Allocco Design

Allocco Design Wedding calligraphy, invitation suites, branding and logo design and graphic design services. Hi there, I’m Christen– a calligrapher and designer in Norfolk, Va.

I specialize in classic, elegant and handcrafted calligraphy services for weddings, gifts, events and brands. I am trained in traditional forms of calligraphy to reflect the luxury, sophistication and timeless quality of the special events, moments and people in your life. W E D D I N G S -&- E V E N T S – Envelopes, seating charts, mirrors, escort cards, table numbers, signage, vows. C A L L I G R A P H Y . C O M M I S S I O N S – Family heirlooms, quotes, letters, Scripture verses, names, illumination, illustration, certificates, nursery art, family trees I N V I T A T I O N . S U I T E S – Invitations, RSVP cards, reception cards, inserts, envelopes O N - S I T E . C A L L I G R A P H Y – 3 hour minimum for events.

Have you listened to The Calligraphy Podcast yet? Co-hosted by myself and Ajab Rajvir Jandiala of Calligraphy Quill, we ...
10/30/2019
‎The Calligraphy Podcast on Apple Podcasts

Have you listened to The Calligraphy Podcast yet? Co-hosted by myself and Ajab Rajvir Jandiala of Calligraphy Quill, we talk about all things calligraphy. We're 16 episodes in, which means we're officially bingeable! Catch up and stay tuned for our next episode in November.

‎Arts · 2019

As an FYI, my website christenallocco.com is down. I'm still here and in business, I'm troubleshooting the issues and wi...
11/07/2018

As an FYI, my website christenallocco.com is down. I'm still here and in business, I'm troubleshooting the issues and will hopefully have a solution next week. Thank for sticking with me!

A few snapshots from John and Lyly's beautiful May wedding at Steinhilber's Restaurant. Lots of calligraphy and gorgeous...
06/08/2018

A few snapshots from John and Lyly's beautiful May wedding at Steinhilber's Restaurant. Lots of calligraphy and gorgeous earthy details. From table numbers to Mr. and Mrs. signs, all the little pieces came together.

Shoutout to Michelle Amarillo Event Planning for organizing this beautiful wedding, Wild Heart Films for capturing the beautiful photos and EagleWorks Co for building the signs for me.

Allocco Design's cover photo
06/06/2018

Allocco Design's cover photo

We've been featured on Tidewater and Tulle! The work I did for this beautiful rustic wedding at the Obici House is still...
04/13/2018

We've been featured on Tidewater and Tulle! The work I did for this beautiful rustic wedding at the Obici House is still some of my favorite to date. Sweet little food signs, outdoor game signs, a big a-frame and Mr. and Mrs. chair signs–all written on espresso stained wood. The wood pieces were handmade by EagleWorks Co. Special thanks to Fowler Studios for sharing some of these photos from the wedding.

View the blog post here: https://www.tidewaterandtulle.com/2018/04/relaxed-rustic-suffolk-virginia-wedding.html

Vendors:
Calligraphy: Allocco Design
Carpentry: EagleWorks Co
Photography: Fowler Studios
Venue: The Obici House
Event Planning: Michelle Amarillo Event Planning
Florals: Studio Posy
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Videography: The Girl Tyler
Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals
Hair: Hair by Stephanie B | Makeup: Dhalia Edwards Makeup
Lighting & Draping: Blue Steel Lighting Design
Specialty Rentals: Paisley & Jade
Catering & Cake: Chef by Design Catering Co.
DJ & Photo Booth: Boardwalk Photo Booth Company
String Musicians: Club Violin Hampton Roads
Wedding Dress & Veil: Sealed with a Kiss Bridal
Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang from David's Bridal Bridal
Shoes: kate spade new york for Keds
Submitted via Matchology

There are still a few spots left in my Norfolk class. Get em while they're hot!
04/10/2018
Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy 4-Week Class

There are still a few spots left in my Norfolk class. Get em while they're hot!

