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!

Real Wedding Wednesday: Belmont Country Club Under Soft Rays

Mina and Andrew chose the Belmont Country Club in Ashburn, VA as their wedding venue, taking advantage of the spacious green fields to celebrate their marriage in the fresh outdoors. Photography by Michael and Carina Photography successfully captured the soft sunbeams and radiant smiles of everyone in attendance! The entire event exuded comfortable simplicity, while materials and decor included clearly involved much pristine planning and execution. Overall, the intimate elegance of this day is definitely something to desire and cherish!

We would also like to thank our fellow vendors on the team who contributed their hard work and innovation to this lovely day!

Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Planner: Rhonda Lo Presti | Venue & Catering: Belmont Country Club | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch | Floral: JP Wedding Flowers | Hair: Miamore Beauty Salon | Makeup: Elle Choi | Dress: Stella York | Cake: Sweets by E | Music/DJ: Bryan from Tidewater | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

Trend Alert: Ring Photography in the Fall

When you’re provided a spectrum of warm color tones as present in the Fall, and there is a wedding to be celebrated somewhere in the near future, what’s left is a plethora of photographic opportunities to capture those intimate moments within the richness of nature! The wedding ring, in particular, holds enough symbolic value to have its own features in every real wedding photography collection. Ultimately, we decided to combine all of these ideas to curate today’s fall season trend post!

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Is it just us, or does this picture give off major Cinderella vibes? But then again, why would anyone give up a perfect fairy tale moment?

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As much as we appreciate pumpkins in size Regular, the cuteness of these little ones really get to you too!

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If you are more drawn towards the conventional monochromatic scheme of traditional weddings, here’s another way to incorporate this popular fall season motif!

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Back in ancient Egypt, the ring stood as a symbol for the eternal love of (human) spouses. However, since our bride and groom are not yet present to reflect the wisdom of the old Egyptian sentiment, acorns are all we’ve got.

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The uneven repetition and distribution of circular forms give way to such an intriguing aesthetic!

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When the leaves fall off, we put the rings on.

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We think you might have caught something pre-tty important there! What are you still waiting for?! Just reel it in already!

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Nothing better to represent Autumn than a browning leaf!

For more info and inspo celebrating this colorful season, follow The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

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!

Real Wedding: New York Public Library Glamorous Nuptials

The brides, Lauren and Emily, were absolutely radiant as they celebrated their love with an intimate wedding and a glamorous reception. While keeping their wedding tasteful and personal, the couple made sure to let their overarching concept of “modern meets traditional” shine through, evident through photography by Roey Yohai. Their invitation included a classy fan motif inspired by the cover art of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel and gold foil-embossed lettering. To celebrate their Jewish heritage, they first held a private ceremony to sign their kebutah, or wedding contract, edited so that traditional concepts of husband-and-wife could instead speak more to their modern, same-sex marriage. Later, with a party overflowing with both glam and grand, they rounded up the day’s events at the New York Public Library with a fabulous reception featuring exquisite jewel-toned florals and exotic lighting! They expressed their gratitude for the love and support showered upon them by friends and family to help them celebrate “the most important day of [their] lives”!








Thanks and cheers to all vendors on the team for such a successful evening! We can’t wait for another opportunity to work together!

Photography: Roey Yohai | Planner: Sidekick Events | Venue: New York Public Library | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch | Florals: Lewis Miller Design | Dresses: Mark Ingram Atelier | Makeup: Ashlee Glazer | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Lighting, Sound : L&M Sound | Catering: Olivier Cheng Catering and Events

Trend Alert: One-Tiered Wonders

We’re used to seeing wedding cakes in size “Tall”, in all their three- or four-tier glory. Here, we’ve compiled a series of single-tiered cakes, decorated just as exquisitely – only more petite, and more approachable! Although larger cakes gather attention right away, their smaller alternatives are also extremely impressive, as all of the raw talent of these artists are essentially condensed into one little tier. You’ll be shocked to see just how mind-blowingly ornate and well-crafted these delectable creations can be!

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Hands up high if you’re already drooling!

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A simple greenery, white and gold cake transformed into a fabulous display, just with a flourish of orchids!

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I spy with my little eye, a wondrous piece of art nearby…

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Don’t be fooled by these rosy buttercream prints! Unlike the previous piece, the marks on this “LOVE”-ly cake are created from finger-painting.

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This absolutely irresistable features six layers of chocolate filled with equally chocolatey ganache! Warning: frequent use of “chocolate” as adjective to describe said cake quick to follow.

