Friday: Up Up and Away

Happy Friday everyone! We are very excited for the weekend and we hope you all are too! While I was driving to work the other day and I saw a hot air balloon. I thought to myself I wonder how many people incorporate those into their wedding or just balloons in general. A lot of couples use greenery or flowers but using balloons for decorating or for Save the Dates are becoming more popular. 

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Everyone is obsessing over the big balloons, they are perfect for save the dates! 

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If you want to add texture to the balloon and for the photo, tie ribbons to it like these girls did! It definitely makes it fun too! 

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Have balloons made with Mr. and Mrs. on them for photos, then you guests can use them as props for photos throughout the night! 

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Leaf stamped balloons are super cute! They give off a boho trend and the clear balloon is to die for! 

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Clear balloons are pretty popular, they now are used for save the dates and other design elements. 

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If you really want to have a balloon aspect, have a hot air balloon! 

Everyones wedding is different and we love seeing what each couple does! We hope that couples keep doing more original design elements to truly make their wedding their own! 

Also, don’t forget to follow us at The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter

Friday Funday: Passport to love!

Happy Friday! We hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend, because we sure are!  With one of our patchettes getting ready to fly to Florida on Sunday, we were talking about all the destinations we wanted to go! No matter how far you are traveling destination weddings are always so fun! There’s just something about packing up and traveling for a long weekend that everyone enjoys! 

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Want a quick get away to Pairs? Make sure you get the iconic photo! 

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These two decided to tie the knot where Star Wars was filmed, cool right?!

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Give your guests something to remember your day and that they can always use!

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We love creative escort cards! They make everything better! 

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Having your wedding on the beach? Turn an old boat into your bar! 

We are dreaming of all the places we still have yet to visit looking at all of these gorgeous photos! We hope this makes you dream of warmer weather and sunshine! Lastly, don’t forget to check back in with us on Monday for more trends! 

Additionally, don’t forget to follow us at The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

 

Trend Alert: Equestrian Extraordinaire

People tend to plan pretty far in advance for ways to best make their wedding day outshine all those other “regular” days in their lives by incorporating elements that speak to the bride and groom’s individual or combined background and/or hobbies. For many who were once talented, young equestrians, the desire to bring significance to their day of nuptials presents the perfect opportunity to leave a bit of themselves at the event to share with their guests – who they were growing up and the individual they’ve become today – by tying in the vocabulary of horseback-riding into decorations, or simply bringing in the creatures themselves!  Luckily, these long-faced gentle giants are quite good at being both aesthetically pleasing and intriguing, so you’ll have no problem achieving the aspirations of the “dream wedding”!

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Deck up the reception party with a fresh outdoor garden aesthetic and garnish it with award ribbons to bring in the desired equestrian effect!

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A perfect setting to capture adorable moments you wouldn’t get elsewhere!

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More delightfully romantic bride-and-groom moments, this time framed by none other than the gentle giants themselves!

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Pair your flower girl up with a pony to match! How cute is that?

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Rusty horseshoe table settings offer just the right amount of countryside feels!

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Perhaps even include custom fresh-cut hedges to match the theme!

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Instead of the typical escort cards, give your guests a beautiful horseshoe souvenir with each of their names inscribed!

And if you would like equestrian-themed stationary to go with, we’d love to help you with designs! For more inspiration to best express yourself, be sure to follow The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Trend Alert Holiday Special: Gathering in Gingham

Happy Labor Day, everyone! This particular holiday has held up a steady reputation as one of the most popular dates for weddings, to which many couples have attributed to the long weekend and guests from other states having more time to complete the journey. However, in light of the spirit of patriotism (inexplicably) attached to this day, we’ve decided on a trend compromise – one that’s not blatantly patriotic, but at the same time provides a smidgen of “America” to continue the culture. Ever heard of Gingham? While most of the plaid-looking pattern fulfills the familiar red-white-and-blue anthem, fortunately for those who already made plans for a non-patriotic wedding, it is casual enough to also be incorporated into other settings!

