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Wedding bells continue to ring at Dauphine Press, this time for Melinda McVay. Melinda is an elite member of the A-Team, the unsung heroes of our print studio. She and her fellow teammates make it all come together for each and every job that carefully passes through our hands. Melinda gives new meaning to quality control. She oversees plate making, packaging, shipping and makes sure every ribbon, grommet, backer, tip-on and assembly is letter-perfect every time. Her attention to detail is consummate, so of course we're not in the least bit surprised that she's turned her love of perfect details... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2010 at Dauphine
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Earlier this week on The Fine Print, we showcased Cinderella stamps which we designed and printed for the Absolutely Best Cotton Deluxe Envelopes Fancy Guide (or ABCDEFG for short). This guide was the clever party favor for the Correspondence Salon sponsored by Crane & Co. at the opening of Alphabetilately at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. The guide's airmail imagery and color scheme were a perfect tie-in to an exhibit about the collecting of stamps and the sending of mail. The contents of the slipcase were postal as well, a series of cards each profiling a different envelope size in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2010 at Dauphine
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Cinderella stamps look like postage stamps, but are not “genuine” as they are not government-issued. They cannot be used as postage, so they are the step-child of real stamps. As such, Cinderellas have a long and colorful history in the world of philately and are sought after by many collectors. On a recent project, we had a chance to create three Cinderellas for a collaborative piece that we designed and printed for Crane & Co. in conjunction with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum for the opening reception of Alphabetilately. The exhibition (which has been extended until October 29, 2010!) explores... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at Dauphine
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Last year we had a lovely visit with Monika Day, the owner of Paperplain, one of the UK's biggest on-line social stationers located in central London, and sister company Wedding Writes. Monika was in Napa on holiday and popped over to visit us and place a custom order in person. We designed and printed a range of letterpress invitation blanks, which Paperplain can now customize with each order they receive. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2010 at Dauphine
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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. 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... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2010 at Dauphine
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In 2009, Dauphine Press began a licensing partnership with The Madison Park Group to design and print letterpress greeting cards. We love designing and printing non-personalized products, but from there we’re happy to hand off the logistics to Madison Park. They handle all the marketing, sales and distribution. This allows us to focus our attention on custom design for weddings and events which in turn fuels more great ideas and concepts for our next round of cards. You may notice that many of Dauphine’s greeting card designs are inspired by some of our best selling invitations. It’s a great partnership... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at Dauphine
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Since I was small, I’ve been fascinated by maps. The World Atlas was always my favorite go-to book in the family library and l collect vintage maps of the different places I’ve lived in the world. So I’m really delighted that our custom map-themed invitations have resonated with so many clients over the years. Our map library has grown to include so many wonderful destinations from Hawaii to the Iberian Peninsula. We continually create custom background maps for intrepid couples planning weddings in yet-to-be-illustrated destinations. One of our absolute favorite dealers, Linda Hays at Wedding Library in New York asked... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2010 at Dauphine
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On a peerless Saturday in October, Dauphine Press managing director Erin Shetterly was married to Todd Burns in a breathtaking ceremony at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross, California. Kendra Bellah and I were immediately struck by how Erin’s creative genius had touched every detail of the event, from the décor to the music to the signature cocktails. The wedding was a perfect blend of Erin’s eclectic tastes — she shopped the Alameda Antique Fair, flea markets and second hand shops for nearly a year to find the decorations: a collection of vintage white vases for the tables,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at Dauphine
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Back in 2000 when I was a one-gal show, I picked up the phone and called an amazing wedding planner in Napa named Sasha Souza. Her work was vibrant, inspiring, inventive. I simply wanted to see if she would refer her clients to me for invitations. I had no idea the adventure I was signing up for by simply reaching out. 

Over the years, Sasha has become a dear friend and cherished colleague who continually inspires our creative team at Dauphine Press. She’s one of a kind and a true creative genius. We’re honored to be featured in her new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2010 at Dauphine
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