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Frani Matthews  Modern calligraphy to encourage and inspire. Using beautiful things to express real things. weddings, events, & commissions #whenthingsweresmall

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A little bit about me: Sunday evenings are usually dedicated to creating a weekly overview and meal planning, and it all goes in my little journal here.
Marriage has taught me to go with the flow quite a bit, but I'll always be a schedule-following, list-making, routine-loving kind of girl at heart. It's just something that creates order in this inconsistent life I've managed to stumble into. πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ β€”
What about you? Do you need to create order or do you tend to take each moment as it comes? Or maybe a bit of both? πŸ€”
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"If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." | john 7:37-38 |
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Okay okay, I know I post photos from this shoot all the time, but this one's gonna have a different twist for #followfriday!
My friend Kristin (@thegiffordcollective) is a BOMB wedding and event planner. She's incredible to work with, as she exudes calm, grace, and class. I just wanted to give her a little shoutout because she launched her website a couple days ago and deserves all the love! Go check her out, follow her, spam her with comments, do it all! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
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Planning, Design & Styling: @thegiffordcollective
Photography: @graykammera
Venue: @riverwoodmansion
Floral Design: @gradientandhue
Paper Goods & Hand Lettering: @authenticfrani
Silk: @aribbonsnest
Pottery: @christina_cohn_ceramics
Rentals: @libertypartyrental
Cake & Macarons: @bakedinnashville
Cocktails: @barmagnolia
Hair/Makeup: @catehair
Bridal Gown: @amykuschel @thebrideroom
Ring: @trumpetandhorn
Model: @amyuro

"One of the greatest gifts in my life has been the ability to trust my instincts. I never take on more than I believe I can handle. This does not mean I am weak or lazy. Rather, it means that I honor my limits." | jesse kamm | β€”

I don't know if my husband does this on purpose or not, but he always seems to reinforce moments of rest in my days. (Usually, it's by posting me all curled up in a blanket in his IG stories any time I manage to take a nap.) I have such workaholic tendencies already, and on top of that, I love saying yes to people and being helpful. Which of course, leads to over booking myself and the inevitable burnout.
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All this to say, I'm thankful for my Kelly and how he encourages me to stop moving at 100mph. He's teaching me how to honor my limits.
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A simple, pencil sketch for your Wednesday.
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(I hope you know you're loved, and also, worthy of love. 😊️) β€”
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You guys know I'm a sucker for stunning, simple floral illustrations. (I mean, who isn't??) Well, my friend, Genevieve (@scriptandvine), is having a giveaway to celebrate her shop launch on the 22nd! Check out her feed to see all the beautiful paper goods you could win! (And also, just browse her feed and give her some love because she's awesome.) 😍😍😍 β€”
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photo: @studiosaorsa

Happy Monday! I am here today to tell you that THE YOUTUBE TUTORIALS ARE BACK, my dudes. I did a bunch of filming last week, so I should be back to creating content regularly over in that section of the interwebs. The link is in my little homemade "linktree" in my profile. β€” (Also, I love you guys! You're making all my dreams come true by supporting me and giving me your feedback! Much appreciated!) πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
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Happy Friday, friends. Go find a baby to hug. It's good for the soul. That is all.
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(Shoutout to @mandylizphotography for surprising me with lovely photos of my work. Hugs to you, girl!!) β€”
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You guys, by some MIRACLE I took this selfie(?) on my own, and I'm really proud of how it turned out. Like, not sure how the pens turned into backwards Cingular bars from 2005, but hooray for that!
All this to say, I'm finally writing a little blog post about my "holy grail" pens and paper. My default gear. The tools I always have on hand (or IN hand, rather). Here's the catch though: it's available exclusively to the people who are signed up for my monthly newsletter (which goes out on Monday, btw). So whatchu waitin' for? Sign up on my website if you wanna know my go-to writing supplies. Do it.
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Just spent the morning making cupcakes with a three-year-old. Two words: Sprinkles. Everywhere. Leaving the table nowhere near as beautiful as this one, but the cupcakes were delicious, & I'm pretty sure I'm officially a cool babysitter now, so it's allllll worth it. πŸ’ƒπŸ½
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Planning, Design & Styling: @thegiffordcollective
Photography: @graykammera
Venue: @riverwoodmansion
Floral Design: @gradientandhue
Paper Goods & Hand Lettering: @authenticfrani
Silk: @aribbonsnest
Pottery: @christina_cohn_ceramics
Rentals: @libertypartyrental
Cake & Macarons: @bakedinnashville
Cocktails: @barmagnolia
Hair/Makeup: @catehair
Bridal Gown: @amykuschel @thebrideroom
Ring: @trumpetandhorn
Model: @amyuro

β€œOrdinary ground is holy. There is more than enough mystery, secret, marvel, and miracle ablaze in ordinary reality.” |Ron Rolheiser|
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Spent sometime this weekend painting flowers for myself. It's too easy to get caught up in the orders and the emails and the productivity, and forget why you loved creating in the first place. So that's what these little paintings are for me. Reminders of what I love. Reminders to release the pressure I put on myself.
β€” (Hope you're having a good start to your week, my dears! And if not, you can pretend the week starts on a Tuesday. πŸ˜‰)
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