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Dauphine Press Holiday Card Inspiration

In our Northern California office we don’t have snowy white winters, but our design team was inspired by “snow and gold” when creating our 2011-2012 holiday card. Starting with the “snow and gold” inspiration, we knew that above all, we wanted to incorporate brilliant gold foil and use our bright white letterpress stock.

Inspiration Board

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Staying true to our Dauphine Press aesthetic we wanted the card to have a vintage feel, which was achieved by creating a border inspired by gold details in art deco architecture and jewelry. The subtle texture of the snow-like letterpress blind hit in the fluffy cotton paper is perfectly paired with the warm gold foil border and sentiment. The “warm wishes” greeting was  by the amazing calligrapher Georgia Deaver in a script inspired by vintage packaging, resulting in a slightly traditional feel perfect for the holidays (or any wedding!). The calligraphy and gold foil are carried onto the light grey envelope completing the perfect clean and fresh wintery palette.

Dauphine Press Foil Letterpress Holiday Card With Calligraphy

 

Style Shoot – Behind the Scenes

As promised, today we are sharing some of the details that went into the style shoot for our Carneros and Auburn suites.

First, let’s skip to the end result since that’s what this is all about! Have you seen the amazing shots on our new website? Here are a few more:

Dauphine Press Carneros Letterpress Collection

To start the process we scouted the best of the best in stylists and photographers to help us with this exciting project.

Art directed by our very own Katrina McHugh, we selected Megan and Emily of Enjoy Events Co. to help us with styling, Nicole Hill Gerulat for the photography and brought in Georgia Deaver for calligraphy.

Our planning started with Megan and Emily of Enjoy Events Co. Katrina shared our chosen letterpress wedding suites and our vision and inspiration in designing them. Then we elaborated on the type of events these designs would be inviting guests to. After passing thoughts back-and-forth with Enjoy Events Co. they produced their own inspiration boards for the props and shortly after that began shopping for the perfect details.

Dauphine Press Letterpress Inspiration Boards

Now is a great time to bring up the stunning pieces they sourced from One True Love Vintage Rentals. Enjoy Events Co. has worked with Amanda at One True Love Vintage Rentals on a few projects including planning and styling her own wedding this past September. I think everyone agrees that she provided the perfect furniture for the day that really set the tone of each vignette.

Talking to Megan and Emily after seeing the final results of all our hard work on our new website, they were so sweet in saying: “We loved collaborating with everyone the day of the shoot. To see all of the wonderful props we gathered come to life with the invitations was such a joy! We loved how each invitation had a theme to style around and in the end we couldn’t have been happier with how everything tied together in the final photos.”

In addition to showing the final suites in their respective vignettes, we also wanted to create a physical inspiration board for our Auburn suite. The same Auburn suite used in the casual rustic style shoot above, but this time we had a different type of event in mind. You will see that this Auburn inspiration board reflects an event with a more romantic, traditional feel bringing in golds, a soft palette and vintage touches.

This board reflects what we envisioned a couple planning this wedding might have created when pulling all of their design elements and stationery together. At Dauphine Press, our goal is to not only provide the best artisan printing, but to also allow every engaged couple to create a stationery design that is unique to them and their event. With this visual we wanted to encourage all couples working with us to truly use our Design Library to create a one-of-a-kind stationery suite for their unique event.

Dauphine Press Auburn Letterpress Collection

Now, to get this shot, Nicole and her assistant Mallory had to get really creative. Not only are they amazing at their profession and able to produce gorgeous results, but they will go above and beyond in a heartbeat to get the shot. In addition to saying a few things that made us blush, Nicole had a favorite part of the day to share with us: “The Dauphine Press shoot was a dream shoot because the stationery, styling and lighting made the whole place beautiful to work in. We are all so inspired seeing it come together. My favorite part was the inspiration board. So perfectly styled – and I was at least 15 feet in the air shooting it!”

Dauphine Press Team

1. Nicole Gerulat Hill | 2. Mallory Ullmann | 3. Megan & Emily of Enjoy Events Co. | 4. Georgia Deaver  | 5. Amanda of One True Love Vintage | 6. Dauphine Press

We hope you’ve enjoyed these behind the scenes details of this style shoot as much as we enjoyed putting it all together and sharing it with you! We will have more of these to share with you soon. Do you have any favorite suites that you would like to see take center stage in one of our next style shoots?

