Columbia Country Club: Classic Pink DC Wedding

Happy Wednesday everyone, we hope that you all are safe out there in this snowy weather!! There’s nothing quite like a classic DC wedding, and Laura and Brendan’s Columbia Country Club wedding had us at hooked from the very beginning! Thanks to the always stunning photography by Bonnie Sen we got to see the whole thing! Their gorgeous color palette was a truly something special, and we were so happy that we could create an invitation suite that matched accordingly. 

 

 

 

Photographer – Bonnie Sen | Wedding Planning – A. Dominick Events | Ceremony Venue – Chapel of our Lady | Reception Venue – Columbia Country Club | Floral – The Delighted Eye | Stationery – The Dandelion Patch | Videography – Thomas Bowen | Hair – Bridal Hair by Remona | Makeup – Pattie Martin | Linens – La Tavola | Bakery – Fluffy Thoughts Cakes | Band – Doctor’s Orders | Transportation – Regal Limousine

Monday loveday: Love is in the air!

Happy Monday, we hope you had a great weekend! With Valentines Day on Wednesday and all the couples going out to celebrate, we are going to talk about different ways to make your wedding day stand out.  Even more than it does already with being on Valentines Day! Valentines day is a special day to get married because, it’s already filled with so much love that having a wedding just takes it to the next level. 

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Want to make your first kiss as husband and wife even more special, add in the heart shaped balloons! 

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Add some color to your bouquet! The deep red and pale pinks are perfect for a Valentines day wedding! 

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Valentines colored floral wall, nothing gets better than that!

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Have a fun signature drink during cocktail hour, make sure its red or pink so the theme continues throughout the night! 

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Red velvet cake is always the way to go, especially if you’re getting married on valentines day! 

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Finally, do you need cute party favor for your guests? Use candy hearts!

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Monday Funday: Did someone say peacocks?

Happy Monday everyone! We hope you all had a great weekend and are preparing to have an even better week! Today’s post is about peacocks! Yes..we actually said peacocks. We love when a couple chooses to do a themed wedding because, they are so different from what we normally see! This theme is one we find especially unique. The colors inspired from this trend are absolutely gorgeous! 

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Want to start the ceremony off with a bang? Use these flower petals before you walk down the aisle! 

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The tie and boutonnière are the perfect combination for this theme! And look at the pocket square! 

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This four tier cake is something truly amazing! The peacock feathers in addition to the blue ribbon is gorgeous! 

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Incorporate the colors into your bouquet because it will definitely make it pop! 

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Finally, do you want guests to take the theme with them? Rock candy in the colors from your theme is the perfect thank you gift! 

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Friday Facts: All about Cheese!

Happy Friday everyone! We hope everyone had a great week! Now it’s time for some relaxing and to read up on cheese! Yes, cheese! Brides today are now picking cheese as a healthier (more savory) alternative to cake. This way they still get the affect of having a cake but it is still something unique to your own personality! 

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Have your wedding cake out of cheese wheels with toppings of fruits to make the colors pop! 

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Have markers in the laters so guest know what you are serving! 

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Still want to have a cake for your reception but need something for cocktail hour? Have a cheese and meat spread for your guest to snack on! 

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Loving all the texture that this cake brings! It is so fun how the different cheeses makes this so unique! 

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Whats better than a cheese wheel cake? The cute bride and groom mouse toppers! 

We love that couples are stepping outside of the norms for their wedding! It is another aspect of their ceremony and reception that is so personalized to them! 

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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!

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!

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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Floral Fanatics: The Fall-fitted Bride

Normally you’d expect the floral trend season to bloom in the springtime, when the bees are buzz-buzzing and the birds chip-chirping. But we wanted to try something different! Instead of subconsciously sinking into cooler, more desaturated values right alongside the dropping temperatures – as heaters, one by one, roar into action and simply being outdoors grows less appealing day by day – we’ve decided that this is the perfect season to don the floral aesthetic! We find the rich autumnal palette around us utterly irresistible – all the more reason to collaborate with these colors for an equally irresistible floral-patterned gown for the special day! P.S. – Dear grooms, we guarantee you’ll find it impossible to tear your gaze away once your bride steps out in full flower power!

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Although going sleeveless (in the outdoors) might not be the wisest decision at this time of the year, we love the loosely embellished floral bodice and the rich teal of this bride skirt! The vibrant blue-green tone would give just the right amount of pop against the warm tones of your surroundings.

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We simply can’t get over these sheer but brilliantly floral-covered elbow-length bubble sleeves! The velvet ribbon at her waist is a must-have too, because who doesn’t like velvet?

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It might look conservative from the front, but subtle surprises like these not only show off your beautiful figure but are also just plain fun!

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The delicate lace detailing of roses and tiny bursts of red blooms on this dress complement each other so well!

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Take advantage of your bridesmaids! Let their dresses amplify your presence! Who wouldn’t want to show off when you’re wearing such a unique and classy piece?

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With an elegant, embroidered collar and floral-lace mid-sleeves, this vintage look will not escape anyone’s eyes!

Are you as drawn to these gorgeous floral details as we are? Follow The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more weekly nuggets of inspiration!

Holiday Special: Sweet Treats and Spooky Reads

With this spook-taculicious holiday just around the corner, we’re switching gears from wedding trends to a more general topic: party treats! But not just any spooky party treats, either. In preparation for this year’s All Hallows’ Eve, we’ve selected some of our favorite desserts inspired by dark classics in literature. You’ll have your guests chuckling in no time once they see your clever creations!

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Take a sip! Try a bite! Will you grow to be a giant the size of a cottage, or shrink down enough to fit through a teeny-tiny door in the wall?

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Bring the temptation up a notch – now your guests will surely be scrambling to find out what exactly you’ve concocted for them!

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Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a carriage ride with the White Witch in addition to servings of these tasty Turkish Delights.

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If you’ve come ready with your own additional (personal) ingredients, step right on up and prepare yourself for an interesting night ahead…

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Cupcakes make for better desserts than apples, period.

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Have the Weird Sisters inspired you to “Double, double, toil and trouble” in your own cauldron for this night? Try this “Eye of Newt” punch and tell us what you think!

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Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore” as we continue to commemorate the man behind our favorite dark poems and short stories!

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No one knows why the Frankenstein monster is green, but we’re just going to play along!

For more inspiration on all things fabulous and festive, be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! Happy Halloween-Eve, everyone!