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Mason jars and blue (or red) gingham ribbon are classic “America day” decor, but they’re extremely versatile too!

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It’s not 4th of July, but as summer days linger on, picnic potential continues to run high! How about a pleasant backyard picnic reception party?

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As a motif of outdoor dining, the classic “red-checkered” look evokes many settings associated with the good ol’ US of A – rustic barnyard, chic countryside, you name it!

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Be it home-made jam or honey, cap off wedding favors with gingham-patterned fabric for a cozy, rustic atmosphere.

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Cupcake liners, basket liners, envelope liners… aside from the obvious fact that they all feature the word “liner”, did you know they also share an affinity for gingham?

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Would you have known otherwise how geometrically glamorous gingham looked on a cake?

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Gingham button-ups look simply dashing on all ages!

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Think of the endless possibilities in decor you’d be able to peruse once you combine patterning with florals!

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Let’s get ready to melt some hearts and make the ladies swoon in a hip, all-gingham three-piece!

Gingham, in its most basic form, is a pattern that one can continue to stylize and work with, so if the commonly seen navy and red palette of this pattern doesn’t suite your tastes, feel free to switch up the color tones, or even incorporate other designs in your presentation! And, like all other patterns, gingham would certainly add a burst of color to your stationary! For more inspiration, follow The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Trend Alert: We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Although the temperatures out around these days still waver in the 80s, September’s arrival is a silent reminder that summer is nearing its end. In the spirit of good times from summer 2017, we’d like to bring you a wedding trend feature that’ll make you reminisce on those midsummer’s days of lounging under the sun, soaking up all that Vitamin-D and sweating like a hog. But more importantly, after reading this blog you’ll be able to recall all the ice cream that you sought out, no doubt about that! Scroll down to check out various creative ways summer weddings have endeavored to include this sweet treat in their reception!

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Ice cream cake is always a delicious alternative to regular cake!

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Or… how about a giant sundae? Not only is it much easier to share, there are no sharp knives involved either!

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Knowing how amazing orange creamsicles can be, this float version of the same treat must just be as delightful!

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Keep the cones, switch out the actual ice cream for some color-coordinated floral pieces, and voilĂ ! – you now have a gorgeous centerpiece!

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Shake things up a bit with the self-serve system! Here’s to a fantastic ice cream cookie experience!

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Fit in some custom-made utensils so your names are remembered!

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Bring back the childhood familiarity of the ice cream truck – what a great way to bond with your guests!

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Raspberry sorbet plus some pink champagne? It’s certainly making us drool just imagining how refreshing it would taste!

Whether it is flavor labels or bride-and-groom monograms – perhaps even a punny sign or two – connect with The Dandelion Patch through FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, and we’ll provide you with the pretty paper you’ll need!

Trend Alert: Project Parasol

Early history marks the parasol as an item of luxury, an accessory once fit for only the nobility who had servants carry these mobile canopies over their heads as they strolled or lounged under the powerful rays of the summer sun. Today, parasols continue its existence fulfilling purposes of sun protection, but with the concept of servants mostly extant in modern society – not to mention the production of applicable sunscreen lotion that is, comparably, much less burdensome – parasols have once again struck favor with an area of luxury and pleasantness today: the wedding industry! However, instead of allowing the parasol to stay in its line of work as an effective sun-blocking agent, people have broken convention to find creative ways of integrating this picturesque, light-weight accessory into their planned celebration! Today, we bring you project parasol: a project with potential, a party of perfection!

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Parasols make for a practical outdoor-ceremony accessory, AND the perfect wedding favor!

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Or make them available in size XXL!

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Say “I do” under a color-filled parasol-collaged wedding arch! Then, simply save it for later as a bright and cheerful photo backdrop!

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Let these pristine, pink parasols guide you down towards your most cherished other!

