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The Perfect First Anniversary Gift for the Year of Paper: Custom Calligraphy Vow Sets

SJM Shop, Weddings, Lifestyle, FeaturesJessica PeddicordComment

How do you find the perfect first anniversary gift? There can be a lot of pressure added to that first gift to showcase your continued love for your sweetie! Add the fact that it "should" be a paper gift for your first anniversary - how do you find something "paper" that is still nice?

Well friends, I have a fun solution for ya! Enter: Custom Calligraphy Vows.

Earlier this summer, the sweet Emily of Southern Weddings reached out to me about calligraphing the vows she and John exchanged during their wedding ceremony for a shoot they were going to feature on the SW Blog. I loved this idea, and I love Emily, so naturally I said yes!

Thank you so much to the sweet and oh so talented Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography for capturing these gorgeous photos of Emily and John's custom watercolor brush calligraphy vows!

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

Your vows are the sweetest words you will ever exchange to one another as a couple, and they lay the foundation for your marriage. Throughout seasons of life, it is important to let those words of love and endearment continue to leave a mark on your heart and guide your thoughts and actions. Custom watercolor brush calligraphy wedding vows are such a gorgeous way to both serve as this daily reminder and to create heirloom pieces you can display in your home and pass down through the generations!

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

I can't thank Emily enough for these sweet words! 

"The vows turned out more beautifully than I could have imagined (thank you, Jessica!), and they feel like the perfect artwork for the spot where we lay our heads. I love being reminded of our promises first thing in the morning and last thing at night!"

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

Have you been looking for a way to turn your vows into sweet heirlooms? I would love to design a set of custom calligraphy wedding vows for you, friend! Visit the Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vows Set listing in the SJM Wedding Shop to read more about the vow set details and how to commission a set of your own! I cannot wait to read the sweet words y'all exchanged (or plan to exchange!), and turn them into beautiful artwork for your wedding day or home.

PS - Husbands, these make wonderful anniversary and holiday gifts, and are sure to earn you major hubby points!

PPS - Love these darling gold frames as much as I do? They are from the amazing custom framing company, Framebride, and the SW ladies have an amazing offer just for their readers! Head to the Southern Weddings Blog to read more and receive your code to save! These frames are Framebridge's classic gold Richmond frame, for reference! 

Romantic Anthropologie Inspired Wedding Featured on 100 Layer Cake

Features, WeddingsJessica PeddicordComment

Wedding details are often inspired by both your love story, your personalities, and your interests. I always love asking my couples where they love to shop - both for clothes and for their home - because it gives such a great insight into their personal style and design aesthetic.

This styled shoot for the Amy and Jordan Workshop was inspired by a preppy Anthropologie aesthetic, and all of us had such a fun time bringing that vision to life! My mind immediately leapt to Gossip Girl reading the Anthro catalogue, and I couldn't pick up my paintbrush quickly enough to start this design.

Thank you so much for featuring this beautiful styled shoot, 100 Layer Cake! I know we are all so excited to be able to share these gorgeous photos!

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Everything from the juxtaposition of soft yet wild horses paired with loose flowing lavender branches next to classic hydrangeas and garden roses, to the cool textured velvet blush ribbon topped with a crisp and traditional copper wax seal made for the perfect blend of these two aesthetics. 

I even not so subtly snuck in some Gossip Girl references - from the guest name "Van Der Woodsen" on the invitation envelope to "Parsons" as a hint to Parsons School of Design that Jenny attended. Kayla from Some Like it Classic and I had such a fun time brainstorming design ideas for this suite!

How gorgeous is this bright white venue? It's Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale, Arizona, and it officially has my heart! It was the perfect setting for this delectable pre-dinner cocktail hour. 

I fell in love with these acrylic bar cart accessories from the Oh Joy for Target collection, and immediately knew I wanted to calligraph some fun witty phrases on them! They were perfect for shaking up the couple's signature cocktail, lavender vodka lemonade. How fresh does that sound? Perfect for the Arizona heat!