Learn the art of creating beautiful letters in this 4-Week Introduction to Copperplate Calligraphy course. This is a four-class series, meeting on Tuesday evenings (4/17, 4/24, 5/1 & 5/8) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Cure Coffeehouse and Brasserie, 503 Botetourt Street, Norfolk, VA 23510. All supplies are...

Raise your hand if you want to learn calligraphy! I'm hosting a class for all my Norfolk peeps, starting April 17. Regis...
04/02/2018
Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy 4-Week Class

Raise your hand if you want to learn calligraphy!

I'm hosting a class for all my Norfolk peeps, starting April 17. Register now, there are a limited number of spots and I want you to be there!

Register at the link below.

Learn the art of creating beautiful letters in this 4-Week Introduction to Copperplate Calligraphy course. This is a four-class series, meeting on Tuesday evenings (4/17, 4/24, 5/1 & 5/8) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Cure Coffeehouse and Brasserie, 503 Botetourt Street, Norfolk, VA 23510. All supplies are...

Allocco Design's cover photo
03/28/2018

Allocco Design's cover photo

Here's just another way you can stay connected with Allocco Design. Join my email newsletter! Stay up to date on classes...
03/01/2018
Allocco Design Newsletter

Here's just another way you can stay connected with Allocco Design. Join my email newsletter! Stay up to date on classes, resources for beginners, sales in the shop and more.

If you sign up, you'll receive a free download to this printable Love is Brewing print. You'll get the download link right away!

Thanks for your love and support, friends!

Sign up for the Allocco Design mailing list and get the inside scoop on calligraphy classes, tips for beginners, upcoming events, and shop sales. Submit your email below and you'll get this 5" x 7" "Love is Brewing" kitchen digital download for free. You can print the PDF, frame it and hang it in yo...

So excited for See Spot Walk and their fresh new website and logo. I worked with Istoria on the logo design and am just ...
02/20/2018
See Spot Walk - Dog Walking & Pet Services in Virginia Beach

So excited for See Spot Walk and their fresh new website and logo. I worked with Istoria on the logo design and am just so happy with how it all came together. Check them out. Dan and Chelsea are GREAT with pups and will make your dogs feel at home.

https://seespotwalk.com/

See Spot Walk loves dogs and making pet ownership less stressful and more rewarding. Services include dog walks, house sitting, pet chauffeur, and more!

Vows, love letters, memorable verses or quotes–I just love writing every bit of it! Instead of chocolates (okay, maybe i...
01/26/2018

Vows, love letters, memorable verses or quotes–I just love writing every bit of it! Instead of chocolates (okay, maybe in addition to chocolates, let's be honest), give a gift that will be cherished and saved for decades (I'm serious!). Let's work together to scribe your wedding vows, or sentimental words of love. Valentine's Day is SOON, so contact me now to create something special.

Now is the PERFECT time to order one of these fun "our story" pieces for your love or BFF. Talk about an amazing Valenti...
01/24/2018

Now is the PERFECT time to order one of these fun "our story" pieces for your love or BFF. Talk about an amazing Valentine or Galentine gift!

You can purchase them through my Etsy shop or request a smaller size and I'll adjust the price for you

It's no secret that I LOVE calligraphy. I could use some more local calligrafriends, so come join me in my upcoming Intr...
01/17/2018

It's no secret that I LOVE calligraphy. I could use some more local calligrafriends, so come join me in my upcoming Intro to Copperplate calligraphy class. This class is perfect for total beginners or students who want to fine tune their writing. It's a 4 week series, and we've timed it so you can practice calligraphy by making valentines!

Sign up here: https://www.hip757.com/events/intro-to-copperplate-calligraphy

Why take a calligraphy class in person? I'm hosting a  calligraphy course that meets 4 nights over the course of a month...
01/10/2018

Why take a calligraphy class in person? I'm hosting a calligraphy course that meets 4 nights over the course of a month starting January 29.

