Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pinky French DIY!

Happy Get-Ready-for-Valentines!
In conjunction with Krystel of Couture Events & Nichole of Nic.Roc Designs, we created an entire table setting for any happy couple who loves champagne and dreams of Paris..
You can see the entire table design in it's current feature at The Knotty Bride Blog!
Here on our space we'll show you the step-by-step for creating your own pretty in pink centerpiece!
happy can-do attitude :)
3 stems White Hydrangea
12-15 stems Pink Garden Roses
1 sweet ceramic or glass footed urn
1 pair floral clippers
scotch tape
floral wire
sheer gold ribbon
round decorative photo frame
6 water tubes
Step 1: Create a criss-cross with the scotch tape over the vase, creating a grid to hold the flowers steady. Trim hydrangea of their lower leaves, then cut each stem at an angle.
Step 2: Fill the vase with water and place cut hydrangea stems into the vase so they fit together as a trio. Tuck feathers in between the 3 heads of hydrangea.
Step 3: Take 1 piece of floral wire and at a point about 3 inches down, make a round bend and with a twisting motion, wind around the length of wire to create a loop.
Step 4: Cut one of your garden roses high on the stem, just below the head, and thread it onto the non-looped end of your wire. Pressing the wire through the petals, rather than the stem, will be much easier and create a better effect in the end.
Step 5: Repeat this with as many roses as you need to create the right length collar for your vase. Finish your collar the same way you started, by twisting the wire back around itself, making a loop at the end.
Step 6: Thread your ribbon through both loops of wire and tie it securely in a bow around your vase!
Step 7: Remove the back cover and front glass from your decorative picture frame. Then, trim your remaining roses to a short length that will fit inside your frame’s center, and in your water tubes.
Step 8: Spiral your water tubes, fanning the rose blooms out in a circle atop the frame.
Step 9: Gently place your urn directly on top of the water tubes, if you’ve chosen your vase and frame appropriately, it should nestle right in safely.

Step 10: Voila! Enjoy your day l’amour!

Thank you to Erica of Acres of Hope Photography for the beautiful images to share with everyone!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

La Belle Fleur.. & Welcome to 2011!!

Dawn & Brian desired the sweetest ceremony, with all the trimmings and details of homegrown love like theirs...
Dawn's childhood best friend and wedding planner helped her find a venue right in their own neighborhood- the ever classic Mille Fleurs restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe.
The palette of sky blues, marine navy and all hues in between popped with sunshine of yellow ranunculus, chamomile, and eucalyptus wrapped in vintage ribbon.
For the men, fetching handkerchiefs monogrammed with their initials on yellow gingham...
Nestled right inside the Mille Fleurs courtyard is this expansive tree- bedecked with playful ribbon streamers and dangling jars of blooms, it became the au natural backdrop the couple yearned for.
After the ceremony for cocktails, it was a free for all with croquet and picture taking!
The french countryside aesthetic came through the floral design with lush arrangements of tall white hybrid delphinium, acacia branches, yellow and white ranunculus, and icy daffodils in shimmering silver vessels.
Dawn & her mom made jam for all the guests as favors, topped with soft muslin fabric and a twine tie.
Dawn & I share a penchant for fancy vintage ribbons, so when she wanted something truly unique on her bouquet, it was easy to oblige! Apricot and grey embroidery of petite blooms wrap the stems of ranuculus and freesia, feverfew and scented garden roses.
Little egg cups and budvases toppled with blooms of every sort, including fresh lavender that gave the entire patio a relaxing fragrance.
More vintage ribbon to be found everywhere you looked, here tied around a vase adorning the table of family photos and the traditional Guestbook.
Rare cigar boxes provide housing for some fluffy china mums and ranunculus, acacia and yellow misty peek out the corners...
& the dessert display!
Ranunculus, and garden spray roses surround the cute cutouts of Dawn & Brian for their cake topper, while craspedia billy balls dot the cupcakes below.
Aahh... sweet love xo. Congratulations D & B ;)
Coordination by Tracey Beal, To0-a-T Events

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays!!

I hope from my heart that you are all enjoying a peaceful, joyful, and oh-so-loving holiday!
This is a season of beautiful energy and goodwill, so soak it in and send it back out to everyone you meet!
We here at the Rae Florae design studio are busy refreshing the space and bopping to festive music in excitement for all that is to come in 2011...
from fab weddings for new brides and grooms, to more & more images from all of our dedicated work for our happy couples from the year gone by...
We look forward to seeing you on the flip side & wish you the
merriest of all the holidays you could ever want to celebrate :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!

By the power of Greyskull! or pinkskull, lavenderskull, greenskull..
Rae Florae wishes you a spook-takular-ly sunny Halloween!
Recently I went to visit my friend Suzanne Hansen of She Wanders Photography and just inside the front door I spied this amazing chair!! Covered from top to bottom in hot pink soft fuzzy yarn by the talented girls of Sitting in a Tree..
my imagination immediately started running with the funky festive banner of boneheads!
I wanted to take that hot shade of pink and twist it around - black and red.. the colors of a scary halloween movie, but rate it PG-13 with young feminine flowers, and a kick of hot sauce..
Just in for the season, shiny hot chili peppers with their perfect points of tonal black and red..
In direct contrast, Pink Mink Proteas wrapping it up like a feather boa costume, super soft and fluffy you could use it as a make-up pouf for your sparkle dust.
Love that tiny tip of black on each protea petal picking up on the black chili!
Flames of magenta celosia and coral red coxcomb complete the fiery bouquet.
& for your He-Man, a boutonniere of celosia and chili peppers in black satin- just tell him it's a flower version of Cholula meets Dracula ;)
Funky monkey says be nice with the tricks, kitty bitty says brush your teeth after your treats..
I say thanks to Suzanne for indulging my whim of halloween fun!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Punky Protea

This is what happy looks like!!
I love the mini orchid blooms trailing in Michelle's hair, so whimsical and romantic.
Michelle loves bright, fun colors- her dream of ranunculus in every rainbow shade came true for the vibrant bouquets!
Gotta love a good group of girlfriends!
Michelle's Bridal Bouquet of ranunculus, sweet smelling freesia, feverfew buttons, and young scabiosa, wrapped up in sunny yellow satin ribbon.
Shaun's boutonniere choice for himself and his crew were clean, simple and to the point- stacked Kermit mums wrapped in papaya orange ribbon to stand out on the classic black.
Another gorgeous day in Point Loma...
For dinner and dancing, we bent a bit of wire for a party vibe. Submerged proteas in different varieties- some sunny yellow with hot pink tips, others with curled tangerine orange feelers.
Wheatgrass set the stage- literally, glass bowls of floating daisies and sunken protea nestle in the grass..
Every open nook was a place to tuck just a bit more grass and another kind of protea- fuzzy white with yellow feelers and orange insides!
Bouquets doing double duty, decorating the front of the Sweetheart Table..
Oh Sweetness! Hula to my heart :)
Thank you Melissa McClure for the fantastic photographs &
Brenda Swann of Swann Soirees for a seamless, funtastic day!