Bits and Buds: The Dandelion Patch Blog

Trend Alert: All White Cakes

Did you take notes from this week’s Real Wedding post? Well, we did! Gabby and Jeff selected a cake that’s super trendy for this spring. Yes, all white cakes with a few floral additions are HUGE! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites for your planning pleasure.

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How sweet is this flower focal point?

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We love these little buds!

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Greenery is a trendy touch too!

What do you think of this cake trend? Share with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!


Real Wedding Wednesday: Gabby & Jeff

This wedding is the epitome of a spring wedding! There were pastel pink cherry blossoms, lavender dresses, and beautiful blooms.  Event Coordinator A. Dominick Events made sure that Gabby and Jeff’s dreams came true with every detail. Their photographer Megan Beth Photography did an amazing job of capturing the big day, from the flawless cake to our pretty paper! This DC wedding was also recently featured on, and we’re not surprised! Cherry blossoms and district donuts…it couldn’t get more DC!

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What an amazing team of vendors! Thanks for joining us on Gabby & Jeff’s big adventure!

Photographer: Megan Beth Photography | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Hay-Adams | Event Coordinator: A. Dominick Events | Bride’s Gown: Oscar de La Rentafrom Saks Jandel | Groom’s Tux: Vera Wang from Men’s Warehouse | Makeup Artist: Kim Giammaria of Beauty Mark | Hair: Ryan Nguyen and Watanee Dodge | Florist: Highway to Hill | Cake: Kendall’s Cakes | Catering: The Hay-Adams | Entertainment: The Source via Elan Artists | Invitations: Smock via The Dandelion Patch | Invitation Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Guest Book: Paper and Honey | Ceremony Music: Cherry Blossom String Quartet | Party Favors: District Donuts | Dance Floor and Band Riser: Fabrication Events


It’s Taco Time!

The best weddings truly represent the couple! If you look at wedding trends, the biggest aspect is personalization. Couples are aiming to wow their guests by creating custom experiences. Our favorite new idea? Taco bar! That’s right! Your wedding meal is a great place to get creative and bring out your favorites. Here’s a few ideas for all our taco lovers!

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It’s all about the presentation!

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We’re not kidding…check out this one!

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Cute signage is also key to creating a fun, summer vibe for your taco-themed day!

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Not feeling crafty? You can have these great signs made on Etsy for your taco bar!

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Tacos can be fancy too! Go all out with specialty toppings.

What do you think about having tacos on your wedding day? Do you have another food bar concept in mind? Share with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Trend Alert: Cacti!

Move over succulents – Cacti are making it big too! From cactus invitations to table settings, they’re everywhere! With Greenery being the color of the year, potted plants like cacti are truly the talk of the town! Today, we’re sharing some fun cacti inspiration for your wedding day!

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Their texture makes the perfect backdrop to any space!

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Fun pillows are great for creating an awesome cocktail lounge!

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Mix cacti and succulents for a unique tables cape!

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Cacti are the perfect additions to your table numbers!

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We really think cacti invitations would be adorable! If you’re looking to create some trendy invitations or day-of paper, call and make an appointment at our Tysons Corner showroom. Our lovely patchettes are waiting! For more inspiration, please follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!



Real Wedding Wednesday: Courtney & Cameron

Courtney and Cameron’s sweet Virginia wedding was recently featured on Southern Weddings! We were so lucky to be a part of this lovely couple’s day and had a blast creating their pretty paper! Courtney and Cameron met at just 14-years-old and began dating their last semester of college. They quickly decided to get married and planned their wedding with the help of Bellwether EventsMichelle Lindsay Photography captured all the details, like the couple’s signature ginger drink. How sweet!

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We worked with an awesome team of vendors on Courtney & Cameron’s special day!

