Floral Fanatics: For the Fashion-Forward Groom

To all our prime-husband-material grooms out there: perhaps it’s time to explore the floral aesthetic in the realm of wedding fashion! What’s it like to transcend the boutonniere and try something more or even just something different? We guarantee you’ll have ladies gushing at your taste for floral print! To the rest of the gentlemen in our lives – don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you! – you’re more than welcome to join in on this on any special occasion. Don’t say we didn’t warn you once you’re that one guy in the room picking up the most compliments!

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It’s so easy to gush over bow-ties nowadays! Check out this one in floral print!

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Socks are one of those clothing items that typically go unnoticed, but once realized can let people understand that you are always down to start a trend!

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The more the merrier!

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In consideration of dropping temperatures, we suggest wearing a wool waistcoat along with your choice of floral, just to give it that quality autumn look.

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White with saturated darker hues, such as the deep red rose patterning pictured above lets us indulge in romantic wintry vibes!

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Dark patterned floral works well too, especially fitting of current seasons!

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Simple things such as switching out that plain, single-colored pocket square for a fancier one of floral patterning are really all you have to do to make your outfit more exciting!

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Some of you may also want to consider a mash-up version of the boutonniere and pocket square!

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Brides should make sure to prepare themselves for some tough competition out there on the aisle with a groom in a bright-colored suit AND floral!

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A couple known for their fun, expressive projects (check out their art on Instagram, “The Gay Beards”!) has brought floral-izing to a whole new level!

Floral palettes and prints easily inspire incredibly elegant and stunning pretty paper! We’ll have such a blast working with you to discover your dream design! Connect with The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for regular updates and inspiration!

Real Wedding Wednesday: Stone Tower Winery, Elegant Sophistication in Navy and Gold

As always, we are grateful for our team of vendors for contributing their wonderful work and talents!

Photography: We Are The Mitchells | Venue: Stone Tower Winery | Florist: Buttercups Design | Catering: RSVP Catering | DJ: Black Tie Entertainment | Makeup: Valerie Hammer | Hair: Hair + Makeup Unveiled | Bridal Gown: Kleinfeld’s Bridal | Pretty Paper: The Dandelion Patch

How to: Personalize Your Classic White Bouquet

Bouquets are one of those wedding essentials that typically get at least one photo feature all by themselves, so we deem it a pretty important visual element. The classic greenery-and-white elegance motif continues to trend as a popular motif for many lucky couples’ weddings, with their breath of fresh simplicity and quiet charm. Not only so, we also find it lovable as a flexible floral palette, as it is able to retain its delightful qualities while graciously integrating other characteristics that are brought in as a result of adjustments made to the original arrangement. Below are a few sample bouquets we’ve collected to show what we mean by this flexibility. It’s truly a wonder just how much voice and personality the classic bouquet can come to embody with the most subtle of manipulations!

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Mix-‘n-matching is a great place to start! A generous blend of white blooms and greenery and can say a number of things about your wedding, depending on the type of florals and foliage you select as well as the balance of color tones!

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To all our gorgeous gals out there prepping for a winter wedding – nothing says “winter” more than sparse scatterings of berry clusters! And white roses are simply too romantic!

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As we had mentioned earlier, you’d be surprised at how well subtle adjustments to the white bouquet speak to specific environments or event atmospheres. Faint washes of blush or peach are the ultimate bouquet to an elegant winery or vineyard wedding!

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Single-bloom collections make excellent wedding bouquets as well! Sometimes it’s better to embrace the minimalism – that alone sets you apart!

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While we’re on the topic of single-bloom bouquets, this one is made up of the baby’s-breath plant (sometimes interchangeably described as its scientific genus name “gypsophila”). Compared to the previous bouquet of peonies, we felt as if this one spoke a completely different language. What are your thoughts?

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But if you’re feeling a bit tight and smushed from all the subtlety we’ve been advocating, know that it’s also okay to take things a (small) step further and mix in a single bold color. For the winter season we recommend burgundy or wine for the serious “pop” effect in your otherwise classic white bouquet!

Let your blooms inspire a palette for the rest of the visuals for your celebration! We would love to work with you to create your stationary aesthetic! (For references of our work, be sure to check out our pretty paper gallery on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!) The end product will be simply stunning – we can’t wait to see it come to life!

