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Suite Spotlight – Sonoma Letterpress Wedding Invitation

The Sonoma suite is special to all of us at Dauphine Press. It was originally created by our then managing director, Erin, for her Fall wedding. The design was inspired by 19th century French engraving cuts to create a romantic and formal, but not so traditional look. To continue the romantic and formal feel, for its debut in our new Custom Wedding Portfolio II album, the Sonoma suite was letterpress printed in malt and espresso inks on our double-thick natural white premium stock and then edged in espresso. The updated color palette, along with the new Dauphine Press exclusive liner paper in our espresso Filigree pattern, make it a great choice for today’s classically elegant bride.

We can’t wait to see how this design evolves though. The beauty of our Custom Wedding Portfolio albums are that any design can be customized — adding custom foil touches, swapping out letterpress inks, edging and envelope liners — the options really are endless! We are excited to see how future brides update this design to suit their event.

Can you see it in blush and bashful? Traditional black and silver? Cheery coral and tangerine? Modern turquoise and sunshine? How would you customize this design?

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INSPIRATION BOARD CREDITS: Old Walls by CubaGallery | Couch by Bjorg Juto via Design Sponge | Cupcakes photo by Melianie Nashan via the Knot | Pillows by West Elm | Vintage Postcard from Library of Congress | Chandelier via Pottery Barn | Monogram Cakes via Martha Stewart | Boutineers by Wylie Weddings via 100 Layer Cake | Bride Photo by Lucia Paule Design and Jessica Johnston Photo via Style Me Pretty

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Remember, for our summer promotion we are offering free letterpress note cards with every invitation order!

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Suite Spotlight – Yountville Letterpress Wedding Invitation

The latest suite in our Sneak Peek Series has a fun and unique history. Our Yountville suite was inspired by a board created by one of our favorite bloggers — Kathryn at Snippet & Ink. Initially we fell in love with the colors and preppy style of the board. We found ourselves coming back to it over and over after having it pinned up on the wall in our design studio. She really did nail it! Finally we decided that it was the perfect jumping off point for a full letterpress wedding suite and Yountville was born.

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Inspiration board created by Snippet & Ink! (please visit original post for credits)

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Suite Spotlight – Glen Ellen Letterpress Wedding Invitation

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INSPIRATION BOARD CREDITS: Laudree Macarons via makingmagic.com | Pencils via Twig & Thistle | Nelly frames via Paper Crave | Girl with paper decoration by Hattie Newman (via pikaland) | Chandelier via A Life More Fabulous | Cyrano de Bergerac Cover via 100 Layer Cake | Stamps via 100 Layer Cake | Bottles via Oh Joy! | City couple via Style Me Pretty

 

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Hope you enjoy today’s springy sneak peek at our new Glen Ellen design. The border was our favorite part – it was hand-drawn here at the studio!

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Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Erin & Todd {Part Two}

Last week, we posted Erin and Todd Burns’ stunning wedding which took place last fall in Marin County, California. Today we’re working backwards and taking a look at Erin’s invitations and stationery that preceded the event.

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We always tell our clients that save the dates don’t have to match the wedding invitation suite. There are no hard fast rules in this department. It can be agonizing to coordinate a piece of stationery to an event that is many months away when the details have yet to fully come together. We have learned that even the best laid plans are subject to change in the months leading up to a wedding. Save the dates in particular offer an early opportunity to break out of a matchy mindset and allow for more creativity in your stationery. When possible, incorporating a few elements from a save the date into the rest of the wedding stationery creates a visual link back to the announcement which ties the stationery together.

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For Dauphine Press Art Director Erin Shetterly, this was no exception. She had a date, a venue and an evolving theme. She was inspired by a vacation website about Isla Mujeres and had a fantastic caterer lined up for a Spanish-style tapas reception. Midway through the planning however, the couple had to change caterers, so the wedding ethos shifted away from a more laid back Latin feel to something more intricately ornate and romantic.

Erin says, “I went for a bolder look on the save the date design using duplex paper, a pattern on the back, colored envelopes and a custom address label. I didn’t have many of the details in place for the wedding, but I knew from day one that I wanted coral to be the “pop” color.”

When it came time for the actual invitations, Erin says “I toned down the design for the invites and wedding day stationery. I have always loved the 19th century French engraving cuts from the Charles Derrey foundry, so I worked with several motifs from that collection. I wanted it to look romantic and formal, but not so traditional. Coral was still the pop color, but I moved from espresso to a more bridal metallic pewter ink as the wedding décor was moving into a vintage garden aesthetic. I carried over some graphic elements from the save the date announcement. The frame graphic was used on the favor boxes, well wish cards and thank you notes. I also used the pattern from the back of the save the date card as the pattern for the envelope liners for the invitations.”

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Regarding the typography and layout of the invitation, Erin adds “Since we were among the last of our friends to marry, it was important to us to have our names on the same plane focusing on the union rather than the traditional hierarchy of a wedding invite.” You will also note that the invitation doesn’t read “Saturday, the twenty-fourth of October, two thousand and nine” as is the lengthy standard. Erin instead incorporated numerals, a subtle twist on tradition that didn’t compromise formality.

Another theme carried throughout the stationery were poignant literary quotes about love. On the back flap of the response envelope sprung a quote from Mark Twain. Another was included on the program cover.

While Erin and Todd were honeymooning in Europe, her team conspired and put together a beautiful letterpress broadside as a welcome home gift which read “Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.”

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Invitation of the Week: Citron

Spring has finally hit everywhere around the country and this week we’re highlighting an invitation from our Dauphine Press custom collection that is the embodiment of spring itself: Citron.

This award-winning design was created by Katrina McHugh and prints in three colors: buttercup, leaf and espresso. On press, we capture a very high level of detail in the lemon branch image which derives from a vintage engraving. The Citron invitation won an International Design Award from How Magazine in 2009.

The Citron invitation sprung from a project we did for the esteemed Paula LeDuc catering in Emeryville, California. Paula wanted a bonbon box as a takeaway for their tastings and events. The company’s identity and stationery was restrained and classic, they had never before used a graphic image on any branded materials. But the lyrical lemon branch image resonated with Paula, and we designed the bonbon box that first introduced the image to their clients. We later developed an invitation for an event Paula le Duc held at Beaulieu Garden which evolved into our Citron wedding invitation.

Inspiration comes from so many unexpected places! We hope your spring brings new inspired ideas to your world.

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