Photographer: Michelle Lindsay Photography | Planner: Janice Carnevale of Bellwether Events | Ceremony Venue: Washington D.C. Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints |  Reception Venue: Private residence | Flowers: Holly Chapple Flowers | Cake Baker: Raewyn Cowherd | Catering: Design Cuisine | Rentals: DC Rentals | Tent and Lighting: Skyline Tents | Table Runners: La Tavola | DJ: Calvin Squires | Bride’s Gown: “3141” by Demetrios | Veil: A Bride Beautiful | Bride’s Jewelry and Shoes: Macy’s | Hair Stylist: Kirsten Eike of Jewel Hair Design | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung in “Firecracker” |  Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Dress Alterations: Jen Jackson of Altered Elegace | Pretty Paper: The Dandelion Patch


Bling-Worthy Nails

It doesn’t matter if he just popped the question or if it’s time for the big day – your nails need to be picture perfect! We’ve rounded up the latest trends in nail polish for all your best, bridal moments. Think neutral, with just a little sparkle!

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Rose gold polish is the perfect way to make your french super modern!

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The perfect statement nail now includes a little, lace detail!

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Square nails and unique shapes are cutting edge this wedding season!

What’s your favorite nail trend? Share with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! We love seeing photos of your engagement rings too – tag us!




Trend Alert: Flower Fever!

Today’s trend is all about your bridal look! Yes, flower crowns have been the big trend for awhile now, and we do love those! However, we’ve been seeing a lot of bridal hairstyles that incorporate flowers without the crown! Whether you use one big flower or a few smaller strands, this style is always romantic and so beautiful!

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We can’t get over this one!

Flowers are always a major part of your wedding day, so why not add some to your bridal look? They’ll always complement cream or white gowns – lace or satin too! For more wedding inspiration, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!


Real Wedding Wednesday: Cathleen & Ross

It’s Real Wedding Wednesday! Cathleen & Ross said they picked this venue for the incredible view – we’re not surprised! Check out this amazing vineyard wedding, complete with yard games and custom cocktails! This couple hit on all the trends, and they did it in style! Congrats to the newlyweds!

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We owe a huge thank you to this vendor team for creating a spectacular wedding and letting us join you!

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Wedding Venue: Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, VA | Wedding Planning + Design: My Simple Details | Floral Design: Petals and Hedges | Wedding Catering: Savoir Fare Limited | Wedding Cake: Cake Panache | Music: Cherry Blossom String Quartet | DJ: Dream Day DJs |  Wedding Dress: Marisa (Style #865) via Jeanette’s | Bride’s Dress Sash: Erin Cole | Bride’s Earrings: Nadri via Nordstrom | Bride’s Shoes: Ann Taylor | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids’ Shoes: DSW | Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Brighton via Ketterman Jewelers | Groom + Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein | Flower Girls’ Tutus: Tutu Girl | Pretty Paper: The Dandelion Patch

* While Whysall Photography was hired to shoot the wedding, these images are from the planner who runs Vicki Graphton Photography. You can see all of the official wedding images captured by Whysall Photography right here.


Wedding Welcomes!

The latest wedding trends aren’t about the groom, or even the bride! They’re all about the loving couple’s guests! Couples are spending more and more on their guests to give them an unforgettable experience. For example, welcome bags have become a huge hit. It’s not just about favors any more, and we’ve got some great inspiration for you!

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Our Patchettes can help you with the stickers!

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Let this welcome from Lauren Conrad inspire your own!

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The hangover kit is always a popular addition!

Are you creating a welcome bag or box for your big day? Let the Patchettes help with custom gift tags, stickers, and more! We’re here to help you tackle all those Pinterest projects. For more fun ideas, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!


Off-The-Shoulder Gowns


Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses gained a lot of popularity last summer, and the trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere! No surprise – bridal fashion has taken notice too! We love these off-the-shoulder wedding dresses. They’re sweet, romantic, and oh so trendy! Plus, they’re extremely flattering! You’ll find our favorites right here:

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Add sleeves for a more traditional look!

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Cold shoulders, warm heart!

What do you think of this off-the-shoulder wedding trend? Share with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! We’d love to hear from you!