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Store Spotlight – Couture Ink

Here at Dauphine Press, we truly value our relationships with the retail stores that represent our letterpress lines. Our current spotlight focuses on Robin Marino of Couture Ink in Ridgefield, New Jersey.

Robin Marino founded Couture Ink in 2009. Working with Robin, it is clear that she has a great eye for design. While this client customization of Occidental stays true to the original design, Robin helped the couple select the perfect suite and color palette for their special day. Scroll down to see more of this sophisticated suite and to learn more about Robin.

What inspired you to open Couture Ink?
Having worked in the event industry, as a planner, I found myself focusing a lot of my attention on the creativity and design of invitations. When it was time to take my clients to pick their invitations, I would love to be involved in brainstorming for new ideas and design aspects to create something different then what was out there. It was then, in 2009, I decided to leave my career in event planning and redirect my energy solely on creating custom stationery. I am so happy I followed my passion because I love what I do!

What did you do in your life before Couture Ink?
Above explains…mainly event planning for an entertainment company, non-profit, and my last stop before the Couture ink train was pharmaceutical event planning (speaker programs).

When did you first realize that you had a passion for paper?
When I was a very little kid…I use to go to the neighbors houses on my block (of course with my mother) and take orders to make holiday cards. I would charge .25 cents and take custom orders and make the holiday cards they ordered with construction paper and crayon – I guess it was always a part of me!


What inspires you?
Everything! I try to find inspiration in all the things I do, see, feel, experience. My inspirations are limitless.  I love to read, research, watch movies, travel, old photos, etc.

What trends are you noticing/loving in wedding stationery?
Foil stamping! I love the appreciation for foil stamping nowadays. My clients are really blown away by the beautiful designs we have to offer and seemed compelled to use it in their invitation design.

For more about what inspires Robin, view her Pinterst boards here

Emerald City

If you haven’t heard, Pantone’s Color of Year is Emerald. We were so inspired by this vibrant color that we couldn’t resist incorporating it into our New Year’s card. There’s a freshness to it that we thought would be perfect for celebrating new beginnings. Enjoy a peek at our Emerald inspiration!

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The focal point of this card is the elegant script in Emerald, while the tapestry-inspired pattern in our Varnish ink adds depth and texture. To accompany these layered elements, our designers created a seal with the date, which was inspired by a coat of arms. Printed on our luxe 2-ply paper, the die-cut shape adds to the tactile nature of the piece.

This is just one of the many ways Emerald can be used to create a custom design. We can’t wait to see what other creations you come up with using this dazzling color.

The LAB Event 2013 – Part I

We had such a good time at the LAB Event this year! From the beautiful vignettes to the tasty treats and the fashion show, we didn’t think it was possible to top last year’s. We wanted to share with you some of our favorite Instragram shots taken by our very own design team: Katrina, Heather and Matt. The Peony Pop vignette was the perfect blend of retro fun and romantic elegance thanks to all the wonderful vendors. Stay tuned to see the amazing photography from Pictilio.

Client Customization – The Rutherford Suite

Happy Friday! We wanted to share with you this playful take on our Rutherford suite. This customization comes from the lovely ladies of Byrd & Bleecker. We think the frame is the perfect match for this flirty and floral design, while the Papaya ink adds a pop of color and compliments the Parchment ink.

The script font keeps the suite feeling fresh and sweet, and the lattice pattern on the belly band adds a nice graphic touch that works well with the border. We really enjoyed seeing this design come together and can’t wait to see what custom creation is next.

For more on how to customize one of our suites (or create one from scratch with a Dauphine Press designer) click here.

Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Nancy & Peter

Today’s real wedding comes from our own neck of the woods in Northern California. Photographed by Briana Marie Photography and planned by Suzy Berberian Weddings this event was a true stunner.

We are absolutely in love with the vintage sophistication of this celebration. The intricate motif, elegant fonts and rich color palette work well with the styling and decor of the event. Seeing all the details come together, we think the beautiful letterpress design is a perfect fit for Wine Country and this happy couple.

For more images (and other sweet ways this couple weaved tradition into their celebration) pop on over to Briana Marie Photography for the full post or visit Style Me Pretty for their feature. Enjoy!

PhotographyBriana Marie Photography | Wedding PlannerSuzy Berberian Weddings & Events | FlowersFleurs de France | Catering/BarElaine Bell Catering | ChurchSaint Raphael Church | Reception & After-Party LocationPacheco Ranch Winery | Hair & MakeupIt’s a Date at the Powder Room | Detailer & Seamstress: Heidi Johnson, Sew Heidi, email: sewheidi@earthlink.net | CinemaVideo BASICO | CakePerfect Endings | Equipment, Lighting & TentingHartmann Studios | MusicWine Country Entertainment (Keith Johnson’s All Stars and DJ Tony Sparks) | TransportationPure Luxury and Classic Convertible Wine Tours  | CalligraphyCalligraphy by Carol | FavorsSocola Chocolatier | Bride’s Dress and Veil: Mother’s dress and veil, recreated for bride by Sorelle Firenze | Bride’s ShoesGiuseppe Zanotti | Groom’s TuxedoArmani | Groom’s ShoesSalvatore Ferragamo | Groom’s TieRalph Lauren | Engagement Ring and Wedding BandsBetteridge of Greenwich, CT

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