To reveal our process here, our blog posts are a collaboration of our design team and me (Kendra) — the designers gather all of the inspiration and gorgeous visuals and I get to talk (write) about it. It’s like everything we do, even the way orders are processed — Tracy and I get to talk to our retailers about the details and the designers make it happen. To get back to the point, I have the pleasure of opening blog post drafts that have already been infused with the visuals and then I get to write about them, sharing all of the details with you. Every single time, I think I let out an audible gasp and today’s post was no different. I love seeing the inspiration behind each of our designs, all in one place and alongside the full suite. I have a special place in my heart for each and every one of our designs and it amazing me how seeing the inspiration boards makes me fall in love with our designs even more!
Today’s Suite Spotlight, Cloverdale, really lets the couple’s special day shine by highlighting their wedding date and making it the centerpiece of their save the date card. As Dauphine Press graphic designer, Heather, mentioned in our recent Designer’s Pick post, the large format is unexpected for a save the date and makes a great impression to those who receive it in the mail. The wash of pool letterpress ink on the borders and charcoal vintage-meets-rustic fonts give it a slightly beachy vibe perfect for a spring or summer wedding. The intricate detail of the bold numerals and delicate pattern has a lovely and tactile feel when letterpress printed into our rich cotton papers. See for yourself!
And now for the gasp-worthy inspiration board:
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With the truly custom nature of our Custom Wedding Portfolio, we have the pleasure of often creating great designs for non-wedding events. We recently had the opportunity to work on a bold and graphic Bar Mitzvah invitation suite with one of our amazing retailers, Paper Plane Paperie. Emily at Paper Plane Paperie sends in some of the best customizations of our suites, but this modern suite was a designer favorite. Inspired by the sleekness of GQ Magazine, our designer had fun working with Emily and the client to create something a little different — keeping it masculine and current to suit the event and the inspiration. The suite features a minimal color palette and clean typefaces, which creates a striking presentation to guests.
We have another Suite Spotlight and beautiful inspiration board to share! Regal and formal, our Occidental design highlights the rich luxury of our cotton papers by incorporating a whisper of a background motif that, when letterpress printed, makes this design feel wonderfully tactile. Paired perfectly with a stately monogram and delicate script, the lace-like paper appears sophisticated, soft and bridal.
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We are excited to introduce a new series brought to you by our design team. We are very fortunate to have a team that brings creativity and spirit to their work and is invested in providing each client with a truly custom design. Our designers will be choosing their favorite suites to share with you. Kicking things off is Heather with her pick of the week.
As a type enthusiast, one of my favorite Dauphine Press suites is Elegant Date. One of the reasons I like this design is that it uses typography as a motif. The elegant script feels calligraphic and makes a bold statement. The large format is unexpected for a save the date and makes a great impression to those who receive it in the mail. From a design perspective, I love how many variations I’ve seen over the years, not only with font and colors, but with motifs and embellishments (like painted edges or foil). Whether Elegant Date stays true to the original or is customized, the design never goes out of style. The oversized date not only celebrates the couple’s special day, it has been the inspiration for other save the dates. I also love our other typography based suites.
Inspired by vintage typogrpahy, this custom Volusia from Events blends a beautiful script with bold type.
This fresh take on Elegant Date has flourishes, an all over pattern and painted edges, which makes Calistoga the perfect choice for any extraordinary event.
Pairing bold numerals with delicate patterns, Cloverdale is the perfect way to make a statement.