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Real Wedding Wednesday: Lauren & Rob

Happy Real Wedding Wednesday from the Patchettes! Today, we’re sharing Lauren & Rob’s DC wedding at the Hay Adams hotel. These sweethearts celebrated their love, surrounded by DC’s beautiful monuments, with a wedding full of luxury. We loved their gold foil invitations and lace tablecloths. The whole reception space was white and – WOW! Our dear friends at EVOKE did an amazing job creating that look, and we can’t thank Sara Petras enough for capturing the day. Congrats to Lauren & Rob!

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What an amazing group of vendors! Thank you for letting us join you, and cheers to the newlyweds!

Wedding Planner: EVOKE | Photographer: Sara Petras | Venue: Hay Adams | Floral: EDGE | Entertainment: Elan Artists | Lighting: John Farr | Wedding Cake: Kendall’s Cakes | Rentals: DC Rental, La Tavola, Perfect Settings | Makeup: Abigail de Casanova | Cupcakes: Baked by Melissa | Pretty Paper: The Dandelion Patch


Pretty in Pastel Pink

Pink is certainly the “it” color right now! From fashion to weddings, everything is pretty in pastel pink. It’s literally flooding our feeds. Not that we’re complaining! Who doesn’t love a pretty pink planner? Or, a blush wedding palette? It’s a classic and flattering color, making it a great pick for any bride. This trend is likely a result of Pantone naming rose quartz as one of their Colors of the Year, meaning this trend is likely to stick too! If you’re thinking pink, here’s some inspiration that we love:

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A blushing bride surrounded by blush dresses – how cute!


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This San Diego wedding was perfectly, pale pink!

Are you loving this pink trend? Share your opinions with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! You can also make an appointment with one of our pink-loving Patchettes at our Tysons Corner showroom!


Make it Modern!

If you’re a modern bride, you’ll definitely want pretty paper to match! Modern invitations have clean lines, sleek typography, and bold prints. For example, a square invitation with a  patterned envelope liner is perfect for the modern vibe! Here’s a few examples of what your modern invitations could look like from our gallery:

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Our lovely Patchettes are excited to help you design your modern wedding invitations! To begin, please make an appointment at our Tysons Corner Showroom. You can also follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more of our favorite paper trends! 


Real Wedding Wednesday: Heather & Jeff


Heather and Jeff planned the most magical New Year’s Eve wedding in Washington, D.C.  It had all the glitz and glamour that you could need to ring in the new year! This couple was amazing to work with, and we loved the sparkling invitations they picked with our Patchettes! The gold shimmer really matched the luxury of the whole wedding, which was expertly captured by Mary Kate Battles and Jennifer Heffner for Mary Kate McKenna Photography. The day also went incredibly smoothly, thanks to our dear friends at A Sweet Soiree Events. Cheers to the newlyweds! 

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What an amazing vendor team! Thanks for letting us be a part of it!

Wedding Photography: Mary Kate Battles + Jennifer Heffner for Mary Kate McKenna Photography | Getting Ready, Ceremony and Reception: Park Hyatt DC | Catering and Cake: Blue Duck Tavern | Day of Wedding Coordinator: A Sweet Soiree Events | Linen & Glassware Rentals: DC Rental | Ceremony Officiant: Rabbi Ari Sunshine | Decor/Florals: Petal’s Edge | Beauty: JKW Beauty | Band: Black Tie | Videography: Buerhaus Design | Lighting: PSAV | Dress: Alon Livine White, Bridal Couture | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Rehearsal Dinner: Pinstripes Georgetown | Pretty Paper: The Dandelion Patch


It’s Announcement Time!

Bling! Bling, everywhere! That’s engagement season! Well all of this sparkle leads to the next step: announcements! We love wedding announcements that put engagement session photography to use, so put some thought in to these photos. The right shot always makes the perfect announcement! It’s a super simple, yet personal look. Plus, you get to keep showing off that ring! Here’s a few of our favorite engagement photo poses!

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Go simple with a cute selfie!

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As Starbucks lovers, we’re obsessed with this announcement idea!

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Cards and signage make for adorable engagement photos!

Ready to turn your engagement photos in to wedding announcements? Please make an appointment at our Tysons Corner Showroom for guidance from our lovely Patchettes. You can also keep up with on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Botanical Beauties

Botanical invitations are one of our favorite pretty paper looks! These beauties are so soft and romantic. They’re perfect if you’re planning a spring wedding. At the same time, a few darker hues like navy make them versatile enough to use year round. To really wow guests, we recommend saving your floral prints for the envelope liner. It’s an extra special surprise as you open the invitation. This concept also allows you to keep the invitation design simple but still have a pop of color and pattern! Here are a few examples – don’t forget to pin them on Pinterest!

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Recently engaged? Our Patchettes are excited to help you through the steps of selecting your paper, from announcements to invitations to day-of paper! For larger looks at these botanical beauties, please select the botanical gallery above. In addition to our galleries, please make an appointment at our Tysons Corner Showroom to view more inspiration. Happy planning!


