INTRODUCING MELISSA

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.

Local Vendor Love: Rosetree Events

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.

Whitney Furst Photography

Whitney Furst Photography

On inspiration: 

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.

Whiney Furst Photography

Whiney Furst Photography

Whitney Furst Photography

Whitney Furst Photography


Contact Jenn or Janea at info@rosetreeevents.com


Real Wedding: Kira & Michael

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!

Photography Credit: 2Js Photography

Photography Credit: 2Js Photography

Photography Credit: 2Js Photography

Photography Credit: 2Js Photography

Photography Credit: 2Js Photography

Photography Credit: 2Js Photography

Photography Credit: 2Js Photography

Photography Credit: 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

Rustic Wedding Love

This custom suite came together perfectly with a mix of cute silhouette icons, a woodgrain belly band, blind deboss maps and illustrations, plus that gorgeous printed envelope liner. Credit: Spark Letterpress.

A lovely bark inspired wedding cake. Edible? Good question, but it's gorgeous regardless! Credit: Green Wedding Shoes.

A lovely bark inspired wedding cake. Edible? Good question, but it's gorgeous regardless! Credit: Green Wedding Shoes.

Bow ties and suspenders. Love forest inspired everything. Photo Credit: Tyler Branch.

Bow ties and suspenders. Love forest inspired everything. Photo Credit: Tyler Branch.

These gorgeous fall colored centerpieces just about knocked our socks off. Credit: Brock+ Co. Events.

These gorgeous fall colored centerpieces just about knocked our socks off. Credit: Brock+ Co. Events.

Beautiful tablescape. Photo Credit: Steven Steinhardt Photography.

Beautiful tablescape. Photo Credit: Steven Steinhardt Photography.

Fall has officially wrapped up, and the depths of winter are in sight. We can't quite yet get ourselves to post images of the impending snow and ice, so instead we take a look back at one of the best trends of the fall season; the simple, jewel-toned, rustic wedding. One of our favorite custom invitations for a September Utah wedding served as the inspiration for this round up of beautiful rustic wedding eye candy.

 

 

Love these simple floral elements and understated wedding gown. Credit: Jessica Janae Photography.

Love these simple floral elements and understated wedding gown. Credit: Jessica Janae Photography.

What an incredible ceremony backdrop. Simple, and perfect. Photo Credit: The Nichols.

What an incredible ceremony backdrop. Simple, and perfect. Photo Credit: The Nichols.

Detail shot of a lovely chocolate printed liner. Credit: Spark Letterpress.

Such a cool photo opportunity. We love wood grain. Photo Credit: Courtney Davidson Photography.

Such a cool photo opportunity. We love wood grain. Photo Credit: Courtney Davidson Photography.

This suit all wrapped up in its wood grain printed bellyband. Credit: Spark Letterpress.


Local Vendor Love: Julia LaCroix

Meet Julia LaCroix! We had a chat with the Minnesota wedding planner and owner and  principle of Julia LaCroix Wedding Planning & Event Design.

On inspiration:

I’m mostly inspired by fashion, art, and architecture.  I love graphic patterns and using that as a launching pad for tablescape design.  When meeting with a couple for the first time I ask a lot of questions about them and their style to find an inspirational jump-off point.  I find that unique family traditions are a wonderful inspiration as well as the season and the location of the wedding.  The color palette of the event tends to be the largest factor of inspiration and is usually the foundations of all other building blocks.

On her areas of expertise:

 I specialize in wedding planning, coordination and event design. 

· Wedding planning includes assistance with planning and logistics of the event.  Most commonly this includes budget tracking, contract negotiations, timelines, vendor referrals and the “how” of the wedding.  My role as a planner is to help plan the event within budget and without any “oops, we didn’t think of that” moments. 

· As the wedding coordinator my primary function is to facilitate a smooth-running event on the wedding day and ensure that everything is executed according to plan.

· As the wedding designer my main objective is to help with the jaw-dropping aesthetics.  I work with the client to develop their vision and bring it to fruition.  Colors, décor, lighting and custom design elements are all part of the process.

