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Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Rachel & Mike’s Napa Valley Destination Wedding

You  may be able to guess from the geographical names of many of our Custom Wedding Portfolio II wedding invitation suites that all of us at Dauphine Press are fans of the Napa Valley Wine Country. We’re excited to share Rachel and Mike’s Napa Valley destination wedding with you today! Every detail and element they put together for their wedding day resulted in pure perfection! Take a look for yourself!

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Rachel and Mike worked with our exclusive retailer The Stationery Station and selected our Volusia letterpress wedding invitation suite for their wedding day. The unexpected horizontal card shape printed with a mix of a boldface type along with touches of a classic script font, this design effortlessly exudes casual elegance – perfect for a destination wedding in Napa Valley. The couple chose to add a personal touch with a wine glass motif on each piece and a bright color palette of coral and grey.

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Imagine the surprise and delight of their guests when their color palette and destination theme all came together on their wedding day! With the vibrant summery colors sprinkled throughout and the wine country details, this was surely a day to remember!

CREDITS: Photographer: Jen Philips Planner: Napa Valley Custom Events by Sharon Burns | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Brix Restaurant and GardensFlorist: Julie Stevens DesignOfficiant: Kimberly Thompson of A Beautiful Ceremony Napa Valley | Bride’s Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Mother of the Bride’s Dress: Cameron Blake | Hair: Maria Aguilar of Sage Salon | Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Alan | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Allure Bridesmaids | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen’s Suits: J.Crew | Invitations & Paper Goods: Stationery Station, Dauphine Press | Catering & Cake: Brix Restaurant and Gardens | RentalsWine Country Party | Transportation: California Wine Tours | Accommodations: Silverado Resort

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Visit your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to create your custom wedding invitations that will invite your guests to a day they are sure to remember!

Client Customization – Letterpress Beach Wedding Invitation

This Palm Beach Monogram customization is the perfect example of how to play with two key design elements – scale and layout. We love the eye-catching results that can be achieved when it’s done right! Haley and Ryan worked with Lindsey at Mrs. Post Fine Stationery, one of our exclusive retailers in Memphis, on this custom design. Their choice of a large palm tree off to one side and the slanted text (a nod to our Fairfield invitation) make for a stunning impression for their guests when they open this delightful invitation and prepare for what is sure to be a memorable day!

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Visit your local Dauphine Press retailer to design your custom wedding invitation suite.

DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: Reich Savoy, natural white, 118# | Ink: seafoam + taupe letterpress | Font: Carolyna | Inspiration: Palm Beach Monogram wedding invitation suite

A.M. Inspiration {pattern and color}

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.

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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

Client Customization – Auburn Letterpress Party Invitation

Winner! This party invitation is a winner in more ways than one! What a fun color palette and Auburn-inspired design. Rebecca, the owner of our exclusive retailer Taylor Street Paper, has created many stunning designs over the years, but this one is one of our favorites. Such a fun design and layout, but the ink palette with the metal gray type over the lemon yellow background pattern takes first place!

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You can use our Custom Wedding Portfolio designs as inspiration for any type of event. This race day invitation is the perfect example and retailers like Rebecca at Taylor Street Paper are the perfect example of how much creativity our retailers have. They’re always happy (and excited!) to help you create your very own custom party invitation design.

DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: Reich Savoy, brilliant white, 118# | Ink: metal + lemon | Fonts: Headline, Gothic 520, Clarendon-all caps | Inspiration: Auburn letterpress wedding invitation suite

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