Back in the Day Cherry Blossom Buffet


As we were setting up our Stationery Loft here at Spark over the past week, I ran across some of the invitations I designed when we first started doing custom stationery for private clients in Minneapolis. One that stuck out was my very first foray into the delightful world of cherry blossoms. Although the cherry blossom illustrations have evolved some since this first iteration, it was fun to see where they started. These are different than our more recent cherry blossoms, if for no other reason, because we printed this set digitally. They turned out surprisingly well especially with the beautiful Stardream papers we used.

I actually remember this project quite well even though I did this more than four years ago, in large part because the couple was so nice to work with. They had a small beach wedding in Florida that we did a custom announcement for as well, and then these invitations were to their wedding reception at a quaint French restaurant in Minneapolis.


Here are some other details about the project:
Stardream Serpentine for the main invite, reply card and reply envelope, Stardream Ruby for the paper band with a blind embossed cherry blossom trio, Stardream Kunzite for the directions card. It's too bad we can't find extras of the envelopes because we did Serpentine envelopes, cherry blossom patterned liners on Kunzite AND custom string & button closures where the discs had a printed cherry blossom pattern as well.

Cherry Blossom Wedding Suite



The above wedding invitation set was printed late 2007 for a couple in New York City. The cherry blossom artwork was created especially for their invitation set and thank you cards. The couple selected our favorite Crane Lettra 110# cover paper in fluorescent white. Crane Lettra is a 100% reclaimed cotton paper, so no trees have fallen to make this beautiful paper. The set is a two color letterpress piece in fuchsia and dark brown with small rounded corners. Pay special attention to the arrangement and detail of the blossoms, as well as the tight registration achieved.

We started the process with a phone call with the bride to discuss her design style, colors, typeface likes and dislikes and briefly discussed the invitation wording. After the first encounter, our designer provided the couple with a PDF proof of the invitation panel which included the cherry blossom artwork. This artwork went through a couple renditions before it reached its final format. The rest of the invitation suite was created and approved all in a matter of a few weeks. Rest assured, our bride enjoyed the experience as did we!

The cherry blossom artwork is not featured in our custom album, however we are happy to reproduce this artwork upon request. Please contact custom@sparkstationery.com for more details or simply visit one of our retail stores and mention this entry.