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Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Anne & Mike {Part One}

We recently had the pleasure of working with a lovely local couple, Anne and Mike, to design and print the invitations and day of pieces for their Santa Barbara wedding.

To tie-in to the look and feel of their event at the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort, Anne and Mike selected the Grammercy suite from our Coral wedding line for their menu and other reception pieces.

Their charming and classically Californian event was photographed by the brilliant Ray Erwin, who was voted one of the top ten wedding photographers of 2009 by American Photo. He recently featured Anne and Mike’s wedding on his blog —  click here to see Ray’s beautiful work and more details from Anne and Mike’s joyous day.

Check back next week when we feature Anne and Mike’s invitation suite in a to-die-for tangerine and turquoise color combination.

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Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Sarah & James

Client Services Manager Kendra Bellah is just back from a fun girls weekend in sunny Lake Tahoe in honor of her soon to be married sister Sarah Gross. We were delighted to design and print both Sarah’s save the date and invitation suite in a cheerful and radiant palette of lemon and pool — perfect for a summer wedding in Northern California. Sarah’s stationery was recently featured on one of our favorite blogs Oh So Beautiful Paper. Click here to read the entire post about the inspiration behind this brand new stationery suite.

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Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Melinda & Aaron {Part Two}

Last week we took a peek at Melinda and Aaron‘s gorgeous engagement photography. Moving right along in the planning process, we’re having a look at their gorgeous wedding invitations, a lofty design from our Coral collection that we call Maybeck. When Melinda first saw this design come to life in our studio, she knew instinctively that this was the invitation she had to have for her wedding. It also happened to be Aaron’s favorite, so they customized it in a palette all their own.

From our statistical records and research data going back eleven years, experience tells us that the couple who agrees on wedding stationery right off the bat is guaranteed a happy and harmonious marriage.

Best wishes Melinda and Aaron!

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Dauphine Wedding – Melinda & Aaron {Part One}

Wedding bells continue to ring at Dauphine Press, this time for Melinda McVay. Melinda is an elite member of the A-Team, the unsung heroes of our print studio. She and her fellow teammates make it all come together for each and every job that carefully passes through our hands. Melinda gives new meaning to quality control. She oversees plate making, packaging, shipping and makes sure every ribbon, grommet, backer, tip-on and assembly is letter-perfect every time. Her attention to detail is consummate, so of course we’re not in the least bit surprised that she’s turned her love of perfect details to her upcoming wedding.

Even before Melinda and Aaron took to riding a vintage Schwinn tandem (a Christmas gift from Aaron), Melinda had a keen interest in wedding photography. When it came to the ever-important engagement shoot, Melinda and Aaron really wanted an unexpected approach that would stand out. Fate and genius lead them to Roger and Lyndzee Ellsworth at Eplove. One look at these photos and it’s evident why the couple traveled to Southern California for the shoot.

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Some of Melinda and Aaron’s photos were also featured at the Wedding Chicks. The wedding is taking place in a few short weeks at an apple farm in Sebastopol, California. We cannot wait to see how Eplove captures their big day. We will be posting more of Melinda’s creative details in the weeks to come.

Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Erin & Todd {Part Two}

Last week, we posted Erin and Todd Burns’ stunning wedding which took place last fall in Marin County, California. Today we’re working backwards and taking a look at Erin’s invitations and stationery that preceded the event.

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We always tell our clients that save the dates don’t have to match the wedding invitation suite. There are no hard fast rules in this department. It can be agonizing to coordinate a piece of stationery to an event that is many months away when the details have yet to fully come together. We have learned that even the best laid plans are subject to change in the months leading up to a wedding. Save the dates in particular offer an early opportunity to break out of a matchy mindset and allow for more creativity in your stationery. When possible, incorporating a few elements from a save the date into the rest of the wedding stationery creates a visual link back to the announcement which ties the stationery together.

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For Dauphine Press Art Director Erin Shetterly, this was no exception. She had a date, a venue and an evolving theme. She was inspired by a vacation website about Isla Mujeres and had a fantastic caterer lined up for a Spanish-style tapas reception. Midway through the planning however, the couple had to change caterers, so the wedding ethos shifted away from a more laid back Latin feel to something more intricately ornate and romantic.

Erin says, “I went for a bolder look on the save the date design using duplex paper, a pattern on the back, colored envelopes and a custom address label. I didn’t have many of the details in place for the wedding, but I knew from day one that I wanted coral to be the “pop” color.”

When it came time for the actual invitations, Erin says “I toned down the design for the invites and wedding day stationery. I have always loved the 19th century French engraving cuts from the Charles Derrey foundry, so I worked with several motifs from that collection. I wanted it to look romantic and formal, but not so traditional. Coral was still the pop color, but I moved from espresso to a more bridal metallic pewter ink as the wedding décor was moving into a vintage garden aesthetic. I carried over some graphic elements from the save the date announcement. The frame graphic was used on the favor boxes, well wish cards and thank you notes. I also used the pattern from the back of the save the date card as the pattern for the envelope liners for the invitations.”

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Regarding the typography and layout of the invitation, Erin adds “Since we were among the last of our friends to marry, it was important to us to have our names on the same plane focusing on the union rather than the traditional hierarchy of a wedding invite.” You will also note that the invitation doesn’t read “Saturday, the twenty-fourth of October, two thousand and nine” as is the lengthy standard. Erin instead incorporated numerals, a subtle twist on tradition that didn’t compromise formality.

Another theme carried throughout the stationery were poignant literary quotes about love. On the back flap of the response envelope sprung a quote from Mark Twain. Another was included on the program cover.

While Erin and Todd were honeymooning in Europe, her team conspired and put together a beautiful letterpress broadside as a welcome home gift which read “Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.”

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