A Blog by Dauphine Press

Get the Look – Fresh Florals

In our regular Get the Look series from the Dauphine Press design department, we share some of our favorite hot new style finds and make suggestions for how you can translate the same look into your wedding stationery using the many custom elements available to you in our design library. Keep in mind that ALL of our stationery suites receive a designer’s touch and every one of our designs is customizable so pairing the color palette and embellishments below with any of our motifs or fonts allows us to create a stationery suite that is unique to you!

There is such a wonderful sense of drama to this photograph of actress Naomi Watts for Vogue Australia. The colors are rich and yet there is a softness to them that creates a harmonious palette. And, of course the bed of flowers has us thinking of hydrangea season and our ever-popular Hydrangea letterpress wedding invitation suite. Our designers thought that the layers and layers of gorgeous neutrals would put a modern twist on a classic beauty. Imagine a fresh white letterpress paper with our elegant hydrangea motif and traditional font printed in our lovely thistle ink, edged in our warm charcoal gray, then wrapped in a shimmery cameo pocket folder and finished with a deep mink-colored double-faced satin ribbon. The layers will unfold and reveal your wedding details just as  your guests’ anticipation of your big day builds!

Photographed by Will Davidson | Styled by Stevie Dance

We are constantly pulling inspiration from fashion and interior design magazines, blogs and the world around us and we love nothing more than to daydream about how to translate a specific style into a beautifully printed piece of stationery. We would love to hear from you! Contact a Dauphine Press exclusive retailer in your area to begin the design process.

And, to see the behind-the-scenes video of the Vogue Australia cover shoot, click here.

Trend Alert – Chevron Pattern

Chevron stripes have been around for a long time – dating all the way back to Greek pottery and as current as the mod fashions of the 70s – but it seems that the current resurgence is making a big splash in every aspect of life: fashion, interior design and stationery! The geometric boldness is perfectly suited to make a statement, like this skirt from the spring Anthropolgie collection.

A bit like these striking images from the Anthropologie catalog, our Carneros design blends a graphic chevron pattern with a botanical wreath monogram detail on this letterpress wedding invitation suite, finding the perfect balance between modern and traditional.

Are you in love with this trend as much as we are? Want to incorporate this new trend into your wedding stationery? Visit one of our exclusive retailers and start designing your custom letterpress wedding stationery today! Don’t forget about our Spring Promotion running through the end of June!

Dauphine Press Holiday Card Inspiration

In our Northern California office we don’t have snowy white winters, but our design team was inspired by “snow and gold” when creating our 2011-2012 holiday card. Starting with the “snow and gold” inspiration, we knew that above all, we wanted to incorporate brilliant gold foil and use our bright white letterpress stock.

Inspiration Board

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Staying true to our Dauphine Press aesthetic we wanted the card to have a vintage feel, which was achieved by creating a border inspired by gold details in art deco architecture and jewelry. The subtle texture of the snow-like letterpress blind hit in the fluffy cotton paper is perfectly paired with the warm gold foil border and sentiment. The “warm wishes” greeting was  by the amazing calligrapher Georgia Deaver in a script inspired by vintage packaging, resulting in a slightly traditional feel perfect for the holidays (or any wedding!). The calligraphy and gold foil are carried onto the light grey envelope completing the perfect clean and fresh wintery palette.

Dauphine Press Foil Letterpress Holiday Card With Calligraphy

 

Style Shoot – Behind the Scenes

As promised, today we are sharing some of the details that went into the style shoot for our Carneros and Auburn suites.

First, let’s skip to the end result since that’s what this is all about! Have you seen the amazing shots on our new website? Here are a few more:

Dauphine Press Carneros Letterpress Collection

To start the process we scouted the best of the best in stylists and photographers to help us with this exciting project.

Art directed by our very own Katrina McHugh, we selected Megan and Emily of Enjoy Events Co. to help us with styling, Nicole Hill Gerulat for the photography and brought in Georgia Deaver for calligraphy.

Our planning started with Megan and Emily of Enjoy Events Co. Katrina shared our chosen letterpress wedding suites and our vision and inspiration in designing them. Then we elaborated on the type of events these designs would be inviting guests to. After passing thoughts back-and-forth with Enjoy Events Co. they produced their own inspiration boards for the props and shortly after that began shopping for the perfect details.

Dauphine Press Letterpress Inspiration Boards

Now is a great time to bring up the stunning pieces they sourced from One True Love Vintage Rentals. Enjoy Events Co. has worked with Amanda at One True Love Vintage Rentals on a few projects including planning and styling her own wedding this past September. I think everyone agrees that she provided the perfect furniture for the day that really set the tone of each vignette.

Talking to Megan and Emily after seeing the final results of all our hard work on our new website, they were so sweet in saying: “We loved collaborating with everyone the day of the shoot. To see all of the wonderful props we gathered come to life with the invitations was such a joy! We loved how each invitation had a theme to style around and in the end we couldn’t have been happier with how everything tied together in the final photos.”

In addition to showing the final suites in their respective vignettes, we also wanted to create a physical inspiration board for our Auburn suite. The same Auburn suite used in the casual rustic style shoot above, but this time we had a different type of event in mind. You will see that this Auburn inspiration board reflects an event with a more romantic, traditional feel bringing in golds, a soft palette and vintage touches.

This board reflects what we envisioned a couple planning this wedding might have created when pulling all of their design elements and stationery together. At Dauphine Press, our goal is to not only provide the best artisan printing, but to also allow every engaged couple to create a stationery design that is unique to them and their event. With this visual we wanted to encourage all couples working with us to truly use our Design Library to create a one-of-a-kind stationery suite for their unique event.

Dauphine Press Auburn Letterpress Collection

Now, to get this shot, Nicole and her assistant Mallory had to get really creative. Not only are they amazing at their profession and able to produce gorgeous results, but they will go above and beyond in a heartbeat to get the shot. In addition to saying a few things that made us blush, Nicole had a favorite part of the day to share with us: “The Dauphine Press shoot was a dream shoot because the stationery, styling and lighting made the whole place beautiful to work in. We are all so inspired seeing it come together. My favorite part was the inspiration board. So perfectly styled – and I was at least 15 feet in the air shooting it!”

Dauphine Press Team

1. Nicole Gerulat Hill | 2. Mallory Ullmann | 3. Megan & Emily of Enjoy Events Co. | 4. Georgia Deaver  | 5. Amanda of One True Love Vintage | 6. Dauphine Press

We hope you’ve enjoyed these behind the scenes details of this style shoot as much as we enjoyed putting it all together and sharing it with you! We will have more of these to share with you soon. Do you have any favorite suites that you would like to see take center stage in one of our next style shoots?

See our ad featuring one of the Carneros photographs from this shoot in the Winter issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.

 

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