The Winter wedding. At a time where snow flakes dance and the world is layered in frozen snow, visions of a Winter white wedding bedecked in blooms of hues of white evoke a pureness of the season itself.
It is interesting to note that the term “White Wedding” refers to a traditional formal or semi-formal wedding originating in Britain. The term itself “originates from the white colour of the wedding dress, which first became popular with Victorian era elites after Queen Victoria wore a white lace dress at her wedding”. Of course the term would evolve to cover the Western wedding traditions (Fashion’s Iconic Dress Of White: The Wedding Dress). The color of white represents purity in its neutrality. Perhaps a sign of a fresh beginning. How befitting, as a New Year and Winter and its effects settle in, to layer a wedding in white blooms. Whether massed in a wedding bouquet with natural elements of Winter, a boutonnière gracing a groom’s lapel or bedecking tables of celebration, blooms of white in the Winter are stunning and striking in their own simplicity and sophistication. Of course, flowers of white and various hues therein are elegant during any season. Yet Winter is white. Visions of white and a Winter wedding are dreamy combinations, for certain. Beautiful and lovely, a visual appreciation of pure white delight…..
Consider the elegance and simplicity of blooms of white. Pure beauty of neutral appeal. Forever a classic visual when paired with a bride swathed in white. Timeless with enduring appeal. Winter white delights, indeed…
“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication”
-Leonardo di Vinci
The outdoor wedding reception under nature’s canopy. Sheer delight of dreamy appeal. On a day in which the moment of a lifetimeculminates into a celebration of significance under the sky of natural wonder, those that gather are seemingly transported within the magical setting set forth. Perfection. The scenery that is offered, courtesy of Mother Nature, offers breathtaking, natural elegance that pairs with the elegance of a grand affair. Nature itself provides a spontaneity and perhaps even an unexpected element that brings another dimension to a memorable celebration of life. The natural atmosphere paired with the embellishments of wedded celebration is simply magical. For certain, the charms of nature paired with the joy of a lifetimeevent are a perfect marriage in entertaining.
Simply stated, the visuals of magical moments of elegant affairs of wedded bliss under nature’s canopy deserve attention and mere appreciation. For those that will plan a moment under the brilliant sun filled sky or under the twinkling, star dotted sky perhaps the images, sourced and compiled from the wide world of the web, will offer inspiration of a grand event yet to unfold. And for those that merely seek inspiration for creating an event under the canopy of nature, may inspiration follow….
Consider the beauty and elegance of a wedded celebration under the canopy of nature. Whether the event is filled with beaming sunshine or the twinkling stars from above, the outdoor event will offer memorable moments experienced by all. The beauty of nature is everywhere. Pairing that beauty with the beautiful moments of life? Perfection. Wedded bliss under nature’s canopy, indeed…
“There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature”- Aristotle
The coated confectionary decadence of fondant…elegance tailored to personal and sweet perfection. There is perhaps no other cake that presents itself with such a grand effect as the wrapped, smooth layers of indulgent sugary appeal with rich, sweet cake awaiting inside. Pure delight.
Fondant is a type of icing used to decorate cakes that offers a mysteriously seamless layered confectionary appeal. A thick, sugar paste of decorative topping. Fondant icing, also commonly referred to simply as fondant, (fɑndɑnt in French) is termed as an “edible icing used to decorate or sculpt cakes and pastries”. In French the word refers to “melting” and is derived from the same root as “foundry” in English. Interesting. Rolled fondant was derived from traditional British fondant recipes of pouring the sweet, thick concoction over a cake and allowing it to harden to seal in moisture. Poured fondant is a creamy confection used as a filling or coating for cakes, pastries, and candies or sweets. “In its simplest form, it is sugar and water cooked to the soft-ball stage, cooled slightly, and stirred or beaten until it is an opaque mass of creamy consistency”. British immigrants are said to have brought their recipes to Australia where changes were made in the 1950’s to advance the art of sugar craft. Of note, the earliest “rolled fondant” recipes found in American cook books date back to the early 1980’s. Who knew? Perhaps considered as a newer art form within the industry of baking it is no wonder that creativity with fondant has risen to the ranks in creativity of sugared wonder. Although fondant can be bought ready-to-use it is the skilled art form of the baker that creates the fondant from scratch and embellishes with unique and elegant wonder that my attention focusses upon. As artisans of sugar craft, the creations that result are to the sheer delight of the guests that are smitten with their elegance and beauty. The artistry that goes into these confectionary wonders is craftsmanship and experience in sugar, for certain.
