Golden Hour Paper Calligraphy and Custom Wedding Invitation Design

fine art design for the modern sophisticated bride

Hi there and welcome to my little corner of the internet! My name is Madeline Kelly and I am the designer and calligrapher behind Golden Hour Paper.

This custom wedding invitation and calligraphy business blossomed from a dream that had been stifled for far too long. I complained in high school that there weren't calligraphy classes, would hand-letter posters to hang anywhere and everywhere, and have an annoying habit of stopping longer than the average person to look at letters (whether they be diner signs, graffiti, or manholes lining the streets of New York City).

I strive for creative excellence when creating custom wedding invitations, addressing envelopes, and in all other aspects of this business. Knowing the importance of a wedding day, I aim to communicate clearly with my couples and go above and beyond their expectations.

            Beauty surrounds us in creation and there is nothing like receiving a beautiful envelope addressed in calligraphy. The sparked curiosity of what could be inside, seeing your name written in beautiful letterforms, and knowing there is even more treasure inside. Oh and sometimes the difficulty of having to wait to open it until your spouse, family, or others to arrive home!

A little bit more about me...I absolutely love baking - if you'd like my world famous cookie recipe, send me a message! I also love long road trips, anything lavender flavored, and zip lines. I start every morning with a fresh cup of French press coffee and snuggling with my kitten, Kevin (named after the peculiar/hilarious bird from Up).

I end each day with an "I love you" to my husband and son. If I could only spend my time in one place, it would be on or in the water. Swimming, boating, walking beside it, fishing, or even a midnight dip! 


The Idea

Wedding invitations set the tone for what guests can expect on your wedding day. What better way to do that than with invitations that represent your love story and invite them to be a part of it? We work with couples worldwide, shipping from Portland, Oregon.

First Impressions

Have you ever received a beautiful piece of mail in your mailbox? Felt the anticipation of what was inside?  Golden Hour is here to hand curate a wedding suite, with envelopes and vintage postage (to boot!) that reflects you and yours as you invite people to join you on your wedding day.  


Style & Quality

Golden Hour Paper specializes in organic calligraphic letterforms and the use of color and texture to meet each client's specific desires. We love working on unique projects that glimpses into our clients' stories: where they met/fell in love/will be married/will live, what they love (ice cream, pugs, pad thai, baseball...), or any other aspect they would like to include in their invitation suite.

100% Handmade

All design for our clients is done in house and then sent to our trusted printing partners for the highest quality printing around. 

Personal & hands-on customer service

As a small business Golden Hour Paper has the ability to take time to know our customers, work closely with them, and create invitations that they and their guests will love ....which we think is pretty darn important when you are planning for your wedding day!