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Golden drips make for a golden wedding, yes?

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According to the creator’s description, this cake features purple buttercream paired with turquoise isomalt. Oh, and did we mention it had upside-down drips?

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The only cherry bomb dot com – with this incredible design and palette, why not throw in some matching cupcakes too?

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This cake would probably look just as enticing even with just the painterly florals.

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Painted cake, oil on canvas cake.

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Soft sprinklings of sugar bring about mysterious chalky effect, but that’s the very quality that draws people in.

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And we’re rounding it all up with a fluffy gingerbread cake with caramelized apples and topped with brown butter frosting!

Perhaps the design of your cake will inspire a concept for pretty paper, or vice versa. Feel free to call us for an appointment; we’d love to discuss your ideas in person! In the meantime, it only takes one click to connect with us through our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Flower Crowns for the Non-Bride

Flower crowns have remained a favorite among bridal hair accessories as boho trends continue to trickle through the wedding community. Typically, one would expect the bride to wear it down the aisle, as the bright blooms work to be quite attention-grabbing. Today’s post, however, brings consideration to the inverse: what would happen if other featured guests at your celebration had the opportunity to flaunt their own set of fragrant floral circlets upon their heads as well?

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No one will be able to direct their gazes elsewhere when this little darling steps out in a crown of rosy blooms!

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Make that TWO little darlings! Matching florals will have hearts melting in no time!

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The more, the merrier!

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You’ll be the one in white, alright – experiment with brighter colors, and you’ll find that it does nothing to detract attention from yourself!

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Gracefully glide down that aisle among a flurry of bright red-and-orange flowers!

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“…anyone can be a princess today,” declared Mia Thermopolis of the Princess Die. Well, guess what, grandmothers – so can you!

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Mommy & Me flower crowns? Excellent idea!

Consider applying your floral palette to your selection of pretty paper, or vice-versa! We’d love to work with you to coordinate the colors! In the meantime, follow The Dandelion Patch on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to check out our galleries or receive regular samples of our work!

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!

Trend Alert: Carpet Composition

Interestingly enough, psychological experiments have revealed that walking on carpeting induces less stress than walking on hard wood flooring, so it’s certainly no wonder that carpets and rugs have gained attention in the magical realm of wedding decor. Not only are they comforting to the spirit (for wedding couple and guests alike), but they also exist for their versatility as flooring. Would you consider a single elaborate, statement-making piece, or perhaps feature multiple for a more artistic, hodge-podge aesthetic? Powerful compositions of texture and intricate ornamentation give way to gorgeous, one-of-a-kind photography!

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Eat like royalty with rich, luscious carpeting under your feet!

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Arrange multiple carpets into an innovative aisle! Embrace the spontaneity!

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A carpet-lined staircase contributes both richness in quality and dimensional depth to your conventional curtain backdrop.

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A picnic reception with cushions and miniature tables! Count me in!

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Heighten the spirits with a pop of color! Be bright! Be bold!

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Let the carpet speak for all!

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Battle it out, but only soft surfaces, of course.

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Float away blissfully with a beautifully woven base!

If you’ve seen our pretty paper gallery, you’ll know that we’re certainly not strangers to textures or patterns! Follow The Dandelion Patch FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more trendy topics coming your way!

Real Wedding Wednesday: Spring Creek Golf Club Joining in Jubilance

“From there, I quickly began to fall for her.”

Bryan’s recounting of their story, starting with how he and Maggie shared their first moments of laughter in the common room of his college dorm, illustrated a love built on many years of friendship and one that many dream about one day calling their own. Soft shades of seafoam green juxtaposes elegantly with the stark tones and lines delineating the UVA Chapel where they married. Photography by Meredith Sledge is truly captivating, not only transforming everyone’s celebratory spirit from this special day to into tangible memories but also allowing those of us not present at the event to get a feel of the joy and cheer!


 

As usual, we enjoyed every moment of working with our excellent team of vendors! This wedding would not have been possible without you!

Photography: Meredith Sledge | Venue: Spring Creek Golf Club | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch | Hair & Makeup: Charlottesville Makeup Artist | Dress: Maggie Sottero | Florals: Floral Images Design Studios | DJ: Sound Enforcement | Ceremony Musician: Silver Leaf String Quartet | Catering: Spring Creek Golf Club | Cake & Desserts: Sweethaus |  Lighting & Rentals: MS Events | Photobooth: Photobooth Charlottesville