Bits and Buds: The Dandelion Patch Blog

An Elegant Garden Editorial

This editorial project is one that we’re extremely proud of! There’s almost no words to describe the photos from that day at The National Cathedral School in DC. They’re simply enchanted! Margo of Bright Occasions really out did herself on this wedding inspiration shoot, and she perfectly matched the look of our pretty paper. Photographer Bonnie Sen Photography did a fabulous job of capturing every detail too, from the piano to that pear-cut ring. To see more of her flawless shots, you can find this elegant garden editorial featured on OnceWed

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Beautiful shoots like this one take an army of creatives! Thank you to everyone who worked with us on this amazing editorial!

Planner: Margot of Bright Occasions  | Photographer: Bonnie Sen Photography | Assistant Photographer: Robert Chicoine | Invitations and Pretty Paper | The Dandelion Patch | Florist: Petals By The Shore | Backdrop: Brittany Branson | Wedding Ring: Susie Saltzman | Welcome Gift: Marigold Grey | Wedding Cake and Desserts: Catherine George Cakes | Hair and Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Gown: Pas De Deux Bridal | Groom’s Outfit: Alton Lane Weddings | Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals | Drapery: Drape Kings | Table Rentals: Select Event Group



Real Wedding Wednesday: Emily & Bobby

Happy Real Wedding Wednesday! Emily and Bobby’s wedding was a true DC affair. From the skyline invitations to the Four Seasons DC venue, this couple really paid respect to their beautiful city. We loved working with this sweet couple and obsessed over their pretty paper picks. The square invitation and classic fonts were super modern and so chic! The lovely Emily Butler of Karson Butler Events did a fabulous job of planning Emily & Bobby’s big day to match! We also want to thank Cicely of Procopio Photography for capturing this stunning day and sharing it with us!

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We really can’t thank this amazing vendor team enough for all of their hard work! To us, you’re family!

Event Planner: Karson Butler Events | Photography: Ciecely & Jason of Procopio Photography | Venute: Four Seasons Washington DC | Dress: Vera Wang | Flowers: Amaryllis | Makeup: Carl Ray | Pretty Paper: The Dandelion Patch



Floral Balloon Arches

Three words: Floral. Balloon. Arch. We recently came across this trend, and we can’t get enough! They’re just absolutely stunning! While we haven’t seen many, keep an eye out for these floral balloon arches. They’re likely to be a huge hit in the spring. If you’re not planning a whimsical wedding, consider this trend for bridal showers too!

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This fabulous arch of balloons, flowers, and tassels completely inspired us!

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This pretty in pink spread is perfect for a bridal or baby shower!

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Make your floral balloon arch pop by installing on a white wall!

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It’s as easy as adding some greens and carnations!

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Love this concept? Follow the link above for instructions on how to create your own!

We love sharing our favorite wedding trends with you! For more inspo, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Happy Monday! XOXO, The Patchettes


Only One Month Till Christmas

The Patchettes hope that you had a lovely Thanksgiving, filled with family and lots of turkey! We’re all busy eating leftovers and wishing the day wasn’t over. Of course, the upside to the end of Thanksgiving festivities is that Christmas is just around the corner! We love winter holidays and winter weddings. Put on your favorite holiday songs and get brainstorming for your upcoming celebration decor with us. We’ve rounded up our favorite pine inspired pics to get us in the mood! 

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How stunning is this holiday themed aisle?

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These mason jar centerpieces are so easy to make if you’re on a budget – and so festive!

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Rustic venues are always pretty in pine!

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This backdrop is perfect for reception photos or a ceremony space!

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Finally, we love pine graphics for holiday wedding invitations! This look is perfect for any holiday cards or stationery too. Remember, we make custom pretty paper for all your needs! To view more of our work, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Real Wedding Wednesday: Jess & Gene


What’s black, white, and yellow all over? Jess and Gene’s themed wedding, featuring a penguin in a bow tie! This darling, animal-lover couple held their big day at the Maryland Zoo. We loved every detail of this animal-filled day, planned by Ella & Christina. Bride Jess provided us with her own graphic, and we had a blast creating these unique invitations and table numbers. It just goes to show that every client’s needs are completely different, and we love being able to make any wish come true! Thank you Ethan Yang Photography for capturing our pretty paper and every penguin from Jess and Gene’s wedding day!

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For more about this wedding, you can find it online at The Washingtonian. Thank you to all the amazing vendors that put this special wedding together!

