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A.M. Inspiration {chinoiserie and metallics}

4.24-AM-INSPIRATION

We all have our favorite creative times during the day, and for me, it’s early in the morning while most of the world – well, mostly my children – remain quiet. With our “A.M. Inspiration” series, I post images of what currently has me inspired, the exciting new ideas I am dreaming up on my quiet mornings and share my thoughts on how to translate each piece of inspiration into stationery design and wedding invitations.

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It was in college, while studying art and design, that I fell in love with chinoiserie. The Chinese-inspired prints have an ethereal feel that heightened my appreciation for this pattern.

This contemporary image, with the brushed metallic silver background that combines so beautifully with the watercolor-like-feel of the intricate and fanciful botanical imagery, is quite an inspiration. The winding tree branches painted in an unexpected robin’s egg blue color adds to the overall whimsical quality of the print.

To translate these exquisite details into a stationery suite, I would simply suggest shimmering foil stamping paired with a soft letterpress color palette on a metallic neutral card stock. Some of our most popular designs were inspired by items and elements that aren’t traditionally associated with weddings. A chinoiserie-inspired wedding invitation is officially on my design to-do list!

Dauphine Press Loves {fonts}

We’re back with another installment of our Dauphine Press Loves posts! As a team, we always find ourselves talking about our favorite things – blog posts we have read, images and articles in magazines and of course wedding and stationery details! With our Dauphine Press Loves posts we share our favorites right here on our blog. It gives you a little peek into the team creating your custom wedding stationery and hopefully provides a bit of inspiration!

Fonts can leave a lasting impression when it comes to wedding stationery. We love playing around with a mixture of different fonts and especially love seeing the countless combinations on all of our stationery!  Whether you are using all block fonts, all script, or a combination of both, fonts are a great way to set the tone for your big day. Since the list of fonts goes on and on, we would like to introduce to you today some of our favorite script fonts.

 

Dauphine Press Loves - Fonts

{Kendra} Kendra loves how the varying thick and thin lines of Piel Script radiate elegance and really show the best of letterpress printing.

{Kristie} Carolyna Pro is a whimsical, calligraphic script that’s both fun and classy, which is why Kristie is always delighted when she sees this font in stationery design!

{Abbey} Abbey adores the beautiful ornaments and delicate nature of Eloquence font. Combine this script with other serif or san serif fonts for a refined, polished look.

{Carissa} Belluccia Pro is Carissa’s favorite script font with its abundance of glyph options and classic, handwritten feel.

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We hope these favorites leave you inspired! Check out some of our letterpress wedding invitations and their fabulous font combinations on our Pinterest page and website. Don’t forget to visit your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to get started on an astonishing design of your own!

Suite Spotlight – Maybeck Letterpress Wedding Invitation

The subtle buttercream letterpress printed background pattern, paired with a clean typeface in metal ink on our Maybeck design, creates a perfectly whimsical and modern wedding invitation suite. The two love birds perched on a wire are the focal point of the invitation, while variations of the lovely lark adorn the accessory cards and envelopes.

Dauphine Press Suite Spotlight - Maybeck

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Dauphine Press Suite Spotlight - MAYBECK

Maybeck is another of our Coral wedding invitations. With our Coral Wedding Album you can select the best package to suit your event and personalize it to match your décor. If you want to see a gorgeous Maybeck customization from an adorable couple, take a peek at this Real Dauphine Press Weddings post and Melinda + Aaron’s personalized version.

Our Coral Wedding Album is full of stylish, eco-friendly, and above all, affordable invitation designs! Yep, that’s right – affordable letterpress! We stretch your dollars and our capabilities without compromising one kilowatt of quality or design.  By combining our pricing into set packages, we offer more printing for fewer dollars. Packages make for easy pricing – one price fits all. The Coral line combines press runs to save energy, paper, time and money. To see our Coral Wedding Album in person contact your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer and be prepared to fall in love!

Suite Spotlight – Ivy Letterpress Wedding Invitation

January is such an exciting time of year for us! It’s the time of year when when wedding planning really starts to ramp up! That means that we have couples {just like you!} and our retailers sharing endless numbers of new “wedding visions” with us – the vision that each unique couple is dreaming up for their own wedding day.

We’re a visual group and love how inspiration boards can really help couples develop the overall look and feel for their big day. Inspiration boards have to be the number one wedding planning tool these days! Our designers also use inspiration boards to create new designs. For every one of our designs, we had a particular wedding vision in mind when the design was created. This is what our Suite Spotlight posts are all about! We share with you the inspiration board behind one of our favorite custom wedding invitations. We think it’s exciting to see the full process so we want to share! Plus, if you’re a bride or groom just getting started on your inspiration boards and planning, maybe this peek into our process will help you start pulling your vision together.

Typically, the viewers of our inspiration boards initially react to the color palette featured. When it comes to our Ivy invitation suite, we feel that with the inclusion of the hydrangea blue, it shows a modern take on a traditional wedding color palette. With olive green chosen as the neutral and used for the wedding invitation wording, the pale blue backer card adds pop of color. You wouldn’t normally think of pale blue acting as a pop of color, but our team pulled it off in a stunning way!

Take a peek at the inspiration behind our Ivy letterpress wedding invitation:

Dauphine Pres Suite Spotlight - IVY

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Dauphine Press Suite Spotlight - IVY

Our Ivy letterpress wedding invitation is a true classic! It is a design that is very versatile and gives an overall romantic vibe as well as touches of whimsy with the spiraling tendrils that fall behind the wording. Your choice of font used on this invitation can take this design from traditional to casual – one perfect for anything from an outdoor event to classic church nuptials. The fine details in the ivy motif used on the invitation and note card, along with the vintage engraving design used on the response card, really show off the deep impression of the letterpress printing!

So, what do you think? Are you ready to start pulling together your own wedding color palette and inspiration board? We can’t wait to hear from you and “see” what makes your wedding design uniquely you! Visit your local Dauphine Press retailer to get started on turning your vision into the perfect letterpress wedding invitation!

Vintage Hollywood Shoot

Everyone loves a great inspiration style shoot — us included! It’s an even bigger treat to work with some of the most amazing wedding vendors out there and collaborate on creating visuals that will inspire brides and grooms with every large and small detail.

This Vintage Hollywood shoot is no exception. Recently featured on Style Me Pretty, these beautiful details are the result of a collaboration with MLKL PhotographyOlam Weddings and Kerry Quade.

Vintage Hollywood Style Shoot

Stylistically, this suite’s chic typography was inspired by high fashion with a nod to the mid-century design. The gold foil impressed into the soft cotton paper is what gives this suite the rich and luxurious feeling associated with vintage Hollywood. The delicate, foil-stamped border and text is reminiscent of gold jewelry and truly catches the light like a diamond ring. The palette is still bright and beautiful — the whimsical, Wisteria-colored, hand-painted edges and a custom envelope liner give it a little vintage ’60s, beach-side flair while remaining sophisticated.

Vintage Hollywood Stationery

If you would like to see the original inspiration for this foil and letterpress suite, our Kensington design, visit one of our exclusive retailers.

 

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