Nalabe

Our Story, Mission & Values

Some people have a hard time pronouncing Nalabe, so try it this way: Na · La · Be. Our brand was inspired by Christopher’s love for his late dog, Nala Bean thus we became Nalabe.

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

Nalabe is a custom design, calligraphy, and event consulting boutique located in Charlotte, North Carolina. We specialize in creating beautiful products of all sorts for weddings and events – letterpress invitations, save the dates, envelope calligraphy, place cards, table cards, chalkboard design, and more. Every client receives a unique design that will not be sold or used at any other time in the future. We offer the highest quality in printing by using letterpress for wedding and event invitations. We use the finest papers and inks to make your invitations and calligraphy products superior. The highest quality products and services is offered to every client no matter the size of the project.
Our Commitment We stand out because we make it our number one priority to build relationships with our clients. We include clients in every aspect of the planning and execution of projects. Client input is most important as we strive to bring your vision and goals to life while offering guidance and creative support.
Our Process Our first conversation will be over the phone. We will discuss your design needs, options, colors, and budget. We will offer an estimated cost over the phone and if local, set up a one hour in home consultation to go through samples and narrow down options. Once decisions have been made, we will provide a written quote along with a contract for services. We will begin once deposit is made. Typically, we go back in forth via email with samples 2-3 times before clients give final print approval. Once the order is approved, we will process for printing. When the order is complete, we will notify you and make arrangements for pickup, drop off, or have the order shipped. Remaining balance is due upon completion.
If you are within a 50-mile radius of the Charlotte metro area please contact us to set up an appointment for a one-on-one meeting, phone meeting, or web meeting. If you are not in our immediate area, no fear we are happy to work with you from a distance through email, phone, and web meetings. If you would like a quote for an upcoming project, please email or call us with as much information as possible so that we can give you an accurate estimate.

We look forward to a long future in helping people bring their visions to life. Let us help you start your journey.

Catherine Mitchell

Catherine Mitchell

Invitation Design & Calligraphy / View Project

We had an amazing experience with Nalabe! After searching through several huge notebooks of wedding invitations we realized we wanted our very own. Nalabe was referred to us by a graphic designer and Christopher combined our design ideas flawlessly! He worked so patiently with us until the very last possible second before deadline! He took our hodgepodge of ideas and created a beautiful invitation package we are very proud of. The calligraphy is first rate - our family members were VERY impressed that each place card was hand done, one of them licking his finger & smudging the ink to verify!! Thank you, Nalabe, for making us look so good!!

Lauren Burns

Lauren Burns

Invitation Design & Calligraphy / View Project

...very patient in my indecisiveness and worked very well within my modest budget. My wedding invitations turned out beautifully and Justin's calligraphy added that special touch of personalization and elegance. We received lots of compliments from guests and even our wedding vendors. I highly recommend Nalabe!

Sarah Clayton

Sarah Clayton

Invitation Design & Calligraphy / View Project

...[the] designs were more than I could have imagined and seeing the final products in print were even more incredible!...I loved having unique and personalized designs instead of using the same ones that many other brides use...

Katie Mackersie

Katie Mackersie

Chalkboard Design / View Project

Not only are they very professional, but they truly want you to be happy and work so well with making your ideas become reality. The chalkboard menu was such a hit at our wedding and everyone could not get over how beautiful it was. This has turned into a keepsake piece that my husband and I now have up in our home.

Lisa Burris

Lisa Burris

Mother of the Bride / View Project

The process was seamless from design to execution; the costs were more than reasonable; and the results were impressive. Almost everyone responding commented on the unique invitations, envelopes and calligraphy, which Justin did by hand. A wonderful experience!

Amy Uhrhammer

Amy Uhrhammer

Wedding Fans

My guest and I just loved the wedding fans Christopher created for my wedding. He had such a memorable idea!

Steve Silverman

Steve Silverman

WRITER / PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / SUCHAGOODDOG, LLC.

Christopher has got talent, smarts, and he listens. It's definitely a creative process and he gets that. We'll definitely work together again and again.

Our Team

Meet the Crew

Christopher Taylor

Principal / Creative Director
Christopher started designing websites at the age of twelve and never looked back. During college, he worked as an IT Consultant and learned many skills that furthered his passion. Christopher has over six years of experience working in administration and worked in the financial industry for three years. He graduated from East Carolina University in 2011.

Justin Dickerson

Co-Owner / Calligrapher
Justin helps make sure our business is running at full speed as well as offering his artistic hand in creating beautiful calligraphy. His background in art and his creative eye pushes him to work hard each day to perfect his art. He is committed to bringing client visions to life through a stoke of the pen! Justin graduated from Winthtrop University in 2009.