It was in 1987 when Ginny picked up her first calligraphy pen. After writing her grandmother’s eulogy, she felt the words deserved a more “reverent feel”. That inspiration would eventually result in a life long career for this self-taught artist. After completing her degree at Virginia Commonwealth University, she took that evolving passion and established Elegant Handlettering & Design in Richmond, Va., catering to the wedding industry. Around the same time, the Martha Stewart phenomenon was gaining momentum. When Stewart’s magazine “Weddings” launched in 1995, brides were greatly influenced by her endorsement of hand calligraphy and they began incorporating it into their own weddings.