Chicago Calligrapher

The Room 1520 Bar Mirror - Calligraphy Lettering

I have had the privilege of lettering the MASSIVE mirror behind the bar at Room 1520 SIX times now since April 2018!

Wanted to share a little #BTS and my process.

April 2018 - Wedding

I think this is the largest WRITING that I’ve attempted as far as the real estate of the mirror goes. SO tough to get a good shot of them, but you can squeeze it/blow it up to get a better look.

I had to stand on the bar in order to write so high on the mirror!

I had to stand on the bar in order to write so high on the mirror!

For a better look, take a look at my IG post capturing a little video:

September 2, 2018 - Wedding

This couple had a specific point of view and utilized all three mirrors. Mirror 1: Names and date | Mirror 2: Signature Cocktails | Mirror 3: Full menu of beers/wines/spirits!

I used the blue painters tape just to section off my work areas. I think it came out great and although the writing was as “voluminous” as the prior job, I think it was easier to photograph.

September 28, 2018 - Wedding

Another couple who requested all three mirrors and I was told I could go crazy and I DID. This was the first time I introduced little representational pics of the drinks… Highballs, cocktail glasses, etc. You can really appreciate it by seeing the vid. I’ll link to the IG post underneath the picture gallery.

Here is a link to the IG post w/video! also more pics:

December 8, 2018 - Wedding

Ahh, a winter wedding. I was told by Kristina and Curtis that I could go crazy with “wintery” elements. It was a winter wonderland theme, but I wanted to play up the branches, holly, mistletoe look vs. snowflakes and such. LOVED this one. Only two mirrors utilized this time. Couples names and date on the first one and signature cocktails on the second.

January 27, 2019 - 2nd annual West Loop Wedding Walk

SO honored to be asked to do this! Multiple venues participate in this event and a trolley shuttles couples from venue to venue in order to start confirming big details for their big day! Unfortunately I couldn’t execute until the “day of” and accessed the venue around 9:30A.

I ACTUALLY wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do when I arrived on site to do these mirrors! I was told to write the “West Loop Wedding Walk” and then I could add my company name on the last mirror. I looked up the event on Eventbrite and BAM it was a no brainer, I mimicked the logo so everything tied in together nicely. Even added some florals/offhand flourishing.

I was fortunate enough to get a nice shot of the work because of Michelle Cox Photo! Thanks so much!!!


March 9, 2019 - Wedding

The latest mirror that I executed. Client again knew just what they wanted. Gave me some freedom as far as the flourishes were concerned. Not as constricted design wise for sure.

I captured a tiny bit of video too:

Calligraphy by CT | Best of the Knot - 2019

So excited to announce that I got the “Best of” the Knot for 2019. I had previously gotten it for 2012 and 2013 so LONG time in between (I just returned to the Knot as an advertiser after a break). Happy to have my 3rd. It was a wonderful wedding season and I met some great clients. I also got acquainted with some new vendor partners both here and out of state. I feel blessed and privileged to work in this industry. Cheers to 2019!


Calligraphy by CT featured on Tablescapes Chicago!

I had the special opportunity to be a part of Tablescapes monthly feature with Guest Designer, Bride + Joy Events!

It was such a great experience. The design was a glamorous, rustic, lush display that even featured cuisine! Most of the shoots that I've been a part of have only focused on the decor. Tablescapes has relationships with so many fabulous catering companies though this makes sense. Added to the overall beauty for sure!

Concept: Bride + Joy Events
Catering: Maison Cuisine
Florals: Blumgarten & Co.
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by CT



USPS News - Postage Stamp Costs DECREASE!

YES. The U.S.P.S. lost a case in Federal District court re: the price hike in 2014. They deemed that they should be ok now in terms of making up for lost revenue during the recession.

That's GREAT news for today's bride/groom who happens to be purchasing a hefty amount of (more often than not) 2 oz. stamps for their wedding invites! NOW is the time to buy guys!

New Rates
Postcards -  $.34

1st class, 1 oz - $.47
1st class, 1 oz - odd size - *$.68
1st class, 2 oz - $.68
1st class, 2 oz - odd size - *$.89
1st class, 3 oz - $.89
1st class large envelope, 1 oz - $.94
1st class, 3 oz - odd size - *$1.10
1st class, 3.5 oz - $1.10
1st class large envelope, 2 oz - $1.15
1st class large envelope, 3 oz - $1.36
1st class large envelope, 4 oz - $1.57
1st class large envelope, 5 oz - $1.78
1st class large envelope, 6 oz - $1.99