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Behind the Scenes at our Chevron Picnic Photo Shoot

blue and white backyard picnic ideaEarlier this summer my dear friend Cyd came to visit. Technically, her visit was supposed to be purely vacation, but we managed to sneak in a quick photo shoot/picnic. You can see the Backyard Picnic photos on her blog.

A lot of styled photo shoots you see on blogs are just for show, but we wanted to actually have a little picnic party to introduce Cyd to my SoCal friends. The second Jennifer Dery was done snapping photos we all dug into the yummy food.  When it got dark we moved the party over to the fire pit and made s’mores. The evening was truly one of the biggest highlights of my summer.

Orange salad with mint and onions

One of my favorite things to serve for summer picnics is Orange Salad. We’re super lucky to have orange trees in our backyard, so we make it a lot. It’s refreshing and delicious for summer get togethers.


INGREDIENTS: 12 fresh oranges, 1/2 onion, 1 tsp. sea salt, fresh mint

DIRECTIONS: Slice oranges into small wedges (use a paring knife to remove all rind and membrane). Slice onion into very thin ribbons. Put in bowl and add salt. Toss gently. Sprinkle fresh mint leaves on top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Some behind the scenes shots from the Backyard Picnic photo shoot, which was inspired by one of our newest wedding invitation designs, Chevron, the color blue, Bixby & Ball, and summertime:

Delphine intern, Marissa Cool, and her sweetie enjoy blueberry coconut cocktails between shots and lounge on cute pillows from Bixby & Ball.

Stylist Cyd Converse of The Sweetest OccasionStylist Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion, the brains and inspiring force behind the scenes.

Delphine and Bekka Palmer behind the scenesMémé Delphine and Bekka Palmer share a giggle.

Chevron wedding invitation design in navy blue and white chevron patternThe Delphine Chevron wedding invitation design, which inspired the look of the shoot.

MANY THANKS to the team behind this shoot, especially to Cyd for making it all happen. Event design + styling: Sweet Occasions Studio + Delphine / Stationery + paper goods: Delphine (Featured design: Chevron) / Floral design: Adrianne Smith Floral Design / Photography: Jennifer Dery / Decor + tablewares: Bixby & Ball / Styling assistance: Marissa Cool (Delphine intern extraordinaire) + Bekka Palmer of Minted Condition

 //photos in this post by Erika Firm

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new digs

welcome to the new home of the Delphine blogWelcome to the new Delphine blog. Thanks so very much for visiting us. We are still getting used to our new digs, so please pardon our dust while we get settled in. If you notice anything not quite right please let me know.

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blog love: creature comforts

Have you seen Ez’s new column on Creature Comforts, “How Do I Wear…”? I have a sequins top hanging patiently in my closet, but was completely stumped for new ideas on how to wear it. Inspired by her “chic for cheap” column, I emailed Ez for suggestions and voila, a new column was born. Many thanks to Ez for giving me two new outfit ideas! I’ll be wearing one of them this weekend at my first holiday party of the season.

Oh, and if you haven’t already visited, check out her fabulous new magazine, Gifted, for lots of great gift (and packaging) ideas. I promise it will help you finish up your holiday shopping in no time.

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in the press: stroller traffic

Many thanks to Stroller Traffic for asking me to take part in an interview about the top trends this season in holiday cards. Click on over to StrollerTraffic.com to read what I have to say about the top 10 holiday card trends for 2010.

Which reminds me … have you ordered your holiday cards yet? It’s November now, and even though it was literally over 100 degrees at the studio yesterday, we are in the holiday spirit! We have lots of fun new holiday designs on our website, including Reindeer in Houndstooth, designed by Plaid Design for Delphine:

photo by Courtney Yee for Delphine

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in the press: a fun vintage tailgate reception

Many thanks to Abby and the Style Me Pretty team for posting our vintage tailgate reception inspiration shoot today. Seeing the photos brought back a ton of fun memories. To see more photos and read all about the inspiration behind the photos, please visit Style Me Pretty.

I had a blast working with Adrianne and Jen on this. Special props to darling Julie, who was extraordinarily patient and kind while we dressed her up and had her running all over the yard in a pink crinoline and heels! The super fun vintage lawn games and most of the “furniture” is courtesy of Jennifer at SoLo. The very best part of this shoot: sipping the champagne and devouring delicous Cupcake Love “props” with the team after the wrap!

Delphine’s Anemone invitation, in anemone pink and black.

Credits: EVENT DESIGN and STYLING: Adrianne Smith and Erika Firm PHOTOGRAPHY: Jennifer Dery, CUPCAKES: Cupcake Love,   FLOWERS: Adrianne Smith Floral Design,   INVITATIONS and PARTY FAVORS: Delphine,    MODEL: Julie Rais,  VINTAGE FURNITURE, GAMES and TOYS: Jennifer Price at SoLo.

