Bits and Buds: The Dandelion Patch Blog

A Modern Twist on Nautical Editorial

You might have seen a pink and navy wedding before, but you certainly haven’t seen it done like this. Today’s editorial shoot, expertly styled by Sincerely Pete Events, puts a new twist on this traditionally preppy color scheme. Captured by Procopio Photography, this wedding look combines a nautical theme with an industrial setting for a fresh, modern aesthetic. From compass escort cards to an anchor cake, the small details are what make this editorial shoot truly unique. We’re also obsessed with these floral masterpieces, perfect for a gallery venue!

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We were so thrilled to work with this fabulous team of vendors! Thank you for making this day happen!

Photography: Procopio Photography | Event Planning: Sincerely Pete Events | Floral Design: Nature of Design by Janet Flowers | Design & Decor: Salt & Sundry | Cake Design: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Venue: Fathom Gallery | Beauty: Ariel Lewis LLC | Wedding Dress Designer: Theia | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Hayley Paige Occasions | Bridal Salon: Ellie’s Bridal Boutique | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Favors and Gifts: Teak and Twine | Stationery: The Dandelion Patch


Theme Thursday: Day at the Beach

Hello lovely readers!

The hot summer days have me longing for the beach, so I thought I would dedicate this post to it! Beach weddings have always been popular, and there’s a reason for that! Here are some great ways to have a beach themed wedding, whether or not you actually have it at the beach!

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While this makes for a great backdrop, you don’t actually have to have your wedding at the beach to get a great beach vibe!

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You can start with some beach-y hair!

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Beach themed decorations are easy!

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Put this on a table at your reception!

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Your guests will love these party favors!

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Too cute! And it makes for a fun DIY project!

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Your beach themed cake will be the talk of the party!

From beach-y colors to having the whole wedding at the beach, you can’t go wrong with incorporating the beach into your big day! Make sure you never miss a post by liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram and Twitter!



Real Wedding Wednesday: Abby and Jason

It’s Real Wedding Wednesday, and we can’t get enough of this wedding! Abby and Jason’s DC wedding was incredibly elegant! The simple charcoal and cream palette let pale blue details pop, making for special “something blues.” Abby Jiu, one of our fabulous Patch Partners, did an amazing job of capturing this marvelous day from ceremony to reception. Make sure you read till the end, because you’ll want to see the back of this beautiful lace dress. We’re obsessed!

Photographer: Abby Jiu Photography | Planner: Anne Book Event Design  | Florist: Amaryllis | Rentals: DC Rental | Venue: Ritz Carlton | Custom Monogram: Sarah Drake Design 

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Congratulations to planner Anne Book and all of these amazing vendors for their hard work on Abby and Jason’s big day! Happy Wednesday, love the Patchettes!


Trend Tuesday: Peaches N’ Cream

Did you know June 21st is National Peaches and Cream Day? It’s true! 

In honor of this special day, we’re dedicating this Trend Tuesday to peach and cream weddings! Pretty, peach palettes have become so trendy that we shouldn’t even need a holiday to celebrate. They are absolutely everywhere this summer!

Peach weddings are popular among a variety of venues, from desert to vineyard settings! We also think peach has become so popular, because it pairs well with so many other trending colors. You can literally use peaches to decorate a Southern, summer wedding with bright pinks and peaches! Or, you can pair peach with mint and cream tones for a soft, romantic look! 

The possibilities are endless with peach palettes! 

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You’ll be pretty in peach with this bouquet!

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You can even incorporate real peaches in to your decor!

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Cheers to the cutest peach favor ever!

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A peach palette is perfect for a spring time cake!

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Your bridesmaids will look flawless in peaches n’ cream! 

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Find a simply Southern look with peach, navy, and lace!

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We love peach paired with gold too!

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A peach hue is a subtle, yet unique, background for your wedding invite!

Anyone else craving a peaches n’ cream popsicle after those stunning photos? We sure are! If you’re planning a peach wedding, we would love to hear how you’re incorporating our new favorite color in to your big day! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also visit us at our Tysons Corner showroom to talk pretty, peach paper!




Monday Funday: Unique Guest Books

It’s Monday Funday at The Dandelion Patch, which means wedding inspiration on the Bits and Buds blog!

Today, we have selected some of our favorite guest book ideas. Guest books don’t have to be boring! They’re a great way to represent something unique to the bride and groom’s story. They should also reflect your wedding style and venue! We hope the following guest books will get you brainstorming on which guest book is right for your wedding day!

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How amazing is this guest book pinata? Leave the bride and groom a note, and they’ll find it after smashing the pinata on their one year anniversary!

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This hand-painted globe lets guests sign near their hometown! Perfect for destination weddings!

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With this guest book, the bride and groom can read each note as they piece their custom puzzle together!

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Try a non-traditional message! For example, let guests share their best date ideas for the newlyweds.

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If you’re planning a vineyard wedding, this is the perfect guest book for you. You can pop the bottle on your anniversary and use it for decoration after!

