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Suite Spotlight – Stone Harbor Letterpress Wedding Invitation

We’re excited to share the third brand new wedding invitation suite that we recently added to our Custom Wedding Portfolio II – Stone Harbor! For those of you that love details, this suite is the perfect starting point. It has layers of elements that can easily be swapped out for your favorite details to create a brand new look.

Our versatile Stone Harbor wedding invitation suite is all about texture. From the subtle blind chevron pattern printed behind the navy letterpress text, to the silver metallic rope pattern on the colored paper bellyband and the repeating nautical knot pattern on the decorative envelope liner, this suite has it all! We’ve chosen motifs and a color palette with a nautical feel, but this sophisticated suite could easily be customized with a monogram, palm motif and tropical color palette for an island affair.

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DESIGN DETAILS | Size: Classic | Paper: 118# Reich Savoy, Brilliant White | Ink: Blind Hit + Custom PMS | Motifs: Pattern-152, Monogram-61, Pattern-168 + Anchor-04 | Fonts: Urw Grotesk, Old Fashioned + Niagara Engraved | Upgrades: Indigo Colored Envelope,  Envelope Liner (color #54), Second Ink on Envelope

How would you customize Stone Harbor? Are you planning a nautical theme? Or looking to create something completely unique? We would love to see how you personalize this layered suite with your favorite design elements. Remember, we just added 90 new motifs, 20 new monograms and 63 new patterns so you have lots of gorgeous design elements to choose from. Contact your local Dauphine Press Exclusive Retailer to create your custom wedding stationery suite!

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Suite Spotlight – Greenwich Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Spring is the perfect time for change and new growth! We’re excited to reveal the first of four new invitations added to our Custom Wedding Portfolio II. These new wedding invitation suites include designs that range from traditional and vintage to modern and whimsical! We have also added to our custom elements {90 new motifs, 20 new monograms and 63 new patterns} to give you more to play with when you’re creating your very own wedding stationery.

Our first new wedding invitation suite, Greenwich, celebrates the best of letterpress printing by pairing elements that showcase the letterpress impression with thick and thin lines. Details like the script and headline typefaces as well as the delicate, winding frame and surrounding lush pattern, make this suite perfect for a couple set on designing every detail of their wedding day. The tonal color palette of lavender and caramel letterpress inks lends to the overall romantic feel of this sweet design.

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All of our new designs are reaching our retailers this week. If you would like to see them in person {and get a sneak preview before we spotlight the rest of them here on the blog!}, visit your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer. Our custom design process allows you to select your favorite design elements and create a personalized design for no additional design fees! Happy planning!

DESIGN DETAILS | Size: Classic | Paper: 118# Reich Savoy, natural white | Ink: Caramel + Lavender | Motifs: Pattern-164, Frame-80, Frame-82 | Fonts: Urw Grotesk, Fontaine + Bordeaux Roman

 

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!

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