Featured on Martha Stewart Weddings.com

Spark is lucky enough to be featured twice on Martha Stewart Weddings in their Destination Wedding Inspiration section!

Here is our Isabel suite on their website which is one of the first suites we designed for our Wedding Love collection. It was designed for a dream wedding in Mallorca, Spain.

They also featured (slide 1! ) one of our original passport designs. This set was done for a Chicago couple through our retailer, Pulp & Ink.

Contact spark@letterpresslove.com if you are interested in either of these great Destination Wedding suites! Keep in mind that we can customize them especially for your wedding location.

Dreams do come true

This has been a dream week for all of us at Spark, so much so that we've had a hard time focusing on our work. We already were featured in the Destination Weddings issue of Martha Stewart Weddings on page 4 next to the fabulous Darcy Miller, but we didn't know that it could get better.

Today in particular, one of my professional (and a little bit personal) dreams came true - having something we created at Spark shown on the Martha Stewart Show. I've been tweeting about it and posting on Facebook and basically telling anyone who is willing to listen about our news.

I've always said that I would love to have some of our work on national television. But to have anything we've done held and complimented by both Darcy Miller and Martha Stewart, two women I admire greatly for their brilliance and contributions to the wedding industry, it just doesn't get better than that for me. Sure it's a quick few seconds out of an hourlong show, and of course I'd love to meet Martha and Darcy in person. However, I truly appreciate their sharing a bit of Spark with the Martha Stewart Show viewers.

Because of this recognition, we have had two articles in our local newspaper and we were featured in a local news story on our NBC affiliate, KDLT. We also found out that a few more of our designs are now part of a new image gallery featuring destination wedding designs on marthastewartweddings.com (we're numbers 22 & 23). The cool part is being featured alongside other designers we admire.

One of the best things about all of this hoopla is bringing recognition to the great people I work with each day. First and foremost, my husband and lead press operator, Jim, who is currently stressing over all of my 32 new suites of wedding and social stationery. My sister, Diedre, who somehow manages to work alongside me every day without strangling me for my oddities, such as verbalizing what should be my inner monologue and second-guessing every last design decision. And don't worry Mom and Craig - I didn't forget about you. Without your believing in our business we wouldn't be where we are today. My mom in particular has been striving to connect us with new retailers and she takes care of the financial side of our business that I work hard to avoid. We also are fortunate to have a wonderful staff who supports us in our efforts each day with great enthusiasm.

I'd also like to thank our current retailers and future retailers (hint, hint) for supporting Spark.

And lastly, in case you are someone like me who often wonders if all of this hard work and passion for what you do will pay off, the answer is resoundingly yes.

Have a great weekend!

Wedding Spotlight: Destination Weddings

Destination weddings are definitely a popular trend these days. Couples are tying the knot on tropical islands, in European villas or in the foothills of mountains – places that create magical moments amongst breathtaking scenery.

Creating wedding stationery for such an event takes a little more effort for couples, simply because there is more information to relay to invited guests. It is essential to set the tone and anticipation for the event by weaving the wedding stationery together to create a cohesive design style.

The following stationery pieces ought to be part of the destination wedding stationery suite (in addition to the invitation set).

  • Save-the-date. Please give invited guests ample time to make travel arrangements for a destination wedding. Save-the-dates are mailed at least 8 months to 1 year in advance of the event. Include travel and accommodation information as well as a list of all scheduled activities (date, time, location) during the wedding weekend.
  • Ceremony & Reception Program. Print a double-sided program, die cut into an interesting shape. We recently did a program in the shape of a scallop shell as the ceremony took place on the beach. Remember that this can be a keepsake for guests!
  • Place Cards, Table Cards & Menus. Keep with the design style to create these additional pieces that will make your reception memorable down to the last detail. We often die cut menu cards in the shape of a circle to fit nicely in the plate charger on the table.

Destination Hawaii

Wedding Stationery Suite:
4-piece invitation set, welcome cards, program and thank you note set.
Spark Retailer: Pulp & Ink, Chicago

The invitation panel and reply card is printed on Crane Lettra 220# cover paper in Fluorescent White. The design is based on our Meadowbrook invitation featured in the Spark Custom Album, except that the bubbles on our sample were substituted with sea turtles. Ink colors are navy and spring green. The A7 size envelope is lined with text weight navy paper to compliment the navy ink on the panels.

There are a set of five welcome cards that greet invited guests to the wedding weekend, recommend various activities on the island, map the airport and hotels and outline the scheduled date, time and location of the scheduled activities. The cards are printed on Crane Lettra 110# cover in Fluorescent White. Ink colors are blue and green (custom colors).

The program front and back cover is printed on Crane Lettra 110# cover in Fluorescent White. Inside pages are printed on Crane Lettra 80# text weight in Fluorescent white. Ink colors are navy and spring green. A double-faced satin ribbon in navy is tied bookmark style at the top to secure the pages. The program provides a detailed description of the Jewish wedding ceremony. Over nine plates were used to print the program on our Heidelberg Windmill press – this spent many hours on our press to complete!

The thank you cards are a flat, A2 size card with printed envelopes. Featured on Crane Lettra 110# cover in Fluorescent White. Ink colors are navy and spring green.

Many thanks to Colin at Pulp & Ink, Chicago, and to the groom who drew the wonderful sea turtles featured throughout the wedding suite. Let’s also not forget designer and artist, Cassie Medema, who created the Meadowbrook design featured in our custom album.