PS - those coasters? I may have ordered a few extras to keep in my office because they're just too darn cute ;) 

Dinner was then served in the most incredibly beautiful, serene sea of lavender velvet with bold pops of purple and copper. I cannot stop swooning over those floral arrangements by Noir Floral and the rose gold glassware from BHLDN!

Notes from the team… Our stunning bride, Gabrielle, was glowing with upswept hair and natural makeup by Megan Dehann, and so ethereal in a BHLDN gown. This dress, which is the most delicate shade of ivory, was a perfect complement to the beautiful to rich colors in the bouquet. We chose soft garden roses, ranunculus, and anemones and to pop against the velvet rose linens and modern copper chairs. Overall, we created a light and airy look with a sense of subtle sophistication.

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And of course, after dinner you must have dessert! But why stop at a cake - even one as gorgeous as this copper foiled three-tiered beauty? 

My favorite detail of this entire shoot may have been the beautiful little watercolor floral heart-shaped cookies that were inspired by the pattern I painted for the invitation suite. What a fun way to literally carry the design details throughout your wedding day! Ruze Cake House, you are creative geniuses! Currently wishing I had a few of your tasty and beautiful cookies on this Valentine's Day!

The designs for the Amy and Jordan Workshop were such a fun artistic challenge, and I am so thankful to have been a part of this dreamy shoot! Thank you to all of the amazingly talented vendors who participated! 

Photographer: Amy & Jordan / Location: Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale, AZ / Design: Some Like It Classic / Floral: Noir Floral / Hair & Makeup: Megan Dehann / Desserts: Ruze Cake House / Stationery & Bar Rentals: Simply Jessica Marie / Copper Chairs, Bar Cart, & Linen: Petal Pusher / Lounge Furniture: Prim Rentals /  Dishes & Glassware: Anthropologie / Dress: BHLDN / Men’s Clothing: Magro Clothing


I would love to get to know more about you, your love story, personality, and your design interests! If you are interested in beginning your custom wedding stationery design process with me, I would love to hear more about you, your sweetie, and your wedding! Please complete the Custom Design Questionnaire on this page, and I will be in touch shortly after reviewing your responses. I can't wait to get to know you two better soon, and create beautiful heirloom wedding stationery for y'all to cherish for years to come!


Best Southern Wedding Cake Bakeries

Our Wedding, Weddings, FeaturesJessica PeddicordComment

Living in Tennessee (and, ya know, being a 21st century girl), I have a huge love of Reese Witherspoon and her darling brand, Draper James. Their attention to detail, witty southern phrases, and classic style is enough to win over the heart of any Southern girl. So, when I heard the news that they are launching a wedding collection at the end of this month, I literally almost leapt out of my seat with excitement!

In celebration of their launch, the Draper James ladies are sharing their absolute favorite Southern wedding details. Last week they shared a blog post all about the best Southern wedding cake bakeries, and asked me to share my favorite! I of course had to chat all about Art of Cakes Bakery in Maryville, Tennessee, since they did such a beautiful job making our wedding cake!

Best Southern Wedding Cake Bakeries | Simply Jessica Marie's Gold Painted Wedding Cake by Art of Cakes Bakery photographed by Perry Vaile as seen on the Draper James Blog

photo by Perry Vaile

Here's a little snippet into what was shared on the Draper James blog:

Artist and designer Jessica Peddicord of Simply Jessica Marie makes a living designing custom wedding paintings and invitations. So it’s no surprise she’d be fastidious about the cake for her own recent nuptials. She says: “Art of Cakes Bakery provided the two most important details we were looking for in our wedding cake: light fluffy layers paired with rich, unique flavors, and an artistic approach to cake design. Our two-tier English toffee and strawberry cake with a dusty blue base adorned with sweeping gold brushstrokes was the perfect nod to both our fun whimsical personalities and my love of painting!”
Best Southern Wedding Cake Bakeries | Simply Jessica Marie's Gold Painted Wedding Cake by Art of Cakes Bakery photographed by Perry Vaile as seen on the Draper James Blog

photo by Perry Vaile

There are 20 other amazing wedding cake bakeries on the Draper James blog for you to browse through, in states including North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Texas (which I can't wait to try once we move to Dallas!), and more.

