Wedding Concept: Exotic Traveler

As promised, I’m thrilled to share with you a very special collaboration I was so lucky to be a part of with two of the most talented ladies in all the wedding industry – wedding planner and stylist Brita of Brita Olsen Creative and wedding photographer extraordinaire Tory of Tory Williams Photography.  I had such a blast working off of Brita’s amazing wedding concepts to design flowers for this inspired shoot.  So let’s cut right to the chase, shall we?

The first concept Brita dreamed up is called “Exotic Traveler.” The concept weaves sunset oranges, with cobalt blues in the most elegant Morocco meets Tuscany way.  I absolutely love the accents of gold, and was inspired to create a wild yet refined flower design for this table.  Along with my flower partner in crime Tory Williams (yup, she moonlights as a flower-ista as well), we wove in beautiful parrot tulips, sahara roses, and protea for an unexpected and modern twist to a traditional English Garden look.  Please feast your eyes on Tory’s gorgeous photos below – for more intense flower photos, check out my new floral blog, (www.rachelmercier.com).

Styling by Brita Olsen, Photographs by Tory Williams, Flowers by Rachel Mercier

Can’t wait to share another concept with you tomorrow!

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Wedding Shoot Preview

I am beyond excited to start sharing with you a very special wedding collaboration I did with Brita Olsen Creative and Tory Williams Photography last week.  As you all know, I’ve been dabbling in fleurs, and have had the opportunity to put my skills to good use in recent weeks!  So much so, that I’ve decided to take my show on the road and book weddings and events.  More on that in the coming days…….

I was honored to be asked by wedding planner/stylista Brita to work with her, and my favorite Tory Williams, on a wedding shoot as the floral designer.  A real dream come true and SUCH a great team to work with.  Such talented and fun-loving ladies – it was such a pleasure.

Here are a few shots from the day taken my moi on my iPhone.  Professional photos from Tory to start rolling in tomorrow on the blog.  Can’t wait to share!

Arrangement #1

Tory and Brita shooting “Exotic Traveler”

Frida looking fabulous

Low arrangement for “Upbeat Brights” concept

So many snail models!

Belly rub reward from Tory!

 

Stationery Show Run Down

Hello lovelies!

I am excited to share my first ever National Stationery Show experience with all of you on this grey Thursday.  I am still bursting with all the amazing paper goods, and the fabulous community of people I feel so lucky to be a part of.  I have that buzzy/happy, can’t sleep feeling just recounting all of the ideas that have come out of the show.  Time to get to work!

So a bit about the show. The National Stationery Show takes place annually in May at the Javitz Center in New York City.  There are hundreds of booths filled with the most amazing letterpress, gold foil, engraved, illustrated, screen-printed, watercolor-ed, and the list goes on.  I spent nearly two full days walking the show and trying to get to all my favorite designers as well as scout out some new ones.  It was jaw-dropping how much gorgeous, original stationery products there were at the show.  I consider myself to be a bit of an expert, and the show totally humbled me.  There was SO much I hadn’t even seen before.

So here’s a little rundown on some of my favorite new designers and some that I already adore.  Enjoy! (and please excuse my crappy iPhone photos)

Anemone Letterpress

Banquet Workshop

Farewell Paperie

Fig. 2 Design Studio

Gold Teeth Brooklyn

Hammerpress

Old School Stationers

Pei Design

Pistachio Press

Printerette Press

Red Cap Cards

Rifle Paper Co.

Sesame Letterpress

Smock

Sugar Paper

The Great Lakes

The Social Type

Two Paper Dolls

 

 

Blossoming

Hi friends!  Lots of catch you up on – namely that I’ve been dabbling in flower work.  As you probably know from my blog, flowers are one of my true loves.  From my childhood picking wildflowers, to asking my parents to tell me the names of every plant species in their respective yards, to obsessing over blooms and bulbs as a bride, I have never been able to get enough.

I’ve taken my passion on the road, and enrolled in a 4-series course at the New York Botanical Gardens.  The class just finished up yesterday – wahhh!  I learned a variety of styles from Cascade to English Garden to Victorian and more.  And the best part is that I had the chance to put my sweet new skills to work on an ad campaign for wedding dresses this past Tuesday at the Metropolitan Building in Long Island City.  Check out my progress below:

Practicing Cascade and Victorian styles at the NYBG

Gorgeous Foxgloves from the NYBG – nature made these

Putting my new skills to work on a bridal ad campaign shoot

Finished products!

I love my flowers like I love my stationery.  I could spend hours playing around with them, dreaming up new combinations, and perusing others’ work.  I hope to keep playing!

Last call for Mother’s Day orders!

Order by noon EST this Wednesday to ensure prompt Mother’s Day delivery.

Stationery Subscriptions

Gratitude Gift Boxes {6 letterpress thank you notes + gorgeous gift box from Smock}!

 

Gorgeous necklaces from Brita Olsen jewelry

Wednesday Sniffles

Hi friends!

Coming at you from my couch with a ferocious cold this week.  Between being couch ridden for three days, and this rainy weather, my spirits could use some boosting.  This week I had to cut out some of my favorite things including yoga, my flower class at the New York Botanical Garden, dinners with friends, and meetings in order to get healthy and not infect others.  Uggg… the worst.

I also received some sad news that today – my online shop and product was going to be featured in one of my favorite magazines, but it looks like it will no longer make it in this month.  ahhh the highs and lows of being a business owner and being super passionate about what I do.  Sometimes it just stings when you KNOW there are tons of people out there who need to KNOW about your product, and you reaching them depends on so many factors outside your control.  Oh well…. trying to stay breezy about it all. Being sick just makes the whole thing feel a lot worse.

But alas, we take the good with the bad.  And remember that these highs and lows come in cycles (like real estate… hah).  Silver lining: I’m going to see Newsies on Broadway tonight (maybe Christian Bale will make an appearance?) with my main squeeze and have a delicious dinner at Maialino planned for Friday night thanks to an amazing wedding gift from friends.  Looks like things are already looking up…..