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Meet Our New Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite – Calistoga

Starting with our new Calistoga wedding invitation suite, we are sharing the new designs we launched at The National Stationery Show in New York this past May. We wanted to give each new design an individual post to share with you the details behind the design and our team’s vision of this suite. All of our new designs are now in the hands of our exclusive retailers if you’re dying to see these in person.

Calistoga incorporates a few of our newest custom design elements {keep an eye on the blog for even more of these new details!} — the large monogram letterpress printed in our new Apricot ink makes a bold yet elegant statement that pairs perfectly with the coordinating Apricot edging and delicate geometric pattern in our new Sea Glass ink on the back of the double-thick premium letterpress stock. You can’t miss the new die cut shape on the response card, which is the perfect finishing touch to any suite!

This is a traditional design with a modern twist that could work for any event, but the below board represents the romantic, ray-of-sunshine event our team had in mind when creating this original design.

Calistoga Inspiration BoardInspiration Board Credits: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13

Calistoga Suite

I don’t know about you, but I would love to be a guest at this wedding. It also has me thinking about all of the different possibilities for customizing this design though. Want a real sneak peek in to what is to come? All of our new designs are now in our Custom Wedding Portfolio II gallery! We will be giving each of them their own post over the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes out for even more eye candy!

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Dauphine Press at NSS 2012, Part One

We had an amazing time at (and preparing for) the National Stationery Show last month. We are thrilled to share some photos of our booth with you today!

Our booth was designed in tandem with You + ME, who were amazing to work with. We had so much fun with this creative process – it was almost like planning a wedding – complete with invitations, decorations, “dessert” and party favors!

Here is a photo tour of our booth! All photography by Brooke Fits of Brookelyn Photography.


This year we created a welcoming lounge area right in the center of our booth where our guests could relax, enjoy a bite of chocolate and get a preview of our newest designs!

Dauphine Press Letterpress Invitation - National Stationery Booth
One our favorite parts of the entire project was the paper cake table created with You + ME! The cakes were made from our new patterns, papers and foils and were delicious (to behold). This table also featured four of our new suites (all of which you will be seeing much more of soon!).

Dauphine Press Letterpress Invitations - National Stationery Show Booth
We’ve been loving everything foil since we added it to our line last year and were thrilled to invite retailers to SHINE! with Dauphine Press in 2012.

Dauphine Press Letterpress Invitations - National Stationery Show Booth
Our amazing retailers are truly the backbone of our business so we took the opportunity to show off THEIR beautiful projects. These are just a few of the many real weddings we featured in our booth.

Dauphine Press Letterpress Invitations - National Stationery Show Booth
And finally, a few of our favorite details: Our take-away for our exclusive retailers was a gold logo bag | LOVED the florals in mercury glass vases (more SHINE!) provided by You + ME | We received the most amazing response to our satin ribbon display | We had such a fun time showing off our hand painted edges – a technique we just debuted last year and recently expanded to 56 colors!

Stay tuned for more details on our new offering debuting on our site in mid-July! We can’t wait to share it with you!

Suite Spotlight – Pacifica Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Even though the calendar shows that summer is approaching, the weather here in Northern California doesn’t feel anywhere close! To help remind us that it is already June and that blue skies are soon to return and stick around for a while, we chose our Pacifica design for the latest in our Sneak Peek series.

The vintage inspired, breezy and warm inspiration board turned in to a letterpress wedding suite that would be ideal for a Cuban or Hawaiian event, but could also be customized for any vintage yet contemporary venue with an island feel.

One of our favorite pieces of inspiration was the Frings Brothers logo with its clean and sophisticated vintage-cigar-box style. We found a font designed by John Downer that was a perfect compliment to the design we were looking to create.

The suite was printed on our brilliant white double-thick premium letterpress paper with our seafoam and tobacco inks on the front and a full bleed weaved grass mat pattern on the back in buttercream ink as the finishing touch.

Inspiration Board for Pacifica Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite

INSPIRATION BOARD CREDITS: Vintage beach photo via Carroll.Mary | Polaroid of Palm Trees by *Lea* | Frings Bros. Logo via FFFFound! | Anthropologie Lamp via Rue & Coco + Kelly | Cigar box escort cards via Style Me Pretty | Fan by Leila Brewster Photography | Couple in car via French Kiss Events on Flickr | Sea grass mat by Safari Thatch | Vintage palm scenic shot via New Girl on Post | Umbrella via ChristopherYatesJarvis photostream | Bride & Groom via Style Me Pretty

Dauphine Press Pacifica Letterpress Wedding Invitation

How is the summer weather shaping up for you? Does our Pacifica design fit in with the summer that you are already enjoying? Or are you like us and waiting for that first real feeling of summer to make an appearance?

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First sign of spring

We are happy to report a break in the rain today here in Petaluma, California. This afternoon of sunshine has us thinking about the the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.

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We love the bright and cheerful cake designs on the cover and can’t help but think that the custom save the date we designed below would make a perfect compliment!

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Read more about this design here and in the original feature at Oh So Beautiful Paper!

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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