50 Years of Love and Devotion

When your daughter is one of the most talented cake designers in town and you are celebrating your golden anniversary, there is no doubt it will be the best tasting event of all! Laura Jackson of The Flour Garden Memphis invited all of us to work with her on this intimate project and make a memorable occasion for her parents. It was just that. I honestly can say that when Pat and Bud cut the extraordinary (and delicious) five tiered anniversary cake that their daughter created, it made me feel as though I was there the first time 50 years before –  and it appeared as if they did as well. What a magic day for the family. Purple is Pat’s favorite color and she is an avid gardener with an entire moss lawn: not a blade of grass! We created floral designs inspired by her lifetime of passion for art, flowers, and family and it was not hard to do considering the Lilac, Helleborus, Frittilaria, and tree blossoms were all in full Spring bloom! The photos and personal items incorporated into the design made us all feel like a part of the past and present love they share. I met two very precious  friends and look forward to working and attending their next anniversary party.  Congratulations to one of the sweetest couples that is 50 years strong and counting!

Cake and all Edibles: The Flour Garden

Photography: Annabella Charles Photography

Styling: Everbloom Designs

Coordination: Social Graces, LLC

Calligraphy & Signage: Natalie Chang

Vases and Gold Tableware and Accessories: Posh Design Group

Linens: LaTavola

Rentals: Mahaffey Tent

Buffet/Vintage Rentals: Propcellar Vintage Rentals

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Purple Dahlias {a little practice}

I was told once by a successful floral designer, whom I admire, that all she did was practice  with every flower she could get her hands on; especially in the beginning. I also recently saw a video/article that really hit home in this regard. It is my belief  and that of my dear friends Annabella Charles (she took these glorious photos) and Kristin Wolter that if we keep following our passions, honing our craft, and practicing what we love to do we will always be improving our creative talents. So sometimes even in the middle of a busy time I will make time to practice with colors I don’t normally use or challenge myself. Now you can enjoy the fruits (and pecans) of our labor below!

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Spring {a time to grow}

For all of us who love that first spotted daffodil in the field or the blossoming trees that seem to pop overnight, Spring is here! It is the rebirth of not only the fresh leaves of the trees and Wisteria vines along the roads, but a chance to start over in our hearts. To love what we have growing in front of us, to have goals for our gardens as well as our lives. The amazing thing about plants  is that they teach us the true meaning of an investment and we must take that example by planting what we want to see in the future and understanding that only hard work makes a  truly bountiful harvest {and not overnight!}. There will be ups and downs, storms and locusts, sweet rain and drought, but in the end if we work with great care, no matter what happens, we learned to be a better, more patient person who is invested in the present and still believes in the blessings that lie ahead in the future.

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