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Theme Thursday: Charleston Weddings

We know we talk about how much we love D.C. weddings all of the time, but if we had to pick another favorite, it would definitely be Charleston weddings. The charm of the south, the stunning venues, and the proximity to the water all make Charleston picture perfect.

The Lowndes Grove Plantation allows for moments like this one… a chandelier and a swing! Wow!

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Here’s a shot of the Lowndes Grove plantation from the front! 

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Downtown Charleston is great for post-wedding photos! Who knew a street could look so charming?!

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This is so perfect, it doesn’t even look real! This was taken at the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

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Technically this was taken on Kiawah Island, right outside of Charleston. But we love The Sanctuary so much, we had to mention it!

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Another unreal photo! This one was at The Legare Waring House. 

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This wedding is fairly small, but the venue makes it seem so grand! Plus, it’s right on the water! 

Featured Below: A Lowcountry Wedding

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…So if you’re still questioning where to have your wedding, take a look at Charleston!

Featured Below: A Lowcountry Wedding

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We’d love to hear where you had your wedding, share with us on Facebook! And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest/Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding inspiration!




Real Wedding Wednesday: Stylized Shoot

Okay, so technically today’s real wedding isn’t actually a real wedding… but it was too pretty not to share! We teamed up with some amazing vendors for this stunning, stylized shoot at the Dumbarton House. This fabulous shoot was all thanks to some of our favorite Washington D.C. wedding vendors, featured below, and captured beautifully by K. Thompson photography.

 Event Design – Cheers Darling Events | Floral – Edge Flowers | Stationery – The Dandelion Patch | Calligraphy – Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Gown –Lovely Bride DC | Bakery – Buttercream Bakeshop | Welcome Basket – Marigold & Grey

Cheers Darling Events chose a wonderful color scheme for the season that fit in perfectly at the Dumbarton House. We loved creating this invitation suite to go along with the scheme!

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That dress! That stunning photo location! That bouquet! So much perfection.

dressWedding welcome baskets are such a personal touch! Our friends at Marigold & Grey never disappoint. 
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When considering flower arrangements, we feel purple often gets overlooked. But look at how great these centerpieces are! purple centerpieces


This amazing, all-white cake (thanks Buttercream Bakeshop!) is styled perfectly with the cascading white fabric.


This may have been a stylized shoot–but these models sure do look happy! We love how well the groom’s tux fits in with the rest of the color scheme and theme of the day.couple


Check out the Elizabeth Anne Designs post about the shoot here, and check out more of K. Thompson Photography’s work here. Have a real wedding you want us to share?! Let us know on Facebook! And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest/Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more inspiration!


All photos courtesy of K. Thompson Photography. 


Tuesday Trends: Marvelous Mauve

One of our favorite color trends of the year is the beautiful mauve. We can’t find a wedding season that mauve would not work for, plus it’s a universally flattering color. Check out some of our favorite uses of mauve below! 

These mauve dresses are absolutely stunning! Look how great this whole wedding party looks. 

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There are so many different flowers that exist in a mauve color, giving you options for your bouquet!

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We love how grand this mauve table is! We can’t get over that vase! 

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This bride and bridesmaid are all smiles… probably for numerous reasons, but one of them definitely has to be that mauve dress! 

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bride and bridesmaid These place settings are so elegant! 

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Don’t forget about dessert! Fresh flowers and a fresh color make for the perfect cake.

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We love how well mauve goes with many different colors. Making it the perfect color for the mismatched bridesmaids trend! 

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What were your wedding colors?! Share with us on Facebook! And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest/Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding trends! 




Monday Funday: Falling Leaves

We’re still on our fall wedding kick and we can’t stop thinking of wonderful ways to bring in the season into your big day! One of the most common motifs for autumn is the falling leaf. So why not incorporate it into your wedding?!

Before your big day even begins, considering placing an element of fall into your save the dates!

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Using leaves as an aisle runner adds a fun colorful element to your walk down the aisle. 

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This cake has leaves embossed into the frosting as well as as decor on top of the cake. How fitting!

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Using a leaf as a place card is a unique idea–and we love anything with such stunning calligraphy! 

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Pumpkins and fall leaves?! Can’t get much more perfect for autumn. 

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This garland is remnant of greener seasons past, but having it on the bar is such a great idea! You could stick with the green or opt for more reds, yellows, and oranges for fall.

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How cool are these gold leaves falling from above?! You can never go wrong with a classic like gold foil.

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And of course, having leaves in your send off ensures the perfect goodbye photo!

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Did you use fall leaves in your wedding? We’d love to hear about it! Share with us on Facebook! And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest/Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding fun!





Theme Thursday: Happily Ever After

Every little girl dreams of their fairy tale wedding–and we don’t see why every couple shouldn’t have that! Fairy tale inspired weddings can look so magical, and they don’t have to be over the top. 

Fairy tale inspired venues are so beautifully grand! 

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Looking to add a little whimsy to your wedding? Fairy tale inspiration is the perfect way.

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We are all about the custom monogram, and an aisle is the perfect place to showcase it. Plus, all of those stunning flowers!

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These cakes are both perfect for a fairy tale wedding in their own ways. It’s up to you how far you want to take this theme! 

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Custom table decor like this would look great on your reception tables or welcoming your guests to the ceremony.

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once upon a time

This subtle nod to Sleeping Beauty is adorable, and the pastel flowers fit in beautifully. 

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This is the perfect time to have chandeliers in your wedding! 

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This bride’s hair features fresh flowers and a braid–how magnificent! 

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You might as well wear a ballgown, after all you are a princess for the day!

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Want us to feature a theme? Let us know on Facebook! And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest/Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding inspiration. 




