Updated: Sep 17, 2019
Welcome to our blog! Adam and I started Earmark Ink after our wedding in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in the summer of 2017. We'd like to tell you a bit more about how Earmark Ink came to be and show you the work that led us to create this amazing passion project!
Adam and I met a little over 4 years ago in Washington DC and we currently live in Silver Spring, Maryland. We are both (sort of) Maryland natives. Adam is from Annapolis and, though I was born in Bogota, Colombia, I was raised in Bethesda. After living for a few years in DC, we are both so happy to be back in the blue crab state! We have an adorably impossible dog named Matilda, a rescue blue heeler mix.
Adam and I got engaged in December of 2015 and as we started searching for wedding stationery we had the idea to design our own stationery instead of picking an already-made design from a website. We wanted all out paper goods (from save the date to our invitations to our menus and programs) to contain the same elements, and we wanted those elements to reflect the vision we had for our wedding.
I had been teaching myself calligraphy for about a year, and Adam studied graphic design in college, so we started working on our own save the date, then our invitations, and ultimately the menu, programs, welcome cards and table numbers. We absolutely loved the challenge of making all the stationery match and of communicating to our family and friends the importance of our day through our stationery and through hand lettered details - signs, escort cards, a seating chart - we scattered throughout our ceremony and reception. DIY'ing our own wedding was challenging but also very exciting, and that is how Earmark Ink was born!
We wanted our invitations, and our save the date, to reflect the colors of the day, which we decided would be light pinks and green. We wanted the save the date to be simple, and even though we had always said we didn't want our picture to be on everyone's fridge for 6 months as our save the date, we fell in love with one of the pictures from our engagement shoot and decided to use it for the front, with some simple overlay text. The back of the save the date had the same floral details as the rest of our suite and our day-of materials.
Our Wedding Day Details
Like every other couple planning a wedding, we were pretty overwhelmed with deciding what projects to tackle for wedding. My Pinterest was overflowing with images of everything from hair and dresses to invitations and bouquets, so our first step was to really think about what mattered to us. Big shout out here to the book A Practical Wedding by Meg Keene (and to my friend Amber who gave it to me). I recommend this book to everyone who is planning a wedding, it was a huge help in helping us get in the right mindset as we planned our day. Our menus, table numbers and program had the same details as the invitations and save the date, tying the whole day together. Some of our favorite details (pictured below) were the window seating chart, the escort card (shout out to my sister for making 170 origami birds - one per person), and signs scattered throughout.
That's a little intro to us! To wrap it all up, our special day would not have been what it was without some incredible vendors whose work can be seen in the pictures above.
Pictures: ksant photography
Wedding Planner/Day of Coordinator: Sweet Southern Party
Flowers: Bloom Ridge Studio