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"Dear Maureen, Thank you for the fantastic job you did on Jessica and Jeb's invitation addressing and place cards. Your handiwork was the perfect complement to their other lovely details. Everyone raved at your amazing skill! It's clear you possess an extreme dedication to your craft! Thanks again."-- Kelly Balfour, Eventology Weddings


"Maureen, As you can see, Mary Beth's wedding invitations are just beautiful! We are mailing them today. As they travel throughout the country, your work will touch so many lives. Well done!" -- Paulette Guion, Houston, Texas


"Dear Maureen, I can't believe that our first anniversary is rapidly approaching! ...In any case, I am so sorry I haven't contacted you about this sooner, but I did want to send you some things from our wedding (a CD of pictures as well as a few leftover printed items) so you can see all the various ways we used your calligraphy in our wedding. Really if we had any kind of theme, it would be your calligraphy – it was so beautiful, absolutely my favorite decorative element from our wedding! 

...Again, thank you so much from working with us! Your beautiful calligraphy really made our wedding so elegant and personal. I have various keepsakes such as our invitation and our ceremony program cover framed in our home, and I still get such joy out of seeing how beautiful they are. I can't get enough of your gorgeous artistry, and I look forward to any opportunity I might have in the future to work with you again! -- Best, Sara Hesselsweet, Beaumont, Texas

P.S. ...here is a general summary of the ways we used your calligraphy (I think I've remembered them all!).

  • Monogram was printed on cocktail napkins (fairly inexpensive at www.foryourparty.com).  You can also have any artwork from a PDF file printed onto matchbooks, drink coasters, note cards, etc. at this website.
  • I ordered a rubber stamp of the monogram you made (lots of websites do this from PDF artwork), and we stamped it on cardstock which we then formed into cones to hold rose petals for our guests to toss at our "getaway" (we have pictures of the cones, and I saved you a couple extras). I still have the stamp of our monogram, and I've used it for scrapbooking, wrapping paper, stationery, etc.
  • We ordered a custom "gobo" which is a plate that fits onto a light fixture so that our monogram could be projected onto the dance floor (hopefully I can send you some of the wedding pictures so you can see how the gobo turned out -- it was amazing)
  • My sister designed our wedding cake, and the central focus was on our monogram, which was reproduced by the pastry chef in icing
  • For our guests' welcome bags (distributed at the hotels) we included scented votive candles in clear glass holders decorated with our monogram printed on a round ivory sticker (See pictures; I think we had extra of these too which my mother can bring you)
  • Also in the guest bags, we had water bottles labeled with "DeWitz-Hesselsweet Wedding" and the date (all in your calligraphy).  It is expensive to buy custom-labeled bottles, but I ordered water bottle labels online (available at a number of adhesive label websites) which were waterproof and inexpensive. Then we peeled the labels off Aquafina bottles and stuck on our own labels.  They worked wonderfully and were fairly inexpensive.
  • We had chocolate favors for our wedding guests, and they were wrapped with a tag with a note from Tim and me.  We "signed" it with our names in your calligraphy.
  • For the ceremony, I made my own unity candle and also a memory candle for Tim's mother who had passed away. Since candles made for weddings tend to be quite expensive, I decorated plain pillar candles by wrapping them in cardstock that I printed with our monogram and wedding date.
  • I used your calligraphy throughout our ceremony program and also on other printed elements such as our maps, dinner menu, and valet parking tickets for our guests. (Pretty much everything was monogrammed!)
  • I had the maps designed by www.snappymap.com, but everything else I printed myself on our home printer. The calligraphy made it look so elegant and formal.
  • Of course you know we had a sign on our "getaway car" that said "Just Married."
  • We also had all the table names done in calligraphy and then put each in a frame on every table, in addition to escort cards and place cards.
  • We had the "Your Best Wishes for Tim and Sara Hesselsweet" sign on our guest book table.
  • We had our thank-you notes printed professionally on Crane Stationery: I have some that say "Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Blair Hesselsweet" and also some with our monogram.  I can get more printed whenever I need to, and we'll use this stationery forever!