Do you have a favorite cake bakery? If so, leave a comment with their info below so we can support them!

My Creative Empire Podcast Interview | How to Teach Your Own Online Course

Learning, FeaturesJessica PeddicordComment

Happy Monday friends! I hope y'all had the merriest of Christmases and are still spending some cozy quality time with loved ones! If you're traveling back home today like we are, I have something fun to share with you! 

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Over the summer, my sweet friends Christina and Reina of the Creative Empire Poscast asked me to record a webinar about how to launch your first online course, and it is live today! I outline the steps I am currently going through to launch the SJM Art School, from concept to launch! I also chat about other artistic and business details like how I recommend learning a new artistic talent (including my creative journey toward becoming a brush calligrapher!), how to better manage your time, and a hint at what is to come with SJM!

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I hope that after listening to the podcast, you  understand the value of both teaching and furthering your artistic education! If you're an artist and are hoping to begin teaching through online courses, and have any questions after listening to the podcast, please let me know! And of course if you're a budding artist with questions about investing in online courses or knowing when is best for you to begin learning, I am always happy to chat, too!

Thank you so so much Christina and Reina for this fun interview! I've so loved listening to all of your other interviews, and can't wait to hear the ones that will be coming soon! PS - it would mean so much to us if y'all leave them a review after listening, so they are able to reach even more creatives!

Now I'm sure you're wondering more about when I'll be launching my SJM Art School! While I had hoped to launch the four core courses in December, my videographer and I are making sure to take the time to make the courses as valuable and content packed for y'all as possible. So, our new estimated launch month is this upcoming March!

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If you want to be the first to know more about when the SJM Art School is launching, more inside details about what each course will cover, and learn about the free webinar I'll be hosting about How to Find Your Signature Style as an Artist, make sure to sign up for the SJM Newsletter!  

I would also be so appreciative if you took a few minutes to fill out this fun survey! It will help me know how to make the SJM Art School as beneficial as possible specifically for you! I cannot wait to hear more about your unique artistic journey, friend!

Merry Christmas y'all, and happy almost new year!!  

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets

SJM Shop, Weddings, Lifestyle, FeaturesJessica PeddicordComment

Earlier this summer, the sweet Emily of Southern Weddings reached out to me about calligraphing the vows she and John exchanged during their wedding ceremony for a shoot they were going to feature on the SW Blog. I loved this idea, and I love Emily, so naturally I said yes!

Thank you so much to the sweet and oh so talented Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography for capturing these gorgeous photos of Emily and John's custom watercolor brush calligraphy vows!

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

Your vows are the sweetest words you will ever exchange to one another as a couple, and they lay the foundation for your marriage. Throughout seasons of life, it is important to let those words of love and endearment continue to leave a mark on your heart and guide your thoughts and actions. Custom watercolor brush calligraphy wedding vows are such a gorgeous way to both serve as this daily reminder and to create heirloom pieces you can display in your home and pass down through the generations!

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

I can't thank Emily enough for these sweet words! 

"The vows turned out more beautifully than I could have imagined (thank you, Jessica!), and they feel like the perfect artwork for the spot where we lay our heads. I love being reminded of our promises first thing in the morning and last thing at night!"

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

Have you been looking for a way to turn your vows into sweet heirlooms? I would love to design a set of custom calligraphy wedding vows for you, friend! Visit the Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vows Set listing in the SJM Wedding Shop to read more about the vow set details and how to commission a set of your own! I cannot wait to read the sweet words y'all exchanged (or plan to exchange!), and turn them into beautiful artwork for your wedding day or home.

PS - Husbands, these make wonderful anniversary and holiday gifts, and are sure to earn you major hubby points!

PPS - Love these darling gold frames as much as I do? They are from the amazing custom framing company, Framebride, and the SW ladies have an amazing offer just for their readers! Head to the Southern Weddings Blog to read more and receive your code to save! These frames are Framebridge's classic gold Richmond frame, for reference!