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

Trend Alert: Champagne Cocktails

The custom cocktail isn’t a new trend, but it is continuing to gain popularity! Last year, the moscow mule was the drink of wedding season! Now, we’re seeing couples get really personal with a completely custom drink, filled with their favorite flavors. A new twist that we recommend is a champagne cocktail. Champagne cocktails will certainly wow your guests and they’re so refreshing for spring! Go ahead – pop that bubbly!

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This Champagne Mule is a new twist on last year’s hottest cocktail!

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Our jaws literally dropped at the sight of this fruit filled champagne bucket!

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PLEASE consider these Blackberry Lavender Champagne cocktails for your big day – yum!

Have you selected your custom cocktail? We’d love to hear all about it! Share with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

Bridal Shower Trends

Proposal season has come to a close, meaning bridal showers are popping up left and right! If you’re planning a bridal shower, we’ve got some great ideas for you! Impress your lovely bride-to-be and all her gal pals!

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Create a beautiful tulle photo wall for a fun activity with your gals!

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We love the idea of sharing your engagement shots at the shower!

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Our Patchettes can create all sorts of fun signs for you!

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Don’t forget the succulent and greenery trend!

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Finally, simple color palettes and decor will please any bride!

Did you know that we also create shower invitations, tags, and signage? Make an appointment with our Patchettes for all your pretty paper needs! Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more tips too!

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


Trend Tuesday: Bridesmaid Boxes!

So, you’ve got the man. You’ve got the ring. Now what? It’s time to pick your bridesmaids! If you’re smart, you’ll name your bridesmaids before you’ve done a lot of planning. You’ll want your besties there for advice on everything from color palettes to cakes!

Recently, picking your bridesmaids has become as Insta-worthy as your proposal shots. The pressure is definitely on brides to think of fun and creative ways to pop the question, “Will you be my bridesmaid?”

This Trend Tuesday is dedicated to our favorite way to impress your best gals: bridesmaid boxes! You can select a box that is ready to order or you can craft your own. Either way, you can expect your bridesmaids to gush over these boxes, even after the wedding!

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box2From candles to candy, you’ll want to customize the box with all her favorite things!

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We love this black and pink look!

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Pop the question by popping a personalized bottle of bubbly!

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You know you can’t tie the knot without her!

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A confetti popper and a cute calendar…what more could a girl want?

Bridesmaid boxes are the perfect way to treat your best friends to goodies they’ll want and actually use. We love that they’re completely custom too! If you’re looking for personalized gift tags or calendars, The Dandelion Patch is ready to help with all your pretty paper needs! Make an appointment at our Tysons Corner showroom today!

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