Bits and Buds: The Dandelion Patch Blog
Oct20th

How to: Celebrate Your Apple-y Ever After

You know it’s truly autumn when you’re scrolling through your Instagram feed or friends’ Snap-stories and pictures from apple-picking excursions are showing up every weekend. Since apples are so frequently associated with this season, imagine just how perfectly they’ll fit as a fall wedding? Not only does the fruit adapt easily to serve as various elements of a ceremony and/or reception, but the apple also display a palette that projects autumnal vibes. Keep reading to see all the ways these delicious, “doctor-repelling” fruit can be featured!

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Chocolate and caramel coated apple slices are easy and fun to make, but even easier and more fun to eat!

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10 points for each apple you find! You’d be surprised how well they blend into this impressive centerpiece!

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Your guests won’t be able to resist the sweetness once they get a taste of that homemade caramel apple sangria!

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It’s not exactly your typical wedding “cake”, but it definitely sets the tone for the season!

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Though they might not be very edible post-transformation, apple candles are easy to craft and quite stunning to look at!

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Put a seasonal twist on regular mimosas and you get the cinnamon apple cider version instead!

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SURPRISE! What would be your first reaction to such an adorably whimsical proposal?

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Better get the competitive spirit going – rally up your guests for a good ol’ game of apple bobbing!

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And then there’s our classic apple dessert! Some people like to package and wrap ’em up in ribbons and sparkles; others prefer it simple and straightforward. One thing’s for sure though – there is no going wrong with either pick!

If you’re hungry for more appeeling wedding inspiration or would like to browse through apple-easing collection of pretty paper, follow The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Oct18th

Real Wedding Wednesday: Clarendon Ballroom Celebration of Memories

As both natives of the DC area, Katie and Will first crossed paths in the club of a hotel they had both been staying at in San Juan, Puerto Rico and discovered that they were coincidentally working about 3 blocks away from one another in Silver Springs, MD at the time. With a first date of dinner and gelato in Arlington, it wasn’t long before the two developed a friendship and love rooted in shared people and pasts!

The wedding itself comprised of bursts of tropical tones of fuschia, lavendar and mandarin orange, as expertly captured by Lindsay Fauver Photography! Hosted at Clarendon Ballroom and Rooftop Pavilion, the event presented several elements that held memories from the past. In fact, Katie’s wedding band and bouquet featured material commemorating important moments in her grandparents’ lives!

Of course, we can’t close without a big thanks to our team of vendors; it was wonderful working together!

Photography: Lindsay Fauver Photography | Reception Venue: Clarendon Ballroom | Planner: Elle Ellinghaus Designs | Florals: J. Morris Florals | Dress: Nordstrom | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Mara Hair Studio | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch | Ceremony: Holy Trinity Catholic Church | Entertainment/DJ: Bialek’s Music


Oct16th

Trend Alert: Equestrian Extraordinaire

People tend to plan pretty far in advance for ways to best make their wedding day outshine all those other “regular” days in their lives by incorporating elements that speak to the bride and groom’s individual or combined background and/or hobbies. For many who were once talented, young equestrians, the desire to bring significance to their day of nuptials presents the perfect opportunity to leave a bit of themselves at the event to share with their guests – who they were growing up and the individual they’ve become today – by tying in the vocabulary of horseback-riding into decorations, or simply bringing in the creatures themselves!  Luckily, these long-faced gentle giants are quite good at being both aesthetically pleasing and intriguing, so you’ll have no problem achieving the aspirations of the “dream wedding”!

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Deck up the reception party with a fresh outdoor garden aesthetic and garnish it with award ribbons to bring in the desired equestrian effect!

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A perfect setting to capture adorable moments you wouldn’t get elsewhere!

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More delightfully romantic bride-and-groom moments, this time framed by none other than the gentle giants themselves!

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Pair your flower girl up with a pony to match! How cute is that?

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Rusty horseshoe table settings offer just the right amount of countryside feels!

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Perhaps even include custom fresh-cut hedges to match the theme!

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Instead of the typical escort cards, give your guests a beautiful horseshoe souvenir with each of their names inscribed!