Real Wedding Wednesday: Athena and Blair

Today’s real wedding is probably the most color we’ve ever featured! And we love it. Athena and Blair’s intimate wedding was held at Sequoia in Georgetown, a perfect venue right on the water. Their unique and extremely cool wedding vision was brought to life with the help of Margo at Bright Occasions, and Procopio Photography fabulously captured the entire day.

We love how beautifully the rings were captured. Details are so important when looking back on your wedding photos!



Can we talk about how stunning Athena looked?! Plus, her bridesmaids mismatched dress styles in that bright blue are bold in the best way. bridal party

This is one of our favorite shots of a wedding dress we’ve ever seen! Her dress looks so exquisite against the industrial nature of The Graham. 


You can never go wrong with bright pink! These flowers prove just how beautiful bright is.


But the bright did not stop there, check out their awesome reception set up! The bright colors mixed together really showcased the couple’s style.


Congrats to the happy couple! 

happy couple Check out more of Procopio Photography’s stunning work here. And remember to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Pinterest/Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more real wedding fun! 


All photos courtesy of Procopio Photography. 


Tuesday Trends: Seeing Red

Red is a bold move, but it always pays off. With fall finally approaching, we want to showcase the best way to use red in your autumn wedding. Deeper reds and maroons work great for fall. We love pairing such a dark color with paler reds and strong greens. 

This ceiling decor is extremely unique, but still a perfect showcase of the red trend. 

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hanging flowers

These bridesmaids dresses (and their bouquets!) are stunning! We love the mismatched dress styles too. 

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Ruffled created this stylized shot but we think it could be altered to be a great table setting for your wedding! How perfect is the juxtaposition of the regal, strong chairs with the gauzy table cloths?!

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stylized shoot

This cake is almost too pretty to eat (almost). The red fresh flowers fit the season perfectly, plus naked cakes are a huge trend right now. 

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The bouquet steals the show in this photo, but make sure to check out the groom’s boutonniere and bow tie as well! 

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Red peonies exist. And they should definitely have a role in your wedding. 

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Red Peonies

The candles, the flowers, and the place setting all work together so well to create a perfect table setting.

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In case you needed further proof that bouquets in this color scheme are perfect…

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This bride went all out and wore a full on red gown. We would too for an amazing dress like that! 

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What colors did you use in your fall wedding? Share with us on Facebook! And be sure to follow us on Pinterest/Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding inspiration!





Monday Funday: The Second Dress

So you finally said yes to the dress… but what if that wasn’t enough shopping for you?! Never fear! It’s time to find that second perfect dress for your reception, your exit, or your after-reception party. This dress is not a necessity for your wedding day, but it definitely is a fun addition! 

This is the epitome of the traditional second dress–still elegant, but short and fun at the same time! 

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Your second dress can be as unique to you as your first dress! This bride didn’t wear white, but it still looks beautiful and fun!

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not white

The second dress is typically more casual, but that doesn’t mean it has to be shorter! 

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We can’t help but obsess over the feathers on this dress. How perfect would this be for a second dress meant for an after-party? 

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This bride proves that the second dress is probably a little more functional. But still, those exquisite sleeve details are to die for!

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When in doubt, you cannot go wrong with the classic LWD (little white dress).

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This bohemian bride opted to showcase her personal style in her second dress and we can’t get over how stunningly care free she looks!

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Did you have two dresses at your wedding? Share with us on Facebook! And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest/Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding inspiration!



Theme Thursday: Vineyard Wedding

Virginia is home to some great vineyards that not only make great wines, but provide great venues for your wedding. Whether you choose to have your vineyard wedding on the east coast or in Napa Valley, you can’t go wrong! 

Look at this stunning view! Could you find a more perfect altar? 

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty


There are so many ways to play with the wine-theme, while still focusing on the wedding aspect of the day. This cork heart could work as a decorative element, a centerpiece, or could be slightly adjusted to be an escort card display!

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cork heart

Your reception venue will probably be just as stunning as that altar view when you choose to have your wedding at a vineyard! 

Featured Below: Project Wedding / Elizabeth Anne Designs


This couple decided to get a little messy on their wedding day, and while that’s scary for her dress, we think the photos turned out so cute!

Featured Below: Perfect Wedding Guide

grape stomping

Wine barrels and wine corks can both be used for centerpieces and decorative elements around your wedding.

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Your guests will love that you incorporated the vineyard in your favors!

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And in case you needed any more convincing, look how beautiful your wedding photography will be! 

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Have a theme you want us to feature? Let us know on Facebook! And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest/Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding ideas and inspiration.



Real Wedding Wednesday: Elizabeth and Paul

Elizabeth and Paul’s wedding was elegant and sophisticated! Their big day had subtle nods to their Parisian engagement, but we love their choice not to go over the top with a full-on theme. This couple’s vision was captured beautifully by Kristen Gardner Photography–and the results are flawless.

This invitation suite was traditional with a twist! The bride herself helped create the family crest–and we think it looks great! 

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Our friends at Edge Flowers did a great job with all of Elizabeth and Paul’s floral arrangements. We love the classic pink for the bride’s bouquet!

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We mention how much we love D.C. weddings at least once a week, but we just can’t stop! How can you not want a backdrop like this for your big day?

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A hand-painted cake with fresh flowers on top is so perfectly on trend for the most recent wedding seasons!

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Overall, the color choices and the elegance of The Hay-Adams (their venue) really came together for one picture-perfect day.

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Congrats to the happy couple! 

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Check out the United with Love post on Elizabeth and Paul here. And check out more of Kristen Gardner’s fabulous work here!

Want us to feature your real wedding? Let us know on Facebook! And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest/Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more real wedding fun. 


 All photos courtesy of Kristen Gardner Photography.