Design Duo

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Photo courtesy Sparkvites

A secret society wedding invitation-have you ever seen stationary so cool? Featuring a letterpress-printed invite and digitally printed cards, a custom wax seal, hand-drawn elements and calligraphy, it's a stunning example of custom stationary, not to mention an incredible first-impression for wedding guests. And it was crafted here in Ohio.

Husband-and-wife team Blake and Irene Martin started Sparkvites in 2012 after meeting in the graphic design program at Bowling Green State University. Now based in Findlay, Ohio, the duo specializes in wedding stationary, greeting cards and custom stamps, all carefully crafted to be "just a little off the wall," Blake says. "We like to create things we've never seen before."

Blake notes he and Irene have no problem honoring wedding-invitation tradition (see: custom-yet-conservative invitations like this), but will push the envelope for customers who want to wow their guests. "We can really do anything, for any printing process, that a customer chooses," Blake adds.

The pair gained international recognition after opening up shop and has just recently generated interest locally. "Now," Blake says, "we're hoping to make a splash in Ohio."

Bonus: Already have your wedding invitations? Check out the Sparkvites holiday collection here!