Sweetbay Design is a wedding and event florist located in Royal Oak. As a native of this unique area, owner Nancy Beatty has been growing many of her own flowers organically for over 25 years. Sweetbay Design is named for the beautiful sweetbay magnolia tree that grows throughout the eastern shore.
After growing and selling homegrown bouquets at the farmers market for several years Nancy expanded her business to include weddings and events and continues to add to her extensive gardens as well as offering fresh cut bouquets for sale. In the Sweetbay Gardens there is something growing or blooming year round. Peonies in the spring, annuals filling up the summer months, glorious dahlias for the fall and an extensive array of greenery and winter blooming shrubs accent the many floral designs created by Nancy and her small staff.
A variety of props such as arbors, locally turned wooden bowls, wooden window frames, grapevine wreaths, etc. are also available to rent.
As a docent at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely MD, Nancy has been conducting Thanksgiving and Christmas decorating workshops for the last 12 years. Holiday decorating is also a busy time creating wreaths, swags, kissing balls, centerpieces and a variety of unique and custom design decorations for clients.
Sweetbay Design offers the freshest flowers and attention to detail for every wedding, event and special occasion!
“I had the pleasure of working with Nancy Beatty owner/operator of Sweet Bay Design in Royal Oak,MD with my daughter in law planning her and my sons wedding. Nancy was very informative and helped us tremendously in picking out the right flowers and colors for their special day. She took her time and made sure we knew exactly what we were getting. She walked us through her beautiful gardens and showed us what the table flowers and bouquets were going to look like. Not only did we get an idea but a visual as well. From the time the flowers were picked out and Nancy placed them on the tables she was very kind and professional. Her expertise and BIG heart made what could have been a very stressful time very relaxing and fun not to mention memorable.”
“Working with Nancy Beatty is always a pleasure. Her extensive knowledge in horticulture extends into her arrangements with amazing results. Our wedding was outdoors with a natural garden theme and Nancy created multiple one of a kind arrangements that amazed us all. Her artistry with flowers is unbeatable.”
“The moment we met Nancy Beatty all the stress of making flower choices transformed into a fun discussion about how she could craft together our ideas into arrangements. Her final designs were very special and carefully made. Thank you Nancy for helping to make my wedding day unique and memorable.”
“Nancy Beatty designed and prepared elegant floral designs and centerpieces at our summer outdoor wedding on the Tred Avon River. Nancy’s centerpieces at our 15+ tables for the seated dinner under the tent and on cocktail tables on the lawn each managed to differ slightly but complimented one another for a unifying theme across our reception. Her work accentuated the natural beauty of the Eastern Shore with bright pops of color and subtle shades of white and cream, meshing perfectly with the color scheme of our tented reception along the water. Nancy is also a genuinely nice person, a great listener, and eager to work with a couple’s specific requests. For example, she created simple, elegant bouquets of calla lilies for the bridal party. I couldn’t recommend Nancy enough for your Eastern Shore wedding.”
“Nancy is a very special florist. She is able to translate the beauty of the Eastern Shore to the beautiful floral arrangements she creates for events. We hosted a midJune waterfront wedding for our daughter and couldn’t have been more pleased. We discussed our vision, budget, and floral preferences with Nancy. She integrated all this information and created stunning floral arrangements for three events the highlight being center pieces at our tented evening dinner reception- elegant understated florals created by Nancy.”