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A message in a bottle is the perfect guest book for a nautical wedding!

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Finally, jazz up a traditional guest book with Polaroids to remember the day!

Did you know The Dandelion Patch can print guest books? Ask one of our lovely Patchettes about custom guest books during your appointment at our Tysons Corner location. Like us on Facebook to view all of our unique projects! You’ll also find more wedding inspiration on our Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Happy Monday!




Romantic Blush and Teal Editorial

When you look at this editorial shoot, you can’t help but feel like you’re daydreaming! This romantic look has a fairy-tale feel, without too much glitz and glamour. Instead, this garden setting is reminiscent of an actual castle, and antique finds add simple charm. Complete with white hydrangeas and weeping willows, you’ll forget that this site is just outside of Washington, DC.

To complement this natural setting, JoAnna Dee Weddings styled this inspiration shoot with soft blush and teal hues. Drawing inspiration from the bride’s blush gown, the invitations and day-of paper were also kept sweet and simple. A big thanks to Amelia Johnson Photography for helping us capture this magical day!

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We hope you’re feeling inspired by this gorgeous setting and pretty palette! Thank you to all our Patch Partners for making our dreams come true at this editorial shoot!

Chairs/Small Plates: Something Vintage Rentals | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Dinner Plates: Anthropologie | Wedding Dress: Duchess Ivy And Aster | Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography | Floral Design: Rally & Root | Sweets: Macaron Bee | Wedding Coordinator: JoAnna Dee Weddings | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch


Theme Thursday: Purple!

Hello lovelies!

Today’s theme is a bit more simple, but just as fabulous! Here are some great ways to incorporate the color purple into your wedding!

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Purple really makes these table cards pop!

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This purple bouquet is beautiful and elegant!

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How pretty is this wedding cake?!

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This pale purple bridesmaid dress will make your bridesmaids stand out without stealing your spotlight!

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Purple is even perfect for the groom!

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Purple is the best finishing touch for your reception hall!

It’s easy to make purple, or any color of your choice, the star of your wedding! You can also make your invitations purple at The Dandelion Patch to go along with this theme! Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram!




Real Wedding Wednesday: Courtney and Sonny

It’s Real Wedding Wednesday on the Bits and Buds blog!

Today’s spectacular photos, courtesy of Sam Hurd Photography, have an amazing story to match! Courtney and Sonny met during their second year at University of Virginia and are now both doctors. Despite their hectic schedules and world traveling, the couple decided to return to Virginia for their big day! Our Patch Partner A. Dominick Events created this stunning wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, which is just a short drive from UVA’s campus in Charlottesville. Could there be a better destination? 

You’ll also fall in love with the hard work of all the amazing vendors behind this Real Wedding! From the pretty cake to the hanging florals, this vineyard wedding was really a work of art!

Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards | Photographer: Sam Hurd Photography | Videographer: Shaina Koren Cinematography | Event Coordinator: A. Dominick Events | Flowers:Southern Blooms | Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier, Carine’s Bridal Atelier  | Caterer: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards| Cake: HotCakes | Invitations:The Dandelion Patch | Calligraphy: Lettering by Lynne 


These shots are absolutely flawless! If you’re thinking about a Virginia vineyard for your venue, you’ll definitely want to to take a few pointers from Courtney and Sonny’s romantic wedding! Thanks again to Sam Hurd Photography and the rest of our Patch Partners for sharing!

For more wedding inspiration, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter! You’ll also find more beautiful photography on our Instagram


Trend Tuesday: Married in Monograms

Monograms have been trending for awhile now, but have you considered them for your wedding day? 

If you’re a southern bride, you’ll love these idea for incorporating your new monogram in to your big day! From small details to major decorations, there are plenty of ways to customize your wedding with monograms. If you’re not a fan of monograms, don’t rule this trend out just yet! While traditionally southern, a monogram can be as simple as using the single initial of your new last name!

We’ve found some inspiration to prove that getting married in monograms can fit every bride’s style!

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For the bride that monograms EVERYTHING, don’t forget your veil!

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This monogram adds nothing but class to your ceremony space!

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The preppy bride will love a personalized cake!

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Let your something blue be your new monogram!

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Light up your industrial wedding space with this simple monogram!

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A southern cocktail hour isn’t complete without custom cornhole!

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Let our designers create a custom monogram for your wedding invites and more!

Are you getting married in monograms? We’d love to hear how you’re customizing your wedding day! Please share with us on Facebook. We’re also on Instagram and Twitter! For help with a custom monogram, please make an appointment at our Tysons showroom!



Monday Funday: Fruit!

Happy Monday!

We all want something refreshing to eat during the summer, and your wedding is no exception! From center pieces to buffets, fruits can really make a statement!

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Make your fruit stand out…literally!

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A refreshing treat for your guests!

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Small, cute, and yummy!

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Go non-traditional with this fruit cake!

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Don’t want to eat fruit? Make it your center piece!

Fruit is such a great way to add some color and refresh your palette! Want to see more?! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and like us on Facebook!

-Eleanor & Zoe