Photo credit Svetlana Yanova

Photo credit Svetlana Yanova

Art has always been in my life in different shapes and forms. One of my favorite childhood memories was spending time in the backyard with a stack of paper and pencil crayons. Fast forward to adulthood, it become a different kind of art through a digital medium. I am a professional wedding photographer for the last eight years under the name Debbie Wong Photography. Traditional art didn’t emerge into my life until the last five years. I picked up watercolor and painted custom nursery illustrations for my daughters' rooms, and I fell in love how pretty watercolor is.

My calligraphy journey happened three years ago with a special request from my sister. I sure wish the journey happened sooner as I fell in love with calligraphy! I've had the privilege of learning from renowned calligraphers including Master Penwomen Harvest Crittenden and Connie Chen, UK Crown Office Scribe Paul Antonio, Heather Held, Suzanne Cunningham, Billl Kemp, Maria Helena Hoksch, YoungHae Chung, F Phyllis Macaluso and Kathy Milici. I'm eternally grateful to study under their tutelage.

So why am I offering watercolor and calligraphy? If I could go back in time, I would love to create my own unique wedding stationery, incorporate the wedding theme, colors with calligraphy. Since the time machine still hasn't been invented, I want to help couples design their meaningful bespoke invitations and incorporate calligraphy to create an heirloom. In a fast paced digital world where we constantly type on computers and phones, we've lost the aspect of creating something organic. My clients have told me their guests were blown away and felt special because they received the wedding invitations in an envelope with beautiful hand addressed calligraphy.

Working with the wedding industry has opened up such wonderful opportunities and one thing lead to another, including publications with print in Dote Weddings, Confetti Magazine, Ruffled, Wedding Sparrow, The Perfect Palette, Rocky Mountain Bride (March and May), Green Wedding Shoes, Google, Inspired by This, Hey Wedding Lady and many others.

I also work with corporate clients and offer on-site calligraphy events. My clients range from the high fashion, beauty and lifestyle industry, such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger, GUERLAIN, beautyBOUTIQUE, ECCO and DAVIDsTEA.

Please send me a note so I can help with creating something special for you!