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!

Dover Hall Estate Editorial

If you’re looking for a timeless wedding venue in rural Virginia, the search is over. In this editorial shoot, planner Claire Duran Wedding & Events and various Patch Partners worked together to create a magical day at the Dover Hall Estate in Manakin-Sabot, VA. This location includes a luxurious mansion and a breath-taking countryside view that’s reminiscent of old Europe. To complement the natural beauty of the estate, this editorial features a simple navy and gold color scheme that will make any bride feel like royalty!


















Tuxedo: Tuxedo by Samo | Photographer: Lissa Ryan Photography | Film Lab: The FIND Lab | Designer and Coordinator: Claire Duran Weddings & Events | Floral Designer: Amanda Day Rose | Dress Designer: Anais Annette via Gritter & Grit | Rentals: Festive Fare- Classic Event & Party Rentals | Accessories: Lindsay Marie Design | Venue: Dover Hall Estate | Cake Designer: Sweet Fix | Makeup Artist: Valerie Hammer Makeup Artistry | Hair: Melissa Elbert | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Invites: Smock via The Dandelion Patch | Calligraphy: Spurle Gul Studio | Tuxedo: Tuxedo by Samo | Model (bride): Katherine Haber | Model (groom): Tyris Williams