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It’s like a wedding bouquet held upside-down over your head!

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Parasols are the perfect tool for professional, wedding photoshoots!

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Top off these summer cocktails with miniature lace parasols!

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Each person gets a parasols to call their own, especially if their names are attached!

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Considering they’ve looked adorable in every picture so far, it’s no surprise that parasols also make for pristine centerpieces!

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Throw in a few floral garlands to mimic those beautiful botanical surroundings!

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A waltz under a canopy of colorful, upside-down parasols and twinkling night – not your typical idea of romance, but enchanting all the same

!Interested in pretty paper to match those pretty parasol decorations? Share your ideas with The Dandelion Patch through FacebookInstagram, and Twitter or call for an appointment to discuss them in person!

Palette Patch: Red As A Poppy, Blue Like Robin Eggs

Poppy red isn’t usually one to make an appearance during wedding season – especially not during the summertime. Being so close in color tone with primary red, it would often be paired with colors to reflect specific themes and reasons of celebration. For instance, when paired with green or white, people think Christmas; when paired with blue, people think America. Imagine our surprise as we discovered another color-combo fit for our current sun-kissed season! Poppy red, paired with lighter hues of blue or aqua – “robin egg blue”, as we would like to call it. This juxtaposed pairing not only successfully steers clear of both Christmastime and American themes, but it manages also to exert its own quality and ambience! Keep scrolling to check for more inspirations!

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Go totally retro with these soda pop glass bottles as center pieces! 

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You want to be marrying a handsome man that’ll come to sweep you off your feet come wedding day! We suggest wearing a robin egg blue boutonniere or blue suspenders to perfect your color-coordination.

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Umbrellas in the summer: we call them “Sun-brellas”!

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Perhaps it’s due to the strawberries pooled at its base that the cake now knows how to maintain its summer day vibes with its otherwise red-and-blue exterior!

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Here’s a frontal view of the two colors working together! The poppy red bouquet looks absolutely ravishing against the lighter greenish-blue tone immediately behind!

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Aside from the flowing, calf-length dress and those absolutely gorgeous peep-toe heels – what else would you still need once you’ve got both a polished husband-to-be and a spunky little pup right by your side!

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In addition to retro, people have incorporated our featured color pair in beach or ocean themed weddings, just with the addition of a few simple seashells and painted twigs to mimic coral.

Whether or not you decide that this is the color palette for you, we’ll be more than happy to help you create perfectly fitting stationary for your wedding! Come check out our gallery of pretty paper for more inspiration at The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Pool Party, Cool Party, Wedding Day Festivity

Summertime holds a plethora of creative possibilities when it comes to weddings, one of which includes a favorite American pastime of the season – going to the pool! Or rather, to better fit our intended scenario – “having a pool present (while your guests come to you to help celebrate.)” While the tiny body of shimmering water appears particularly inviting when one is constantly enveloped by the fiery temperatures of Earth life, we are (unfortunately) not here today to discuss pool parties, or splashing, not even tanning. Instead, we’ve decided that pools can play a huge role in wedding decor too! In other words, to compensate for the lack of water-based activity, simply throw yourself into amplifying the visual properties of “pool time” instead!

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No need to keep track of each individual piece of decoration when you can simply project mesmerizing textures onto the water’s surface!

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Another effortless way to beautify your liquid space: flowers! We think vibrant individual blooms such as the ones pictured above work best in delivering the natural, organic look; they seem to carry a bit more control in presentation than the arbitrary sprinkling of petals.

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But if you’re up for a more cohesive arrangement, bouquets are fabulous pool accents too! From far away, they’re practically giant, colorful, floating pom-poms!

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Candlelight in the evening gives off a soft glow that’ll keep up the cheerful spirits!

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Imagine crickets chirping, the voices of the wedding celebration floating in the background just as these paper lanterns rest on the water’s surface and provide none other than a soothing presence at the end of the day.

