19 October 2012

Couture Maps: United States Illustrated Map

As we are preparing for our relocation overseas, we are feeling a bit nostalgic for our mother country.  Our map of the United States depicts a journey across America which leads to Warwick, Rhode Island, the gorgeous wedding location of our well traveled couple Brianna and Grant. 

Our illustrated map was the centerpiece to their seating chart, and their guest  tables were named after their favorite American locations.  Such a sweet way to personalize their journey together. 

15 October 2012

Our Studio is Moving to Beautiful Seychelles!!

We've been warmly received by the people of Seychelles and have been honored with the rare opportunity to set up our studio in this tropical paradise!  We look forward to working from the remote islands and drawing inspiration from this magical place.

Everyone is welcome to visit us in our new illustration studio!

26 September 2012

More Press! Dream Weddings: Bali Style

We love Lee Turner, the editor of Dream Weddings Bali Style, and we are so excited to see our work featured for a second time in this glorious, dream-filled magazine!  We find everything about Bali enchanting, and our illustrated map of this special island reflects the lushness and charm of this amazing wedding destination. 

Check out some more gorgeous wedding details and jaw-dropping photography:

25 September 2012

In the Press: Vermont Vows

Last year we had the great pleasure of working with the brilliant event planner Belinda Norris of Belinda Norris Events on the wedding of Camden and Rob at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vermont.  With Belinda's guidance, our studio created an array of bespoke stationery for the event from pocket fold save the date cards to hand painted invitations, programs and illustrated map tote bags for their out of town guests.

We are delighted to see their gorgeous wedding featured in the current issue of Vermont Vows magazine which includes the invitations and maps we designed for them.  Congratulations to this amazing couple!

Stephannie Barba Weddings + Couture Maps: Mexico

 As the weather becomes a bit cooler here in the midwest, Mexico has been the topic of conversation.  

Several of our lovely couples recently chose Mexico as their wedding destination and we can't be more thrilled!  

Tulum watercolor guest gift bag map.

Los Cabos map and labels.

Playa del Carmen wedding invitation suite.  Barefeet welcome!!!

Zihuatanejo wedding weekend itinerary.

Watercolor Riviera Maya illustrated map.

24 September 2012

Destination I Do Fall/Winter 2012

We've only just discovered Pinterest so we are delighted to be featured in the current issue of Destination I Do's "A Pinterest-Inspired Wedding"!

Check out the site if you haven't already and connect with us!

20 September 2012

Stephannie Barba Weddings: South America

Our studio works with clients around the world, and recently we had the great pleasure of creating wedding stationery for two wonderful couples in South America!  

Ariana and Santiago were married in Panama City, Panama, and their wedding festivities included a grand tour of the city with a stop at the gorgeous Buenaventura Resort, the site of their wedding reception.

Maria and Alex were married in historic Cartagena, Colombia, an old village on the northern coast.  We created their wedding stationery and maps in both English and Spanish language versions. Congratulations to our lovely couples!

Wedding favor gift tag

Wedding weekend festivities guide.  Our logo was interpreted on the back in the style of the artwork created by the Kuna Indians of Panama.

Simple and elegant wedding programs.

Hand painted sea-inspired invitations.  Stitching details by Mira Aster. 

Hand painted inserts, menus and place cards.

17 September 2012

The Fine Art of Stationery: Mira Aster

Today I am excited to be showcasing the work of a true artist, Anne Millett of Mira Aster who creates from her Northern California studio and is known for gorgeous stitched invitations and delicate fabric details.  Combining color with pattern and great design, her stationery is some of the best on the planet.

With an admiration for her unique vision, we began collaborating back when we were both New York City girls and since then we have joined forces on an array of projects from wedding and bat mitzvah invitations to personal stationery as well as (my favorite!) signature illustrated maps. 

She has also sewn birth announcements, table number cards, sweet little placecards and even favors (like bookmarks for Oprah's big event!)  Anne has been recognized as one of Modern Bride's Trendsetters, an honor so well deserved!  

Check out a small sampling of our projects and see more inspiring design on her website.

Mira Aster
Petaluma, California
Paris map design with hand embroidered paper + San Francisco illustrated map with foil stamp printing and silk screened fabric

Ocean-inspired Maui eco adventure map.

Hawaiian Mahalo notecards + fun vintage wedding invitation.

One of Anne's more traditional designs, Japanese paper stitched to a folded invitation for a wedding in Palm Springs, California.  Our lettering style Mira was created just for Mira Aster.

Gorgeous personal stationery + simple and elegant menu design for a wedding in Round Hill, Jamaica.

Colorful wedding invitation inserts + letterpress Bahamas map with paper stitching details.

Gorgeous tri fold design stitched with organza fabric and letterpress printed for a wedding in Los Angeles.

11 September 2012

29 August 2012

Couture Maps: Sedona, Arizona

Our studio is on holiday through September 17th for a much anticipated break.

We are represented by Sedona Wedding Studio located amid the red rocks of mystical Sedona, Arizona.  Feel free to contact them to set up an appointment: 


06 May 2012

Stephannie Barba + Couture Maps in New York City

We will be in New York City May 19-24, 2012 so contact us if you'd like to set up an appointment or just stop by to say hi.  We can't wait to see everyone at the stationery show!

03 March 2012

Couture Maps: Paris

Our studio is on holiday this month for some much needed rest and travel inspiration.
à bientôt ♥

14 February 2012

Bonne St. Valentin!

I hope everyone has a very happy Valentine's Day!

Illustration by Stephannie Barba for the Gap.

2012 Love stamp designed by Louise Fili for the United States Post Office

12 January 2012

Hello Kitty for Sephora

Last summer I was delighted to be working with Sephora in creating illustrations for a new line of Hello Kitty products. Inspired by my favorite city, the Mon Amour collection depicts Paris street scenes, and my illustrated watercolor maps were also included on the packaging.


01 January 2012

Happy New Year everyone!

I love unique maps, and this one designed by Marsha Clarke comes from Seychelles Mind Body Spirit website, depicting the island locations of a new event taking place in the Seychelles.  These remote islands are so beautiful and tranquil and are the perfect place for relaxing, enjoying nature and rejuvenating the mind, body and soul.

Here's to a happy, healthy and peaceful 2012!