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New Coral Wedding Invitations

Red Coral Wedding Invitations by Delphine Coral Reef invitationsWe’re in the midst of design season here at the Delphine studio and I’m happy to announce the release of a fresh new wedding invitation suite: Coral Reef. Inspired by daydreams of summer snorkeling trips. Shown here in red and black ink for a little twist on tradition. For a truly classic look, coral and marine inks are the way to go. Who’s ready for some boat drinks??

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Peony Rehearsal Invitations in Honeysuckle and Marine

Peony Wedding Invitations in Honeysuckle and Marine via DelphineOur Peony invitation is beautiful in bold colors. Honeysuckle pink is the epitome of summer, and it contrasts perfectly with our dark, marine blue. The punchy pink and navy color combo is a classic but super fun look. Perfect for a fun mid-summer party. One of the best things about flat printing is the ability to flood the background with a bright color.

We love how Tiffany and Taylor adapted our design for their wedding rehearsal dinner party. It’s also a great example of how rehearsal invitations can take a fun departure from the rest of a more formal letterpress wedding invitation suite.

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Newport Stripes Anchor Note Cards | Haute off the Press

Newport Yellow Stripes Red Stripes Anchor Personal Stationery Notecard by DelphineSummer is almost over, but I am still loving this fun and preppy Newport Stripes note card and calling card set from our personal stationery collection. Stripes and anchors never go out of season … just bring on the foul weather gear!

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Wonderland Wedding Invitations featured in The Knot Fall-Winter 2011

The Knot Fall Winter 2011 magazinewonderland wedding invitation featured in The Knot Fall 2011 Winter 2011Many thanks to The Knot Southern California for featuring our Wonderland wedding invitation in their fall/winter 2011 issue!

We love the classic navy blue and kelly green color combination that the editors chose for the spread. It really shows off how nice dark colors look as backgrounds for invitations.

Our Wonderland wedding invitation design is available flat printed (better for flooding the background with color) or letterpress.



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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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sweet sips

Friday already. Again. It was a rough week — full of impossible deadlines, last minute changes, sleepless nights, and illness. Many thanks to my dear friend Dr. Fhwy for getting me through these last few days.

I’m taking the afternoon off to go to a Goonie’s themed birthday party (one of our son’s classmates). Then tomorrow it’s back to work (yes, on a Saturday). I’m on antibiotics, so sitting poolside with an adult beverage is out of the question. Instead I’m hoping the fog in my head and the pain in my side/back/body/head will go away so I can focus on catching up on everything I let slide this week: proposals, proofs, and photoshoots.

//ABOVE our new FLUTTER wedding coaster and straw pennant flags shown in marine blue. Available in stores now.  //Photo: Delphine

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pantone color of the year 2011: honeysuckle pink

When Pantone announced Honeysuckle as its pick for Color of the Year 2011 I will admit I was shocked. I was expecting either a pretty distressed metallic or a soft, romantic pink. Not 1980s rose. I am the first to say I am NOT a pink person, so I’m hoping 2011 goes by quickly if this is the dominant hue to come.

From the Pantone press release: “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

I say, bring back blue!

Eiseman goes on to say that Honeysuckle “may bring a wave of nostalgia” for spring and summer.

Personally, I think it brings a wave of mustiness — reminiscent of the dusty rose couch and tapestry pillows from the 80s in Mom & Dad’s basement, where you may be forced to live because you can’t find a job. Rather than being a nice escape from stress, like 2010’s pretty Turquoise (daydreams of beach vacays and escape from everyday woes), Honeysuckle brings you right back down to earth — or the basement apartment.

I don’t want to poo-poo the color entirely. It can look nice if paired with crisp palm or apple green — kind of a retro preppy vibe made modern by lots of white accents. I also see it paired with warm, romantic apricot, or a lovely soft metallic like champagne. For a cheerier look, pair it with beach glass turquoise. It would look pretty with navy blue, like one of my favorite flowers, the Anemone. But please, for me, PLEASE don’t pair it with forest green, mauve, cream, lace, rose patterns, or anything that reminds you of 1985. I don’t think I can take it.

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new delphine ink color: peacock

We’ve just added eight new ink colors to the Delphine ink palette on our website! Peacock is one of my faves. It looks oh so lovely paired with “classic” Delphine inks:marine, bleu, shitake, and another new ink color: Beach Glass. It’s rich, romantic, elegant and yummy. 

Images: zipper case by Chance Co.; peacock bridesmaid dress by J.Crew; bathing suite by Issa from Net-A-Porter; espadrille sneakers from Talbots

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sweet summer soirée: a lobster bake outfit

While I have never been to a lobster bake (I’m more of an oyster roast girl myself … think flip flops, jean shorts and cold beers), my alter-ego would simply love a fancy beach party involving shellfish, white wine spritzers, and a kitchy outfit like this.

shown above: 1. lobster dress from anthropologie  | 2. rattan purse by tory burch  | 3. red sunglasses by kate spade  | 4. hand knotted rope bracelets  from knotworks | 5. black espadrilles with shells by nanette lepore

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in the press … boho magazine

Last weekend I picked up a copy of boho magazine and fell in love. I bought a copy and brought it home so I could read every page. As I worked my way through the magazine I spotted our delphine Jellies (jellyfish card from our Marine Life Collection)! How exciting! I remember the editors asking for the photo, but I never heard back from them so I thought the story got cut. What a lovely surprise. I hope your week has some nice surprises in store for you.

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