In appreciation for the elegant details and grand, sculpted statements that await the world. A visual celebration of masterpieces of sugar….
I fell in love with these sugared beauties since the moment I first sighted these creations of distinction. As with everything, taste must prevail. It is the elegance of simplicity that truly creates a memorable confectionary creation. Creating a spectacular, elegant presentation for those events of life that require stunning celebratory confections. As for the first fondant cake I required to be designed for our own personal celebratory event? It was a cake with embellishments of gold with a striking “pop” of color with a sugared orange poppy…vivid & sweet recollections, indeed…
Consider with appreciation the sweet sugary elegance of fondant cakes. Stunning and unique, the possibilities in sugar are endless. Tailored to one’s own preferences, the hues and embellishments of sugary delight as celebratory focal points of sweet and elegant impact await. Decadent elegance in sugar, indeed…
Mini delights of sparkling bubbles. Whether French Champagne, Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco or another sparkling bubbly, the elegant, small bottles of bliss are sure to delight. Referred to as “Champagne Splits”, these individual bottles are a quarter size of a regular 750ml bottle of bubbly. Equal to two small glasses or one generous glass of sparking bubbly, these “splits” are also referred to as an “Individual” or “Single Serving” bottle. Who knew that you can even find these effervescent bottles in a 4-pack? Alas, since sparkling wines should be enjoyed shortly after the cork is popped to maintain the integrity of the bubbles, perhaps a mini bottle is the perfect aperitif. “Tiny bubbles in tiny bottles” are the perfect “take-away” from a celebration. Any celebration is perhaps the perfect opportunity to bestow a memorable token of appreciation to those that fill our lives. Life is a celebration and celebrations require bubbly!
True “Champagne” is the French word for the exquisite sparkling wine from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. Following rules that demand a secondary fermentation process to create the iconic carbonation, it is a bubbly delight to savor. Although the term “Champagne” is used generically for sparkling wine the name“Champange” is reserved exclusively for sparkling wines that come from Champagne, France. Thus, the terms “Cava” and “Prosecco” hold reference to a sparkling bubbly such as champagne. The leading producers of this magnificent bubbly have certainly devoted themselves to crafting an identity paired with history for their sparkling wine. Looking to the past, the history of wines from the Champagne region are said to have been known before medieval times. The Romans planted the vineyards in Northeast France and the region was cultivated by the 5th century, if not earlier. Church owned vineyards and monks continued to produce the wine. In fact, the oldest recorded sparkling wine is “Blanquette de Limoux”, said to have been created by Benedictine Monks in the Abbey of Saint Hilaire in 1531. This accidental feat was accomplished by bottling the wine before the initial fermentation was completed. Who knew? This traditional method of production is termed “Methode Champenoise”. A traditional method that has endured to delight us with sparkling, bubbly bliss. Of note, the designation “Brut Champagne”, the ‘Modern Champagne’, has certainly endured as a bubbly of esteemed status. Whether you prefer your Champagne dry, extra dry or sweet (Demi Sec or Doux Blends), whether the sparkling bubbly is Cava or Prosecco, there is sure to be a bubbly that meets your taste. The key is finding your preference and uncorking its glory. Iconic effervescence, indeed…
For myself, sparkling wines took on a new precedence upon visiting Europe during the late 1990’s. As an American visiting Barcelona, Spain I learned just how pleasurable a glass of Cava was as an apertif. Alas, it was not just for celebratory moments and occasions in Spain as it is in the United States. It was merely the enjoyment and lightness of this drink. An aperitif that I have since embraced as a perfect prelude. Sheer delight in bubbly bliss! Even still, giving attention to this mini-bottle of sparkling delight in moments of celebration is worthy of appreciation. And of the decoration of these mini bottles for events and tokens of appreciation to delighted guests? Labeled and ribboned festive bottles of effervescent pleasure are elegant gestures of continued celebration….
