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Client Customization – Joie de Vivre Holiday Card

You often hear designers say that the hardest pieces to create are the ones you use for yourself. The key is finding the right inspiration! You also hear us talk a lot about our exclusive retailers – all of the talented stationers around the globe that are an extension of us and help couples create their wedding stationery every day – and how much we love working with them and appreciate their expertise. Seems simple, but we used them as our inspiration. Knowing that, like us, they love what they do every day, have a passion for creating the best printed pieces for very special events and as a result get to live what they love!

Feeling that this really is the key to a happy life – live what you love – we created our Joie de Vivre holiday card.  Using this French phrase and making it beautiful felt like the perfect sentiment to extend to all of our retailers for the New Year. We turned to our beloved Custom Wedding Portfolio II for additional inspiration and customized a design in the same way we encourage every Dauphine Press bride and groom to do. First, we selected the layering details from our Rutherford wedding invitation where the vibrant font is printed over a subtle all-over floral pattern. Then, we paired it with the petite die-cut card from our Calistoga suite and a brand new design was born.

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What in your life is inspiring you when it comes to dreaming up the perfect holiday card? Is it a trip you took this year that you want to share with your family and friends at the holiday? A new addition to the family? Something exciting you are anticipating in the new year {a wedding, perhaps?}? We would love to hear your ideas, and with the help of one of our exclusive retailers, help you create your perfect greeting.

Have you seen our Timeless Holiday Collection yet? It is based on our Custom Wedding Portfolio program, which means that customizing is easy and enjoyable! There are just three steps:

1. Browse our holiday card designs and get creative! Pull elements from any design you see or from the details in our design library to create a holiday card that is unique to you and your family.

2. Visit one of our exclusive retailers to place your order. Through this process you will gain their experience and knowledge to help you refine your holiday card design. Seeing the album in person, you can also feel the papers, choose ink swatches and add your favorite embellishments.

3. Approve your proof and receive your cards in 10* business days! Once the retailer places your order our team of true designers will create a unique design especially for you within 2 business days. Once your proof is approved, your holiday cards ship in less than two weeks!

*The fine details on The Fine Print: Most designs shown in the collection include letterpress or letterpress + foil stamping. For orders placed before November 1, 2013, these two categories will ship within 10 days from proof approval. All letterpress cards ship in 7 business days and letterpress + foil cards ship in 10 business days. Cards with additional embellishments, such as colored envelopes and edge painting, can take up to 15-20 business days. And, your proof always reaches you in two business days!

Happy Holidays!

Savannah Photo Shoot

We have another gorgeous photo shoot for you today. This time we worked with Austin Warnock Photography and a group of amazing vendors they selected. You can see the original post on Style Me Pretty and many more of the stunning images on the Austin Warnock Photography blog.

Savannah Style Shoot

For this shoot, our contribution was a perfectly delicate suite incorporating a beautiful lace pattern in a blind hit, a timeless script and a soft color palette. Here are even more shots of the stationery:

Savannah Style Shoot Letterpress Stationery

This suite is the perfect fit for this southern wedding, but don’t forget that it can be customized for any event. Would you love to see it in a square shape? With stunning turquoise ribbon corners and backer card? Or maybe a botanical print in the corners in place of the lace? All of that is possible, just visit one our exclusive retailers to customize your own Dauphine Press suite.

CREDITS: Dress: Vera Wang Bleu Belle Bridal | Florist: A to Zinnias | Cake: Minnette Rushing Custom Cakes | Makeup: Liz Brownlee of Colorboxx Salon | Hair: Tiffony Simpson of Ony Salon  | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Chair Rentals: Violet Vintage

Get the Look – Hollywood Glamour

Today’s “Get the Look” feature is keeping with the Hollywood Glamour/Art Deco theme of our new design, Hamilton. This image is from The Luxor Collection by Johanna Johnson – you can (and we suggest you do!) view the full collection here.

Old Hollywood GlamourCredits: Fashion by Johanna Johnson

Want to see luxurious and decedent details like these incorporated in your letterpress stationery? Contact one of our exclusive retailers to start creating your custom design.

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Dauphine invitation on Say YES to the Dress

Candace Taylor from Remember This Always worked with Dauphine Press designer Heather Landry to create the letterpress pieces featured on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress season debut for the wedding of Donna & David Calloway. We love seeing the elements of our Hayes Design take on a classic look in blind hit and black. Remember This Always took this beautiful invitation to the next level with Swarovski crystals and a custom silk box. Take a look!

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Customize Your Suite with Varnish Ink

After falling in love with blind hits (designs impressed into the paper using no ink), we got to thinking that a light tonal effect might give a bit more pop to our letterpress printed art while maintaining that soft and elegant look that our brides often look for.

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While developing our Vizcaya invitation design, we decided to create something new—our Varnish ink, which offers a whisper of color and takes a tonal effect on any color paper. After its introduction in our Coral line last year we’ve seen bride’s using it in many of our other invitation designs with stunning results.

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Very versatile Varnish works great for large, bold designs, but can add just enough detail to images that might be too delicate for a blind hit. We love watching new pieces come off the presses using this technique. Keep them coming!

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