Last week we had the pleasure of co-hosting a pretty awesome event with White Peacock Weddings. The idea was to unite some of the best of the best in the Twin Cities wedding industry to mingle in our new space while showcasing a select few vendors in action. Here is a little peak into the awesome collateral that set the tone for the event. Stay tuned for more photos from the evening, and in the meantime check out what our guests posted under the hashtag #makersunitemsp on Instagram!
We are kicking off our Spark Spotlight with none other than our owners, Valerie & Jim! After starting the business in their Minneapolis home more than 11 years ago, then moving shop to Sioux Falls, they landed back here in wonderful Northeast.
MORE ABOUT JIM
Best part about your job: Working with vintage presses.
Ink or foil: Ink!
Favorite font: Futura
Favorite color: Green
On your iPod: New Order, Broadcast, Vampire Weekend
MORE ABOUT VALERIE
Best part about your job:
I love working with a wide range of clients to design or print something that is decidedly unique to them. Whether it is a new suite of business cards for a top design firm, or an event planner who is creating the most extraordinary wedding for one of their clients, or a small business who needs help pulling together print collateral; I feel fortunate to be right there in the middle of making it all happen.
Ink or foil: FOIL, but not gold or silver. I love those but there are so many more foil choices out there and I love to use ones that are a bit unexpected!
Favorite color: Eggplant
Favorite font: Archer
Can't live without: Diet Coke, my MacBook Pro and my family - not necessarily in that order of course!
This week, we're giving a little sneak peak into our latest Spark Box design that is about to ship. Olivia exudes romantic elegance with delicate vintage details. Sprigs of fresh lavender were the inspiration behind this beauty! Check out our Pinterest board to see more and stay tuned as we reveal the new suite!
We know you know: we LOVE the Minneapolis wedding community. Spark is lucky enough time and again to participate in drop-dead gorgeous styled shoots with the best vendors around. Even in the frigid Minnesota winter, planners, florists, photographers, bakers, venues and more come together to tell beautiful stories.
We want to extend a huge thank you to Rosetree Weddings & Events for inviting us to participate in A Winter's Kiss. All the vendors did an incredible job! See the full shoot over at Dainty Obsessions. And don't forget to check out more exceptional wedding work from these talented creatives!
(And stay tuned for a sneak peek from another winter themed shoot. Details and photos coming to the blog soon!)
A WINTER'S KISS
Shot in Rosetree's Minneapolis studio, these photos are dripping with deep reds, soft mauves and creamy neutrals. De La Vue Photography beautifully captured the pretty charm of a Minnesota winter wedding.
Models: Chelsea Lawrence & Max Lorei
Spring is here! Okay, maybe not outside, but inside Spark our newest design is full of bold, vibrant colors. Paired with striking geometric patterns and a layered, peekaboo laser cut, Mischa is a show stopper. Take a look at some of our inspiration over on Pinterest!
There really is no better feeling than bringing beautiful designs off the screen and pushing them deep into paper. We were lucky enough to recently print for the immensely talented Chad Michael Studio, an agency specializing in spirit and alcoholic package, logo, and branding design. Check out the materials we printed below, then hop over to Chad Michael Studio's website to see even more mind-blowing designs and beautiful print!
Letterpress Labels for Old Town Distilling Co.
Letterpress + Foil Business Cards for Distroya Spiced Spirit
All photos courtesy Chad Michael Studio.
The Melissa suite has a delicate touch of art deco mixed with a beautiful, bold color palette. The emerald green and copper foil is a unique and stunning combination that shows style and sophistication. Check out our mood board below to see some bits and pieces of what inspired us including beautiful florals, glitzy metals and structured patterns.
We've said it before, but there really is no end to the immense talent in the Twin Cities wedding industry. Rosetree Events is no exception, and this full service wedding planning company is even located in our favorite part of town, Northeast Minneapolis! Spark recently had a chat with the with CEO and CFO of Rosetree, Jennifer Rosen and Janae Mitcheltree.
Janae (left) and Jenn of Rosetree Events. Photo by Whitney Furst Photography.
On growing up and the Twin Cities:
We both grew up in the Twin Cities. Jenn grew up in Plymouth, but spent a lot of time in Hopkins because of her parents’ church there. Janea grew up in South Minneapolis but moved as a young girl to St. Louis Park. We each love the melting pot of character and wit of Minneapolis, including all the creativity and natural beauty in the area (minus the below zero temperatures and the snow – though the first snow fall is breathtaking).
On getting into the wedding planning industry:
We both started at a very young age. Jenn began planning events at her parents’ church at 16 years old. Janea started as a child, planning surprise birthday parties for friends and elaborate dinner parties for her family. When we became friends in our teens, we teamed up for wedding planning and coordination for church; that’s where the passion and future dream of our partnership began.
We love finding inspiration in uncommon places. This often comes from enjoying the things around us: a family moment, a flower at the farmers market, a pattern we adore, something seen at an antique shop or while we’re out for a stroll around the lakes. Most importantly, we thrive on the inspiration that comes out of meeting a couple, hearing their story and listening to what they envision for their wedding day.
On design style:
Because we are a duo, we’d say we’re a good fusion of vintage meets modern glam that has an eclectic charm.
On Rosetree Events' specialties:
We specialize in wedding planning and coordination. Planning consists of all the logistics – timelines, vendor selections and referrals, budget creation and monitoring. Coordination brings all that planning together to make the wedding day run smoothly. We ensure vendors arrive on time and that the moments our couple envisioned are photographed so our clients can enjoy the day carefree. We are also there to provide solutions for any unlikely circumstances that may arise.
On the best parts of their job:
We LOVE the people! Clients and vendors alike. We have been blessed with really wonderful clientele who happen to have some amazingly talented vendors in the wedding industry.
Contact Jenn or Janea at firstname.lastname@example.org
We at Spark just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone we have worked with throughout 2014- clients, collaborators, retailers and vendors alike! This past year was HUGE for us with our journey to Minneapolis, and we are more excited than ever for a brand new year serving you from our beautiful new space.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for trusting us to print and create for you throughout the year. We look forward to working with you further in 2015. May your new year bring you nothing but peace, prosperity and happiness! (And maybe a mild finish to winter.) Much love from the entire Spark Letterpress Team. Have a fun and safe New Year's Eve!
Jim, Valerie, Diedre, Alana, Chelsea, Jason, Annie, Megan and Emily
Nothing makes us more excited here at Spark than to see happy, happy clients. Of course this incredible couple is certainly smiling for a million more reasons than their wedding stationery, but we are nevertheless delighted to have played a small part in their big day. Kira & Michael created their customized invitation suite based on the Impress Zoe design, and this navy and gold version is one of our favorites!
Kira & Michael tied the knot this past August, and just shared with us some photos from their special day. A huge congratulations to these two; please check out some of their gorgeous photography courtesy of 2Js Photography!
Again, congrats! What a gorgeous wedding.
Kira & Michael's other wedding vendors include:
Photographers: 2j's Photography - Josh & Jennifer Koch
Flowers and Wedding planner/design: Jonny&Dottie - Lisa Gillund
Catering: Yesterday's Restaurant, Okoboji, IA
Cake: Taylor'd Cakes, Lake Wilson, MN