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A.M. Inspiration {roller skating and rocking color}

I’ve mentioned before that the early morning hours are a time when inspiration usually strikes – the hours when the world, and my children, are still and quiet. The whole process comes full circle when I can use that time to create something for my children.

I wanted to take my next few AM Inspiration posts to share some of the stationery I have created for my daughters. I love seeing the world through their eyes and creating Birthday party stationery to match their enthusiasm about their special days. Each year when a Birthday party comes to a close, they are already dreaming up the theme, activity and decor for next year’s party!


What five year old doesn’t love to roller skate?! My younger daughter is a girly-girl and loved the idea of skating into her fifth Birthday. I took the opportunity to play with patterns and color on this super festive invitation. Using stripes and florals in a mix of pink, turquoiose and purple we had the perfect palette for these fun letterpress Birthday party invitations and goodie bag tags. Playing right along with the mix of patterns was a festive set of fonts ranging from all-caps to bold scripts.

If you want to create something completely custom for a special someone’s special day, let us help you with all of the fine details! Take a look through our website and design library for tons of inspiration and let us or one of our exclusive retailers create a custom design just for you!

Designer’s Inspiration {Calligraphy Font}

Calligraphy font for wedding invitations

We see a lot of fonts and scripts while designing wedding invitations each day. It takes a special font to sweep us off our feet! Today’s link is to a new script font that is based on calligraphy by one of our favorite calligraphers, Kathy Milici of 24 Karat Designs. Kathy teamed up with font designer Alejandro Paul on the creation of the new Gratitude Script font. We are so excited for them – and our clients who will be able to incorporate this exquisite font with an overall classic feel paired with whimsical glyphs and ornamental details on their wedding invitations.

We love the name of the font too, Gratitude. We see so much gratitude from the brides and grooms we have the honor to work with. We love the story behind the creation of Gratitude Script, which reminds us to be grateful for all of the big things {like marriages and weddings!} and little things {like how gorgeous all of those thin and thick lines will look when letterpress printed!} in our lives. Beautiful!

Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Elegant Texas Wedding of Christina & Shawn

Sunset ceremony!? Gorgeous villa venue!? Twinkling lights over a single long reception table!? Italian tile-inspired stationery!? Yes, please! There are so many charming details throughout this entire Texas wedding and we are delighted to have played a small role as the stationery designer for this couple.

RW-AUSTIN-TX1With a  soothing color palette of warm grey, soft creams, pale apricot and luscious blush, each and every detail comes together to create a modern traditional look.


The bride and groom worked with our exclusive retailer, Paper Place in Austin, on their letterpress wedding invitations. The front of the invitation included a single color with the wedding invitation wording in a classic mix of script and all-caps serif fonts printed on a thick Natural White cotton stock. The back of the invitation steals the show with an all-over pattern printed in tobacco and apricot. This exclusive Dauphine Press pattern created by our team of designers was inspired by Italian tiles featuring fine details that are a great fit for letterpress printing!

Visit your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to begin the process of designing your wedding invitations today!

CREDITS: Photographer: The NicholsVenueVilla del Lago | Coordinator: 36th Street Events | Wedding Invitations: Dauphine PressPaper Place |  BandThe Spazmatics | Catering + Wedding CakeWord of Mouth | Dress: Ines di Santo

Client Customization – Presidio Inspired Letterpress Save the Date Card

This charming save the date card is one of our favorite custom designs. The bride and groom went through every detail in our Custom Wedding Portfolio II and chose their favorite design elements, letterpress ink colors and format to create their very own version of our trifold save the date card.

Heavily inspired by our Presidio wedding invitation suite, incorporating multiple design elements as well as the letterpress ink color palette, the final design is one that will have guests thrilled to be invited to this destination wedding.  The custom teal, inviting sea glass green and golden saffron letterpress inks are perfectly layered to show off the destination map, handsome frames and graphic center panel that will ultimately display the couple’s engagement photo.


It doesn’t get any more personal than this! And the best part? All of this custom design is included with your order, at no additional cost, when you design your wedding invitation suite through one of our exclusive retailers.

DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: Savoy Brilliant White, 118# | Letterpress Inks: Sea Glass, Saffron and Custom | Inspiration: Presidio wedding invitation suite

Suite Spotlight – Princeton Foil Stamped Wedding Invitation

We love every one of our invitation designs equally, but with this round of new wedding invitation samples for our Custom Wedding Portfolio II we may have played favorites … we love the technique of using two layers of foil stamping on our last new design, Princeton. We hope you love it as much as we do!

An epic day deserves an equally glorious and captivating invitation. The Princeton wedding invitation suite is your perfect match with an abundance of sweet romance and the most opulent elements. Printed in both pearl and silver foil on a sweet die-cut card and paired with shimmery metallic envelope liner and response envelope, this suite is like a vintage piece of jewelry saved for the most extraordinary of events.


We created our Custom Wedding Portfolio knowing that every couple we work with would like the opportunity to customize their wedding stationery. We love creating inspiration, like the Princeton wedding invitation suite, to show you how you can dream big like two layers of foil stamping and a diecut shape! Pairing your ideas with the elements in our Custom Wedding Portfolio, you’re sure to end up with a design that is unique to you and your wedding day. Best of all, it is also designed to be fun! We encourage you to scour our website {don’t forget to check out our Search By Style feature} and meet with the experts at your local Dauphine Press retailer to get their guidance and input.



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