On her spot-on design style: 

My design style is sophisticated-chic with a touch of glam!  I like clean lines, symmetry, and a nice balance of all design elements at play.

On getting her start in planning:  

Once I planned my own wedding in 2009 I was hooked!   I absolutely fell in love with the planning experience and decided to take a leap of faith and start my own wedding and event planning company – Julia LaCroix Wedding Planning & Event Design.  I get to work with incredible couples planning their most special day, it’s truly a dream come true!

On her favorite moments in event design:

Without a doubt my favorite part of designing events is bringing my clients vision to life.  The design process itself is exciting and different every time, but seeing my clients face light up when they see everything come together is truly a magical moment.

Words of wisdom for brides-to-be:

Every bride should have these four essentials at her fingertips to stay organized: a timeline checklist, a budget tracker, a guest list manager, and floor plan!

Julia LaCroix | Cell: 612.281.1677 | Office: 763.497.1181

julia@julialacroix.com

Photo Credits: Betsy Wall Photography, LaVie Photography and Vick Photography

Spark Box Is On The Move!

It’s coming. Or in some cases, it has arrived! Spark Box is out the door and on its way to paperies and stationery stores across the country (and Canada too)! We couldn’t be more thrilled with the response so far. One sweet retailer wrote us, “LOVE my Spark Box!!!  Received it this morning and your execution is BRILLIANT!!!” Thank you, thank you, thank you. We have worked hard on these beauties and can’t wait for you all to see them in person.

Our concept behind the Spark Box is simple: couples want what is new and now. In today’s industry trends evolve at a rapid fire pace, and we are keeping step by offering new designs each and every month. Our couture stationery subscription service builds off of our success in creating one-of-a-kind designs for discerning couples.

Check out the contents of the Spark Box: Month One! That’s right- this happens on the regular. Two for ones through the end of this year, and then one new design on the 15th of each month thereafter!

Introducing Aubrey & Kirsten!

Spark Box: Month One features the Kirsten and Aubrey Suites. You receive two full suites of each, one mounted inside a steel 1-ply folder and one loose for display.

Spark Box: Month One features the Kirsten and Aubrey Suites. You receive two full suites of each, one mounted inside a steel 1-ply folder and one loose for display.

The Aubrey suite features a gorgeous laser cut with monogram detail and a die cute invite panel, reply card and belly band.

The Aubrey suite features a gorgeous laser cut with monogram detail and a die cute invite panel, reply card and belly band.

The Kirsten Suite features gold foil accents, our new vertical pocketfold and a blind embossed luxury mailer.

The Kirsten Suite features gold foil accents, our new vertical pocketfold and a blind embossed luxury mailer.

The Aubrey Suite is fully customizable. Spark Box comes with details sheets for both suites, for easy pricing and reference. 

The Aubrey Suite is fully customizable. Spark Box comes with details sheets for both suites, for easy pricing and reference. 

Our loose samples are perfect for display or to show clients how each suite comes together.

Our loose samples are perfect for display or to show clients how each suite comes together.

The Aubrey suite features our prettiest monogrammed laser wrap yet!

The Aubrey suite features our prettiest monogrammed laser wrap yet!

Kirsten gold foil details!

Kirsten gold foil details!

 

So, are you in? Find out more or sign up here!


Fresh Off the Press: History Colorado

As much as we love designing for weddings here at Spark, we love designing for corporate events just as much. This invitation to an event for History Colorado Center was printed on our soft white paper in our steel and tan inks. The design included vintage ornaments to create the border and antique typefaces to evoke a classical feel.  Many thanks to our retailer, Wordshop, for sending this project our way!

Black and White Elegance

We always love a black and white color palette as it looks and feels elegant. This couple added a vintage flair with the beautiful lace pattern and classic fonts. The outside pocketfold collected the suite in our soft white paper printed in transparent silver ink and wrapped up with our signature string and button closure. Congratulations Alex and Derek!  We wish you much happiness!  

Many thanks to Chelsey Schnell of Chelsey Photography in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the amazing photography!

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