Inspired Creations – Dandelion Wine

At long last, the time has come to get the Inspired Creations Contest party started! Today I have the great privilege of sharing an incredible design pulled together by Kim and Bonnie from Punch, Kathy from The Party Place and Sara from Sara Gray Photography in Portland, Oregon. This team literally blew me away with their imaginative collaboration, all centered on Kim’s love for a vintage copy of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. I’m a book junkie. I’m married to an English teacher. I’m obsessed with decor crafted from paper and pages of old books. So taking all of that into consideration, I can only say that I am in love. Completely, enthusiastically, happily in love with this first entry.



The team shares, “Kim bought a copy of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine at a thrift store when she was 16. She read it and reread it, carrying it around in her backpack over several years as its spine wore down and the pages yellowed. When she met Bonnie, her partner at Punch (specializing in floral, styling and type), they bonded over their shared love for the book and its unique namesake blooms that litter abandoned fields in summertime. They decided one day they’d design a wedding around it. When the Punch team met Sara Gray and began to brainstorm about ways to style a unique wedding concept for the Inspired Creations Contest, the dandelions were blooming in the city parks and the time was right. The result is an elegant, clean, less-is-more approach with a touch of whimsy.”



dandelion-wine-vintage-books-modern-wedding-ideas“The box was created from a salvaged fence and then small finishing nails were hammered through from the underside, creating a rather dangerous-looking contraption. Once the nails were in place, the dandelions were simply slid on top, creating a stunning centerpiece that appears to be floating. Kathy from The Party Place provided a large rectangular table and linens, plus plates and glassware for the concept, which gave the idea a backbone and a foundation on which to build. Small touches like the gray, yellow and white simple bouquet and tiny boutonniere (displayed on a library check-out card) brought the concept to life.”





“The menu cards were created in Illustrator and the yellow graphic was stamped on afterward. The bit of yellow helped to add a touch of color to the table without being too literal. The pages from Dandelion Wine hanging on the wall helped to create depth and interest, and they are in fact original pages from Kim’s beloved copy of the book.”







Not only is this inspiration shoot unbelievably gorgeous, but this team also gave credibility to the mantra that Ami and I share – the only limit when dreaming up your wedding is the size of your imagination, not your budget! Using an assortment of personal belongings, salvaged wood, dandelions picked from a field and affordable craft supplies available at most local craft shops, the team spent just $55 pulling their concept together. The folks at Saucebox allowed them to use the incredible space gratis and they used their shared affection for a beloved work of literature to shape their vision. (Have I mentioned how much I love this?) Thank you so much, ladies, for sharing your incredibly inspired vision for a dandelion wedding. It’s an honor to share your design inspiration as a part of the Inspired Creations Contest!

Kim and Bonnie from Punch
Kathy from The Party Place
Sara from Sara Gray Photography

{Photos by Sara Gray Photography.}



lovely…great way to start the contest

This is gorgeous – what an unbelievable start. I’m excited to see more, especially after such an incredible first entry!

I think customized wine labels can be really romantic, like they are here. Such a perfect idea/theme for a beautiful rustic wedding!

Love the color scheme, love the inspiration… love the all concept of this entry!! Congratulations to the amazing team!!
.-= Brancoprata’s most recent blog post: Utterly Engaged #10 =-.

I love how the delicate dandelions pair with the rustic wood. So creative!
.-= Dognbird’s most recent blog post: Flowers: Modern Retro Wedding Decor =-.

I love it! Dandelion Wine is such a magical, otherworldly book, and I think this set up has captured that beautifully.


I am in love with this. Beautifully done! Loving the quote on the wine bottles and the menu cards.


dreamy and elegant and modern.
Beautifully done, Punch.


Wow- I am love with this. Gorgeous and creative.

Love seeing the competition – Great job ladies!

this is fantastic! the Punch girls really did a great job on this one.
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Trippe Davis

Wow! This is fantastic, classic… From the photographer to the the ladies at Punch, the arrangement is exquisite and the whole thing executed with such simplicity, elegance, and class. Good work!

Simply stunning. What bride and groom would not be pleased with such a simple yet original and beautiful display? Phenomenal!
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I LOVE this. So simple and inspiring.


AMAZING!!!! i love it! they are a shoe in for 1st place!

Gorgeous – love the muted colour palette and the dandelion motif!! Great job – looking forward to more inspiration!!
.-= Kate/MagnoliaRouge’s most recent blog post: Real Wedding: Carla + Joakim III =-.

Love the simplicity of the dandelions! This would make a perfect design piece for a vineyard wedding.
.-= Kellie Kano’s most recent blog post: Ellison & Jeremy’s Wedding =-.

As a fellow IC Contest entrant, this blows me away. The use of the book pages is phenomenal.


absolutely stunning. i’ve never seen anything like this before.


i’m in awe! because this is awesome. how do you think of such creative things…

This is incredible and so creative with the design. This team pulled together an amazing creation!
.-=’s most recent blog post: Real Wedding: Brenna + Rich =-.

This is totally awesome! I’m glad that dandelions are getting the homage they are due!


as with everything that these girls do i’m swooning. i would call attention to their eye for detail but it’s already so obvious that the punch girls always get it right! seriously, they found a way to make old dandelions look like pieces of artwork. bravo!!


wow! this is so amazing and creative and clean! i love it! esp. the bouquet with the grey bow! great job punch ladies!


as a teacher, I love the use of the book pages — and the lightness of the Dandelion’s with the wood — and personalized wine lables :)
the colors are great and everything is so creative and simple.
The photos give a great feal about how it all can work together. BRAVO!!!

ash powell

I am absolutely and completely in love with this masterpiece creation by punch and crew. Wow, totally inspired right now. I hope they win!


…”why not let nature show you a few things? Cutting grass and pulling weeds can be a way of life, son.” – ray bradbury


It’s perfect that Kim & Bonnie got to bring a concept they loved to life and the client loved it too. Fantastic!


I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!!!! what a fantastic staging. Subtle, elegant, whimsical…so creative!!! Great work, Punch, and all other involved!!!! You should win for sure!!!

sara hunnewell

I’m having a Jane Austen inspired wedding and I’ve been toying with the idea of a “book sculpture” but somehow I feel this is a more simply inspiring look. Very cool.

This is one of the most elegantly and beautiful things I have seen in ages. So delicate and lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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Love the book idea. It’s great that people are able to produce such creative results for so little cash.

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