When I first started out in calligraphy, my first teacher was a book. My second teacher was an online class (so I guess with a real teacher, but not one that I interacted with). My third teacher was finallllyyyyy in person. Believe me. In-class courses are WORTH IT. By the time I spoke with a calligrapher in person, I had so many unanswered questions and in my very first in-person session I had solutions to problems I had been trouble shooting for months.

If you're just starting out or are in the middle of your calligraphy journey, come join me, in person, for this 4-week Copperplate calligraphy course. We'll work through things together and you'll come back week after week feeling more empowered than the class before.

Register for class here: https://www.hip757.com/events/intro-to-copperplate-calligraphy

Help me celebrate Small Business Saturday! Everything in my Etsy shop is 15% off. You'll see the discounts applied throu...
11/25/2017

Help me celebrate Small Business Saturday! Everything in my Etsy shop is 15% off. You'll see the discounts applied throughout the shop. This applies to custom orders! Contact me between now and Cyber Monday to get your commission started. Here are a few pieces in the shop you can purchase! Head over to the shop now to get your discount.

Etsy.com/shop/AlloccoDesign

It's that time again–time to start thinking about Christmas cards. I laughed so much at this article about how to plural...
11/13/2017
How to Make Your Last Name Plural This Christmas Season

It's that time again–time to start thinking about Christmas cards. I laughed so much at this article about how to pluralize your last name. Give it a read, then let's chat about making your custom Christmas card designs!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/11/25/how_to_make_your_last_name_plural_on_holiday_cards_and_avoid_apostrophe.html

Nothing quells my Christmas cheer as quickly as a stray apostrophe. Every year they assault me. Usually it’s in the middle of an otherwise quaint momen ...

Some exciting news on the home front. I'll be getting married in the spring! As you can probably imagine, I'll be creati...
10/30/2017

Some exciting news on the home front. I'll be getting married in the spring! As you can probably imagine, I'll be creating my own custom invitation suites, full of calligraphy, screen prints, engrossing and wax seals. If you're a bride-to-be, follow along, because I'll be sharing my process with you over the next few months. This will be a great way to see all the hard work and intentionality that goes into each step of invitation design and wedding calligraphy.

Paper has endless wedding possibilities. From sending snail mail to my girls, to announcing an engagement on Facebook I'll also show you some creative ways you can incorporate calligraphy and design into different steps of your wedding experience.

So excited to share this wedding suite with you. Last weekend, Amy and Brendan got married and I had the honor of creati...
10/26/2017

So excited to share this wedding suite with you. Last weekend, Amy and Brendan got married and I had the honor of creating this completely customized wedding suite for them, including an invitation, RSVP card, reception card and program. Their names and "RSVP" were written by hand and the rest was developed in Illustrator. The invites were printed by The Prince Ink Co. with a metallic black ink–you can see a little sparkle in the photo of the RSVP card.

Monday Mantra.Did you know I do custom pieces like this? Let's chat about some unique and personalized art for ya!
10/02/2017

Monday Mantra.

Did you know I do custom pieces like this? Let's chat about some unique and personalized art for ya!

It's always a happy day when I receive photos from my clients' homes. Here's a photo of matching state watercolors that ...
09/27/2017

It's always a happy day when I receive photos from my clients' homes. Here's a photo of matching state watercolors that hang in a sweet couple's home. Each state represents where they are from.

Perks to being a calligrapher? You get some of the most beautiful mail from friends in the industry. I just sent these l...
09/14/2017
Handwritten Letters | Gold and Navy Calligraphy

Perks to being a calligrapher? You get some of the most beautiful mail from friends in the industry. I just sent these letters out for the The Flourish Forum pets exchange.

Fun fact, I don't have any animals of my own, but I claim my parents pets as mine. These exchanges were inspired by Sadie, our pretty little yellow lab. Take a peep at the post to read more and see what went inside of these envelopes!

