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!

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: Erica & John

If you’re planning a Charlottesville wedding, Pippin Hill Farm is THE location! We’re always in awe of the photos from this vineyard. Erica and John’s wedding, captured by the amazing Rachel May Photography, is no exception! We love the super classy barn (can you even call it a barn?) and breath-taking views. This couple is also a stunning duo, and they were such a joy to work with. We’re sure Amore Events by Cody had just as much fun working with this darling pair to plan the big day as our Patchettes did. Congrats to Erica and John!

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Wow! What a wonderful wedding! Thank you to all the awesome vendors that worked with us on Erica and John’s big day!

Venue, Caterer, and Linens: Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards | Photographer: Rachel May Photography |  Planner and Designer: Amore Events by Cody | Florals: Blue Ridge Florals | Videographer: Mwendo Weddings | Cake Baker: Sweethaus Bakery | Bride’s Gown: “Margot” by Anna Maier | Bridal Salon: Gabriella New York | Hair Stylist: Top Knot Studio | Makeup Artist: Tiffany Lumpkin | Pretty Paper:  The Dandelion Patch 

Trend Tuesday: Naked Wedding Cakes

It’s Trend Tuesday, and we’ve got a sweet tooth!

What’s the latest in wedding cakes? Naked wedding cakes! Yes, you read that correctly. Naked wedding cakes include traditional layers, but with no fondant! If you’ve ever watched The Cake Boss on TV, you’re probably wondering why you would want a cake without fondant. How does it stay together?

Well, these trending naked cakes are actually quite beautiful! They’re both simple and rustic. While they are uncovered, naked wedding cakes do have icing in between the layers. Also, fondant doesn’t actually taste very good. However, these cakes are just as yummy as they are pretty!

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Naked cakes are very elegant with just a few sugar flowers!

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Add berries to really wow your guests!

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This rustic look is stunning with lavender!

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We think Tinker Bell designed this one!

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Naked cakes are yummy in chocolate too!

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Fabulous for fall!

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We’re swooning over this floral focal-point!

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The more cake, the merrier!

Have you ordered one of these trendy cakes? We would love for you to share your photos with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter! Yum!

-Amy