Some of our absolute favorite posts are when we get to introduce you to our Red Oak Vendor Guide Members, and today is certainly no exception. Friends, meet the insanely talented Rachel from Handmade Darling! We first saw Rachel's work when we from our incredible Bridal Blogger, Kristen, last year, and instantly fell in love! Rachel's talent is endless, and her Instagram feed is always full of the best impromptu lettering and quotes. Get to know her and the story behind her brand, below, and then head over to the Handmade Darling vendor page to see even more of her incredible work!
Tell us a little bit about you, and how you got started! Handmade Darling grew out of a need for a creative energy release. As a former art student entering the “real world,” I had the desire to de-stress and relax while using my hands to create something. What began as simple handmade greeting cards has now grown into a full product line. I always loved art - making it, viewing it, talking about it. I knew from an early age that I would be in the creative industry, but just unsure in which way. As a graduate student, I took a fun class in hand lettering with my thesis advisor and that’s how my lettering journey began. Look up Tony DiSpigna, you’ll be amazed at his incredible spencerian talent.
What services do you offer and/or what do you specialize in? Many people may not know that I work as a full time graphic designer and also freelance for small business owners, many in the creative industry, to enhance their branding and overall identity. I truly believe that the design principles I’ve learned directly translate into the work I do - even the simple signs. Handmade Darling specializes in both hand lettering and traditional calligraphy for custom rental signage, paper goods, custom one-of-a-kind home decor pieces, bridal party gifts, etc.
What makes your business unique? Working closely with couples, or even members of the bridal party, truly translates into their special day. It’s so important to capture their personalities and working one-on-one to make their vision come to life is my favorite part of creating wedding decor. Whether it’s the inclusion of nicknames, inside jokes, or even their promises for handwritten vows, these little touches make such a difference in making your day your very own.
One piece of advice for couples? Good communication. During wedding planning stress, many of the couples I’ve worked with forget to communicate about the simple things that sometimes turn into the big things. I like to encourage my couples to write down what they have in mind, make lists, print out photos - and then share that with their partner before we meet to discuss their decor. It really helps to narrow down what it needed vs. wanted, and what is actually important for both of them.
Childhood career aspiration? As a child, I always thought I would be an architect because I liked to "design" houses.
Coffee or tea? Iced coffee to start the day, iced tea to finish it (with a splash of whiskey).
Hidden talent? I’m actually a trained oil painter and still love to paint now when I have the time!
Photography: HF Photography & Jovial Photography