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A.M. Inspiration {chinoiserie and metallics}

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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 “A.M. Inspiration” series, I post images of what currently has me inspired, the exciting new ideas I am dreaming up on my quiet mornings and share my thoughts on how to translate each piece of inspiration into stationery design and wedding invitations.

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It was in college, while studying art and design, that I fell in love with chinoiserie. The Chinese-inspired prints have an ethereal feel that heightened my appreciation for this pattern.

This contemporary image, with the brushed metallic silver background that combines so beautifully with the watercolor-like-feel of the intricate and fanciful botanical imagery, is quite an inspiration. The winding tree branches painted in an unexpected robin’s egg blue color adds to the overall whimsical quality of the print.

To translate these exquisite details into a stationery suite, I would simply suggest shimmering foil stamping paired with a soft letterpress color palette on a metallic neutral card stock. Some of our most popular designs were inspired by items and elements that aren’t traditionally associated with weddings. A chinoiserie-inspired wedding invitation is officially on my design to-do list!

Get the Look – Inspired Color Palette for Custom Wedding Invitations

Most of us are longing for a little warmth and sunshine this time of year, so it’s clear why we were inspired by this Vogue photo shoot featuring Taylor Swift. The color palette, celebrating the versatility of cool mint along with the warmth of rich golds and browns, has our design team pulling their favorite swatches and playing with samples. As a result, we found the perfect recipe for pairing this color palette with your custom wedding stationery.

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Our designers are dreaming up a suite that incorporates a deep espresso brown letterpress ink printed on a thick duplexed card of a light brown “crepe” color. Then, with the fresh effect of the sea glass painted edges finishing the card and a golden “spun sugar” envelope liner, this palette would compliment any design and woo all of your guests!

If you also love to play with swatches and samples, we encourage you to visit any of our exclusive retailers to work with your very own Dauphine Press design consultant. Our Custom Wedding Portfolio II includes all of the available design elements and our retailers are pros at helping you define your big day with stationery!

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!

Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Danielle & Kyle

We are elated to share with you the exquisite wedding of Danielle and Kyle in Lake Tahoe, California.  So many sensational details were captured for their big day from the bride’s dazzling gown to the stunning succulent centerpieces to the breathtaking views. We can tell that the couple had an amazing day and enjoyed every moment. And from the photos, we think it’s safe to say that the rest of the bridal party enjoyed themselves as well!

Real Dauphine Press Wedding

Danielle and Kyle worked with our exclusive retailer, Folio in Larkspur, to create wedding stationery perfectly fit for their outdoor event. The mix of nutmeg, persimmon and topaz ink colors on our Roseberry design really captures the airy, rustic feel. We also love how they tied in small, square insert cards with circular designs for brunch and rehearsal dinner invitations. Their entire wedding weekend was centered around spending time with family and friends and was filled with many exciting activities, like a welcome party and a float down the nearby Truckee River.

Real Dauphine Press Wedding

We fell in love with so many creative details that really made this Lake Tahoe wedding personal and unique: the bright pop of color in the umbrellas, the burlap bride and groom signs, the mix of patterns in the groomsmen’s ties, and those sparkling Jimmy Choos (to name a few)!  Fun fact: a 15-minute hailstorm passed through just after the ceremony, though the entire day was filled with blue skies!

Real Dauphine Press Wedding

CREDITS: Photographer: Theilen Photography  | Videographer: XOXO Video | Event Planning & Calligraphy: Elise Events | Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | Hair & Makeup: Kari Addison Beautiful Florist: Art in Bloom | Caterer & Cake: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Tenting & Lighting: Zephyr Tents | DJ: InStep DJ | Bride’s Dress & Jewelry: Swoon Bridal Salon | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Yoana Baraschi Bridedmaids’ Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Groom’s Suit: Canali | Groom’s Shoes: To Boot New York | Groomsmen’s Suits: Kenneth Cole | Transportation: Ryan Transportation | Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Giraux Fine Jewelry | Invitations: Dauphine Press for Folio 

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To create your custom wedding stationery, contact your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer, and start building towards that moment where everything comes together on your special day!

Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Jillian & Vander

We have SUCH a treat for you today! This perfectly peach and papaya variation of our letterpress Carmen wedding invitation summoned Jillian & Vander’s wedding guests to quite a sweet event! 100 Layer Cake said it best in their post: Every little detail is impeccable, but it feels relaxed and unfussy at the same time. We couldn’t agree more!

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The bride and groom worked with our exclusive retailer, Union Street Papery, and customized Carmen to perfectly suit their event. The design is warm and subtle; strong and sophisticated. The unexpected choice of typefaces set the mood with flair, while the layers of elegant patterns, used in different ways on the various cards in the suite, bring it all together. Bundled in an elegant pocket and wrapped with a stunning letterpress-printed belly band with their custom monogram was sure to get their guests excited to share the day with them.

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We say it time and time again, but seeing everything together on the wedding day is what we love most about what we do. Seeing that the custom monogram we designed for them was incorporated into the design of the wedding cake makes our day!

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CREDITS: Photographer: Annie McElwain Photography | Videographer: Max and Molly Films | Event Planning & Design: Downey Street Events | Venue: Hammersky Vineyards | Hair & Makeup: The Queens’ Bees | Florist: Camellia Floral Design |Invitations: Dauphine Press for Union Street Papery | Cake: Cake Cathedral | Caterer: Global Gourmet Catering | Rentals: Hartmann Studios |DJ: Goodbeat Productions | Ceremony Musician (Harpist): Jan Walters | Officiant: Bride and groom’s fathers | Bride’s Dress & Veil: Jinza Jin Couture Bridal | Shoes: Kate Spade | Jewelry: Vintage from Vander’s late grandmother | Bridesmaid Dresses:Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Tux: Ermenegildo Zegna | Shoes: Gravati

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To create your custom wedding stationery, contact your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer, and start building towards that moment where everything comes together on your special day!

Client Customization – Camille Invitation with Letterpress Art Deco Pattern

This robin’s egg blue + begonia beauty is a variation of one of our most versatile designs. This Camille customization, and how a simple change to your favorite design elements, is exactly why we built our Custom Wedding Portfolio. With its decorative frame and patterned background, this square letterpress invitation can take on many looks just by simply choosing a different pattern and color palette which is exactly what this bride and groom have done.

After swapping out the original Florentine-feeling graphic botanical pattern for a detailed pattern reminiscent of an Art Deco tile pattern, a completely new design is created. One that is beautifully suited to their coastal California wedding at the Santa Barbara Biltmore.

Dauphine Press Client Customization - Hicks (Camille)

You know how the wedding industry is always talking about how the invitation is the first glimpse your guests will get into your big day? This customization is an example of how important the invitation design can be. To help you make your wedding day dreams come to life on your invitation stationery, visit any of our exclusive retailers to get their expert advice on the perfect fit for you!

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