Jessica McSweeney is the owner & artist of Poppy & Scooter, a Baltimore-based wedding stationery & calligraphy company. She creates beautiful pieces that have been featured in Southern Weddings Magazine, Geraldine Magazine, Flutter Magazine, Weddings Unveiled, Washingtonian Bride & Groom, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Sparrow, and Magnolia Rouge. And get this, she has only been in business for two years! The growth of her business has been incredible!

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The moment we’ve all been waiting for! Ready? Say it with me…

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