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Real Dauphine {Birthday} Chelsea Turns One!

We’re sharing another personal adventure with you today. This one comes from Kendra (our Sales and Marketing Director) and also ties right back in to life here at Dauphine Press so we hope you enjoy these visuals as much as we do!

Just over a  year ago my husband and I welcomed a little girl into this world and our family. Chelsea Grace is now a year old and we recently celebrated with a little lunch at home with family. Pulling the details together was tons of fun — especially with the help of the Dauphine Press design team.

First, I must explain that everything in Chelsea’s world that involves color has been all about one specific palette since before she was born. I was actually inspired by an early proof our our Marinwood trifold save the date. The final design is shown in our Custom Wedding Portfolio II album in our Sunshine and Charcoal letterpress inks, but one of the earlier versions was in a lighter, softer palette. I was about 7 months pregnant at the time and knew we were expecting a girl. I didn’t share this with anyone until after Chelsea was born, but I had my eyes on that version of Marinwood for the perfect baby announcement from the second I saw it.

That same inspiration found its way into her nursery as well. Falling in love with two double faced ribbon swatches here at the office in Bisque and French Vanilla and pairing that with a brighter buttercup yellow and deeper coral, the color palete of Chelsea’s first year was set in stone.

Of course we needed to finish out the year by also using that same color palette for her first birthday party.

My first attempt at a (rustic looking!) layer cake, surrounded by a few homemade organic cupcakes that I topped with flags leftover from the baby shower the girls at the office here threw me last year. Of course they were on board with the color palette from the start! The sugar cookies were made by Chelsea’s super creative Auntie (my sister).

Using fabric remnants from Chelsea’s nursery I created a flag bunting and the Dauphine Press design team created the greeting for me to finish it off.

A close-up of the bunting showing my favorite fabric and one of the letters using our Perla font and secured with a tiny clothes pin.

Just a few more details of Chelsea’s little outfit with a maize bow added, her perfectly precious shoes and a homemade party hat.

Real Dauphine Press {Baby Announcement}
Here’s that sweet dress (and our sweet girl) in action on her special day.

Thanks so much for letting me share. It’s such a wonderful gift to be surrounded by the beauty that is Dauphine Press every single day and I feel so lucky that it spills over in to the rest of my life. Or maybe it’s the otherway around, but either way, I feel especially lucky!

Next up, we will share with you Chelsea’s birth announcement and you can see how simple it was to turn one of our wedding designs into the perfect announcement with just a few customizations.

Client Customization – Larkspur with an Irish Twist

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we are posting one of our favorite and most creative customizations of our Larkspur design. Inspired by the Larkspur invitation and building on the fact that any of our suites can be customized, Antoinette at PAPERISTA helped Katy and Colin design the perfect save the date for their upcoming wedding.

The change in the color palette to leaf and garden green immediately speaks to the couple’s Irish heritage, but the fine details are what make this save the date truly personal. The pattern on the first panel of this trifold save the date was updated with a Celtic knot in place of the olive green button detail in the original. Perfectly placed motifs like the shamrock on the first and second panels as well as the satin gold foil claddagh on the second panel and the row of Celtic knots on the last panel make this piece sweetly unique. Antoinette, Katy and Colin really took the ability to customize to the next level! Take a peek at the gorgeous results!

Aren’t their customizations just the perfect touch?! We’re working on their invitation suite right now too — it’s right in line with this classically beautiful and personal piece. We will be sure to share it with you once they’re printed and mailed!

Behind the Scenes: Larkspur Style Shoot

One of the stars of our most recent style shoot was our Larkspur suite. This Royal format invitation with an intricate border and traditional text inside a decorative frame is a big hit here at Dauphine Press. Inspired by vintage gold-edged china and Italian tile work, our team created a custom two-color letterpress pattern and paired it with a gold foil frame and a collection of coordinating patterns for the accessory pieces.

Working with Enjoy Events Co. and Nicole Hill Gerulat again on this vignette resulted in another beautiful collection of photographs. Photographs that we loved so much we chose one of the shots for our ad in the Martha Stewart Weddings Spring issue for all to enjoy!

Together we went back to that “gold-edged china” inspiration and built a beautiful tablescape with Larkspur as the centerpiece. Enjoy Events Co. found each and every detail — from the collection of mismatched gold-edge and seafoam china to the gold rimmed seafoam stemware, gold silverware and coordinating florals. Those florals! Such a perfect touch! It’s a tiny detail, but we love the way the interworkings of the tiny pom mirrors the olive green button detail in the Larkspur pattern! Thanks Nicole for capturing that detail!

Dauphine Press Foil Letterpress Invitation

Larkspur Letterpress Foil Design Invitation

Dauphine Press Foil Letterpress Invitation Shoot - Flowers by Enjoy Events Co.

The same amazing team was behind the scenes for this vignette (see the other vignettes here).

Dauphine Press Larkspur Letterpress and Foil Photoshoot Martha Stewart Weddings

 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

As one of our most popular designs, Larkspur has seen many amazing customizations. For example, the ladies over at Always A Bridesmaid shared a few of the examples their clients have created recently. We also have another gorgeous version heading your way later this week — just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday this weekend!

Suite Spotlight – Broadmoor Foil + Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Our foil and letterpress Broadmoor invitation and accommodations card were highlighted in the recent issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. The editors used Broadmoor to show the perfect example of foil on wedding stationery in their article Stationery from A to Z on page 328 of the Spring issue. Their photographers did an amazing job showing the sheen of the copper frame and intricate pattern of the design!

With this recent press we thought it was time to share with you the Sneak Peek into the process of creating this design. As described on our website, our designers combined a uniquely stylish monogram and a bold pattern in our delightfully fresh Broadmoor suite. The foil stamped pattern, chosen for its likeness to a Moroccan gate, lends an exotic and festive elegance. When paired with lighthearted typography and bright colors, this architecturally inspired suite exemplifies modern luxury.

From the start, Broadmoor was designed with foil in mind, but our talented design team has done it again and created a suite that would be amazing printed in foil and letterpress in just about any color palette as well as all letterpress or all foil. Can you imagine!? The options are endless!

Inspiration Board Credits: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 

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