kirk’s wedding! She is as sweet as pie and it was such a joy doing the calligraphy for her special day.  You can purchase a copy of the magazine in their shop too – right here!

It has been such a delight and honor to have worked so closely with these two wonderful brands! I am so happy to have had the opportunity to collaborate with them, and I look forward to possible projects together in the future!

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Envelope Addressing Etiquette for Military Titles by MMink

Photography by Cuppa Photography


Part II of our envelope addressing etiquette series is all about military titles. Here is a listing of some of the ranks of the major U.S. military branches of service. Envelopes for these guests should be addressed with full names and no abbreviated titles.


 Envelope Addressing Etiquette for Military Titles by MM Ink

 For a complete listing of titles, click here.

To give you an example using one of the military titles above, an envelope set should be written as follows:

OUTER: Lieutenant and Mrs. Kevin Thomas

INNER: Lieutenant and Mrs. Thomas

Please also note that a military title outranks an academic degree; so the name of the person with the military title goes first. For example:

OUTER: Colonel Kevin Thomas and Doctor Laura Thomas

INNER: Colonel Thomas and Doctor Thomas

Feel free to add your etiquette questions and/or comments – I would be happy to respond! Our next addressing etiquette series post will focus on unmarried guests.

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Black and gold – strikingly beautiful when combined, and the look has such a bold and regal presence. Black is not a common color choice for weddings; but I love seeing it pop up from time to time, especially with gold, making it a truly elegant and opulent affair. What do you think?

Calligraphy style shown: CITADEL

Inspired by black and gold calligraphy - MM Ink





Far left  |  MM Ink

Center  |  top: Deer Pearl Flowers via Pinterest  |  middle:  Nordstrom via Pinterest  |  bottom:  Boxwood Clippings via Pinterest

Far right  |  Romona Keveza dress via Pinterest


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