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

Trend Alert: A Painted Cake Masterpiece

Browsing wedding cake designs can be pretty overwhelming and chaotic, but we’ve narrowed down options to a currently rising trend: hand-painted cakes! However, the irony here is that by introducing this trend, we’ve also expanded your horizon of design choices. Your cake is now a blank canvas, and every other decision made in terms of color or additional adornments are now influenced by your “painting”. Check out these stunningly delectable selections you’d be able to call your own on one of the most important days of your life!

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Gentle watercolor washes arranged in layers and gradients possess an innate soothing quality.

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Floral arrangements at weddings don’t apply to bouquets only! We find that combining the use of painted patterns and actual flower embellishments often produces the most ideal day-of-celebration cake!

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Black-and-white painted cakes liken to a pencil or ink drawing from a sketchbook; with a bit of imagination, you’d think the drawing of poppies were about to come to life (full color spectrum-style)!

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Repeating patterns work excellently painted on. So do metallics!

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Paint a scene! Perhaps this is the city where you first met?

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Chalk it up with some chalkboard paint! Consider this a modern twist of a romantic chalkboard message!

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The words on this cake are just barely readable, but yours do not have to be! Remember, it’s the message that counts, and if you can write a beautiful poem to express your love for one another, what better way to draw people’s attention than to put it on your wedding day cake?

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As hand-painted work, there just had to be something inspired by famous art work or art movements in the past! Here’s a cake painted over in the uneven, lineated style of the Art Nouveau.

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This “painter’s palette” look is the key in giving the cake its carefree, retro edge.

Wow your guests (and essentially the whole world-wide-web, once pictures are posted) with a painted masterpiece! Here at The Dandelion Patch, we’ll help you match your paper goods and complete the look of your wedding! Follow and connect with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Real Wedding Wednesday: Sammi & Gary

It’s hard to believe that Sammi & Gary’s wedding was held in DC. Their romantic wedding at the Dumbarton House in Georgetown looks more like it was set in a European garden or even at a fairytale castle! We loved Sammi’s gold and periwinkle theme, which was expertly tied together by Kaitlin of Cheers Darling Events. Every shimmering detail matched Sammi’s second gown, and we can’t get over it! It’s gold and glam with an art deco design – you can’t miss it! For more photos from the day, please visit photographer Audra Wrisley‘s beautiful blog! We’re obsessed with her work!

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On top of a fabulous photographer and amazing planner, we had the opportunity to share this experience with all of these great vendors! Thank you!

Photographer: Audra Wrisley Photography | Venue: Dumbarton House, Georgetown DC | Coordination: Cheers Darling Events | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Sue | Floral Design: Eight Street Floral | Invitation Design: Old City Press | Day of Paper Goods: Dandelion Patch | Catering: Design Cuisine | Popsicles: Pleasant Pops | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

Trend Tuesday: Floral Chandeliers

It’s Trend Tuesday, and we’ve got a treat for you!

The Patchettes have fallen in love with floral chandeliers for spring and summer weddings. If you’ve chosen a simple centerpiece, floral chandeliers may be the extra touch that you need to make your reception design pop! These floral works of art will look amazing in any color palette, and they’re sure to be a showstopper!

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Try one large floral chandelier in the center of your reception! Wow!

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Simple, yet stunning, in all white!

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Pretty in pastels!

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They’re even more romantic outside!

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Super trendy with geometric shapes!

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Check out this bright boho look!

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Finally, consider transforming an industrial ceremony space with a floral chandelier!

We’re really hoping this floral trend is here to stay for awhile, because it’s really breathtaking! Which look is your favorite? Share with us on Facebook! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram too for more wedding inspiration!