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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Local Vendor Love: Blush & Whim

One of the perks of being in Minneapolis is that there are SO many amazingly talented vendors we are lucky enough to get to know. One of them even happens to be our very own neighbor (Quincy Street represent), Jennae Saltzman. As the owner and lead planner at Blush and Whim, a wedding planning and event design company here in Minneapolis, she shared a little bit about her process and style.

  Photo Credit: Jaimee Morse Photography.

 

Photo Credit: Jaimee Morse Photography.

On the first event she ever planned:

I was 8 years old and I planned an elaborate wedding from my dog, Dusty. He married a lovely black lab who lived down the street. There was a lot of glitter glue, a wedding party made up of guinea pigs, and a milk bone cake to top it all off. It was fabulous. 

 

On her (awesome) design style:

I feel like my design style fluctuates and evolves based on how I am feeling at a certain point in my life or what is inspiring me. In a design, I definitely love a mix of feminine and masculine elements. I also love simple elements surrounded by intricate details and more elaborate design. It’s all about that balance! 

 

On inspiration:

I am inspired by so many things; art, music, fashion, my dogs cute paws prints, the list goes on! I get a lot of inspiration from elements in nature- If I’m on a walk or exploring a new area, I’m constantly thinking “wow, that tree formation would be an amazing spot for a ceremony set-up" or “these wild looking flower bushes would make a stunning centerpiece.” I also love checking out boutiques and unique spaces in Minneapolis to see how people style a display window or set-up a room. It’s really all about pulling ideas from every aspect of your life to give any event true beauty and balance. 

 

On her favorite aspect of designing events:

Meeting with my clients for the very first time and seeing the light in their eyes when they talk about what they envision for their wedding day! There are so many wonderful ideas and inspiration out there and I never get tired of hearing about what people want. Even if I’ve seen or done something before, it’s different every time because each client brings a breath of fresh air and new life to it. I’m always excited to create and present my clients with their design boards to show them that what they want, can be done! 

 

On the best part of her job:

Working with the fantastic vendors in the Minneapolis industry! I am in awe of the talent that surrounds me and feel so fortunate to be able to work with so many fabulous people on a day to day basis. I have learned so much from vendors I admire and love being able to collaborate with them to make the visions of my clients come to life. 

 

Find out more about Blush and Whim and check out the gorgeous images of events they have planned at www.blushandwhim.com. You can also send off an email to info@blushandwhim.com to learn more!