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Designer’s Pick – Auburn

We are very fortunate to have a team that brings creativity and spirit to their work and is invested in providing each client with a truly custom design. Through our regular Designer’s Pick posts, our designers will be choosing their favorite suites to share with you.A huge fan of wood type poster design, our Auburn suite has become one of my personal favorites. Combining casual and rustic elements, Auburn expresses a country-chic vibe with its use of vintage wood type-inspired fonts. The type treatment is so strong that it radiates a cheerful, fun-loving tone sans any specific motifs. The oversized ampersand acts as the focal point – the ideal visual element symbolizing the upcoming union. Another standout detail of this particular variation is the use of three letterpress ink colors. The intentional overlapping of inks (also know as “overprinting”) and the crosshatch background pattern give the card extra dimension. Auburn is the perfect design for a fun and artistic couple looking to add some color and history to their letterpress wedding invitations.

To see Auburn in-person, visit one of our exclusive retailers today! You can also find additional inspiration by viewing our Auburn lookbook pages showing all of the pieces in the suite as well as a collection of design variations.

Place your order before the end of June to take advantage of our Spring Promotion to get even more — we’re offering free note cards, free favor tags, 30 free invitations or 15% off any foil and letterpress wedding invitations ordered!

Suite Spotlight – Meadowood Letterpress Save the Date

The standout detail of our Meadowood design is the sweet, two-color letterpress pattern featured on the die-cut cover of the journal and on the note card border. While the pattern beautifully incorporates the two colors used in the palette {our lilac and olive letterpress inks}, it also provides a geometric texture.

With this inspiration board, our design team set out to examine how this very texture can be incorporated into event decor and stationery. The tiny pattern gives an overall airy and festive feel to the letterpress printed suite, just as the small florals and dappled light-like details add to the event decor. In fact, the tiny blooms could easily be likened to tiny confetti!

Inspiration Board for the Dauphine Press Meadowood Letterpress Wedding Save the Date1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

Dauphine Press Meadowood Letterpress Wedding Save the Date

With all of our wedding invitation suites, you can choose to customize any element as you see fit. This means taking these same details and sprinkling them throughout your entire wedding wardrobe. Included on our website are lookbook pages with suggestions for additional pieces and multiple variations for each design. We hope that you are inspired by all of the items we share with you {inspiration boards, lookbook pages and design variations} so that your wedding stationery can be perfectly suited to your special event! Visit any of our exclusive retailers to see all of these elements in person and begin designing your custom letterpress wedding stationery today!

Spring Promotion – Choose from four options!


1. One free matching note card for every invitation ordered. Thank your guests with style. Complimentary 1-color note cards with any wedding invitation order. Matching blank envelopes included.

2. 30 free invitations with your order of 100 invitations. A perfect insurance policy for a growing guest list. Order 100 or more letterpress wedding elements and receive 30 free! Receive 100, pay for 70.

3. Free personalized tags to add elegance and style to the packaging of your guest wedding favor. Tags will coordinate with your wedding invitation design, using the same paper and ink.

4. 15% off any invitation order. Now your dream wedding invitation can fit into your budget. Discount applies to printed pieces only. Embellishments not included.

Choose from one of these valuable offerings with wedding invitation orders placed April 1-June 30, 2013. Visit one of our exclusive retailers to create your custom wedding stationery and receive one of these valuable offers.

Designer’s Pick – Leavenworth

Recently we introduced a new series here on The Fine Print – our Designer’s Pick posts. We are very fortunate to have a team that brings creativity and spirit to their work and is invested in providing each client with a truly custom design. Through these regular posts, our designers will be choosing their favorite suites to share with you.

One of my favorite Dauphine Press designs is Leavenworth. I remember when it was being created and how much I enjoyed its modern simplicity. The letterpress printed sans serif fonts paired with the graphic border reminds me of the refined typography of museum exhibits. I also appreciate that it is one of our bolder save the dates, which makes it perfect for the stylish couple looking for a timeless and sophisticated design for their wedding stationery.

Our Leavenworth design is one of many about to be posted to the gallery section of our website. Keep an eye on our website as the number of suites is about to triple! 

Store Spotlight – Magnificent Milestones

We know we’ve said it before, but one of the biggest perks of working at Dauphine Press are all of the amazing retailers we get to work with every day. Today’s Store Spotlight highlights one of our favorites, Magnificent Milestones in Chicago, and specifically owner Kara Gordon, who is one of the main reasons we make that statement so often. We love working with Kara and the custom designs she and her team send our way are top notch! Last month, Magnificent Milestones held a Dauphine Press trunk show so you can bet you’ll be seeing the results here on our blog — as soon as the suites are printed and the couples are wed, we will share them with you!

In the meantime, we wanted to introduce you to Kara so we asked her a few questions about her and her business:

1. The beautiful studio | 2. The team | 3. Samples for the trunk show | 4. Sweet treats from the trunk show | 5. Giveaways for the trunk show

What inspired you to open Magnificent Milestones?

After college, I quickly realized that the corporate world wasn’t the right fit for me. In my particular situation, my role was lacking creative freedom, excitement and … color. I started designing invitations on the side and in very little time, my focus was set on opening my own invitation studio. It has been a fun and colorful ride ever since.

What did you do in your life before Magnificent Milestones?
I worked in the marketing department of a large international law firm. The environment was far too serious for me. I designed invitations and ads for the firm. But –like I mentioned above– everything was black and white, and it was hard to get attorneys excited about their next speaking engagement. Working with brides and grooms is the complete opposite: you work with so many different styles & color palettes and their excitement is off the charts. I love it!

When did you first realize that you had a passion for paper?
I enjoyed making things with paper at a very young age. I went through phases of paper snowflakes and scrapbooking before entering the world of luxury wedding invitations.

What inspires you?
Literally everything. I try to look at everything in a different light: food at the grocery store, the ways things are displayed at a boutique, colors that I see on a walk around the neighborhood. Inspiration is in everything.

What trends are you noticing/loving in wedding stationery?
We are seeing a lot of gold, mixing of patterns, oversized invitations and calligraphy-like fonts, which just happen to be some of our favorites!

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We hope you enjoyed meeting Kara! She is part of our extended team and responsible for so many of the great custom designs we share with you through our blog. As we reveal more and more Client Customization posts through the season you’ll be sure to see a lot of them coming from Magnificent Milestones. Here is a sneak peek of some of the gorgeous letterpress and foil designs we have created with Magnificent Milestones and will be profiling on The Fine Print very soon.

6. Custom illustration for a save the date | 7. A playful trifold save the date  | 8. Art Deco inspired invitation complete with pocket folder  | 9. Gorgeous custom foil design | 10. A save the date featuring the Chicago skyline

If you’re in the Chicago area, you must plan a visit to the studio. If you want to see more of what inspires Kara and her team you can visit their blog, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook pages.

 

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