See our ad featuring one of the Carneros photographs from this shoot in the Winter issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.

 

Friends of Dauphine Press – Georgia Deaver Calligraphy & Illustration

We’re excited to introduce you to one of our long-time favorite vendors. Her work is just too gorgeous not to share! We have worked with Georgia Deaver Calligraphy & Illustration for many years and many wedding seasons. In fact, she hand calligraphed our logo!

In addition to our logo, Georgia has helped us create some of our favorite Dauphine Press projects (details of our latest collaboration coming soon!) as well as numerous wedding suites, envelope addressing, corporate projects, logos and branding for several of our clients. Some of us (raising hand!) have also used her for many personal projects. She truly is the best of the best and all of us at Dauphine Press have long been in awe of her skills and ability to create any style — the finished product never disappoints.

Today we wanted to share images of her work. Some of which you may recognize from our recent style shoot and photographs from our brand new invitation gallery. We also have more bridal related projects coming up with Georgia so we thought an introduction was appropriate. Stay tuned for more details.

Georgia Deaver Calligraphy & Illustration Dauphine Press Tickets

Auburn escort “tickets” from our recent style shoot
Photography: Nicole Gerulat Hill, Styling: Enjoy Events Co.

Georgia Deaver Calligraphy & Illustration Dauphine Press

Assorted envelope calligraphy from our new website
Photography & Styling: Nicole Gerulat Hill

A golden farm wedding, styled shoot
Photography: Jennifer Eileen, Event design: Enjoy Events Co.

 

 

Our New Website

Dauphine Press Letterpress Stationary Announcement

We are thrilled to announce our brand new Dauphine Press website!

The Dauphine Press design team has been hard at work for the past couple of months creating our new site and we are just delighted with how it has all come together and are very excited to finally be sharing it with you. Our new site features:

- A full gallery of our Custom Wedding Portfolio II
- A complete electronic version of our Design Library
- New section on our Design & Printing Services (with even more to come soon!)
- The new home of our beloved blog – The Fine Print

You will see that throughout the site we have included brand new photography, shot by the amazing Nicole Hill Gerulat as well as images from a style shoot we put together with Enjoy Events Co. Keep an eye on our blog for a behind the scenes post on our style shoot.

We would love to hear what you think! Have you had the opportunity to create a website from the ground up? Did you love it as much as we did? Any and all feedback is welcome!

Suite Spotlight – Tiburon Letterpress Save the Date Card

We are kicking off the new year and our new blog home with a sneak peek of our nautical Tiburon design. Our designers incorporated clean typography in marine and an oversized iconic knot motif in malt to create a journal save the date perfect for a yacht club wedding. You will see from our inspiration board below that we had a dapper seafaring couple in mind! Our brilliant white cotton stock, silver grommets and wave envelope liner in marine are the ideal finishing touches. You can see even more images of the details in our brand new gallery.

The striking layout of this design is easily customized to suit any event. In place of the knot graphic, imagine a palm tree for a tropical destination wedding, a beautiful floral graphic for an outdoor wedding or a calligraphic monogram for a traditional couple.

Our booklet format is fitting for couples wanting to send a wealth of information to their guests along with their save the date. The three or four pages in the journal could be used for travel information, a schedule of events, accommodations and a message from the couple. The beauty of this design is that it could easily be customized for a single card save the date or invitation. The sky is the limit!

CREDITS: (1) Riata Lamp Ensemble from Anthropologie (2) Brigg’s Capeside Docks from Keil James Patrick (3) Originally Posted on The Knot via Weddingbee /// Photography by Stacey Kane Photography (4) Posted on Sailboats and Seersucker (5) Hither Hills posted on Stylebomb (6) From Real Simple /// Photography by Ditte Isager (7) River Island Khaki Nautical Watch by Asos via Polyvore (8) From Completely Coastal (9) Originally Posted on Style Me Pretty /// Photography by Lauren Gabrielle Photography (10) PB Classic Stripe from Pottery Barn

For more inspiration, take a look at our full Pinterest board for the Tiburon Suite.

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