Patch Palette: Urban Elegance in Black and Gold

It’s been a while since we’ve published a Patch Palette post, so today we’re bringing you some golden goodies! A wedding of moody, romantic washes of black with shiny sweeps of gold fits beautifully with the current time of the year as well – a perfect palette to accompany our transition into the more solemn, tranquil qualities of the wintertime. Metallic accents also surround the event with an essence of poised elegance, thereby transforming the otherwise dark, dreary atmosphere into a golden stitchwork of urban texture

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As we move into December, be on the lookout for more winter season inspirations! In the meantime, browse through our gallery of boutique, custom-designed wedding paper over at The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Real Wedding Wednesday: The Greenbrier, Wedding of Succulents and Pearl

Sarah and Ted’s wedding at The Greenbrier in West Virginia was replete with swirls of desaturated greens and blues that paired exquisitely with the outdoors atmosphere of the venue. Our gorgeous bridesmaids all swathed in gowns of pale pearl supported their bride both in spirit and aesthetically. Classic bouquets of greenery and white were embellished with red beaded berries and fresh succulents, bringing in just the right amount of visual vibrancy while retaining an overall revitalizing and organic quality. Thanks to the talents of Hope Taylor Photography, we get glimpses of how truly joyous this special day was for all in attendance!

 

 

The subtle visual effects of the event were graced by warm sun rays, but none of this would have been in the first place without prior preparation from our trusty team of vendors! Thanks to all who contributed to the success of Sarah and Ted’s wedding day! We definitely look forward to working together again in the future!

Photographer: Hope Taylor Photography | Planner: Michelle Pauley, Special Events Planner at The Greenbrier Sporting Club  | Venue: The Greenbrier  | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch | Florals: Gillespie’s Flowers & Productions, Inc. | Hair & Makeup: Rosemarie Hunter  | Gown: Ann’s Boutique | Band: Warren Rodgers Music | Catering: The Greenbrier | Videographer: Bess Video Productions

A “Hole” Lotta Donuts on Display

Happy Monday, everyone! We’ve decided to start off this week’s inspiration posts with a year-round-favorite munchable – donuts! Regardless of which party they feature in – brunch reception or bridal party, birthday celebration or holiday dinner (@ X’mas!) – presentation is key to a sugar-glazed success! Work up displays like these and we guarantee a “lit” factor of cream-coated fingers and jelly-filled joyousness!

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As the author of this blog had said, putting anything on a stick and tying a ribbon at the end makes it a part of something much more festive! Of course, a drink pairing doesn’t hurt either – hence the apple cider.

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Typically you can only fit one donut in each hand, but now you’ll be able to snag as many as you can fit via kabob skewers!

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Top off your delicious donut stack with with a whipped cream finish! Florals serve as an excellent garnishing device, so use them to your advantage!

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Sweet treats for only the most glitter glam of donut diners!

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Even if you didn’t like blueberry all that much, or cake all that much, you’ll probably say yes to this one just for the topping!

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Which one to begin with will be the most difficult question you have ever asked yourself as you stand in front of this wall of sugar-filled well-roundedness!

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Pack a treat for each of your lovely guests!

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*Insert romantic donut pun* 😉

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A donut for me, a donut for you!

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Hook ’em up for all to see!

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Practice your typography skills with some delicious donut letters!

With so much pun-tential on the table, we gladly offer our “hole”some paper services for any signage or labeling for a donut display that’ll leave guests absolutely dumbfounded! Connect with The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more inspiration in Foodtopia (because we also donut have very strong resolve when it comes to rainbow candy sprinkles and frosting)!

Trend Alert: Dinner of Veggies n’ Spice

Alas, we part ways with yet another year’s Thanksgiving dinner – but not being taking a snippet of that as inspiration for the future! As we take a moment to reminisce the incredibly satisfying feast from last night, we pick up on the rich splashes of autumnal tones in the vegetables present on the table and cannot help but wonder how delightfully refreshing they might look in their most natural form. Hence we bring you today’s trend alert! Table setting and centerpieces that incorporate the season’s harvests and spices are sure to wow your guests in their organic charm!

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Follow The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and stay tuned for regular updates and real wedding features! Be sure to check out our pretty paper collections as well!

Real Wedding Wednesday: Stone Tower Winery Scenic Surprise

Join us this Wednesday as we follow our featured bride and groom, Katie and Harris, to the rustic, rolling hills of Stone Tower Winery. Thanks to Procopio Photography, we are not only able to appreciate spectacular views of the fresh, liberating fields around but also get a taste of those intricate details of the event that leaves one in pure awe of the thoughtfulness in preparation and design. With a beautifully satisfying geometric motif resonating throughout, Katie and Harris show us that there certainly are a variety of opportunities to bring in some personality while still maintaining a strong wedding aesthetic!

