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Alhambra Letterpress Invitation

Our Alhambra invitation design comes to us courtesy of Jori Jackman at Seaside Papery in Coronado, California. The invitation was custom designed for an event at The Prado in San Diego’s Balboa Park which is known for it’s flamboyant Spanish Colonial style architecture.

One of the things I always recall about The Prado is the gorgeous hand painted tile work throughout the restaurant, and also in the outdoor courtyards and magnificent Moorish style fountains surrounding it. We were naturally delighted to have the opportunity to incorporate some of the gorgeous tile details into this inspired invitation. We used a distressed fill on the aqua blue arch that frames the invitation wording to lend a vintage feel that ties in perfectly with the retro script typeface. Also the fresh palette is one of our personal favorites. Enjoy!



These Are a Few of Our Favorite Sites

It’s a busy day today at Dauphine Press, we’re wrapping up the week and heading out to spend time with our mothers far and wide.

To end a beautiful week, we wanted to share a few of our favorite websites from the standpoint of inspired design and clever content. In no particular order:

French General This Los Angeles purveyor of rarified textiles, notions and millinery finds makes us feel like we’re at a Parisian marché aux puces. Can’t get enough of their website? They now offer workshops in their Los Angeles studio as well as New York {at Tinsel Trading} and Stillwater, Minnesota. Can’t get there? Their decor, jewelry, entertaining and craft books and their lovely range of stationery is available through Chronicle Books.

French general

Astier de Villatte This site has been around since 2007, but it continues to visually enrapture and inspire us. Transport yourself to the atelier of this gorgeous Parisian porcelain artisans on the rue Saint-Honoré. Pick a card, any card…

Astier de villatte

Castle in the Air A true gem of a store on Fourth Street in Berkeley, California, this whimsical website invites you to take a stroll down a medieval lane with stops built in along the way. If you can’t get there in person, you can still experience some of the magic through their online portal.

Castle in the air

I Love Maude Gorgeous site of stylist and denim duo Emily Current and Meritt Elliott that feels like a vintage artist scrapbook.


Color Chart: Reinventing Color 1950 to Today This MoMA exhibition takes a philosophical look at the commercial color chart.

Color chart

Words at Play The companion site to the 2004 Adobe book Words at Play, a
typographical tribute by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich and Matteo Bologna, written by Alyson Kuhn. Just for fun.


Bembo’s Zoo Another online treasure by Roberto
de Vicq de Cumptich
, the companion site to his abecedary book which he made as a gift for his child. Turn up the sound on your computer to hear the animals.


Jessica Hische Brooklyn designer and illustrator whose hand-lettering work is exceptionally compelling and gorgeous.

Jessica hische

Have a lovely weekend!

New designs in the Knot

We’re really honored to have two of our new letterpress invitation designs featured in summer issue of The Knot! Both designs are from our Coral collection.

The first is Granada

The knot


The second is Volusia in shades of blue

The knot turq

and a peek at the full Volusia suite with patterned envelope liners

Don’t forget – envelope liners or rounded corners come free with your invitation order during the month of May!

Coral Letterpress Invitation: Primula

We start the week by introducing Primula, a fresh floral letterpress invitation from our oh-so-affordable Coral collection.

What’s different about Coral, our latest collection of letterpress invitations? As a green-certified business with a longstanding commitment to sustainable printing, we set out to design a new line of invitations that was stylish, eco-friendly, and above all, affordable. We carefully researched materials and printing techniques to stretch your dollars and our capabilities without compromising one kilowatt of quality or design.

Coral designs are sold as sets which means we’re efficient with time and resources. The end result is a stunning letterpress wedding invitation at a price that fits your budget.


Primula_8x8 copy


Wedding and Events Open House at terrain

On the evening of Friday, May 14th, we will be at terrain in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania for an amazing open house. We’ll be in good company with Laura Novak Photography, Flying Monkey Patisserie and Dallas Shaw. If you haven’t been to terrain yet, you’re missing out on one of life’s great experiences. The events being held there are nothing short of magical. If you’re in the Philadelphia or Wilmington area, please rsvp as space is limited.

Terrain invitation



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