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The 85th Academy Awards

Here at Dauphine Press we are constantly looking to fashion as a source of inspiration for our designs. It’s no surprise that we all enjoyed last night’s 85th Academy Awards. We are always hoping to inspire you by sharing what inspires us, so today we’re sharing our list of best dressed from the red carpet.

Stacy Keibler looked beautiful in a glittering right-off-the-runway look, while Jennifer Garner took a softer approach in her custom gown by Gucci. Nominated for Best Actress, Jessica Chastain embraced old Hollywood glamour in her custom Armani Prive gown. While presenting, Sandra Bullock absolutely sparkled in her sheer embroidered Elie Saab gown.

Our top dressed actors kept things classic and timeless with tailored suits and bow ties. Ben Affleck, Channing Tatum and Bradley Cooper all kept with the three-piece trend, while Daniel Day-Lewis chose a dapper navy look.

Art Deco and metallic were the lead trends of the evening and we are looking forward to seeing how these fashions will translate to wedding stationery with foil embellishments, letterpress on metallic papers and fine, intricately detailed motifs. These looks had us dreaming up new color palettes for our Hamilton, Belvedere and Stinson suites.

Did the Oscars inspire you in your wedding planning? Visit one of our exclusive retailers to design your own fashion inspired wedding stationery.

Photo Credits Jennifer Garner, Jessica Chastain, Channing Tatum & Daniel Day Lewis: Jason Merritt/Getty Images | Stacy Keibler & Sandra Bullock: ABC/Rick Rowell | Ben Affleck: Jeff Vespa/WireImage | Bradley Cooper: Steve Granitz/WireImage

It’s a Wrap – 2012 on Instagram

With 2012 nearing its end, we wanted to share some of our favorite Instagram photos from throughout the year. We can’t wait to see what 2013 has to offer, so be sure to follow us!

1. Beautiful Papaya color inspiration | 2. Our new Key Lime and Seaglass swatches | 3. In the workroom with one of our vintage presses | 4. Edge painting – now in 56 of our ink colors

5. Our foil suite, Stinson, on press | 6. Design inspiration for one of our favorite suites, Larkspur | 7. The sweetest thank you card from Austin Warnock | 8. Some lovely liner patterns

9. We’re thrilled to be a part of the LAB Event 2013 | 10. Our Larkspur design was a big hit this year | 11. Foil stamped pendants for the National Stationery Show | 12. Festive letterpress and foil on our Hamilton save the date

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Customize your suite – with foil stamping!

With each new custom design element we feature, I’m tempted to say it’s my favorite and our newly refreshed foil palette is no exception. Every wedding deserves a little sparkle, but for couples who aren’t looking for traditional silver or gold — our new colored foil options are the perfect fit.

When we launched foil stamping in May 2011, we started with a traditional palette. Over the past year+, foil paired with letterpress has become very popular here at Dauphine Press. This year with the addition of our new colored foil options {not to mention how fabulous they are with our new duplexing options!}, we can’t wait to see all of the customizations you come up with. Take a look:

New Foil Stamping ColorsNew Foil SwatchesThis is simply the foil stamping swatch page from our Custom Wedding Portfolio Design Library, but isn’t it divine?!  To see all of these options in person, visit your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer.

New Foil Stamping Colors

So far we’ve shown you modern colored foil paired with intricate motifs and patterns for the perfect balance of romantic and modern in our Hamilton and Fairfield designs (back patterns pictured above), but are you ready for monochromatic modern elegance?  Keep a lookout for our next blog post too — we’ve saved the most talked about design for last. We know you’ll love it and we can’t wait to see how you customize it for your extraordinary event.

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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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Meet Our New Foil + Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite – Hamilton

Though we were sad to hear that The Great Gatsby movie has been delayed from its original debut this winter, with the new release date of summer 2013 we actually love that the light and airy palette of our Hamilton invitation suite will be right at home for an art deco inspired wedding in the summer months!

Our Hamilton suite is all about color and detail. Our new Honeydew foil gives a subtle touch of color but a whole lot of shine framing the vintage typefaces and on the vintage French pattern printed on the back of the invitation card. The secondary highlight is subtlety at its best with the new Lemon painted edges and new Lemon Meringue stock used on the response card. We especially love how the Honeydew foil prints on the Lemon Meringue paper – looks good enough to eat! This entire suite is traditional at heart, but really shows off the vintage glamour feel through the sweet color palette and intricate frame and pattern. Bon appétit!

Hamilton Inspiration BoardInspiration Board Credits: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13

The Hamilton Suite

We’re loving Hamilton since it incorporates a number of the new custom design elements in our album — from the colored foil to the opaque Copper letterpress ink, to the fact that they both print beautifully on our premium letterpress papers as well as the vibrant Lemon Meringue stock. We hope you’re excited to visit your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to put your ideal stationery suite together — because we are certainly excited to see what you come up with using our new design elements!

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