Here's what people are saying about Hand Scribed Calligraphy by Joan Dobrin. 
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My daughter & I worked with Joan for several months leading up to the wedding. Joan created our envelopes for the invites, programs, place cards, table numbers, menus, chalkboards for the Guest Book and Sweets Table and other unique, one-of-a kind items. One of my favorites is a verse that she surrounded with beautiful water colors on a 12x16 board that we had matted and framed for the memorial candle. It is breathtakingly beautiful!

During the few months that we worked with Joan, we were constantly changing decisions and giving her additional items to complete. Her work ethic to get these items completed by the deadline is something to be admired. Never once did she tell us something couldn't be done and ALWAYS delivered! Her talent, her passion, her imagination and her beautiful heart come through in every piece that she creates.

All of our guests complimented her work throughout night from the church to the reception. Words like unique, elegant, amazing, charming and special were used. Joan is not just for weddings. My husband was so impressed with her work that he went to her during the Christmas holiday to have her create a few special gifts for me, that now have a special place in our home.

Joan is a kind, loving faithful woman. The combination of her personality and her talents make her an absolute pleasure to work with. Joan is a gift! She made a very special and exciting time even more memorable. I would highly recommend her and her work as she goes above and beyond!

Kathy Baughan, Clarence Center, NY

Joan does amazing work! She has a true talent gifted to her by God!
She also went above & beyond to make sure that the custom ordered wedding gift for my brother & his bride was delivered in time because it meant so much to her that they receive it (she's never met them & had only just met me at a festival 2 weeks prior). She is passionate about her art and is very gifted! I took a semester of calligraphy in college & I know what it takes to write as she does! You don't find calligraphers today, she is a rarity.
Her prices are very reasonable as well!
I will definitely go to her again!
Thank you for your time, talent, love & prayers over your artwork Joan!

Kristie Rath

I had the pleasure of dealing with Joan from Hand Scribed Calligraphy and I would like to express my sincere gratitude for her services. My order was very small and I had a difficulty finding a company that would accept it. When I found Joan’s company and contacted her, her response was immediate and she treated me as if I was placing an order for a 1,000 envelopes! It was the most pleasant experience. The personal touch and attention was very refreshing. When the envelopes arrived they were carefully packaged and protected from any damages. I would highly recommend Hand Scribed Calligraphy to my closest friends. If you are looking for a personalized service and a caring business owner, please don’t look any further. ***** Five Stars ***** and THANK YOU again!!!


Hauppauge, Long Island

Diolch yn fawr (thank you very much, in Welsh) for the piece of work you carried out for me. Nothing was too much trouble. Your work is second to none but the care you show those who you carry out the work for is exemplary. There are not many people who would send the finished work before being paid for it but the trust you showed me really touched my heart especially as not only am I the other side of the world (Wales, GB) you sent the work to my son and daughter-in-law in New Zealand. May God bless you this Christmas time and in the coming New Year.

Laura John, Wales, GB


Your piece of work is AMAZING!! I can’t express with words how I felt when I received. The paper, the flourishing style and your calligraphy were PERFECT! But the most important thing is you did everything in such a short period of time that you surprised me. Thanks for this beautiful work; it brought tears to my husband. WE LOVE IT.

Silvia, Stanford Conn.

Joan is a gem. She not only is skilled and very talented, she gets the job done quickly and is reasonably priced. At a time when computers do everything, it is wonderful to have found Joan who adds the human touch to her beautiful pen work.

Maritza R., Williamsville, NY

Dear Joan;

I can't thank you enough for the incredible job you did for my friend's birthday party.
And you did it with the speed and professionalism that's been hard to find now-a-days.
It was a "last minute" idea but the sentiments we wanted to express could not have been conveyed without your artistry and mastery of calligraphy.

Your artistry is a gift from above and combined with your flair for customer service; well, it can't be beat!
In the business world, one looks for quality as well as "on time; on budget" and you have scored a triple play!


Jimmy Maxwell, Louisiana

I actually just opened it up yesterday for the first time (gotta hide it until our anniversary - the 16th - so it's hard to get time to look at it haha!) and I literally gasped out loud - SPECTACULAR. Pretty much EXACTLY what I had envisioned when I contacted you the first time.

You will most definitely get any referrals that I hear of - you have my word on that.

Eric Hess, Arizona

To Whom It May Concern;

Several years ago I had suggested to Jill and Jim Kelly a calligrapher named Joan Dobrin to do their wedding invitations. They hired Joan and were extremely pleased with her professionalism as a calligrapher.

A few years later I hired her to do my wedding invitations after seeing the work that she did for Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kelly. I also found her work to be of high quality, she was on time with the job and her prices were equivalent to what other calligraphers were charging.

I highly recommend Joan Dobrin as a calligrapher. She takes pride in what she does and will do a great job for you.


Therese R. Forton-Barnes
Owner- Events to a Tee
Note: Jim Kelly was the Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills

To Whom It May Concern;

I recently asked Joan to work on a piece which touched my wife and my heart and spirit when they needed it the most. The work was not only beautifully crafted in a lovely manner, but brought a spirit and compassion from Joan that brought tears to my wife and I which showed Joan’s love and dedication to her work. God Bless her in a time when I truly needed her most.

Larry H., Penn

I did receive the letter. You did such a wonderful job she is going to
love it. I took the letter and folded it. Then placed it into a light
blue envelope. The envelope was then wrapped with twine and put into a
bow. The backend was then sealed with a wax stamp with my initials on
it. She will we arriving this Friday and I'm sure your beautiful work
will bring joyful tears to her eyes. I kept both of your business cards
and I look forward to doing many more pieces with you in the future. I
loved the paper you wrote it on. It was exactly what I had in mind!

