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Designer’s Pick – Auburn

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. Through our regular Designer’s Pick posts, our designers will be choosing their favorite suites to share with you.A huge fan of wood type poster design, our Auburn suite has become one of my personal favorites. Combining casual and rustic elements, Auburn expresses a country-chic vibe with its use of vintage wood type-inspired fonts. The type treatment is so strong that it radiates a cheerful, fun-loving tone sans any specific motifs. The oversized ampersand acts as the focal point – the ideal visual element symbolizing the upcoming union. Another standout detail of this particular variation is the use of three letterpress ink colors. The intentional overlapping of inks (also know as “overprinting”) and the crosshatch background pattern give the card extra dimension. Auburn is the perfect design for a fun and artistic couple looking to add some color and history to their letterpress wedding invitations.

To see Auburn in-person, visit one of our exclusive retailers today! You can also find additional inspiration by viewing our Auburn lookbook pages showing all of the pieces in the suite as well as a collection of design variations.

Place your order before the end of June to take advantage of our Spring Promotion to get even more — we’re offering free note cards, free favor tags, 30 free invitations or 15% off any foil and letterpress wedding invitations ordered!

Designer’s Pick – Leavenworth

Recently we introduced a new series here on The Fine Print – our Designer’s Pick posts. 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. Through these regular posts, our designers will be choosing their favorite suites to share with you.

One of my favorite Dauphine Press designs is Leavenworth. I remember when it was being created and how much I enjoyed its modern simplicity. The letterpress printed sans serif fonts paired with the graphic border reminds me of the refined typography of museum exhibits. I also appreciate that it is one of our bolder save the dates, which makes it perfect for the stylish couple looking for a timeless and sophisticated design for their wedding stationery.

Our Leavenworth design is one of many about to be posted to the gallery section of our website. Keep an eye on our website as the number of suites is about to triple! 

Suite Spotlight – Cloverdale Letterpress Save the Date

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!

Dauphine Press Cloverdale letterpress save the date with a light pool blue (with a hint of mint) + charcoal gray.

And now for the gasp-worthy inspiration board:

Inspiration board for the Dauphine Press Cloverdale letterpress save the date with a light pool blue (with a hint of mint) + charcoal gray.1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

Designer’s Pick – Elegant Date

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.

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