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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.

 

Suite Spotlight – Cloverdale Letterpress Save the Date

To reveal our process here, our blog posts are a collaboration of our design team and me (Kendra) — the designers gather all of the inspiration and gorgeous visuals and I get to talk (write) about it. It’s like everything we do, even the way orders are processed — Tracy and I get to talk to our retailers about the details and the designers make it happen. To get back to the point, I have the pleasure of opening blog post drafts that have already been infused with the visuals and then I get to write about them, sharing all of the details with you. Every single time, I think I let out an audible gasp and today’s post was no different. I love seeing the inspiration behind each of our designs, all in one place and alongside the full suite. I have a special place in my heart for each and every one of our designs and it amazing me how seeing the inspiration boards makes me fall in love with our designs even more!

Today’s Suite Spotlight, Cloverdale, really lets the couple’s special day shine by highlighting their wedding date and making it the centerpiece of their save the date card. As Dauphine Press graphic designer, Heather, mentioned in our recent Designer’s Pick post, the large format is unexpected for a save the date and makes a great impression to those who receive it in the mail. The wash of pool letterpress ink on the borders and charcoal vintage-meets-rustic fonts give it a slightly beachy vibe perfect for a spring or summer wedding. The intricate detail of the bold numerals and delicate pattern has a lovely and tactile feel when letterpress printed into our rich cotton papers. See for yourself!

Dauphine Press Cloverdale letterpress save the date with a light pool blue (with a hint of mint) + charcoal gray.

And now for the gasp-worthy inspiration board:

Inspiration board for the Dauphine Press Cloverdale letterpress save the date with a light pool blue (with a hint of mint) + charcoal gray.1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

Designer’s Pick – Elegant Date

We are excited to introduce a new series brought to you by our design team. 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. Our designers will be choosing their favorite suites to share with you. Kicking things off is Heather with her pick of the week.

As a type enthusiast, one of my favorite Dauphine Press suites is Elegant Date. One of the reasons I like this design is that it uses typography as a motif. The elegant script feels calligraphic and makes a bold statement. The large format is unexpected for a save the date and makes a great impression to those who receive it in the mail. From a design perspective, I love how many variations I’ve seen over the years, not only with font and colors, but with motifs and embellishments (like painted edges or foil). Whether Elegant Date stays true to the original or is customized, the design never goes out of style. The oversized date not only celebrates the couple’s special day, it has been the inspiration for other save the dates. I also love our other typography based suites.

Inspired by vintage typogrpahy, this custom Volusia from Events blends a beautiful script with bold type. 

This fresh take on Elegant Date has flourishes, an all over pattern and painted edges, which makes Calistoga the perfect choice for any extraordinary event.

Pairing bold numerals with delicate patterns, Cloverdale is the perfect way to make a statement.

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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Suite Spotlight – Auburn Letterpress Save the Date Card

Inspired by vintage letterpress wood type posters, this suite is perfect for a rustic barn setting or casual country affair. The Auburn typography makes a statement and sets a cheerful, fun-loving tone for your guests whether printed in one, two or three ink colors.

Inspiration board for the Auburn letterpress wedding save the date and invitation by Dauphine Press featuring a rustic feel, shell pink, peachy cantaloupe + nutmeg brown color palette.

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Auburn letterpress wedding save the date and invitation by Dauphine Press. The design has a rustic feel and incorporate a shell pink, peachy cantaloupe and nutmeg brown color palette.

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