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A.M. Inspiration {pattern and color}

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We all have our favorite creative times during the day, and for me, it’s early in the morning while most of the world – well, mostly my children – remain quiet. With our new “A.M. Inspiration” series, I will be posting images of what currently has me inspired, the exciting new ideas I am dreaming up on those quiet mornings and I’ll share my thoughts on how to translate that inspiration into stationery design and wedding invitations.

We are kicking off the series with a very special wedding invitation suite. This is a sneak preview of one of our new Dauphine Press design samples! We will reveal the full suite in a future post, but I first wanted to share two of my favorite details of this romantic and elegant design – pattern and color.

One of my main sources of inspiration is pattern and home fashion/decor (probably a result from my formative creative years at Martha Stewart Living). Using pattern in my designs has always been a trademark of mine. I also love creating borders and motifs out of vintage drawings/etchings. I typically pull them apart and put them back together to create a new design. At the same time, I try to build the perfect balance of color when layering patterns and borders like you see here with the lavender damask pattern and vintage caramel frame on this new invitation sample.

Speaking of color, this lavender and caramel letterpress combination is another perfect example of “traditional with a twist” that we talked about in a recent blog post. The “twist” in the creation of this color palette is the use of caramel for the most important verbiage on each piece. Overall it results in a soft, romantic feel with a warm neutral used in place of traditional black. The fresh look with the caramel against the lavender gives your guests a little peek into your attention to detail and will have them anticipating all of the other twists you have in store for them the day of the wedding!

Suite Spotlight – Lace Letterpress Invitation Suite

In wedding stationery design, we love when two unique elements collide to create something incredible. It’s a bit like a marriage, isn’t it?! Our Lacie letterpress invitation does exactly that with an elegant balance of vintage and modern design elements. The delicate, antique lace pattern curving across the top of each card in a bold, vivid, orchid letterpress ink creates a striking visual for your guests. We see this perfect balance again with the sleek and modern typeface letterpress printed in a warm charcoal gray ink on a soft natural white cotton stock. The subtle touch of the warm tones in the paper and ink help bridge the vintage and modern elements.

The inspiration board explores this beautiful balance and really shows off the orchid and pool color palette.

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We would love to hear your story and what makes you unique as individuals and incredible as a couple. To see how it all translates onto your wedding stationery, visit your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer.

DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: 118# Reich Savoy, natural white | Ink: charcoal + custom orchid | Embellishments: pool colored envelopes

Designer’s Inspiration {week ninety-six}

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In the right situation even a soft shade of color can create a visual pop! We love the combination of this soft pop of coral and the graphic bold stripes. What a statement this combination would make on a wedding invitation! We’re dreaming of a bold black + white stripe on the back of an invitation and colorful coral edge painting!

Hope you have an inspiring weekend!

Get the Look – Bird Cage Headpiece

This striking image evokes such a rich and high-end demure feel that our team wanted to pull a collection of our custom design elements to recreate this look as a wedding invitation.

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Translating inspiration photos and mood boards into a stunning stationery wardrobe is what our team does best. Pulling from our Custom Wedding Portfolio II and Design Library, our designers envision pairing our rich espresso letterpress ink for the wording and a gold foil design element on the main portion of the invitation. With striking cardinal edge painting as an accent and cool London fog gray envelope liner, this fashion-inspired suite would be complete!

Take a look at our list of amazing Dauphine Press retailers across the country that are available to assist you in designing your custom wedding invitation suite. Whether you are inspired by something in our album or on our blog, an image in a magazine or if you have something completely unique in mind, the expert consultants at all of our exclusive retailer locations can help you design your very own custom wedding suite.

In our regular Get the Look series from the Dauphine Press design department, we share some of our favorite hot new style finds and make suggestions for how you can translate the same look into your wedding stationery using the many custom elements available to you in our design library. Keep in mind that ALL of our stationery suites receive a designer’s touch and every one of our designs is customizable. Pairing the color palette and embellishments above with any of our motifs or fonts allows us to create a stationery suite that is unique to you!

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