We would also like to thank all of our fantastic friendors on the team in making Katie and Harris’ wedding such an amazing experience for all!

Photography: Procopio Photography | Planner: Roberts & Co | Venue: Stone Tower Winery | Florals: Sweet Root Village | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch | Hair & Makup: Alison Harper and Company | DJ: Bruce Pike Productions

Holiday Special: Season’s Cocktail Campaign

Studies in the past have demonstrated rising trends in cocktail consumption as a result of audiences’ growing preference for “authenticity”. So, to all party-hosts-to-be (Hint, hint: T-2 days until Thanksgiving!) – in addition to that scrumptious feast, those gorgeous party decor and exciting activities you’ve got hidden up your sleeves – if you are looking to really blitz up the spirit of the occasion, look no further! Here, we’ve brought in sample cocktail beverages that we think perfectly embodies the fall season flavor. From the homey aroma of pumpkin to the spicy tang of cinnamon, from autumn maple to freshly harvested fruit, we simply cannot wait to fine dine and cocktail the night away!

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Additional vodka and Kahlúa (coffee-flavored liqueur) makes a delicious 21+ version of everyone’s favorite pumpkin spice latte.

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Spice up your next chocolatini (think chocolate + martini) with a bit of cinnamon rim sugar!

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Add a fun twist on s’mores adventures!

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While typical Manhattan cocktails already uses syrup, this warm, vanilla-infused Spiced Maple Manhattan has a subtle bite that makes it stand out from the rest!

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A handful of pomegranate seeds and a few sprigs of rosemary to garnish this lovely cocktail does well to complete the aesthetic, but not without a bit of fizz and sparkle!

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This one’s for the summer nostalgic! Fresh blackberries smashed in with a bit of sweet garnish mix sublimely well with a blend of bourbon and ginger beer.

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A refreshing bubbly that could be served for brunch or dinner!

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Here’s a classic gingery Moscow Mule with a splash of apple cider and cranberries to make for the perfect fall feast!

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Perhaps a cool sip of this spiced pear and gin cocktail is just what your guests need!

Here’s to a fantastic evening with family and friends!

If you’re ever looking for pretty paper invitations to preface your party, be sure to check out our gallery of work on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! Our clients inspire us daily with their design ideas; we’d love nothing more than to discuss what you might have in mind as well!

Trend Alert: Boots on the Loose

This time around the year is usually when people start reaching in their shoe closets to exchange their flats and light sneakers for boots to better fit the chilling weather outside – so it’s only fair if brides and bridesmaids get to don cozy, protective footwear on this special day too! And yes: it IS possible to look cute while wearing clunky boots! Don’t believe us? Just keep reading, and we’ll try not to remind you at the end that “we told you so”!

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There’s something about Victorian-styled booties that simply speaks grace and sophistication!

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Here’s a hodgepodge of boots to sample from! Can you guess which one belongs to the bride?

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Heavy-soled and durable, these lace-ups are quite ideal for a romantic elopement in the mountains!

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Speaking of boots, we certainly can’t leave out the star selections for the classic country wedding!

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White for the bride, of course!

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But you can have fun with these too! Try this brilliant blue, or any other boot-iful hue, for a truly-“you” country experience!

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Experience what it’s like to walk in the shoes – correction, boots! – of your bad*ss, firefighting groom.

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Go emerald green for a strong win-win: not only does it perfectly match any classic greenery and white palette for aesthetically pleasing photo opportunities, but your bridesmaids will most likely remain best friends with you forever just for the fact that you got her Hunter boots in a color that’ll look good with anything.

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Even though they’re supposed to be covered by your skirt for most of the event, a pair so lustrous and dazzling will not subject to being hidden underneath forever!

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Bean boots are not only in trend, but also gender fluid! Take this opportunity to get yourselves some matching footwear for one of the most important days of your lives!

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Did you know UGGs Australia has their own line of bridal boots? Checkout their “I Do” collection for more options made for the cozy-toed bride!

To be practical or be pretty? We say be both! Boot season is here, everyone, so it’s time to let out those boots on the loose!

For more inspiration on preparing details for your wedding day, follow The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!