Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?
I am originally from Texas and have been in Portland off and on for 10 years. I moved up here after college, met my husband, and fell in love with him and the Pacific Northwest!
What is your favorite thing about Portland?
This is a tough one! I am a big foodie and Portland is one of the best cities for amazing, affordable cuisine from all over the world and as a vegetarian, I never feel limited here! I also love that we have beautiful forests, breathtaking beaches, and snow-capped mountains all within reach! Last but not least, the people in Portland are just the best!
What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
I have a two-year-old Goldendoodle, and I love taking him on long walks and new adventures! I am also always looking for new restaurants or cafes to try, and a few of my current favorites are Tasty and Alder (the French toast is heavenly!), Tea Bar (try the oat milk), and Bollywood Theater.
How long have you been working as a professional wedding calligrapher?
I opened my online shop in 2013, but only recently took the leap from passion side-project to full-time hustle! I have an extensive background in Fine Art, with bachelor and master’s degrees where I focused on drawing and installation art.
I was trained as a studio artist but always had a soft spot for beautiful writing. I am completely self-taught as a calligrapher but have my friends and family to thank for encouraging me to share my talent with others. When I started graduate school, I needed a way to help pay my tuition and The Scribblist was born!
How would you describe the importance of your role and why do you feel a couple should hire a professional calligrapher for their wedding day?
Whether you are having an intimate soiree or Gatsby-worthy party-of-the-century, the one of a kind details you choose are what will showcase your individual style and add a thoughtful personal touch to your wedding. With envelope calligraphy, you are setting the tone from the very beginning for what kind of event your guests can expect. On the day of, you can continue to wow them with thoughtful details like personalized place cards and unique signage.
What is the best part of your job?
Being constantly surrounded by love. I am truly honored to be asked to contribute to one of the most memorable and cherished days of someone’s life, and it fills my heart with joy to work with all of my couples.
What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
My self-imposed pressure to ensure that everything I deliver is exactly what my couples envisioned! I know how much emotion is attached to every aspect of this special day, and I want to make sure I deliver nothing but the best!
Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?
I work solo! My husband assists with some of the logistics but as a calligrapher, your hands are your most essential tools so it’s all me!
What do you attribute to your success as a wedding calligrapher? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
My success comes from the genuine connections I build with my couples. There has to be a level of trust established first, and I take that to heart. Since I have such an extensive background in the arts, I am also able to offer many elements beyond beautiful script. Many of my couples return to me for customized artwork later in life, when they buy their first house, celebrate anniversaries, or welcome a new baby. Nothing is more rewarding than that!
At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
Early! Even if you aren’t ready to deliver your envelopes or know what exactly your signage needs to say, your calligrapher needs to reserve a spot for you in their lineup. There is also usually a good amount of communicating back and forth about style, number of guests, etc. As you pick out and order your invitations, you should also be booking your calligrapher (and don’t forget to order extra envelopes!).
Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?
I love scoping out script and lettering everywhere I go! I am also a huge museum fan, and love visiting art museums for inspiration. Of course, I’m right there scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest with the rest of the world too! For current trends, it’s exciting to see couples embrace innovative display methods and new materials beyond traditional paper and ink. I love upcycling vintage windows and doors, or painting one of a kind murals!
What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
It’s not a question, but I think couples should definitely look through examples of the calligrapher’s past work to ensure they like their overall style. For example, I have a modern, whimsical take on calligraphy, so someone looking for someone wanting a very formal, traditional style, I wouldn’t be a good fit.
What is your best advice for wedding clients?
Have fun and enjoy this moment! You’re going to have so many opinions flying at you from every direction, but find some vendors you connect with and truly enjoy interacting with and trust the advice of the professional wedding community. We’ve done this a few hundred, maybe even thousand times, and if you’ve found someone you connect with, I promise we won’t lead you in the wrong direction!
Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?
I love what I do and a huge part of that is because I get to meet and collaborate with awesome people from all over the country. I love taking on unique projects, so if you have a vision for something that seems totally wild, I’m your girl!