When life calls for moments to gather and celebrate, one such Winter night would bring forth a small, intimate gathering of friends at our home. A myriad of sparkling bubbly awaited aside from the French “Champagne”. It was a sparkling evening, indeed…
Consider the mini bottles of sparkling wines. These extraordinary and iconic bubbly are certainly relished during pivotal life events and celebratory moments. In praise of this effervescence of delicious wonderment, it is a sparkling beverage that can and should be enjoyed at any moment in life and should not be relegated to only monumental events and celebrations. Every day is a celebration. Uncorking this bubbly is a celebration in and of itself. Bubbly from which to raise a glass to, indeed!
The familiar and woody pine cone. The distinctive display and array of pine cones within our interiors or holiday displays certainly add an element of natural, traditional Fall & Winter decor, of au naturel appeal. Found in a variety of shapes and sizes, the natural beauty of these abundant icons of Fall & Winter deserve our appreciation. Natural & traditional elements of striking appeal.
The pine cone has held itself as a symbol of longevity, wisdom and peace. In fact, throughout the span of recorded human history, pinecones are said to have served as a symbolic representation of enlightenment and as sources of “illumination” in the church. An iconic element of nature, indeed. Botanically, the pine cone is known as strobilus, which is derived from the shape that some of these woody emblems of nature hold. The geometric cone shape is the “archetypal” pine cone, although whether conic, cylindrical or egg shaped (referred to as ovoid) the pine cone is a masterpiece of nature. The structure of these woody emblems of nature vary between the Pines, Spruces, Firs, Cedars and Larches (a few of these conifers that hold these cones of delight high above us). Nature’s wonders. These pine cones of evergreen delight seem to even resemble small trees of wonder. Thus, it is no surprise that the holidays beckon this iconic element within our personal worlds…
Of interest, pine cones hold “plates” that overlap and protrude, referred to as “scales”. It is the “flexing” of the seed scales in which the “plates” open when they are dry and close when they are wet. Of interest, pine cones go through many cycles of opening and closing. Alas, when the older cones fall to the forest floor on the ground that surrounds us, the delight of an object of nature to embellish our interior and exterior worlds awaits. Whether tiny or oversize pinecones fill your interior or exterior world, their additions will surely bring natural appeal…
The inclusion of these elements of nature as decoration and as bouquets of distinction in grand moments of life is certainly worth acknowledging in appreciation. Nature inspired lifetime events that provide enduring bouquets and elements that represent pivotal moments in time…
Consider the natural appeal of the pine cone. Not a simple element of nature but one with distinction of woody delight. Perhaps viewed as a common natural detail, the pine cone and its layers of delight deserve our focus. Even if its coated in glitter, the pine cone is an emblem of nature that will endure to link the exterior world within our interiors. Nature and its gifts will never cease to amaze for those of us that care to linger in the wonder and beauty of its offerings. The simple pine cone is not simple at all, but a wondrous & venerable object of woody distinction, indeed…
“Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself”
“I go to nature every day for inspiration in the days work”
-Frank Lloyd Wright
“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better”
A “Bounty” is defined as something given liberally. Life and its bountiful offerings that surround us are certainly something to be thankful for. With gratitude, reflecting with appreciation that every day is a gift, we all certainly have something to be thankful for on this day of Thanksgiving. With thankful hearts and a giving spirit…
“Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving”
Wishing you and yours a memorable Thanksgiving filled with appreciation and gratitude for the bounty that life offers to each of us and for those we share it with. Every day is a gift. A day of gratitude and acknowledgment of the bounty of life, indeed…
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food
For love and for friends
For everything thy goodness sends. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The brilliant and vibrant Marigold. Nature’s colorful explosion of layered delight. With its intense color perhaps it is no surprise that the Marigold is known as the “Herb of the sun” and is referenced as a symbol of passion and creativity. Referred to as “Mary’s Gold” in 1600’s England, this frilly flower is golden, indeed. The brilliant and bright blooms go far in adding cheerful bursts of color to not only our landscapes but the world that surrounds and the events that life holds. Blooming brightly all season long. The puffy texture of layered bliss lends an air of cheer that beckons our attention.