Thanks again,


P.S. I'll send you another short email asking what it would take to

write another letter when I come up with one next month. ;)



I can’t even tell you how beautiful the piece of artwork you created for me is. I got it back from the artist yesterday with the most beautiful cardinal painted on it. It’s going to be gorgeous. And it will be very meaningful to the recipient, as I’ve already told you.

I don’t think I can even wait until Christmas to give it to him.

Thanks so much.

Jennifer Taylor, Minnesota

Dear Joan

Many, many thanks for the beautiful job you did on our birthday invitations, response cards and envelopes! The party was in September and people are still raving over them in November. But most of all, they brought tears to the birthday girl's eyes (she is 80). Not only were the invitations lovely but your amazing ability to produce them in such a very short time was nothing less than a miracle. I contacted you last minute as I just couldn't find anyone's work I liked online until I found your site. Your advice was invaluable and you kept your word about job completion and product delivery. I would highly recommend you to anyone in a heartbeat, as a matter of fact I already have! You're the best!



Being a serious type A personality, I researched calligraphers on the internet and found your website to be the warmest and most inviting. "Entering" your site was without a doubt one of the best decisions I made in regard to our wedding invitations. I realize I could have searched locally for a calligrapher. Having said that, I don't believe I would have gotten the personal attention that you gave me throughout the entire process. It wasn't just a case of me sending you the invitations and you sending them back. You were so good about calling me and letting me know what was going on or if I had received them. That special attention to detail is something that in this day and time is a rarity. I enjoyed our conversations and you were a delight to work with. The invitations were beautiful and we received many compliments on them. I even had one person write on the back of the response envelope that the invitations were beautiful. The song that you inscribed for me to give Tim was breathtaking. It will be a "memory" that he will cherish forever and I will always think of you when I look at it. Thank you so much for pouring your heart and soul into our invitations. If anyone is looking for a calligrapher, we will definitely send them your way. I have no doubt with your beautiful scribings and work ethic, you will have continued success. Thanks again for everything.

Denise Shearer

Fort Mill, SC

March 2007

Dear Joan,

I just want to thank you for the lovely service that you gave Jack and I for our wedding. I can't express in words how pleased we were with your calligraphy and the personal attention that you gave us! I know that we didn't give you much time to complete over 150 placecards but you did a wonderful job in a short period of time!! They were beautiful and I can't wait to show you the pictures we took of them!! I will be recommending you to several couples that are about to get married!

Thank you so much,

Meg and Jack

Long Island, NY


I just wanted thank you again for helping me out with very stressful situation. The calligraphy work you did for me was wonderful! All of the corrections I had you do worked out very well. You were able to match the original calligraphers handwriting so it was hard to tell that they had been corrected. I was glad that you were able to do a few complete envelopes so that I was able to see how beautiful your work is! I'm happy to report the wedding invitations went out in this afternoons mail. It really helped that you were able to get them done so quickly. Once again thank you for everything.


Dear Joan,

I cannot tell you how impressed I was with your professionalism and dedication in writing up my wedding invitations. My fiancé had been trying to print up the invitations using an ink jet printer. Simply put, the attempt did not work well at all. With an impending deadline looming to mail the invitations, I resorted to the Yellow Pages and found you. Everyone that has seen the invitations specifically mentioned how beautiful the calligraphy was on it. Dealing with you and these wedding invitations has been the easiest thing I have dealt with in planning our wedding! Thanks again.

John D. Amherst, NY

Of Course you can use me as a reference, any time! I will also make sure to let all of my newlywed friends know about you in the future. I just sent out the invitations and I love them. The other day I got an invitation from one of Robs friends and she had hers done also. They looked nothing like mine. Mine are so much prettier and elegant. You really are talented, I loved them anyway but now I see the comparison. I also love the little gold symbols on the sides of the names. Great touch! Thanks again, it was the best gift ever! Talk to you soon or see you this summer.

Love Always,

New Jersey

Dear Joan,

The Calligraphy for my wedding invites turned out BEAUTIFUL! though we haven't sent out the invites just yet, anyone who has seen them has commented on how beautiful they are...especially the inner envelope.

Thanks again for doing a great job and I will be dropping those business cards off to the "wedding coordinator" here in Orchard Park.

Thanks again!

Gina D.

Hi Joan-

Beautiful work! Thanks for the cards. We definitely have your name for future use.


Karen Administrator Alliance Advisory Group, Inc.

Dear Joan,

Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with me. You were a patient and helpful teacher of Calligraphy. I now feel confident that I will be able to do the envelopes and placecards for my daughter's wedding . If I ever need help with this or future projects I will definitely give you a call.



What a great experience it was working with Joan. She was so patient with me, even as I sent her my guest list piece by piece. The invitations turned out so beautifully that one of my guests from New York City is having Joan address the invitations for her own wedding. Thanks Joan!


Being a professional photographer I was more than satisfied with Joan's quality and turn around time, and would highly recommend her for your business or personel use when quality is a must!

Yours truly,

Daniel Branch, Daniels Photography

Hi Joan,

Your package came today and I was very pleased with your wonderful work. The names for the framed pictures came out great. I think it's going to be a show stopper. I will definitely refer you to any people I know getting married. Thank you for the good wishes, your attention to detail, and kindness. It was great working with you.

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