Thank you for all of the love and support this little corner of the internet has received over the past several years. As friends and family members were getting married, their weddings fueled the inspiration for this blog. But as seasons of life change, my focus, along with those nearest and dearest, shifted away from the wedding planning stage and I began to neglect this blog.

I have decided to indefinitely retire Calligraphy by Shannon in an effort to pour my attention into my lifestyle blog The Scribble Pad where I will be merging past and future inspiration boards and parties. You will still be able to place orders for calligraphy, custom invitations, and hand stamped items through my etsy shop. And as always, you can stay in touch with me under my moniker, The Scribble Pad on my blog, etsy shop, facebook, and even twitter! I look forward to sharing this new adventure with you.

Let me introduce... Jen and AJ

AJ proposed to Jen in October 2008. They are planning a summer wedding as we are lucky enough to get to follow them through their planning process all the way to their big day. Here is their story so far:


Jen and AJ were sey up on a blind date through a mutual friend. They decided to go out for ice cream and explore the the wonderful ocean side town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. The two ate ice-cream and walked the beach and town for two hours. (I would say the date was going well!). Jen says she AJ confirmed he was fabulous when Jen dripped her ice cream on her sun dress, "AJ instantly pulled out his undershirt from his button down so that he could wipe it off my dress for me..."

It was love at first "drip"...Jen knew when she left him that day that she had just met either her best friend or husband to be... luckily it's both!


On Friday, October 17 AJ took Jen for more ice cream at their favorite spot before it closed for the season. Eating their ice cream, they walked to the beach and played the game..."if you could change one thing about this house what would it be?" Disctracted by thinking about the mansions that line the rocky beach, Jen stumbled upon a blanket surrounded with candles! (which AJ's roommate, had been dutifully keeping the Cub Scouts and dogs away from until their arrival)

AJ presented a dozen long stem red roses and proposed! Of course Jen said yes! And to top it all off, AJ arranged a photographer to capture the engagement as it happened!

Here are just a few of their wondeful proposal photos:

As he pops the question...

The embrace! (and YES!)

Realizing their photographer was catching every moment!

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