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Store Spotlight – Nolte’s Bridal

We are just delighted to share a true treasure with you today! Michael Nolte of Nolte’s Bridal in Kansas City is one of our exclusive retailers who is creating amazing wedding stationery with our Custom Wedding Portfolio II. One reason we have so much fun working together is that Michael plans events from start to finish. So, not only is he creating gorgeous stationery, he is also designing every detail, large and small, of the most incredible events {Don’t worry! We will be sharing some Real Dauphine Press Wedding photos with you in an upcoming post!}. First up, an overview of some of our favorite details from a few of our most-loved wedding suites we’ve created together:

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Traditional, classic and elegant all done in a modern way is how we would describe the stunning custom wedding suites we get to create for Nolte’s Bridal and their clients. We interviewed Mr. Nolte to learn a little more about the man behind this amazing body of work:

What inspired you to open Nolte’s Bridal?
Thirty three years ago I was evolving from a career in wedding photography, an event designer, as well as owning both a florist business and a couture gown salon. I was “The Wedding Guy” 24/7. Through the decades I filtered down my talents into wedding coordinating and gown design.

What did you do in your life before Nolte’s Bridal?
I have degrees in Communication and Photo-journalism. I use them every day as I work with anxious brides and stressed out parents.

When did you first realize that you had a passion for paper?
I am a tactile guy. I love super soft expensive sheets, smooth silk satins and high end card stock.

What is the Nolte’s Bridal stationery design aesthetic?
I’m a devotee of the classics but love tradition with a twist. So just a couple of elements i.e. a motif, edge painting, a patterned liner … that gives the thick stationery a subtle “Wow!” factor.

What inspires you?
I really like realistic fruit and floral designs (think Williamsburg, Della-Robbia or botanicals, Mario Buatta chintz.) I am never drawn to modern wedding invitations as I think they look too “corporate.”

What trends are you loving in wedding stationery?
There are several: foil stamping, metallic liners, combination of fonts scattered through-out the suite (as opposed to just one used consistently), letterpress and 230 lb. paper.

What are the must haves for weddings in your area?
I am seeing a decline in the interest of pockets and bows that tie/smash on invitations, but an increase of interest in additional pieces used for the After Parties and Farewell Brunches. Those two phases of the wedding weekend are becoming very popular in Kansas City – having a slightly different mood, but keeping a coordinated look in those invitations ensembles is a nice touch.

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And now, check out even more of those beautiful invitations, including custom variations of our Chalk Hill, Broadmoor and Rutherford designs. With design changes like swapping out a 2-color design for a classic, charcoal gray, 1-color design or the addition of a timeless gold foil and an oversized invitation, Michael Nolte creates exactly the caliber of restyled work we hope for utilizing our Custom Wedding Portfolio II palette!

Dauphine Press - Store Spotlight - Nolte's Bridal

We say it time and again, but the best part of what we do at Dauphine Press is working with great talents and people who have a passion for stationery and weddings like we do. It’s something we just can’t keep to ourselves and love sharing with you! So, here’s even more – a fun Q&A with Michael from the Nolte’s Bridal blog.

If you are in the Kansas City area looking for custom Dauphine Press wedding stationery or interested in completing your vision of the perfect wedding, Nolte’s Bridal is a must!  And, if you’re looking for a Dauphine Press exclusive retailer, like Nolte’s Bridal, in your area, we have many talented stationers around the globe to help you design your very own custom wedding stationery.

Suite Spotlight – Ainsley Diecut + Letterpress Wedding Invitation

September is the perfect time for a wedding! Well, any time of year is perfect for a wedding, but September is the perfect time for an Ainsley wedding! Our Ainsley design has the perfect formula for a late summer wedding – one where hints of fall are sprinkled throughout the details. As our design team’s inspiration board displays, the salmon and tobacco palette speak a little to both seasons! Salmon has the ability to go light and bright {which is essential for those hot summer days} but is also beautiful when paired with a deeper shade that reminds us all of the approaching season.  And, tobacco is a great neutral to pair with any shade, any time of year. The mix creates an event with gorgeous depth!

Dauphine Press Ainsley Letterpress Wedding Invitation featuring detailed die cut edges

The focal point of our Ainsley design is the fun die-cut shape of each card, which makes this suite unique from the others your guests may be getting in the mail. Paired with a vintage pattern and personalized monogram surrounded by a decorative frame, this suite is fitting for any celebration. The mix of fonts on our original design feel traditional with a touch of whimsy!

A selection from our Coral album, this design allows you the flexibility to swap out any of the fonts or mix up the color palette to suit your event, all while benefiting from the smaller price tag the Coral album provides.

To meet Ainsley in person and view the rest of our letterpress wedding invitations, take a look at the locator on our website to find the exclusive Dauphine Press retailer near you. All of our retailers are stationery experts and can help you personalize your very own wedding stationery suite.

Store Spotlight – Paper Plane Paperie

When we first met Emily at Paper Plane Paperie, everything immediately clicked — we instantly loved working with her! Because of her her strong eye for design and detail, she has an amazing way of working with our Custom Wedding Portfolio II tools and inspiration to produce some of the most amazing designs! In fact, only a few short weeks after she received the album, Emily was on her way to being one of our top stores. This means that we have had plenty of time, working on her amazing orders, to get to know her and today we wanted to share a little bit about Emily with you.

