Real Wedding Wednesday: D.C. Gallery Romantic Autumn Reverie

Julie and Forrest looked as if they’d stepped straight off the set of this season’s top romance movie as they strolled through serene surroundings in the capital city. Elements of their ornately-planned party are lavished in a rich palette of blush and wine, accented with an occasional pop of pine green and glimmers of gold. These colors fit refreshingly into the cozy fall colors of the open outdoors, but stood out elegantly against the candle-lit indoor ceremony and reception area at the LongView Gallery, an industrial art gallery that every now and then hosted such unique events. All credit and kudos of documentation goes to the photographer of this wedding, Eric Kelley – such beautifully-captured images most assuredly requires a public audience!

 


We’d also like to shower praises on each of our fellow vendors for extraordinary workmanship and team spirit! This wedding embodies a rich quality of timelessness that leaves one in silent awe, and we couldn’t have made it without all of you!

Photography: Eric Kelley | Venue: LongView Gallery | Planner: A Trendy Wedding | Florals: Holly Chapel | Dress Designer: Anne Barge | Rentals: Event Revolution | Cake Designer: Buttercream Bakeshop | Hair & Makeup Artist: Alison Harper & Company | Lighting: John Farr Lighting | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch | Calligrapher: Laura Hooper | Catering: Well Dunn Catering | Band: Significant Others (Sam Hill Entertainment) | Furniture Rentals: White Glove Rentals

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!

Monday Funday: Lovely Lighting

Wedding lighting can make or break your wedding photography. Especially for night and outdoor weddings, what lighting you use will affect how well your guests will be able to see and how your photos turn out. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite ideas for romantic lighting for your big day! 

These Chinese lanterns hung along string lighting provides a decorative element as well as great mood lighting. 

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chinese lanterns

Lighting up your entire table with candles creates an ambiance that your guests will be sure to enjoy. 

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table candles

Twinkly lights are romantic and so pretty for a wedding indoor or out. We love how this barn is illuminated! 

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The candles behind this couple during their ceremony put all of the focus on them, and provides beautiful warm lighting for them to stand in. 

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tree candle

If candles hanging directly behind you is not enough, considering lighting your aisle as well! 

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lighted aisle

This couple’s wedding photos turned out beautifully with the help of both string lighting and candles. 

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How cool would it be to have an actual chandelier at your wedding? Especially one so beautiful! 

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We’d love to hear how you chose to light your wedding–share with us on Facebook. And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest/Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more ideas and inspiration. 

-Jessica