“Dear Don and Maureen, Just a note to thank you both once again for the beautiful calligraphy on my Rehearsal Dinner invitations and place cards. Most remarkable was the quick turn-around time.  You are a lovely, charming young couple and I wish you great future success.  Can’t wait for Steve and Marsha to see the engraved wine bottle, a fabulous service you offer among many others. Again, my deepest appreciation for your excellent and very personal care." -- Kathy Schattner, Kingwood, Texas


“Dear Maureen, Thank you so much for making our wedding beautiful. All of your work was just gorgeous. People RAVED about all of it. You are so talented and it was a pleasure to work with you...I hope we can work together again." -- Suzanne Marsico, Houston, Texas


“Dear Maureen, Thank so SO much for doing the calligraphy for our wedding invitation envelopes. Each envelope was truly a piece of artwork, and we received so many compliments on them these last months. You are so talented, and we feel very blessed to have had you be a part of our wedding!” -- All our love, Emily and Teddy Pataki, Houston, Texas


“Dear Maureen, Once again let me than you for the beautiful job you did in addressing the invitations for Emily and Teddy's wedding. I received so many compliments on your work. People told me that they usually throw away invitations, but ours were such works of art they were going to keep them forever....Thank you for being a part of making Emily's wedding so memorable.” -- Sincerely, Kathleen Lederer, Houston, Texas


“Maureen, Greetings! I do not know how you have kept from having a nervous breakdown dealing with calligraphy for weddings! Than having been said, we are thrilled that you were able to master our complicated list of names! Your artistry has received RAVE REVIEWS for the Herz Promecene invitations. One guest said that they wanted you to paint an entire wall with your penmanship. Several did not want to open the invites, others have chosen to keep the entire package after receipt! In any event, thank you so much for setting the tone for Melanie and Chris's nuptials. I hope that the rest of the wedding lives up to the invitation!!” -- With utmost respect, B. J. and Buddy Herz, Texas


"Dear Maureen, I want to thank  you for the beautiful work that you did for my wedding! We received many compliments on the invitations, place cards, and escort cards, and my bridesmaids loved the engraved mint julep cups. Thank you for your professionalism, patience, and for the special touches that you added to our wedding!" -- Sarah Macrini, Houston, Texas


"Dear Maureen, Thank you do much for creating our beautiful wedding invitations. We received so many compliments on them and I can't thank you enough! We will treasure our invitation for a lifetime! -- Emily Watson Demmeck, Texas


"Maureen, Thank you for the doing such a beautiful job of addressing Emily's wedding invitations. They look super and we are truly grateful for the care you took to make them so special!" -- Beth Miles, Texas


“Maureen, Mary Beth’s wedding invitations are just beautiful! We are mailing them today. As they travel throughout the country, your work will touch many lives. Well done! -- Paulette Guion, Texas


“Maureen, I just wanted to let you know that my daughter was THRILLED when she saw the completed invitation.  She couldn't stop talking about how beautiful they were.  Of course, it made me very happy to see her so happy.  I can't thank you enough for your wonderful work and all you did to make these invitations very special!” –- Donna Berry, Texas


“Dear Maureen, We received the escort cards and envelopes and once again, your work is beautiful!  Everything was done perfectly. Several of our friends and family have complimented your calligraphy on the addresses of the wedding invitations. I am so pleased with your work and very impressed with your talent…Once again, thanks for your part in making Amy's wedding so special!
-- Julia Gribnau, Texas


"Maureen, Thank you for adding to the celebration of our daughter's wedding with the special touch of your beautiful calligraphy. Each invitation is a work of art and will be so appreciated by our family and friends." -- Linda Knapp, Texas


"Maureen, I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful job on the calligraphy. The envelopes are absolutely beautiful. I was able to put them all in the mail on Friday and my future mother-in-law has already received three phone calls from her friends telling them how beautiful the calligraphy is." -- Kathryn Edwards, Texas


"Hi Maureen, I received the envelopes yesterday and they are absolutely gorgeous. I had the best time assembling the invitations last night - believe it or not...You could not be easier to work with. I cannot wait to share your name with others looking for a calligrapher in the future!" -- Alison Gerard, California


"Hi Maureen, I received the table signs today, and just wanted to say THANK YOU! They are absolutely beautiful! Also, thank you for your timeliness in returning them to me! I will definitely keep you in mind for future projects and will highly recommend you to my friends!" -- Michelle Miller, California


"Maureen- Thank you for sharing your talent! Everyone wants to know who did my calligraphy. Not only did the invitations turn out more beautiful than I ever expected, but your whole system is so organized! I used your list for all rsvps. 

