Amherst floral store in national competition

Invited to participate in Wedding Bells’ best bouquets event

Darrell Cole
Published on March 31, 2014

Donna White (left) and Tracy Pitman of Buds to Blossoms Floral Boutique get ready to work on their submissions to Wedding Bells magazine’s best bouquets of 2014 competition. The Amherst floral store was invited to participate in the competition.

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Donna White and Tracy Pitman are putting their bouquet design talents up against Canada's best in a national competition sponsored by Wedding Bells magazine.

AMHERST – An Amherst floral store is getting the opportunity to put its talents up against others across Canada for a national wedding magazine.

Buds to Blossoms Floral Boutique has been asked to participate in a national competition to design the best bouquet of 2014 with the winning entries being showcased in an edition of the magazine this summer.

“It’s pretty exciting to be asked to participate. Who knows what’s going to happen, but it’s going to be fun to put together a couple of entries,” store owner Donna White said on Monday.

She and master designer Tracy Pitman are each submitting an entry to the competition. White’s entry will be of a tropical variety while Pitman is using a beach theme with her bouquet.

Both White and Pitman have ordered the flowers they need to complete their projects and they have until April 4 to have photos of their submissions sent to Wedding Bells for judging.

If they are selected as a finalist, Wedding Bells will send a photographer to do a photo shoot for the magazine.

“We’ll be using a variety of flowers to put the bouquets together with a number of orchids, roses, some grass and leaves,” Pitman said. “Once we start building them we’ll be adding some things to them so they look vibrant. They’ll include some different flowers, not ones you’d expect to see in every day bouquets.”

The winners will be featured in August.

White said younger couples are moving away from the standard bouquet toward ones that are more exotic and more colourful.

She said the bouquet is a focal point of any wedding ceremony while Pitman said another purpose of the bouquet is to showcase the wedding dress.

“It has to accentuate the dress, it can’t overpower the dress,” Pitman said.

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