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Client Customization – The Sonoma Suite

We thought we would kick off the new year with a beautiful client customization of our Sonoma suite. This elegant design came to us from Judy Paulen Designs at Bloomingdale’s. Along with Judy Paulen Designs, the client was also working with Enjoy Events Co. in creating the perfect design to accompany their wedding day event. The soft Warmed White colored paper, custom ink color and shine from the Pearl foil create a subtle, yet show stopping suite. The flourishes from the original Sonoma design were paired with a bold chevron pattern, chandelier motif and peony floral to make a truly custom design.

For more on how to customize one of our suites (or create one from scratch with a Dauphine Press designer) click here.

 

Suite Spotlight – Sonoma Letterpress Wedding Invitation

The Sonoma suite is special to all of us at Dauphine Press. It was originally created by our then managing director, Erin, for her Fall wedding. The design was inspired by 19th century French engraving cuts to create a romantic and formal, but not so traditional look. To continue the romantic and formal feel, for its debut in our new Custom Wedding Portfolio II album, the Sonoma suite was letterpress printed in malt and espresso inks on our double-thick natural white premium stock and then edged in espresso. The updated color palette, along with the new Dauphine Press exclusive liner paper in our espresso Filigree pattern, make it a great choice for today’s classically elegant bride.

We can’t wait to see how this design evolves though. The beauty of our Custom Wedding Portfolio albums are that any design can be customized — adding custom foil touches, swapping out letterpress inks, edging and envelope liners — the options really are endless! We are excited to see how future brides update this design to suit their event.

Can you see it in blush and bashful? Traditional black and silver? Cheery coral and tangerine? Modern turquoise and sunshine? How would you customize this design?

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INSPIRATION BOARD CREDITS: Old Walls by CubaGallery | Couch by Bjorg Juto via Design Sponge | Cupcakes photo by Melianie Nashan via the Knot | Pillows by West Elm | Vintage Postcard from Library of Congress | Chandelier via Pottery Barn | Monogram Cakes via Martha Stewart | Boutineers by Wylie Weddings via 100 Layer Cake | Bride Photo by Lucia Paule Design and Jessica Johnston Photo via Style Me Pretty

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Remember, for our summer promotion we are offering free letterpress note cards with every invitation order!

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Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Erin & Todd {Part Two}

Last week, we posted Erin and Todd Burns’ stunning wedding which took place last fall in Marin County, California. Today we’re working backwards and taking a look at Erin’s invitations and stationery that preceded the event.

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We always tell our clients that save the dates don’t have to match the wedding invitation suite. There are no hard fast rules in this department. It can be agonizing to coordinate a piece of stationery to an event that is many months away when the details have yet to fully come together. We have learned that even the best laid plans are subject to change in the months leading up to a wedding. Save the dates in particular offer an early opportunity to break out of a matchy mindset and allow for more creativity in your stationery. When possible, incorporating a few elements from a save the date into the rest of the wedding stationery creates a visual link back to the announcement which ties the stationery together.

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For Dauphine Press Art Director Erin Shetterly, this was no exception. She had a date, a venue and an evolving theme. She was inspired by a vacation website about Isla Mujeres and had a fantastic caterer lined up for a Spanish-style tapas reception. Midway through the planning however, the couple had to change caterers, so the wedding ethos shifted away from a more laid back Latin feel to something more intricately ornate and romantic.

Erin says, “I went for a bolder look on the save the date design using duplex paper, a pattern on the back, colored envelopes and a custom address label. I didn’t have many of the details in place for the wedding, but I knew from day one that I wanted coral to be the “pop” color.”

When it came time for the actual invitations, Erin says “I toned down the design for the invites and wedding day stationery. I have always loved the 19th century French engraving cuts from the Charles Derrey foundry, so I worked with several motifs from that collection. I wanted it to look romantic and formal, but not so traditional. Coral was still the pop color, but I moved from espresso to a more bridal metallic pewter ink as the wedding décor was moving into a vintage garden aesthetic. I carried over some graphic elements from the save the date announcement. The frame graphic was used on the favor boxes, well wish cards and thank you notes. I also used the pattern from the back of the save the date card as the pattern for the envelope liners for the invitations.”

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Regarding the typography and layout of the invitation, Erin adds “Since we were among the last of our friends to marry, it was important to us to have our names on the same plane focusing on the union rather than the traditional hierarchy of a wedding invite.” You will also note that the invitation doesn’t read “Saturday, the twenty-fourth of October, two thousand and nine” as is the lengthy standard. Erin instead incorporated numerals, a subtle twist on tradition that didn’t compromise formality.

Another theme carried throughout the stationery were poignant literary quotes about love. On the back flap of the response envelope sprung a quote from Mark Twain. Another was included on the program cover.

While Erin and Todd were honeymooning in Europe, her team conspired and put together a beautiful letterpress broadside as a welcome home gift which read “Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.”

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