I also used the numbers by each address to label the back of the reply cards lightly in pencil for those who respond with nicknames or handwriting I can't read. I can't tell you how easy you made the invitation experience. I will continue to recommend you to everyone and use you in the future for parties!" -- Shelley Toomey, Texas


"Maureen, I just wanted to thank you for your beautiful work on the wine bottles for my bosses. They were very pleased with the gift, and couldn't get over your beautiful work. Thanks again for making our gifts special." -- Maeve Pesquera, Fleming's Steakhouse


"Hi, Maureen, I just wanted to let you know how pleased Travis and I are with your work. We have gotten so many phone calls from friends and family raving about the addressing. We are just thrilled! Thank you for all of your hard work!" -- Katherine Martin, Texas


"Hi, Maureen, I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how many wonderful compliments I have received on your calligraphy. Everyone has been so impressed with your work, and I have had SEVERAL people tell me that it is the most beautiful calligraphy they have ever seen. Thank you for providing such high quality artistry at such reasonable pricing!" -- Brandy Williams, Texas


"Dear Maureen, Thank you so much for the beautifully addressed envelopes. We started receiving complimentary phone calls on them almost immediately. You were a pleasure to work with during what can be a very stressful time for a bride-to-be. I will be sure to recommend your services to all of my family and friends." -- Becky Hymel, Texas


"Dear Maureen, I received the Fruit of the Spirit stones yesterday. You did a beautiful job! ... What a gift God has given you! Thank you for making our Bible study even more special. Love in Him." -- Vallie Rose, California


"Maureen, I received the seating cards last night. They look beautiful! Thank you so much. The color is perfect and the lettering is just beautiful. I know everyone will cherish them. You are really truly talented. I also really appreciate your professionalism, punctuality and pleasant demeanor."
-- Danielle Machado, New York


"Maureen, I've been meaning to tell you just how much everybody "ooohed" and "awwwwed" over the wedding invitations...due largely in part to your amazingly elegant calligraphy! I'm lucky I found you and greatly appreciate your talent and ability." -- Bethany Burnam, Texas



"Well, I just want you to know that every person we see absolutely raves about how beautiful the invitations were -- people are calling to tell us, too!...Thank you for all of your hard and beautiful work!" -- Deborah Vest, Texas



“How lucky we are to have found you!  Alana and Alan's entire wedding bore your artistic imprint: your calligraphy for the invitation was masterful and it was fantastic to have the same gorgeous script on the response card, reception card, and all envelopes. 

I'm sure you haven't done calligraphy on preserved ivy leaves [as place cards] before, and may not again soon, but they were exquisite, as were the "share your wishes" card and monogram you designed for the newlyweds. I just can't imagine how we would have put together such an elegant event without your talent -- the fact that you were so patient and willing to experiment was just frosting on the (wedding) cake! 

Thank you for the many ways in which your talent contributed to this very special event in our lives. I can't wait to think of another project on which we can collaborate -- With great appreciation,  Ellen Kalish" -- Texas 



“Dear Maureen, 

Gary and I want to thank you so much for your beautiful artistry for Denise and Josh's wedding. The Copperplate calligraphy on the invitations was breathtaking. It really set the stage for an outstanding wedding. Before the guests went to the outdoor ceremony, they were greeted with golden table cards with their names beautifully written... and the table numbers beautifully coordinated with the menus and programs. 

Thank you for your talent and for adding a special touch to a storybook wedding. I'll email you pictures so you can see how everything turned out. Thanks again. It was wonderful working with you. -- Fondly, Marsha



"WOW!!! As a client of Maureen Vickery’s, that is the simplest way I can describe her work! However, there is nothing simple about her work. 

Maureen addressed the envelopes for an event we had six months ago. It was a big Gala in Florida and most of the invitees were dignitaries. For anyone who has worked in event planning, especially events involving political leaders, you know it’s hard to get their attention with an invitation because they see so many every day. With Maureen’s efforts to make this a hit, she decided to spice things up a bit with the most exquisite envelopes you have ever seen. 

Now I know you are thinking how exquisite can an envelope with someone’s name and address be? Well hands down this was like nothing you have ever seen before! Some of the guests were employees of our company, and they asked that their invites not be sent through the mail so the stamp and postage would not ruin the “wow” of seeing their name so beautifully done. I still have mine in my top desk drawer and plan to use Maureen for all of my future needs. 

... All in all, we here at the Gulfstream Natural Gas System, L.L.C give Maureen 5 Thumbs Up!!!" -- marketing rep, Williams Natural Gas, Texas



"Maureen Vickery's calligraphy is like a work of art. The lettering flows flawlessly through her pen onto paper. She is incredibly talented! 

One of our wedding guests, who received an invitation calligraphed by Maureen, was a congressman. When he saw the beautiful writing he told his wife that "it must be an invitation to the White House for a state dinner." Needless to say, he and his wife were impressed with the beauty and precision of the calligraphy!

Several of our wedding guests told us that the calligraphy was so fabulous on the invitation that they felt like framing it. Another wedding guest was so amazed with his name done so well in calligraphy that he wanted to have it reproduced on his business cards. " -- Karen Waters, Texas



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