Real Wedding Wednesday: Katherine & Jeffrey


Katherine & Jeffrey’s wedding, planned by Tabitha Roberts of Roberts & Co. Events, was recently the first wedding to be held in the Trump International Hotel in DC. We were super excited to get a glimpse inside, and we certainly weren’t disappointed! The hotel’s gallery wall made a beautiful backdrop for the couple’s ceremony. To complement the venue, Katherine and Jeff incorporated lots of gold in to their wedding plans. We loved creating their sparkling signage and day-of paper in gold. The Patchettes also designed their DC skyline place cards!

Congratulations to these lovely newlyweds! We’re also giving our photographer friends at  Lovestruck Images a round of applause for having these photos featured on the Washingtonian website. We really can’t thank Lovestruck enough for sharing these shots with us too! What a magnificent day!

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Thank you to all of the amazing vendors that made Katherine and Jeffrey’s wedding day in to such a work of art. The Dandelion Patch loves you!

Venue: Trump International Hotel | Photographer: Lovestruck Images | Wedding Planner: Tabitha Roberts of Roberts & Co. Events | Bride’s Gown: Alvina Valenta, Katherine’s Bridal Boutique | Groom’s Tux: Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse | Hair & Makeup Artist: Georgetown Bride | Caterers & Cake: Trump International Hotel | Florist: The Enchanted Florist | Music/Entertainment: BroadSound | Harpist: Nadia Pessoa | Lighting: Frost Lighting | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch 


Ringing in the New Year

The Patchettes hope everyone had an awesome time ringing in the New Year this weekend! In addition to marking the New Year, these winter months are often known as “engagement season.” We’ve certainly see a ton of exciting proposals pop up on our social media pages. It’s really such a magical time, filled with family and warmth. What better time to propose? While we’re getting prepared for wedding season, it has been so fun to focus on the stunning rings that we’re seeing online and in the store too. Here’s a few engagement ring trends that the Patchettes have noticed and are predicting to be popular in 2017!

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Rose gold is still making a splash in 2017. We’re not surprised, because it’s super flattering on every skin tone!

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Unique gemstones like sapphires or emeralds have been replacing diamonds, during this engagement season!

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Vintage rings with intricate details remain popular!

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We love stacked rings, and we’re hoping this trend stays for awhile!

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Whether pair cut or round diamonds, halo rings have been super popular!

We really do love the excitement of newly engaged couples, and we’re lucky to work with so many. From announcements to invitations, our Patchettes are happy to help you with all your pretty paper needs! To get started, please make an appointment at our Tysons Corner Showroom. You can also keep up with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Flower Crown Favorites

Flower crowns started as a very indie trend that was mostly popular with boho brides. Now, flower crowns are becoming more and more mainstream. This trend has also maintained popularity through every season, proving it’s here to stay. Sorry summer – winter flower crowns are the new and improved take on this look! They’re cranberry filled and flawless in burgundy hues. Here are a few of our favorites for your winter wonderland wedding!

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This dress, that crown, those flowers – wow!

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Perfectly paired with a braid and fur!

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We can’t get over the lovely blend of greens in this crown.

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Make a statement with a few bold flowers!

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Finally, winter flower crowns were made for man buns and matching, burgundy suits!

We can’t get enough of these flower crowns. They’re our favorite Snapchat filter in real life! What could be better? For more of our favorite wedding trends, please follow the Patchettes on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. You can also find us on Snapchat (@chiefpatchette)!


Real Wedding Wednesday: Amanda & Mike

It’s our favorite day of the week: Real Wedding Wednesday! Amanda and Mike’s DC wedding, planned by Bright Occasions, was so incredibly glam. We loved creating the couple’s day-of paper, including their stunning programs! The purple floral design by our Patchettes matched perfectly with the bride’s bouquet. Also, the DC skyline complemented the couple’s style and their St Regis DC venue. Sarah Bradshaw Photography really outdid themselves on capturing every detail too! It was certainly a day to remember!

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Thank you to all the amazing vendors that made Amanda and Mike’s fairytale day come true!

Photographer: Sarah Bradshaw Photography | Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions | Ceremony & Reception: Elisabeth Thomas, St Regis DC | Officiant: Rabbi Michael Feshbach | Videographer: Monachetti Weddings | Florist: B Floral Event Design | Furniture Rentals: Revolution Event Design | Hair Stylist: Jewel Hair Design | Makeup Artist: Makeup By Shirin | Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige via Bella Bianca | Bridesmaids Dresses: Decode 1.8 at Lord & Taylor | Groom’s Tux: Hart Schaffner Marx | Ceremony musicians: String4 | Band: Amaretto | Getting Ready: The Mayflower Hotel | Linens / Chairs: DC Rental | Transportation: Sunny’s Limos | Day-of Paper: The Dandelion Patch