Handwritten letters are thebomb.com. You should see my face when I get calligraphy mail. I ...

Allocco Design's cover photo
09/14/2017

Allocco Design's cover photo

This dreamy fall wedding suite 😍. Hoping it will bring in some fall vibes! This is a custom suite with handwritten calli...
09/12/2017

This dreamy fall wedding suite 😍. Hoping it will bring in some fall vibes! This is a custom suite with handwritten calligraphy and hand painted watercolor washes. Let's chat if you want a suite of your own!

Does anyone else have a Facebook feed full of sweet little new borns? Oh, I just love seeing the joy and wholeness one t...
08/08/2017

Does anyone else have a Facebook feed full of sweet little new borns? Oh, I just love seeing the joy and wholeness one tiny baby can bring.

A custom calligraphy quote, Scripture verse, or birth announcement is a special way to speak blessings and celebrate the life of a newborn. This custom C.S. Lewis quote is 16 x 20 inches and will hang in the nursery of a sweet little girl who will enter the world any day now!

I just love having some new options for commissioned calligraphy pieces. If you're looking for something a little spunky...
08/01/2017

I just love having some new options for commissioned calligraphy pieces. If you're looking for something a little spunky, let's chat.

These are two pieces I made at IAMPETH last month–I really enjoyed the creative process. Plus, the white on black might be my new favorite combo!

Time seriously flies! In just over a week, I'll be in Kentucky filling my mind to the brim with calligraphy and engrossi...
06/29/2017

Time seriously flies! In just over a week, I'll be in Kentucky filling my mind to the brim with calligraphy and engrossing study. I am so excited and I almost didn't believe the calendar when I checked to see how many days I have until the convention.

Here's a twisty G I created on Sunday just for fun. I love Sundays afternoon because I usually take an hour or two to sit in a coffee shop and create something or write calligraphy letters to friends. It's my favorite time of the week!

Happy first day of summer! And perfect timing too,  Tidewater and Tulle featured this summery invitation suite of mine t...
06/21/2017

Happy first day of summer! And perfect timing too, Tidewater and Tulle featured this summery invitation suite of mine today along with some beautiful photos from a Virginia Beach shoot. My jaw dropped when I saw the photos–so many talented vendors came together to create a bright and summery tablescape.

This invitation suite was hand marbled and hand written–lots of fun stuff up in here!

You can view the full blog post here:
http://www.tidewaterandtulle.com/2017/06/colorful-turquoise-and-magenta-coastal-wedding-ideas.html

Vendors–
Photography: Tashena Shaw Photography
Coordination & styling by: Misty Saves the Day
Venue at: The Water Table
Backdrop by: Katharine Murphy Hallberg
Rentals by: Distinctive Event Rentals
Cake by: Rachel Henson of Rachel Bakes
Calligraphy by: Allocco Design and Crafts
Florals: Kathy Forrest Design
Hair by: Beach Bridal Artistry
Makeup by: About Face MakeUp Artistry & Aesthetics
Gown by: House of Maya
Style Gown: Essense of Australia
Jewelry by: Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge
Models: Shelley Swain Berry & Todd Berry
Hair and Makeup Studio: Dove and Daisy Spa

Where are my Virginia lovers at? Check out lots of watercolor Virginia art in my Etsy shop. Use code SUMMER for $5 off o...
06/19/2017

Where are my Virginia lovers at? Check out lots of watercolor Virginia art in my Etsy shop. Use code SUMMER for $5 off orders of $15+. Etsy.com/shop/AlloccoDesign

Bloom where you are planted. I saw someone else write something along the lines of "don't compare your beginning to some...
06/06/2017

Bloom where you are planted. I saw someone else write something along the lines of "don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle." Today I needed to remember that my story is different than that successful person (you know who that is for you!) on Instagram–I am planted here and I'll grow in my own way. Continuing into this work week with determination to bloom and create more! Hoping you'll do the same :).

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