And if you would like equestrian-themed stationary to go with, we’d love to help you with designs! For more inspiration to best express yourself, be sure to follow The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Oct11th

Real Wedding Wednesday: D.C. Gallery Romantic Autumn Reverie

Julie and Forrest looked as if they’d stepped straight off the set of this season’s top romance movie as they strolled through serene surroundings in the capital city. Elements of their ornately-planned party are lavished in a rich palette of blush and wine, accented with an occasional pop of pine green and glimmers of gold. These colors fit refreshingly into the cozy fall colors of the open outdoors, but stood out elegantly against the candle-lit indoor ceremony and reception area at the LongView Gallery, an industrial art gallery that every now and then hosted such unique events. All credit and kudos of documentation goes to the photographer of this wedding, Eric Kelley – such beautifully-captured images most assuredly requires a public audience!

 


We’d also like to shower praises on each of our fellow vendors for extraordinary workmanship and team spirit! This wedding embodies a rich quality of timelessness that leaves one in silent awe, and we couldn’t have made it without all of you!

Photography: Eric Kelley | Venue: LongView Gallery | Planner: A Trendy Wedding | Florals: Holly Chapel | Dress Designer: Anne Barge | Rentals: Event Revolution | Cake Designer: Buttercream Bakeshop | Hair & Makeup Artist: Alison Harper & Company | Lighting: John Farr Lighting | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch | Calligrapher: Laura Hooper | Catering: Well Dunn Catering | Band: Significant Others (Sam Hill Entertainment) | Furniture Rentals: White Glove Rentals


Oct9th

Trend Alert: Sweet Maple Merriment

‘Tis the merry season for maple syrup! Well, that’s not logistically true, as prime tree-tapping season generally occurs in the late-winter or early-spring. However, we’ve found that the common maple palette of rich oranges and golden browns easily fits into any autumn atmosphere! Scroll on ahead for some oh-so-(wedding)-brunchable sweets and treats that will surely leave your guests sticky for more!

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Instead of a perfectly-sculpted, evenly-coated cake, make your brunch party cake stand out with a Pollockian splatter of syrup, whipping cream and berrries galore!

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Nothing carries fall vibes more so than these crunchy bunch of syrup-sweet munch-ables!

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We recommend keeping track of the number of pancakes you go through – for future bragging purposes, of course.

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Why not throw in another fall foodie motif when such a combination is deliciously possible?

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Easy to make, easy to eat, – it’s a total win-win, if you ask us!

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And last but not least, let’s not forget the star of our post! Petite maple-leaf-shaped glass bottles make for fantastic guest favors!

Perhaps you’d like to consider a maple palette for your very own set of fall-season paper goods! Simply call for an appointment, or hit that like/follow button on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more weekly inspiration!


Oct6th

Doting on Dots, Part Two: People & Parties

In Monday’s “Part One: Cakes & Bakes“, we posted about all things sweet and Swiss-dotted. Here, we give you Part Two, a compilation of similarly patterned reception decor as well as some delightfully dotted wedding fashion pieces for further inspiration!

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Sweet dotted accents gently drift along to the breeze – it’s absolutely feasible if you’re looking for that level of calm and cool!

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Add a nibble of of chic coziness to your reception with Swiss-dotted table cloth!

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A pretty bow in the back brings a lovely fairy tale quality to this magical day!

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But they also work in Boho, beach-themed celebrations! This time, don’t hesitate to deck out in dots from head-to-toe!

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Not too plain, not too fancy – what a way to subtly show off your exquisite taste!

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OR even consider donning a pair of adorably spunky socks down that aisle! Pair it with  pattern-less white shoes for a perfect balance!

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Let’s talk hair accessories! Try out a short, dotted veil for a more non-traditional presentation! We think this blusher veil would be especially fitting for a country or rustic-edged wedding!

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Swiss dots have a magical ability to mix n’ match with many other patterned material, such as the floral swirl patches at the edges of this fingertip-length veil.

Surely after all this, you must want to give this texture a try! Don’t just limit your options to decor and wedding wear – consider applying them to your paper goods? You tell us what you want, and we’ll work with you to produce some gorgeous invitations in preparation for your gorgeous wedding! Be sure to follow The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Oct4th

Real Wedding Wednesday: Downtown D.C. Modern Metallic Mix

Katie and Steve wanted a wedding of contemporary feels while at the same time highlighting the historical significance of a city they both grew up around – and so, with each endearing moment captured Abby Jiu Photography, the pair celebrated this special day at Potomac View Terrace at the American Pharmacist Association. Here, with its beautiful rooftop and historic facade, the couple donned an artfully arranged palette of gold and rose gold with brilliant berry hues, all juxtaposed against stark blacks. As an added voice to their originality, a traditional string quartet serenaded the pair with some of their favorite Kanye West hits, while exquisite edibles of mid-Atlantic and Southern origins later surrounded the people’s senses. Bedecked with floral-tipped terrariums through and through, this wedding was truly a modern visual masterpiece!

