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Summer's Wedded Bliss

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There is something profoundly romantic about weddings in early summer. The tender greens of spring have not yet lost their luster, and the flowering garden blooms bring forth a kind of graceful elegance that so effortlessly captures the pure essence of June. Add to this the ethereal glamour of flowing white gowns and wispy veils dancing in the breeze, and some of us might easily give way to a rapturous momentary swoon.


For a fresh taste of wedding inspiration, I highly recommend checking out the signature creations of mother-and-daughter floral designers Pat Roberts and Sherry Spencer—Victoria’s beloved 2011 Artists-in-Residence. Based in Madison, Virginia, these talented proprietors of Pat's Floral Designs are deeply passionate about making stylish arrangements that are both meaningful and memorable for their clients. Fashioned with an abundance of seasonal blooms, wild flowers, fruits, and vines, their compositions focus on natural beauty and an appreciation for the unexpected. Enjoy~


Photograph, bottom left: Kristen Gardner. All other photographs: Jen Fariello.  

Jeanne de Lathouder, Associate Editor, Victoria magazine 

A Glorious Morning

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American humorist Josh Billings said, “Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first.” When the meal is as divine as this recipe from Shanon Lacy’s blog, The Curvy Carrot, you can’t help but follow his advice. See Shanon’s recipe for Breakfast Polenta with Maple and Mascarpone here.




Charming Backyard Fountain

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Bring your summer sips outside with this mosaic teapot fountain by artist Joyce Kaufman. Finding inspiration in found objects, broken china, and smalto glass from Italy, she creates unique pieces that add wit and charm to any garden or home. Find out more about Joyce's work here.




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