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Client Customization – Yountville Bat Mitzvah Invitation

When we set out to build our Custom Wedding Portfolio, we created it in a way that allowed for all of the designs to be customized to suit any type of event – holiday, baby announcements, showers, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and even personal stationery. Using our gallery of designs as the inspiration and our design library full of custom elements, each design detail can be personalized to create any stationery from the ground up. With this in mind, we have another fantastic non-wedding Client Customization to share with you today.

A fun take on our Yountville suite, today’s design came to us from our exclusive retailer RSVP in Roslyn, New York. Their client was inspired by the large monogram featured on our Yountville invitation, but wanted to personalize it a step further. They chose our large square, Royal size card and our design team adjusted the design to make the most of the space, while still allowing it to make the same bold statement. Keeping with the allover modern feel of this suite, the client chose a subtle color palette. The sweet, wisteria touches perfectly grace the monogram, the painted edges on the invitation card and the delicate pattern of our Dauphine Press exclusive Solage envelope liner.

Are you inspired to customize your own Dauphine Press letterpress invitation suite? Visit one of our exclusive retailers to see our printed pieces in person and start pulling all of your ideas and details together!

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Client Customization – A Peachy Take on Marinwood

I can’t tell you how often I hear people in our industry talk about how hard it is to design their own stationery! When you are exposed to such gorgeous design and printing every single day, I am the first to admit that it can be a painfully slow process when it comes time to narrow down all of the amazing choices into a single card for yourself. However, this time around, when it came time to design {another!} baby announcement, it was much less daunting!

With the help of Dauphine Press designers Matt and Heather and my client services sidekick Tracy, I had the perfect team to help me pull this design together. Focusing on every detail from the color palette to the perfectly petite pattern behind the photograph and the ideal art for the first panel to the most fabulous fonts for my baby girl’s name, it came together in no time. I absolutely love the end result and I’m especially pleased with the way it complements big sister’s announcement that we created two years ago.

Right from the start, I knew that I wanted to go with the same trifold format as Chelsea’s announcement {baby number one}, since that worked so well the first time around. This format has proven itself to be a great fit for everything from a big announcement to a wedding details card packed with travel information. And, let’s not forget what a precious keepsake it makes with it’s small size and luxe print techniques.

Our Marinwood design has seen many variations since it was released two years ago – check out a few of our favorites here and here. Are you looking for the perfect announcement or save the date? Visit one of our exclusive retailers and share with them all the ways you would customize your very own trifold.

Client Customization – Calligraphy with a burst of color!

Today’s client customization is a great example of how to use our custom design process to create a truly personalized stationery suite and an illustration of how small touches can have a big impact! The secret behind this customization is that it was actually customized twice! Please allow me to explain . . .

The original order came to us from our exclusive retailer Invitations and More, by Bonnie in New York. Bonnie and her client  created a beautiful, traditional design. Knowing that we can work with any supplied letterpress-friendly artwork {for no additional cost!}, Bonnie and her client sent us hand calligraphy. Working with calligraphers is something we do quite often and pairing letterpress printing and the hand of a true graphic artist is one of our favorite things to do. The letterpress printing and deep impression in our premium cotton papers has a way of really showcasing the thin and thick lines of hand lettering. Using our large royal size invitation {an oversized large square} in an off-white color, the calligraphy printed in black letterpress ink really showcases the hand calligraphy.

When our favorite industry magazine, Stationery Trends, was looking for images for their Chartreuse Color Wheel feature for their Winter 2012 issue, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to see what we could do to transform this traditional invitation suite. With just a simple edge painting embellishment we were able to create something completely different – and just as gorgeous! For the green edging, we chose a custom neon shade of green to really give it that pop we were looking for. Take a look for yourself:

We feel the story behind the two versions of this suite are a perfect marriage of what is current and what is always in style. Which version is your favorite? Are you classically traditional or do you like a splash of trendy mixed with your modern? To transform any of the designs in our Custom Wedding Portfolio II, visit one of our exclusive retailers to start the custom design process for your own wedding invitation suite.

Dauphine Press in Martha Stewart Weddings!

There’s no bigger honor than to be published in the top wedding magazine and we think it goes without saying that we are beyond thrilled to have our new Presidio suite featured in the Summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings!

It was an exhilarating experience for our design team to work with the editors of Martha Stewart Weddings to create this new suite. The process was similar to what any Dauphine Press bride or groom can expect when working with one of our exclusive retailers — sharing details of the wedding, pouring over design inspiration and our design elements to customize the perfect wedding suite. You can read {and see} more on the design inspiration in our Presidio Suite Spotlight post.

Are you inspired by the geometric pattern and palette of greens and gold on Presidio? Do you love the classic fonts and smart border on the invitation card, but want to see them in your wedding color palette? We’re ready to get started designing your custom wedding stationery so visit your local exclusive retailer today and enjoy every step of our custom design process.

Vibrant Spring Style Shoot

It has been an outstanding week here at Dauphine Press! In addition to launching our Presidio suite in Martha Stewart Weddings, we have been collaborating with a few amazing vendors and are happy to announce that our work has finally been released! And, the best part is that our beloved Kasbah suite was featured on the 100 Layer Cake blog!

Lucky us, we had the opportunity to work with Allison at Engaged & Inspired on this gorgeous shoot {have you seen all of her work? I could spend hours pouring over her amazing portfolio!}. Allison chose our Kasbah design in a glimmering, gold foil for the perfect invitation to this vibrant wedding scene. Kasbah is a best seller of ours for its classically-elegant corner details. This version was customized with the reflective gold foil and belluccia script for the bride and groom’s names. For the table menus, Allison selected a design with an embellished frame at the top and a variety of elegant fonts to outline the wedding menu details.


CREDITS: Coordination & Design: Engaged & Inspired | Photographer: This Love of Yours Photography | Venue: Holman Ranch | Caterer: Paradise Catering | Floral & Paper Flowers: Christine Cater | Desserts: Sweet Tooth Confections | Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals | Stationery: Dauphine Press | Dress: Haute Bride | Hair & Makeup: Melissa Hoffman

Gorgeous scenes like these aren’t just for photo shoots. Visit your local Dauphine Press retailer to start the design process and bring your wedding stationery and decor dreams to life!


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