First, here’s a look at her gorgeous space where she meets with lucky couples in the Newport Beach, California area:


What inspired you to open Paper Plane Paperie?
I have always been a very creative person, and during my wedding planning process in 2009, I fell in love with the customization process when it came to the invitations.  I wanted to use my creative talents to inspire other brides to use paper as a way to get their guests excited for a wedding or big party.  There is no better way to set the tone for an event than through a beautiful invitation suite.

What did you do in your life before Paper Plane Paperie?
I was a visual merchandiser for Hudson Jeans where I created window displays for large department stores all over the country.

When did you first realize that you had a passion for paper?
During my 2009 wedding planning process I really began to gain an understanding for the letterpress process and how the technique is used to create stunning invitations by hand, one invite at a time.  Soon after, I began taking letterpress classes and was completely hooked!

What is the Paper Plane Paperie design aesthetic?
Our personal aesthetic is coastal chic.  Since my shop is in Newport Beach, CA, anytime I can get my hands on something nautical, I go for it.

What inspires you?
Interior design … patterns and color.  I always look for ways that these things can translate onto paper.

What trends are you noticing/loving in wedding stationery?
Calligraphy tied in with classic text as part of the suite adds a nice touch. I am also loving custom wax seals right now!

What are the hottest trends or must haves for weddings in your area?
Tying in at least a few DIY projects has been popular for a while now, but is a lot of fun because it really personalizes the event.  Also, the color grey has replaced black in most cases which gives things a softer, more modern feel. Also, I recently went to a wedding with a ice cream sandwich bar. I thought it was a genius idea for a hot summer night!

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See what we mean? Emily is the perfect mix of designer, friend and wedding consultant! What couple doesn’t want to WOW their guests from the first glimpse of correspondence about their big day? Emily gets that and has an amazing portfolio of work as a result.

Here’s a perfect example — this suite, designed for a couple getting married in Chicago this summer {just last weekend actually! Congratulations Roxane and Denis!} incorporates many of the key elements Emily describes as being on trend. Let’s take a closer look …

We love this fun take on our Marinwood trifold and invitation suite, using elements such as the lattice pattern and frame surrounding the key details on the first panel {both inspired by interior design} paired with beautiful hand calligraphy and illustrations by Holly Hollon that adds the perfect personal touch.

The striking design on the invitation, which includes their signature lattice pattern in robin’s egg letterpress ink, a seaglass frame and charcoal invitation wording, sets the tone perfectly for their August wedding.  Rounding out the suite is a coordinating response set with more personal calligraphic touches and a fresh wedgewood blue envelope liner.

If you’re in the Newport Beach, CA area and looking to create your own custom letterpress wedding invitations, you must plan a visit to the studio! If you want to see more of what inspires Emily, you can visit her blog, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter pages.

Paper Plane Paperie is part of a large network of Dauphine Press exclusive retailers selling our custom letterpress and foil invitations around the world. You can find your local retailer here and begin designing for your extraordinary event today!

Client Customization – Sweet Patterned First Birthday Invitation

This sweet first birthday party invitation was for one lucky little girl!  Sent our way by the amazing team at Inscriptions on the Boulvevard in Forth Worth, Texas, this precious piece was originally inspired by our Yountville birthday card design. The original design features a monogram as the focal point and a fine allover pattern accent. Knowing their inspiration, and after hearing the perfect quote they wanted to include, our design team suggested a single-sided version that incorporated the pattern of our Meadowood suite and a delicate border. After modifying the Meadowood pattern from a 2-color design to a 1-color design and letterpress printing it in our shell ink behind a fun mix of playful typefaces in espresso, a custom design was born!

Did you know that any of our wedding invitation designs can be modified {free of charge!} to create stationery for any type of extraordinary event? Explore our letterpress and foil wedding invitation galleries to find your favorite elements. Then work with any of our exclusive retailers to create a custom design of your own!

Click here for the Dauphine Press Exclusive Retailer Tip of the Week!

Client Customization – Yountville Bat Mitzvah Invitation

When we set out to build our Custom Wedding Portfolio, we created it in a way that allowed for all of the designs to be customized to suit any type of event – holiday, baby announcements, showers, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and even personal stationery. Using our gallery of designs as the inspiration and our design library full of custom elements, each design detail can be personalized to create any stationery from the ground up. With this in mind, we have another fantastic non-wedding Client Customization to share with you today.

A fun take on our Yountville suite, today’s design came to us from our exclusive retailer RSVP in Roslyn, New York. Their client was inspired by the large monogram featured on our Yountville invitation, but wanted to personalize it a step further. They chose our large square, Royal size card and our design team adjusted the design to make the most of the space, while still allowing it to make the same bold statement. Keeping with the allover modern feel of this suite, the client chose a subtle color palette. The sweet, wisteria touches perfectly grace the monogram, the painted edges on the invitation card and the delicate pattern of our Dauphine Press exclusive Solage envelope liner.

Are you inspired to customize your own Dauphine Press letterpress invitation suite? Visit one of our exclusive retailers to see our printed pieces in person and start pulling all of your ideas and details together!

Click here for the Dauphine Press Exclusive Retailer Tip of the Week!

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