Kathryn and Robert’s Save the Dates

Today I’m sharing a project that’s very special to me. Last fall, a dear friend asked me to help with some of the lettering and paper goods for her wedding. That friend, Kathryn, chose to kick-off the festivities with these lovely envelopes for her Save the Dates. With a clean design and purple accents, they served as the perfect introduction to the couple’s fresh yet classic wedding style.

purple lettering on wedding save the date envelope - one charming life

vintage purple stamps. wedding save the date. affordable calligraphy.,

purple. pumpkin. fall. tablescape. one charming life.

kathryn and robert's save the date envelopes. one charming life.

To this day, I’m so grateful that Kathryn and her sweet mother had enough faith to entrust me with so many pieces for their beautiful wedding. They encouraged me to pursue my passion for lettering and design, and I am so excited about where I’m headed today!

The support I receive from family and friends means the world to me. Thank you all for your encouragement and for following along with my adventures through this blog!

XO, Mariel

P.S. Kathryn and Robert’s wedding was gorgeous. This is just the beginning… be on the lookout for more pictures soon!

It’s a Wonderful Life

I love when my friends come up with a creative idea and ask me to be a part of it. That’s why I was thrilled when Anna approached me about making a special wedding gift for her cousin.

Anna was inspired by the couple’s wedding song, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and wanted to incorporate the lyrics in her gift. We discussed a few ideas and I began sketching out the song’s chorus in calligraphy. After some tweaking on the computer, the words were printed on canvas and stretched over a wooden frame.

I love the end result. It’s such a wonderful blessing to have found that special person, and I hope this little piece of art helps the happy couple think back on sweet memories from their wedding day.  XO – Mariel

Calligraphy quote on canvas via One Charming Life

"Wonderful Life" - calligraphy print via One Charming Life


This time last week, Bobby and I were waking up in the cozy Norwegian village of Flam. Nestled between two towering cliffs carved out by glaciers, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular destination. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been!

After a scenic train ride and a visit to a local brewery with my family, we took a breathtaking boat ride through some of Norway’s most stunning fjords. A few hungry seagulls joined us as we cruised the narrow waterway, catching glimpses of one towering waterfall after the other. It was gorgeous! The scenery was so green and pure… afterwards we declared the fjords a “must-see” of any Norwegian adventure.

We spent the rest of our trip exploring the city of Oslo and hanging out at my parents’ chic downtown apartment. Oslo is such a charming city. There’s several famous Munch paintings to admire, impressive Vigeland sculptures to see, and infinite espressos to sip. Yet it’s not an intimidating city to visit at all. The people are lovely and friendly, so I can see why my mom loves living here so much. :) I hope to go back someday soon!

Norway fjord travel. Quote by Mark Twain via One Charming Life

Mark Twain definitely gets my love of traveling. This quote is pretty perfect set against a picture from the fjord, don’t you think? :) Here’s a few more pictures from our boat adventure…

Norwegian fjord. Picture from One Charming Life

Village in Norwegian fjord. Picture from One Charming LifeNorwegian fjord. Picture from One Charming Life

Norwegian seagulls. Picture from One Charming Life.

Happy travels!

XO, Mariel

Pretty Place Cards

Kraft paper bracket place cards with white lettering and pearl detail

A while ago, I had the chance to create these simple yet charming place cards for a good friend of mine. She was hosting a vintage-themed brunch and asked me to help out with styling the table. I was more than happy to lend a hand!

After purchasing the bracket-shaped squares from etsy, I decorated them with a white pen and added a tiny adhesive pearl. They were rather quick to make but I love how they turned out. I have quite a few squares left over, so I’m thinking they’d be great to use as tags on a gift or party favor… look out for these in a future post. :)

Want to make something similar for your next party? You can find the supplies I used below. Etsy is filled with pretty paper tags in countless colors and styles that would be perfect for a project like this.