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Vendor Spotlight: Farrissey Floral Design

Rachael Sirois, floral designer and owner of Farrissey Floral Design has been surrounded by flowers for most of her life! From her grandmother’s garden to mother & grandmother’s catering company, Rachael has extensive experience in creating beautiful arrangements that rival works of art.

1. How did Farrissey Floral Design come to be? 

My (now) husband and I were moving back to Massachusetts after living in New York. I worked for a clothing company in the city and wanted a job that gave me a similar balance between the creative and business aspects. The current “flower revolution” had just started, showcasing  the more natural, organic look, using seasonal flowers —I was inspired! I had always loved flowers, as I had grown up helping my grandmother arrange them, so I decided to go for it and start my business! The name Farrissey is from my mom and grandparents’ catering company (my mother’s maiden name).

2. What is currently trending in wedding floral design? 

One thing I am seeing more of recently that I have always loved is smaller bouquets. I love a bouquet that the bride can hold with one hand, and that allows the guests to focus their attention on her, not so much the flowers. The flowers are important of course, but they should showcase the bride, not distract from her.  We saw Meghan Markle’s petite bouquet of astilbe, sweet peas, and forget me knots just this week – what’s prettier than that?!

3. Where do you source your flowers from? 

I have a few terrific vendors that I use that range from Boston to local farms. It’s important to me to use locally sourced flowers whenever possible, but Holland, South America, and Japan grow undeniably beautiful flowers as well and those definitely work their way into my designs.

4. Which flowers are in season for Spring/Summer? 

Some of my absolute favorites are available through Spring and early Summer! Sweet peas are probably at the top of my list (which is a very long list). They smell great and are the perfect addition to bouquets, adding a soft bit of movement with the most delicate stem, easily worked in. Lilac, peonies, ranunculus, lily of the valley, and anemones are up there as well and are all great Spring/ Summer flowers that I incorporate into my designs whenever possible.

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Vendor Spotlight: Farrissey Floral Design

Rachael Sirois, floral designer and owner of Farrissey Floral Design has been surrounded by flowers for most of her life! From her grandmother’s garden to mother & grandmother’s catering company, Rachael has extensive experience in creating beautiful arrangements that rival works of art. 1. How did Farrissey Floral Design come to be?  My (now) husband […]

yours truly, Gingham — A Styled Shoot

A styled shoot unbounded by tradition and inspiring brides to create a wedding that is uniquely theirs.

When Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore first set eyes on the black and white gingham silk taffeta gown designed by Carolina Herrera as it graced the runway during bridal market she couldn’t wait create an entire wedding look centered on that one bold print. “When we began discussing the editorial shoot at the Copper Beach Inn, the premise was personalization and making your wedding your own – what better way to show this than with a bold black and white gown?!” Beth exclaimed. The classic checker print, which was carried out through the stationery too, was artfully juxtaposed with other geometric prints and bright floral arrangements, infusing color into the black and white palette. The attire provided the perfect backdrop for the textural bouquets of deep pink, magenta, and marigold blooms. Each daringly bold design element, including three adorably fluffy kittens, pieced together flawlessly and cohesively to create a look that was sophisticated and embodied a touch southern glamour.

“I wanted to play up the whimsy of pattern, so I dressed the flower girl in a striped dress and incorporated a pin dot into the pocket square of the groom’s attire” – Beth Chapman

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yours truly, Gingham — A Styled Shoot

A styled shoot unbounded by tradition and inspiring brides to create a wedding that is uniquely theirs. When Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore first set eyes on the black and white gingham silk taffeta gown designed by Carolina Herrera as it graced the runway during bridal market she couldn’t wait create […]

Captivating Beauty at The Chanler

Secret garden elegance meets refined vintage glamour for this styled shoot tucked away at The Chanler on the Newport Cliff Walk.

Rich with history, The Chanler embodies old world elegance with its opulent architecture and gilded décor. The back lawn with its vast ocean views was the perfect canvas for an elegant, garden-like display of floral extravagance. Forgoing the traditional rectangular trellis, Sayles Livingston and her team at Sayles Livingston Design covered a circular trellis in peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, sweet peas, hydrangea, lemon leaf, eucalyptus, and ferns creating a romantic setting for the ceremony site that overlooked the ocean. The soft, neutral palette allowed Beth Chapman of the White Dress by the Shore to style the bridal party in rich, jewel tones and sumptuous textures like fur a gold embossed bridal gown as a nod to the autumn season. The entrance to the back trellis was draped with stormy-gray linens laced with greenery evoking a secret garden-like vibe as you walked up the steps. Crystal chandeliers floated above a traditional wooden table that was draped with a shadow gray velvet runner topped with lush flora that cascaded down to the stone patio creating a look of effortless luxury.

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Captivating Beauty at The Chanler

Secret garden elegance meets refined vintage glamour for this styled shoot tucked away at The Chanler on the Newport Cliff Walk. Rich with history, The Chanler embodies old world elegance with its opulent architecture and gilded décor. The back lawn with its vast ocean views was the perfect canvas for an elegant, garden-like display of […]

Sheer Opulence — Style Statements

Shimmering design elements combined with rich textures add glamour and opulence to any event.

Breathtaking diamond halo engagement ring from Long’s Jewelers is pure elegance.

Layered ball gown is a modern twist on an old favorite by Sareh Nouri at A Little Something White.

A gilded place setting from Rhode Island Rentals paired with lace linen and delicate blooms by Farrissey Floral Design romances the table at the Chapel Grille. Photographed by Sabrina Scolari.

Green tea wedding cake by Peppers Artful Catering is topped with a golden layer of buttercream.

Stunning gown custom designed by Candice Wu Couture features a fairytale-like train. Photographed by Sabrina Scolari.

Gold leather crown chair from Reserve Modern Event Rental adds luxury and style to any event lounge. Photographed by Lea St. Germain.

A simple invitation is dressed up with glistening script and an art deco inspired envelope from Papers. Photographed by Molly Lo Photography.

Gold flatware featuring a transparent handle filled with foiled confetti from the Luna Oro collection at Giardini Di Sole is perfect for a party.

Spectacular wedding cake inspired by luxurious strings of pearls and a feathered skirt. Artfully designed by Something Different Cake Couture.

Departing in style in a vintage sedan from Rockstar Limo. Photographed by Rebecca Arthurs at Rosecliff Mansion.

Liquid metallic bridesmaid gown by Amsale embodies sheer opulence. Available at A Little Something White.

Cascading orchids artfully crafted into a bouquet by Marc Hall Design is captivating. Photographed by Person + Killian.

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Sheer Opulence — Style Statements

Shimmering design elements combined with rich textures add glamour and opulence to any event. Breathtaking diamond halo engagement ring from Long’s Jewelers is pure elegance. Layered ball gown is a modern twist on an old favorite by Sareh Nouri at A Little Something White. A gilded place setting from Rhode Island Rentals paired with lace […]

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