I spy with my eye….

Something ranunculus.

For those who know me, it’s no secret my obsession with tone on tone.  Gasp!  I am especially digging the peachy, orange-y tones lately so put together this little ditty of stock, roses, dusty miller, basil, and ranunculus.  I think this will be a wedding go-to from now on.  More fleurs on my website!

Rachel Mercier Flowers web update

Hi guys!

I’m very excited to share with everyone that I have been working quite hard to update my Rachel Mercier Flowers site.  I have been working with so much love and enthusiasm over the past year in the floral industry.  From wedding shoots, to freelance floral design on advertising campaigns, to teaching classes, to weddings, to doing my own fleuring for fun.  This florista is officially ready to spread her wings and make some beautiful weddings and events happen.  Please take a look at my newly updated website, http://www.rachelmercier.com, and floral blog, and PLEASE pass me along to any brides and grooms-to-be!

Chive Inc

Hello, lovelies!  I’m headed upstate tomorrow to assist my favorite wedding florist Karen of Splendid Stems with a wedding for a few days.  I’m so excited to be working with her after she did such a fabulous job on our wedding!

To tide you over whilst I’m away, you must drop everything and check out Chive Inc.  They make these amazing flower vessels – each designed to showcase the beauty of the individual flower.  I must say, as much as I love the lush garden-y arrangements, I have a serious soft spot for a more modern approach to fleurs too.  I want EVERYTHING but here are some of my faves below!  Check out Chive Inc. here.

Chimney Pot

Digout

Hudson Flute

H-4 Wall Vase

H4 Hanging Donut

Loft Rectangle

 

Test Tube Flat Glass

Alu Rock

Black and White Vase

 

And, PS, if you act quick a bunch of Chive stuff is on sale right now at One King’s Lane!

Happy Menocal

I am such a sucker for illustration and watercolor.  My natural response was to start drooling upon laying eyes on these watercolor wedding invitations by Happy Menocal featured in the Once Wed Magazine.  Not to mention that these colors are my idea of absolute perfection.  I’m even dreaming up a floral scheme to go right along with this gorgeous stationery suite……..

Check out this lovely wedding suite below and more illustrations at Happy Menocal’s website here.

100 Layer Cake

Hi Friends!

I’m so excited to share with you my floral debut on the 100 Layer Cake blog today.  Remember that gorgeous wedding collaboration I did last month with Tory Williams and Brita Olsen?  Well, 100 Layer Cake liked it enough to blog about it.  Check out the feature here!

 

 

Wedding Concept: Upbeat Brights!

Hope everyone had a glorious weekend. One last concept to share with all ya’ll from my favorite collab. yet with Tory Williams Photography and Brita Olsen Creative.  I’m getting my freelance flowers on these days, so if you know anyone in New England or the New York area looking for some gorgeous flowers for a wedding or event, shoot them my way (rachelmercierflowers@gmail.com)!

The last concept is a more casual/picnic vibe and is envisioned by Brita for either a wedding or a birthday party!  LOVING the bright colors making their way into the summer season, so we fully embraced bright pinks, oranges, reds and yellows.  Perfect styling and photography thanks to the Miss’ tag team. Fleurs by yours truly.  For this arrangement, I used a low container perfect for a buffet setup or kids table.  Peonies, parrot tulips, golden rod, roses, anenomes, oh my!  Whose mouth is watering for a lobster roll?!!!

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

Hi Frida!

Wedding Concept: Spring Elegance

Happy Friday, and super excited to share the second concept from my wedding collaboration last week with Brita Olsen and Tory Williams!

The second concept Brita designed and styled is called Spring Elegance.  A more traditional and pretty wedding feel, perfect for a daytime wedding, or a more romantic garden wedding.  I imagine lots of twinkly lights in the trees around these beautiful tables.

I was inspired to use blushy ballet pinks and creams, accented with dusty greens for the flowers.  The gorgeous milk glass pedestal, crystal tableware, and antique Queensware Wedgewood plates (my most recent Brimfield purchase) make this table sophisticated, with a vintage touch! LOVING the individual pots of fleurs designed in mini teacups at each setting – thanks to Tory!  Take a peek at Tory’s gorgeous photos below.