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What’s a wedding without monograms? We’ve also seen people spell out entire letters

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Make a cute “cover” for your pool by stringing up some floral pieces and weaving them across the surface! Get that burst of color going on your fancy flower web!

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Who knew walking, much less dancing, on water would ever be possible on your wedding day? Count on plexiglass to perform wonders to wow!

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Not your average way of hosting a bridesmaids’ party, but having to scavenge the waters for the one box with your name on makes this all the more enticing!

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If you’re planning an absolute fiesta, we say go all out with pool floats!

Got a cool pool (wedding) party in mind or upcoming? We at The Dandelion Patch would love to hear about how you plan to decorate your pool space! Connect with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Palette Patch: A Splash of Coral In the Turquoise Sea

Today’s Palette Patch presents yet another summer favorite wedding color palette: Coral and turquoise! In the past, people have frequently incorporated this color scheme in ceremonies on beachy shores or rustic ranches. Regardless of which setting you choose, these near-complimentary colors are undeniably exhilarating and will surely your leave your guests with vivid memories of this day!

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Picture this: a single coral carnation, floating calmly in the gentle waves of the sea… Too cheesy? Yeah, well, it still looks too perfect for eating, so no harm done.

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What’s more fun than being a flower girl at a beach wedding? Getting dolled up in a fancy dress with coral and turquoise ribbons and sashes, duh!

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These high-saturation hues work wonders in the smallest details of a bridal outfit, aka the jewelry department!

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All this bright color in front, above, behind…you’d expect it to be overwhelming, but the massive amount of white and silver is there to provide the satisfying aesthetic balance!

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Starfish and burlap seem to be a reoccurring theme when it comes to a coral-and-turquoise combo – and why not? They all look great together!

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The great thing about cupcakes is that you can get them to easily match any color scheme – all you need is faith, trust, and lots of food coloring!

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Enter the Groom-and-Groomsmen Squad, whose checkered bow ties and necktie pair handsomely with their coral boutonnieres!

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The bride looks positively radiant as she’s framed by the vibrant coral glow of her ladies!

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Or, if you’re one to prefer a more toned-down version of this palette, a light soothing turquoise shade has its own magical way of achieving beauty too!

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These gorgeous bridal kimonos are more than enough to sway us! Who wouldn’t want to bring home one of these as a wedding souvenir?

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Since these are such dramatic hues, we recommend completing the palette with neutralizing tones such as greys, whites, or golds!

If this is the theme for you, connect with us through FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, or hop on over to The Dandelion Patch! With a simple call for an appointment, you’ll be off boasting your coral-sprinkled, turquoise-tuned wedding in no time!

Real Wedding Wednesday: Goodstone Inn Middleburg Countryside Affair

Sarah and Kevin had found the perfectly intimate wedding getaway they were looking for at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant in Middleburg, VA, about an hour’s distance from Washington, DC. The venue included luxurious indoor provisions as well as extensive countryside property – impressive mountain ranges stand as a solemn backdrop and grassy, golden meadows cover rolling hills. Replete with luscious botanical gardens, with additional floral contributions from Holly Chapple, this ceremony setting flashes fine, organic qualities everywhere you look. Megan Kelsey of Megan Kelsey Photography describes the pair as genuine, kindhearted, and warm, two souls who are no doubt meant for each other. She beautifully captured every ounce of love and every endearing moment shared between the bride and groom. The couple had also decided to bring their puppy to help celebrate their big day, which is just plain adorable!






This wedding was akin to something out of a dream! Of course, none of this would have been possible without contribution from all the vendors of this team!

Photography: Megan Kelsey Photography| Venue: Goodstone Inn & Restuarant | Planner: Sarah Seven | Dress: Lovely Bride | Florals: Holly Chapple | Hair & Makeup: JKW Beauty | Catering: Bluewater Kitchen | Cake: Gateau Distinctive Cakes | Rentals: Something Vintage | Signage: Leah Letters | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch