One of my favorite commissions is to write out wedding vows and love letters…. always filled with so much hope, joy and love. They are a popular first wedding anniversary present as this is traditionally known as the “paper” anniversary. Other times they are commissioned for 25th anniversaries as a renewal of vows, and a celebration of a happy marriage. You might be interested to know that the paper for “Edith and Del’s” vows was handmade by the bride. Elana and Rafael wanted their vows written out as a scroll on paper made to resemble old parchment paper. I hand dyed the paper using tea bags and turmeric to create the parchment effect. Laura and Irwin’s vows were written using gold and blue gouache painted onto the pen nib to produce a gilded effect. In most cases, I like to use an accent color for titles, initial capitals and names, this adds another dynamic to the piece thus giving it a livelier look.