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

More more concept coming on Monday!  Have a great weekend, everyone!

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!

Desert Wedding

I have an affinity for all weddings, and am particularly vibe-ing on desert weddings lately.  I think it’s the latest Spring Martha Stewart Weddings that brought this feeling to the forefront.  Did you see the gorgeous dessert wedding spread with beautiful oranges, yellows, and pinks? If you missed it, below are some photos from the magazine. It’s playful but elegant and SO MUCH COLOR! I love it. Have a great weekend!

Photos from Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2012

Flower Dogs

AP and I happen to be head over heels in love with our five and half year-old Havanese, Frida.  And I imagine like most engaged couples, contemplated the ins and outs of incorporating Frida into our wedding celebration.  After all, she is our first born………  Too far?

Wedding photographer extraordinaire Tory Williams and I started dreaming up some creative wedding DIY and inspirations last week, and due to an overwhelming response to some “Flower Dog” photos she posted from a recent wedding, along with my own overwhelming adoration for Frida, we thought a fun DIY Flower Dog tutorial was in order.  It’s easier and probably way more fun than you think!

Here’s what you need to get started

A willing canine participant. They might be a little ambivalent at first.

{1.} Wire cutters {2.} Scissors {3.} Floral tape {4.} Thin floral wire {5.} Ribbon

Hearty flowers. We chose ruffly carnations in four colors.

Now you’re ready to get started on your very own canine creation.  We are going to show you two different styles.  Given the size of your dog, you will want to use more/less flowers or larger/smaller buds.  Both styles work for all sized dogs.

Style 1: Doggy Corsage

{Step One} Choose two or three flowers and cross them as pictured. For a bulkier corsage, use three flowers. For a thinner corsage, use two flowers.

{Step Two} Take your floral wire, and wrap the wire securely around the bunch at the very top of the stem. Wrap the wire three or four times around until all the flowers are secure.

{Step Three} Leave about six inches of wire hanging down from the wraped bunch, and clip the wire with your wire cutters.

{Step Four} Take your floral tape (it's not sticky, so don't be alarmed), and wrap it around the bunch three or four times to cover the wire. This will prevent the wires from sticking out and sticking into your doggy friend. Cut the tape when you are finished and smooth it against the bunch.

{Step Five} Trim the stems to match up with the bottom of the tape. Leave the wire longer.

{Step Six} Take your ribbon, and wrap the wire around the ribbon to attach the corsage. You can make multiple bundles to attach to your ribbon too. We used three bundles of two flowers for Frida.

{Step Seven} Take your corsage now attached to the ribbon, and place your beautiful creation on your doggy. The flowers off to one side behind the ear looks great. You may have to play around a bit to get the flowers to fall how you like them.

You can double knot the bow, and use extra ribbon as the dog's leash! Or you can attach a collar above the corsage and use a regular leash.

Style 2: Doggy Lei (aka Aloha Babe)

{Step One} Take your flower, and trim the stems off the bottom. Make sure you trim at the very top of the stem. If you trim above the stem, the flower petals will fall out of the flower so be careful. {Step Two} Thread the flowers through a long piece of floral wire.

Make sure the wire goes through the middle of the flowers' green base.

{Step Three} When you have enough flowers to go around your dog's neck, cut the wire leaving plenty of extra wire on both ends. {Step Four} Bend the wire into a wreath shape.

{Step Five} Put the flower wreath around your dog's neck. It can be loose and will keep it's shape since you used the wire. Add or remove flowers to adjust the right length. {Step Six} When you have the right length, twist the wire ends together, cutting excess wire from the ends.

{Step Seven} You can leave the flower wreath as is, making sure wires are trimmed and tucked so they won't poke your dog. Or you can use a ribbon, and thread the wire through a pre-made bow and attach it to the wreath. The ribbon can hang under the dog's chin or off to the side! Use a ribbon that matches your wedding or bridesmaids bouquets for an extra touch!

Voila! Your very own Aloha flower babe. Attach a collar above the wreath, tie ribbon on the wire, or clip a leash onto the wire to secure your canine friend.

All photos by Tory Williams Photography