I feel very privileged to occasionally do calligraphy for a customer which is really personal - an anniversary gift, a declaration of feelings, or a marriage proposal.
I did 2 marriage proposals in quick succession this autumn- obviously they're private for the couples involved and also some very personal words for a special Christmas present.
I know that one marriage proposal was successful - here's the lovely testimonial from the proposer:
Janet, from the word go, was incredibly friendly, helpful and very quick in responding to my queries. The work itself was delivered before time and to an exceptional standard. Safely and properly packed, this exceeded expectations. All in all, I cannot praise the service and quality of the work high enough, especially when the price offered was very reasonable! I recommend Oakleaf whole heartedly!
The other proposal, I'm certain will have been successful too. This is what the proposer said on receipt of the piece:
I showed my mum the card you have crafted and she burst into tears so it's already had a great impact.
The Christmas piece was a pleasure to do, for a delightful customer. He said:
.....she cried happy tears. I cannot thank you enough for your extraordinary generosity in doing this for me.
Of course it wouldn't be right to show you the pieces - so here's a tiny snippet of each.
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.