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zine love: lonny magazine

Lonny magazine keeps getting better and better. I’m happy that online magazines are filling the gap in the shelter magazine space, and Lonny is my favorite of the bunch. One of the nicest things is that an online magazine isn’t really limited by space in the magazine, so they can run longer stories with more pages of photos. Here are a few of my favorite stories from the August issue:

I was thrilled to see a profile on Virginia Tupker, a stylist and home market editor at Vogue. I’ve bumped into Virginia many times at many many trade shows. The first time I met her I was floored by her incredible sense of style. I remember telling my mom something like “she belongs in Vogue, she is so chic” and my mom (a French woman who knows a thing or two about being chic) told me something like “darling, she works there” and then told me to turn over the business card Virginia had handed me. Every time I see Virginia at The Javits Center (not the easiest place to keep your cool) she looks amazing. But what really stands out is that she is one of the most gracious editors I’ve ever dealt with. Thanks, Lonny, for offering me a peek inside Virginia’s world.


The cheeky style of Ben Brougham’s little NYC apartment makes me want to drop in for a cocktail. Something tells me he has frozen vodka at the ready. How cool is that rope pattern wallpaper? The color combo in these shots is one of my all time favorites. One of these days I’ll get a client I can convince to go for this quirky color pairing.

My favorite photograph from the issue. Ben Brougham’s apartment again.


Rachel Ashwell is back! While I think I’d get bored living with Shabby Chic style all the time (I love color too much to give it up), I still think her style is iconic and inspiring. I especially love how unpretentious her look is.

Have I ever told you what my dream job would be if I weren’t a graphic designer? I’d be a magazine editor. When I was a journalism student my plan was to launch my own wedding magazine, so I guess I’ve always had a thing for the bridal market.

All images from Lonny Magazine August 2010 issue.

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in the press: a casual italian inspired reception

Many thanks to Weddings Unveiled for posting all about the Italian-inspired “Vino e Formaggio” shoot that Adrianne Smith and I designed (and captured stunningly by Jennifer Dery). Please head over to Completely Unveiled by Weddings Unveiled blog to read all about it. Meanwhile, here are a few of my favorite photos from the day.

That’s my kitty, Ajax, checking to see if the cheese is ripe.


Stunning floral arrangement by Adrianne Smith Floral Design. Featuring the star of the show: gorgeous café au lait dahlias, garden roses, and oranges fresh from our backyard.

Grazie to everyone who helped with the photo shoot. You know who you are … big big hugs to each and every one of you. xoxoxo.

The Scoop: EVENT DESIGN and STYLING: Adrianne Smith (www.asmithfloral.com) and Erika Firm (www.delphinepress.com)

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jennifer Dery, www.jenniferdery.com

CHEESE and CATERING: Dolce Pane & Vino, www.dolcepaneevino.com  

FLOWERS: Adrianne Smith Floral Design, www.asmithfloral.com

MENUS and PARTY FAVORS: Delphine, www.delphinepress.com 

VINTAGE PROPS: Sainte Béatrice, www.etsy.com/shop/saintebeatrice

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pretty please …

Pretty please … help me make my blog better. I’m so thankful for you, sweet readers. I love to hear from you! Please let me know what sort of content you like/dislike/crave/want more of. I truly love hearing your comments on posts, so don’t be shy! Honestly sometimes I feel like I’m talking to an empty room and your little notes reassure me that I’m not alone here. Finally, a reminder that you can catch each & every post by subscribing (click the RSS feed button at the top of the right hand column).

Merci beaucoup, beaucoup, beaucoup!

PS if you’d rather keep your notes private you may email me directly: erika [at] delphinepress [dot] com.

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blog love: the wedding chicks

Many many thanks to Krystel Tien of Couture Events for asking me to be a part of her amazing Alice in Wonderland wedding shoot. I had such a great time designing the paper goods that they have inspired a new wedding suite (coming soon: Wonderland).

Extra special thanks to the sweet ladies at The Wedding Chicks for posting our little adventure on their delicious blog today. Please visit The Wedding Chicks to see more photos of the Alice in Wonderland adventure that Krystel created.

UPDATE:  WONDERLAND save the dates and wedding invitations are live on our site.

Coordination: Couture Events
Photography: Joielala Photography
Stationery: Delphine
Florist: The Floral Department
Cupcakes: Cupcake Love
Make up Artist: Think Pink, Dana Marie
Hair: Shawna Messner- shawnanana1@yahoo.com
Gowns: M Bride
Cake: The French Gourmet
Linens: The Floral Department for La Tavola Linen
Bracelets and paper florals: The Vintage Rabbit
Hair Accessories: Radokri
Model: Ari Cover
Bunnies: Ashli Hurst – ashlihurst@yahoo.com
Creative Director: Krystel Tien

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it’s an honor to be nominated …

I just found out that this blog has been nominated for Best Vendor Blog in WeddingChannel.com‘s annual Best Bridal Blog contest! Merci beaucoup to all who nominated Delphine-Ephemera as best Vendor Blog! Please click over to WeddingChannel.com to vote for us.

Smooches, E.

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