'Flowers are love's truest language' . . . Park Benjamin

I began this Blog to share beautiful photos, inspirational thoughts and maybe a tidbit or two that you will want to pass onto to someone else. No one does 'pretty' better than Mother Nature .... Welcome and I hope you stop in often!

A Day in the Life of A Dreamer

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I have always been a 'dreamer' and I think that is the most important quality a person can have in order to be creative. It allows me to view things from all sorts of angles. Whenever I would design for a wedding/special event I made myself 'think like a photographer' and in my mind's eye I wanted to be able to showcase various colors, elements & textures. At the end of 2012 I closed the doors to my Floral Studio and began pursuing new horizons. Flowers and plants have been a part of my life since I was a child and helped my Dad in the garden. Seeds have always fascinated me and one day I will share my 'Lesson Of the Bean' story with you! My other passion is creating beautiful food to share with family and friends -- I have always said that food and flowers go together. For now, I would like this Blog to be a collection of Pretty things that this Dreamer would like to share with all of you!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Blumebox Wedding!

The Royal Wedding may be over for Kate and William but today another couple celebrated their special day with these great designs created in Blumeboxes.  Blumeboxes come in a variety of colors and are so environmentally friendly.  Another reason I like to use Blumeboxes is the fact that I can embellish them in so many different & creative ways. Check out their website at http://www.blumebox.com/ and order your Sample Pack today -- tell Kelsey that Marie from Best Buds told you to contact her!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Congratulations Kate & William

Congratulations go out to Kate & William
Kate's Simple bouquet speaks volumes in the Language of Flowers
Lily of the Valley -- as legend has it Lily of the Valley had great affection for the nightingale that did not come back to the woods until they bloomed - thus Lily of the Valley means the return of happiness!
Hyacinth - so fragrant stands for 'Loveliness' and Kate could not have been a more lovely bride!
Sweet William - so sentimental to add to her bouquet - this tiny flower stands for 'Gallantry' and William was a Gallant Groom!
and, of course,
Myrtle - this fragrant herb the symbol of 'Fertility'
Well Done Kate!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding

I love Weddings!  Right now Kate Middleton & Prince William are in the spotlight everywhere.
At Best Buds we treat all of our couples like royalty and feel each of them deserves their own Royal Wedding!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Daffodil Fever

Spring Brides are so lucky to be able to select these bright yellow Daffodils to be a part of their special day!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Passion Flowers

Passion Flowers are unique in their beauty and fragrance.  Legend has it that a Jesuit Priest in Peru came across the vines of Passion Flowers and was immediately smitten with them . . . that night he had a dream in which the parts of the flower were explained to him as symbols of Christ's crucifixion -- the nails, the crown of thorns, etc. 
Today Christians worldwide celebrate Good Friday and Best Buds' has selected the Passion Flower as our Flower of the Week!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Sugar & Spice!

Sugar & Spice . . . A sweet Flower Girl & a sassy Ring Bearer  make this wedding photo a keeper!

Monday, April 11, 2011

What's Old is New Again

A table setting that would please Alice in Wonderland! 

 Country Living Magazine featured this photo some time ago and it made me think about what I am hearing from today's brides -- they are looking for simpler venues, environmentally friendly products, going from the round tables to long tables reminiscent of family gatherings that warm their hearts and create a sense of nostalgic romance for their special day.

The do-it-yourself favors and special items hand made by family members of the happy couple are treasures that they pass out to their guests with pride and joy as they share a part of their family's heritage.
The theme is all about a celebration and fun . . it has to be pretty but simple.  Even the photographs are taking on a new look .. not the staged formal portraits but casual, playful and always romantic.

Simple menus but with quality foods along with the continued trend of the tall Wedding Cakes combined with the touch of shabby rustic chic.   Imagination is everything in trends and using what you have on hand suddenly becomes a trend setter.  Take for instance the cake stand I made from 4 square copper lanterns topped with a simple round of clear glass which allowed the candlelight to dance up through the glass and create this great reflection under the the cake.

Fondant is being replaced by yummy buttercreams and cakes are being decorated with natural elements like fruit, herbs and organically grown flowers rather than the traditional cake toppers and copious amounts of roses between each layer of cake

Today's brides want to share with their guests a piece of themselves by creating an event that will not only be enjoyable for one day but will be remembered and talked about long after the last dance is danced!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Simple Spring Decorating

I always tell my friends and clients that the simplest things are sometimes the prettiest elements you can use in your home.
Dress up your kitchen island with some cuttings from your flowering trees, snip a few blooms from the garden and place them along side your nest of 'Peep' Cupcakes and your kitchen will look good enough to be in Country Living Magazine . . .Enjoy!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Take a Walk in Your Garden

The snow is finally over and the birds are singing their Spring songs . . . . I'm drawn to the Garden today & as I look up I see this poster above my desk and there is the perfect invitation,  'Take a Walk in the Garden this morning' . . . I think I will do just that . . . would you like to join me?