The Latin botanical name of Marigolds is “Tagetes”. There are several types of Marigolds, including “Tagetes”, “Calendula”(single, double and semi-double blooms) and French Marigolds (compact & demure frilly flowers with dark green foliage). With over 50 species that include a range of sizes and colors that include white (who knew?), golden, pale & bright yellow and bright orange with some “painted” in reddish orange hues, it is the orange marigolds that beckon me. These hardy annuals that prefer full sun exposure are prized for their beauty and versatility. Although not considered perennials, some marigolds can even reseed. In fact, the seeds from spent blooms can be collected in the second half of July until mid September. A flower with a high return for certain! With a bloom time of Spring, Summer and Fall these layered flowers provide a wealth of color tones, such as gold, copper and brass, into our Summer and Autumn gardens. Nature’s delight and beauty until the first frost. For further interest, throughout history, the Marigold has been used for a wide variety of purposes beyond its floral glory. With added benefits beyond mere beauty, Marigolds are rich in essential oils and have been used for centuries as an herb. Again, who knew? Of note, in Medieval England the flowers and leaves of Marigold flowers were added to heated ale and drank as a treatment for the plague. Imagine! Alas, Marigolds and their botanical details hold a broad history of its bloom beyond what is presented here. Perhaps the history of the appreciation and importance of the flower in in order…
Historically, Marigolds have been linked to festivals held in pre-Columbian times with the Aztecs of Mexico. As the introduction of Marigolds were introduced around the world these vibrant flowers were incorporated in National festivals as far away as India. Ancient Greek and Roman cultures, as well as Indian and Middle Eastern cultures have held the Marigold highly. Marigolds hold great importance as garlands adorning Mexico’s annualDia de los Muertos celebration as well as within the celebrations of India. Garlands of floral distinction, for certain.
Perhaps India can be credited with an enduring appreciation of this vibrant bloom. Perhaps the celebration of Marigolds in India have given this bright flower its most auspicious recognition. Known in India as a “symbol of peace and prosperity” and referred to a “Gaindas” or “Ghendas”, the widespread appreciation of Marigold flowers found their introduction to India by early Portuguese colonists. Used for centuries in India, Marigolds continue in their representation of importance. Now produced commerically for use in traditional Indian festivals, religious ceremonies and weddings, the Marigold flowers grace and decorate events with their bright orange and yellow beauty. Of interest, the main types produced for Indian markets are “Tagetes erecta”(African marigold), “Tagetes Patula” (French marigold) and “Tagetes Tenuifolia” (striped marigold). Of course, the “chains” or “garlands” (known as “Ladis”) of cascading Marigolds that drip from doorways and draped on walls and other objects, provide an appreciation of a flower beyond its bloom. The impact of these clustered beauties deserve our focus and appreciation. Consider the beauty, whether row upon row of layered petals or garlands of vibrant appeal…certainly to be appreciated.
Consider the beauty of Marigolds. Brimming with enduring abundance these cheerful flowers, whose shapes resemble carnations, are certainly rich in history and color. Perhaps exotic with a unique mystique and distinction all their own. And of the pungent fragrance that pairs with the beauty? Not admired by the mosquitoes, the distinctively sweet and strong fragrance is certainly unique to this layered bloom. A recognizable pairing, indeed. Consider the layered beauty of vibrant & brilliant color. The beauty and the gifts of nature, indeed…