We would like to give a big shout-out to our team of vendors, as none of this could have been possible without your tasteful contributions! And to our lovely bride and groom, may this day set the basis of bright aesthetics for the future!

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Planner: Elizabeth Duncan Events | Venue: Potomac View Terrace | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch | Wedding Dress: Hitched Salon | Hair and Makeup: Ali Harper and Co. | Floral Design: Amaryllis | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Ceremony Music: PopCulture Strings | Reception Music: DJ D-Mac | Lighting: Atmosphere Lighting | Valet: MJ Valet | Transportation: International Limo


Oct2nd

Doting on Dots, Part One: Cakes & Bakes

Not just any dots, now – here we’re specifically talking Swiss dots, as in the cute, teeny-tiny ones that settle adorably against its a constant background. The “dotted Swiss” (coined to describe tiny raised dots against transparent tulle material) patterning has hung around since the 19th century, but has, since then, expanded beyond its original fabric definition. Its widespread involvement in the wedding industry has brought about the application of this texture on wedding dessert too, making cakes look absolutely darling! Due to the general popularity of this look, we’ve decided to divide the topic into two separate blogs, with part two coming on Friday!

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Section them out with zigzags to create “nice negative space”, an art professors might critique.

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Flatter, smaller, much more accessible – a form that’s all the better to eat ’em in!

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Traditionally, Swiss dots come white on white, but there’s no harm in playing around with some brighter hues and values!

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Or, use the dots as a coordinating agent when it comes to cake design!

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What a neon surprise! Flourescent dots certainly add a “zing” to the cake!

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Mini-cakes should adopt the Swiss dot concept too!

Feeling inspired to generate some Swiss-dots-patterned stationary for your next event? Call up The Dandelion Patch for an appointment to discuss and create a unique design, or connect with us through FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Sep29th

Fountains of Love (for Food!)

A good question to ask in regards to catering for your reception: how does one feed his or her guests and keep ’em entertained at the same time? Well, ponder no further! In addition to resolving the essential required qualities in question, food fountains are also sharable and come in unlimited supply (for a good while, at least!); and think of all the friendly interactions your guests could be having with one another while trying to figure out how to best use the apparatus? There are simply too many pros to not include one of these at your event!

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There’s no way we’d leave out the classic cho-co-lat-é fountain, suitable for all dessert dippings!

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Just in queso you get stuck when coming up with ideas for catering…

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But a ranch dip is equally lovable!

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What’s a celebratory occasion without its own champagne station?

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When life doesn’t give you lemons, you go out an buy some pink lemonade punch. See? Easy-peasy, lemon-(not)-squeezy!

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For meat lovers out there, this is your time to shine!

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Not one for the salty, tangy taste? Opt for a sweeter (albeit stickier) fountain choice!

Any food fountain will surely leave quite the impression! But so will your stationary! Check out our gallery of pretty paper on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and let The Dandelion Patch bring you the highest quality paper goods to further impress your guests!


Sep27th

Real Wedding Wednesday: Dumbarton House Black Tie Golden Galore

We’re back in Georgetown, D.C. for today’s real wedding feature! Sammi and Gary’s dazzling day of nuptials brought guests from across the globe to Dumbarton House, where they enjoyed the pleasant outdoor weather surrounded by gossamer greens of the gardens. With a palette of light gold interspersed with periwinkle blue, the cheery atmosphere touches even those of us who were not present at the wedding! After the ceremony, Sammi switches from her elegant, white traditional garb into a shimmery golden gown, expressive of the joy and cheer of the day! Audra Wrisley Photography captured these glamorous moments with artful skill.

This glitteringly detailed event could not have been possible without the contributions of our fellow vendors! As for Sammi and Gary, may the golden glow of this day accompany you throughout your marriage!

Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Venue: Dumbarton House | Planner: Cheers Darling Events | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Sue | Floral Design: Eight Street Floral | Catering: Design Cuisine | Popsicles: Pleasant Pops | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab