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Designer’s Inspiration {week twenty-eight}

 

Dauphine Press Designer's Inspiration - Paris

This week we are sharing two pins that we find inspiring as a pair. This Paris sign and fashion shot under the Eiffel Tower are the perfect invitation inspiration with the black and white {or rather, the slightest pastel pink or blue} color palette, the scroll detail and hatched pattern on the intricate sign and the architecture of the Eiffel tower. A perfect pairing that has us wanting to see these elements in stationery.

Hope you have an inspiring weekend!

Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Kristen & Eliot

Today, we have a gorgeous real Dauphine Press wedding to share! You’ve already seen our post on Kristen & Eliot’s wedding stationery, ordered through our exclusive retailer Judy Paulen Designs, but today we’re showing you the full picture — wedding photos!

The client’s vision, along with the hard work and talent of their vendors {especially the amazing planning and design duo at Enjoy Events Co.}, was captured beautifully by Braedon Photography. We are loving all of the amazing details, from the gorgeous location, Beaulieu Garden in Rutherford, California, to the perfect blush touches in just the right places and the chevron-patterned, gold sequined linens. Absolutely gorgeous!

We adore this shot of the couple’s full wedding wardrobe. It paints the full picture and shows that coordinating pieces can have great impact. With our custom design process, you’re not forced to choose pieces that perfectly match. Instead, you can personalize each piece and modify elements to create your ideal suite. For instance, the lush florals appear on the first panel of their save the date trifold and backside of their response card and are balanced by the bold graphic patterns on the second panel of their save the date and the backside of their response card. The duplexed warmed white colored paper, custom blush ink color and shine from the pearl foil create a subtle, yet show stopping suite.

To see more details of this exceptional wedding, see the feature on Martha Stewart Weddings.

CREDITS: Wedding Photography: Braedon Photography | Planning and Day Of Paper Goods: Enjoy Events Co. | Location: Beaulieu Garden | Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Hair and Makeup: Mimi & Taylor | Save the Date and Invitation Stationery: Dauphine Press exclusive retailer Judy Paulen Designs

If you would like to see your future wedding featured on The Fine Print, visit one of our exclusive retailers to start the design of your custom foil and letterpress wedding invitations today and take advantage of the free custom design we offer with every order. You can change the color palettetypefacepatterns and motifs on any suite and there is no additional cost!

Dauphine Press in Today’s Bride

We have been seeing some great coverage in our favorite magazines lately. This week we heard from Today’s Bride that one of our timeless designs was featured in their 2011 issue.

Our design team created an invitation suite for the bride and groom that has become a best seller over the years. Larisa and Carl were married in 2007 and asked us to create a suite with a “world traveler” feel. We created an invitation design using a vintage world map as the background, whimsical touches including a head-on airplane motif and traditional wording on an untraditional horizontal card.

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To top it off, we created a passport menu for their reception, which inspired their cake design.

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Wedding photos by Kristian Iskandar, KI Photography, Santa Clara, CA

Cake by Susan Morgan, Elegant Cheesecakes, Half Moon Bay, CA

A Letterpress Calendar for the Overly Organized

Every autumn, just as wedding season begins to ebb, we perpetually work on a very interesting project that stretches our creativity well beyond
graphic design and printing. Our wonderful client, Graphic Communications, came to us many years ago to commission a unique letterpress calendar as a year-end gift to their clients. Each page of the calendar includes three months, but with every passing month, the user changes the page so that they are always looking at the current month plus the two ahead. So instead of designing a simple twelve months, we design each month three times with no repetition of artwork or themes.

We collaborate with Graphic Communications each year on a new theme which often includes a liberal sprinkling of literary pith. For the 2009
calendar however, we all stepped down from our lofty laurels to create a Hollywood theme, replete with 36 caricatures of famous actors ranging from Woody Allen to Julia Roberts. Each head shot was illustrated by the brilliant Antony Hare. Then character was painstakingly separated and rendered into two to three spot colors by Dauphine Press designers Katrina McHugh and Heather Landry.

On the 2010 calendar, we decided upon cities of the world as our global theme. As in years past, the idea became a collaboration with several of us searching for 36 perfect quotes and images to weave through the calendar. I was thinking along the lines of New York, London, Paris and other obvious metros, but our well-traveled client had more off-the-beaten-path locales in mind. “How about Bogata and Damascus? Tripoli and Kiev?” The challenge then was to research and find stock images that were evocative of these more obscure destinations. The theme quickly evolved into a vintage travelogue which we think fit the project beautifully. Heather Landry continued the design with a beautiful airmail themed cover page that included vintage postage stamps from various countries. She also designed two vintage travel postcards that were included with each calendar to allow recipients the opportunity to voyage vicariously to these exotic destinations.

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