Jillian and Kyle | Traditional Detroit Athletic Club wedding

Bride in lace dress and groom looking out from rooftop - Traditional Detroit Athletic Club wedding - blog by Leah E. Moss Designs - photography by Blaine SiesserJillian and Kyle’s traditional ceremony and Detroit Athletic Club wedding reception were nothing short of incredible. Jillian’s lovely mom had initially hired me to complete their invitation calligraphy, and I was thrilled to stay on to assist with all of this amazing couple’s day-of-wedding stationery, too!

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How I use a weekly planner for tasks, meals, content, and habits

Weekly planner tear-off notepad with watercolor flowers, habit tracking, daily agenda, goal setting - Leah E. Moss Designs

There are so many planning tools out there that it can be overwhelming to figure out a system that works. To be clear, I use a variety of tools to keep myself organized for my business and in my personal life. My weekly planner pad brings those elements together for what needs to happen, one day at a time.

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Kelly and Kevin | Neutral wedding at the Garden Theater

Groom carrying bride in downtown street - Classic and Neutral Wedding at the Garden Theater in Detroit, Michigan - Recap by wedding invitations designer Leah E. Moss Designs with photos by Niki Marie Photography

When Niki (of Niki Marie Photography) first sent me an email about Kelly and Kevin’s upcoming Garden Theater wedding, I couldn’t have been any more excited. I was honored she referred me to design the invitation for this special couple’s wedding. They wanted to highlight the city of Detroit, which is near and dear to my heart. Their classic and neutral wedding this June was beautiful, full of fun and love, and a night to remember. These two looked amazing – and you can see them each glowing with happiness, beaming in every photo.

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Elegant Planterra Conservatory wedding | Blair and Max

Elegant Planterra Conservatory wedding. Highlights from Leah E. Moss Designs. Photos by Jill DeVries Photography. #michiganwedding #greenhousewedding #elegantwedding

It was such an honor to work on the day-of-wedding stationery details for Blair and Max. This special couple hosted a Planterra Conservatory wedding reception after tying the knot at Sainte Anne de Detroit Catholic Church. It was a beautifully elegant day this summer, full of blush, sophisticated florals, the perfectly lush greenhouse venue, and a cameo appearance by their sweet pup. All of my favorite things! Thanks to Jill DeVries for capturing their day so wonderfully.

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My Brother’s Eastern Market Wedding

Bride and groom at flower patch - Eastern Market wedding recap from Detroit calligrapher Leah E. Moss Designs with photos by Jill DeVries Photography #detroitwedding #moderncalligraphy #custominvitation

It’s hard to put into words what it means to watch your brother marry the love of his life. It’s even harder to do this when that love has been unofficially part of the family for many years already. Add to that: having the chance to serve as a small part of their vendor team for their Eastern Market wedding. I pride myself on being a decent writer, but for this experience, I’m at a total loss for words. Mostly, it’s just a joy. Seeing the incredible photos from Jill DeVries Photography helps to relive such a beautiful day. (more…)

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The core values of my business: The 5 Cs

Leah E Moss Designs - the core values of my business - calligraphy quote in studio

I recently took Ashlyn Carter’s course “Copywriting for Creatives” (which is amazing btw), and as part of the curriculum, she challenged each student to identify the core values of our business. I had never really given this idea much thought to put it down concretely on paper. Giving such a structure around what my beliefs are and how I think my company works best was a new – and an important – exercise.

Each of my core values ended up starting with the letter “C,” giving the set of values a grouping, as my 5 Cs. I hope reading these gives you some insight into some of the “secret sauce” that makes up Leah E. Moss Designs!

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Oakland Hills Country Club Wedding – Purple and Pink Florals for Cecelia and Kegan

Bride and groom portrait with bouquet - Purple and pink florals for wedding at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan - Leah E. Moss DesignsI was introduced to Cecelia by a mutual friend (and one of her bridesmaids), sweet Staci. I’m so glad she put us in touch, and I was even more thrilled to have the chance to work with Cecelia and her mom on the custom invitation for her wedding celebration to Kegan. There were tons of purple and pink florals on both the invitation suite and at the event, where they celebrated at Oakland Hills Country Club. Everything tied together beautifully and cohesively from start to finish – that’s the goal!

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Four reasons why taking an in-person workshop is your best bet

Four reasons why taking an in-person workshop is your best bet - Leah E. Moss Designs - watercolor workshop in Petoskey, MichiganThere are so many online education resources these days for creative people to choose from! Let me start this post by saying that I think that’s great. Anything from a YouTube tutorial to a Skillshare class to a full-blown, multi-week course has benefits – and I’ve taken lots of them, both to grow my creative skills and to flex my business muscles. This post is by no means saying these are bad options. Use what’s out there and soak up as much knowledge as you can! However, I’ve also had the pleasure of taking classes from instructors live and I’ve found that an in-person workshop option is your best bet.

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Dani and Joe: How a Romantic Lace Wedding Dress Inspired their Castle Farms wedding Invitation

How a Romantic Lace Wedding Dress Inspired the Invitation for a northern Michigan Castle Farms wedding - Leah E. Moss Designs #michiganwedding #custominvitations #laceweddingdressIt was a Sunday morning in August of 2017, around 10:45 am or so, and I got an inquiry on my website from this girl, Dani, who was a guest at one of my client’s weddings the night before. Her form basically was like “So… I was at Rachel and Justin’s wedding last night – loved your work. I want to meet with you for our wedding.” This other couple was still at their out of towners brunch and this girl was on it about their stationery vendor for their Castle Farms wedding the following summer. I liked her already.

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Shanna Skidmore Feature – Confidence in Pricing

Shanna Skidmore Feature - How I found the Confidence to Increase my Pricing - Leah E. Moss Designs #entrepreneurship #selfemployed #smallbusiness
Photo from Blueprint Summit 2018 by Sarah Ingram

I’m humbled that my sweet mentor and friend Shanna Skidmore featured me on her website. We chatted about lots of things in running a small business – including money. With Shanna’s help in The Blueprint Model, I found my confidence in pricing my work to earn a fair, livable wage in my business. Pricing seems to be a taboo topic, especially for creatives, but the fact is that in order to continue to serve your clients well, you need to price your work to reflect the full value you’re providing. Talking about money should be an open dialogue, and the price to your clients isn’t an emotional thing. It’s math – and that should give you confidence, when you know why you charge what you do.

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