Letter perfect: Our favorite local calligraphers

Ma Belle Calligraphy. Photo: Courtesy Ma Belle Ma Belle Calligraphy. Photo: Courtesy Ma Belle

Nothing says “instant keepsake” like a hand-lettered invitation, and plenty of local calligraphers are up to the challenge.

Michelle Streeter of Ma Belle Calligraphy (above) works in a modern style and offers invitation suites along with fun extras, like a handwritten version of your vows, to display at the wedding and, later, in your home. mabellecalligraphy.com

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If So INKlined’s Jen Maton can letter your invitations in casual or classic style. Taking the DIY route? Maton also offers downloadable fonts and a suite of calligraphic wedding words you can arrange on your self-designed goods. ifsoinklined.com

Heather Belle Ink, headed by Heather Belle Rolfe, has been around for 35-plus years and frequently serves the likes of Monticello and Montpelier. Classically trained, she can also add watercolor ornamentation and gold leaf to invitations or other paper items. heatherbelleink.com

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Named after a term meaning “literary-minded woman,” Bluestocking Calligraphy is Abby Farson Pratt, who’s been studying the art of lettering since grade school, and now provides calligraphy in a range of looks. Her work’s been featured on Style Me Pretty. bluestockingpen.com

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Jodi Macfarlan entered the calligraphy world on the occasion of her own wedding in 2011, and now letters professionally in a contemporary, carefree style. Other offerings: chalk lettering on signboards and even calligraphy for candles. jodimacfarlancalligraphy.com