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In The Press – Stationery Trends Summer 2013

It’s been a great summer here at Dauphine Press! And yes, we’ve noticed that everyone has already started talking about “back to school” and end of summer plans. We’re wanting to stretch out the warm summer days so we are having fun recapping some of the great things that we have been part of this summer. One very special honor was being included in the Stationery Trends Summer 2013 issue in their Fresh Picks section. We loved seeing our Fairfield save the date and invitation suite featured in our favorite trade magazine.

The romantic lattice pattern in our mist foil truly makes this suite shine. The luxe board duplexed stock creates a beautiful canvas for the foil printed pattern and calligraphic typeface and our gold edge painting is the perfect accessory.

If Fairfield is also your idea of a fresh pick, contact your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to start customizing your own wedding stationery.

Can’t get enough of our Fairfield suite? The inspiration board for this design is a must see!

Client Customization – A Peachy Take on Marinwood

I can’t tell you how often I hear people in our industry talk about how hard it is to design their own stationery! When you are exposed to such gorgeous design and printing every single day, I am the first to admit that it can be a painfully slow process when it comes time to narrow down all of the amazing choices into a single card for yourself. However, this time around, when it came time to design {another!} baby announcement, it was much less daunting!

With the help of Dauphine Press designers Matt and Heather and my client services sidekick Tracy, I had the perfect team to help me pull this design together. Focusing on every detail from the color palette to the perfectly petite pattern behind the photograph and the ideal art for the first panel to the most fabulous fonts for my baby girl’s name, it came together in no time. I absolutely love the end result and I’m especially pleased with the way it complements big sister’s announcement that we created two years ago.

Right from the start, I knew that I wanted to go with the same trifold format as Chelsea’s announcement {baby number one}, since that worked so well the first time around. This format has proven itself to be a great fit for everything from a big announcement to a wedding details card packed with travel information. And, let’s not forget what a precious keepsake it makes with it’s small size and luxe print techniques.

Our Marinwood design has seen many variations since it was released two years ago – check out a few of our favorites here and here. Are you looking for the perfect announcement or save the date? Visit one of our exclusive retailers and share with them all the ways you would customize your very own trifold.

Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Kristen & Eliot

Today, we have a gorgeous real Dauphine Press wedding to share! You’ve already seen our post on Kristen & Eliot’s wedding stationery, ordered through our exclusive retailer Judy Paulen Designs, but today we’re showing you the full picture — wedding photos!

The client’s vision, along with the hard work and talent of their vendors {especially the amazing planning and design duo at Enjoy Events Co.}, was captured beautifully by Braedon Photography. We are loving all of the amazing details, from the gorgeous location, Beaulieu Garden in Rutherford, California, to the perfect blush touches in just the right places and the chevron-patterned, gold sequined linens. Absolutely gorgeous!

We adore this shot of the couple’s full wedding wardrobe. It paints the full picture and shows that coordinating pieces can have great impact. With our custom design process, you’re not forced to choose pieces that perfectly match. Instead, you can personalize each piece and modify elements to create your ideal suite. For instance, the lush florals appear on the first panel of their save the date trifold and backside of their response card and are balanced by the bold graphic patterns on the second panel of their save the date and the backside of their response card. The duplexed warmed white colored paper, custom blush ink color and shine from the pearl foil create a subtle, yet show stopping suite.

To see more details of this exceptional wedding, see the feature on Martha Stewart Weddings.

CREDITS: Wedding Photography: Braedon Photography | Planning and Day Of Paper Goods: Enjoy Events Co. | Location: Beaulieu Garden | Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Hair and Makeup: Mimi & Taylor | Save the Date and Invitation Stationery: Dauphine Press exclusive retailer Judy Paulen Designs

If you would like to see your future wedding featured on The Fine Print, visit one of our exclusive retailers to start the design of your custom foil and letterpress wedding invitations today and take advantage of the free custom design we offer with every order. You can change the color palettetypefacepatterns and motifs on any suite and there is no additional cost!

Ultimate Eye Candy – New Lookbook Pages!

Here at Dauphine Press we are all about two things – high end print techniques and custom design. In the past couple of weeks we have been highlighting a bunch of our favorite new print techniques, but today we want to talk about custom design! Every couple deserves a unique wedding stationery suite. No matter how simple they say they want to keep things initially, every couple ends up putting in many hours on all of their wedding details, big and small.

One of the most important elements is getting guests to your big day and conveying the right feel for your festivities. The design of your wedding stationery is a very important step. At Dauphine Press, we set out years ago to create an experience for all brides and grooms to do just that – create their very own, unique look without having to spend thousands with an independent designer. Using the Custom Wedding Portfolio Design Library, thousands of options are there for you to use at no additional charge.

Our albums include a carefully curated collection of design created by our design team. When creating these designs we take many things into consideration – a true Dauphine Press look, making the most of our print techniques and wedding trends. Even though we take the time to pull these designs together, it is always our expectation that couples will change *something* on our designs. Often times though, couples may be nervous about making those changes since it can be tough to visualize. With our new lookbook pages, all of that worry is gone.

Sitting side-by-side with each suite in our album are hundreds of additional ideas from our design team to help you create the perfect suite for your wedding and special event. There are changes big and small shown. We show everything from changing ink colors and fonts to swapping out print techniques and adding backers, duplexed colored papers and edging. This new tool also provides a visual for a range of budgets, showing that a 2-color letterpress and foil design in the album can easily be switched to 1-color letterpress – and that the results can be equally as stunning.

You can view all of our lookbook pages by visiting any of our exclusive retailers or visiting the gallery section of our website.

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Above photo by Brookelyn Photography.

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As you can see, these new lookbook pages not only add 400+ new designs to our Custom Wedding Portfolio, but they also provide an immense amount of inspiration. Each design in our gallery has a link to view the additional pieces in the suite & the customized variations in the suite. Enjoy!

Real Dauphine {Baby Announcement}

We’re back today with details and images of Chelsea’s birth announcement. As we mentioned in our last post, the inspiration for this piece came from our Marinwood save the date. With it’s gorgeous first panel, second panel fit for a photo and the last panel for details, it is the perfect format for a baby announcement.

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Not wanting a typical pink baby announcement (or nursery, or 1st Birthday party!), Kendra chose our buttercup ink along with a custom coral color (which is coming soon to our official color palette, called papaya) to transform the save the date in to a sweet baby announcement. Printed on our natural white letterpress stock and paired with a black and white photograph of Chelsea, this customization was complete!

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