Decor: Ella & Christina | Venue: Mansion House at Maryland Zoo | Photographer: Ethan Yang Photography | Bride’s Gown: Maggie Sottero, Love Couture Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang, Jos. A. Bank | Hair & Makeup Artist: Up Do’s For I Do’s | Cake: La Cakerie | Florist: Crimson & Clover | Caterer: Rouge Fine Catering | Transportation: The Ivy Hotel | Videographer: Paul Kwak Productions | Music/Entertainment: Bruce Pike Productions | Invitations: Designed by bride, produced by The Dandelion Patch 


Sweetheart Tables for Fall

Wedding trends are such a funny thing! First, the concept of a sweetheart table became a huge trend. Instead of sitting with your whole bridal party, these romantic little tables became super popular. They’re perfect for sharing a special moment with your new significant other on such a busy, family-oriented day. Now, you’ll find all sorts for sweetheart table designs to fit every style. Well if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the options, we’ve rounded up our favorite sweetheart table tips for fall!

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We’re swooning over this floral arch!

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Geometric shapes are super trendy right now!

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For a romantic look, add big roses and lots of petals!

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Sweeping greens are perfect to complement fall foliage!

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The biggest trend for fall? Copper everything!

We love sharing out favorite fall trends! What are your favorite parts of the season? Share with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Real Wedding Wednesday: Arianne & Daniel

It’s Real Wedding Wednesday! We knew from the minute we created these invitations that this wedding would be a work of art. Arianne and Daniel are the sweetest couple, and we loved their pretty paper choices! They definitely didn’t disappoint us with the rest of their selections either. Thanks to the planning of Roberts & Co Events, their black and white, DC wedding turned out perfectly! We’re so happy that Elisha Coleman of Love Life Images was able to capture this celebration of love!

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We worked with an awesome team of vendors on this Real Wedding! Check it out!

Photography: Elisha Coleman, Love Life Images | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science | Coordinator: Tabitha Roberts, Roberts & Co Events | Bridal Shop: I Do I Do Wedding Gowns | Dress Designer: Casablanca | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair and Makeup: Bridal Artistry | Suit/Tux: Joseph A. Bank | Florist: Petal’s Edge | Caterer and Cake: Ridgewells | Officiant: Friend of the couple | Ceremony music: Champagne ConsortBialek’s Music | Reception music: Lost in Paris  | Lighting: Bialek’s Music | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch


Twinkle Twinkle Little Lights

Your wedding lighting can make or break you wedding decor. For the best lighting, you’ll want to do a mix of up lights and overhead lights. Our favorite overhead lights? Twinkly lights! This may not be a technical term, but we really do love these romantic strings of twinkling lights. It’s like looking up at the stars!

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How stunning is this lighting? It’s perfect for winter too!

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Add lanterns for an extra special glow!

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You’ll truly sparkle under twinkling strings of lights!

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Criss cross all sorts of strands for a unique look!

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Great for indoor or outdoor receptions!

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Finally, we love this trendy look with balloons and tassels too!

We hope you’re feeling inspired by these lighting picks! They’re definitely helping us to get in the winter wonderland mood. For your winter wedding invitations, book an appointment now with one of our amazing Patchettes! You can also follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Confessions of a Customer: Lilly & Phillip

There are many different ways to make your wedding stationery unique!  The Dandelion Patch loves creating custom design elements that reflects each couple’s personal style.  A custom monogram is a fun addition to your invitation and you can use the design for all of your paper needs.  If you have a vision in mind, our designers can make it come to life!

With help from Sara Muchnick Events, Lilly and Phillip used our design services for their custom monogram.  The bride tells us, “We had an excellent experience working with The Dandelion Patch to create customized wedding invitations! The people we worked with were very patient and did a great job offering a variety of options in response to our feedback. They created beautiful invitations  with an adorable custom logo that perfectly captured what we had envisioned, which was no small task to blend my husband and my differing style preferences. I highly recommend using them for custom work!”

We are so glad the Hummels were happy with their design! We can’t thank Kurstin Roe Photography enough for sharing these stunning photos of their big day!

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We love that Lilly picked a color scheme as vibrant as her personality! For more fun wedding inspiration, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Happy Friday!


Real Wedding Wednesday: Stephanie & Thomas

Happy Real Wedding Wednesday! Stephanie & Thomas’s beautiful wedding is one that we’ve been eagerly waiting to share. This couple is so sweet and so clearly in love. We really loved their wedding style too, which was wonderfully executed by Linda Ha Events & Design . Their outdoor reception was the perfect combination of glam and simplistic. Our favorite details were the hand-painted, wood signage. Amazing! Thank you to Tara and Renata Photography for capturing the couple’s big day!

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We were so lucky to be a part of this awesome team of vendors! Thanks for making our job so amazing!

Photography: Tara and Renata | Planning + Design: Linda Ha Events & Design | Videography: 8 Media Group | Wood Signs: Uncorked and Unwined | Bride’s Dress: Global Bridal Gallery | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Hair + Make-Up: Jewel Hair Design + Rachelle Glorioso | Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Chestertown | Reception Venue: Shipping Creek Farm (Private Farm) | Floral Design: Seaberry Farm of Maryland | Catering: Occasions Catering | Cake: Yvette Armbruster | DJ: Adam Smith | Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents & Events | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch