Jennifer Lioy


On Beginnings: L&P Wedding

"Do you get to to to Liz and Philip's wedding?" was something I heard over and over again for weeks leading up to the big day. Liz and Philip have the most incredible group of loving and supporting friends and family, all of whom were eager to witness the wedding of two of the most genuinely kind people I know. It was an event not to be missed, and I was one of the lucky few who not only were invited to attend, but I also had the privilege of being a  small piece of what made it all happen. Liz contacted me back in the Fall when I was learning and practicing hand-lettering and calligraphy all the time, asking if I would be interested in lettering the addresses for her wedding invitation envelops. With a bit of hesitation and lack of confidence in my own abilities as a young artist (who still feels very new to the game), I dove in because of Liz's unwavering confidence in me and my work. Being new in any creative field is challenging because the only way to improve is to practice, but getting real projects and clients is really tough because it takes time to be well-established, build a large body of work, and gain the skills and experience to be really great at what we do (which is one of the many reasons why art and design schools and internships are actually a great investment). But at some point, you have to cross a line; you have to move from student work, done for free or as favors, to real work with real deadlines and expectations.

Ira Glass famously talked about this gap.

He said, "For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work."

I think this is really key for young artists, and I think it takes someone with a great deal of trust and confidence in your work to push you through this period. All this to say, this was an extremely special project for me. And  I couldn't be more thankful for Liz for seeing potential in my work, for being patient with me through the process, and for being my biggest fan when I was frustrated with everything I was making.


And on to the wedding...  Everything about the day was dreamy, romantic, and all around flawless. It had been raining all day, but the sun peaked around the clouds just as the ceremony was ending. The wedding was held at the Little Chapel in the Woods in Denton, TX and the reception was held at the Denton Country Club. Liz and Philip's incredible photographer Lauren Apel did an amazing job telling the story of their friendship, engagement, and wedding day. You should check out the rest of her work here. I was responsible for the hand-lettering you see here, and I feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of it.

Photography by Lauren Apel Photo