Creating Memories....One Perfect Blossom at a time!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mosteller Mansion Wedding Show

This beautiful spring arrangement sits well over 4 feet tall.
The base below contains a sweet little bird sitting on a branch while up above 3 shades of tulips and snapdragons reach out to welcome any viewer. Rising up above are branches
with sweet spring blossoms
and little birds resting on them.

This weekend the Mosteller Mansion will be hosting a wedding show. The above arrangement has been made and will be featured at the Mosteller Mansion in the booth for Village Kitchen. I

We absolutely love Paula Shelley, owner of Village Kitchen, and her staff. She has a beautiful place located on 127 in Hickory. Not only do they serve breakfast and lunch, but she has art classes once or a month or so in the evenings along with dinner. If you have not yet tried Village Kitchen or have not yet met Paula Shelley, you are really missing out!!

Friday, February 26, 2010


"Hi Rachael,
Just wanted to say thank you..everything turned out beautiful!!!!"

Monday, February 22, 2010

Wedding Flowers

(This picture was taken at a wedding show at the Hickory Convention Center.)

"What would a wedding be without flowers?"

Wedding season is upon us and it is just wonderful! There is nothing more special that being able to participate in the simple beauty of a wedding ceremony.

Our calendar is filling up fast between now and September. Please remember, we only take one wedding per week to ensure we give it our best attention and the quality it deserves.
If you would like to contact us for a free wedding consultation, we would love to hear from you.

Some important items to know and to bring to a wedding consultation are:

date and location of event, directions and contact info for venue locations,
number of bridesmaids, groomsmen,
age/size of flower girl and ring bearer, numbers in wedding party,
colors of clothing being worn,
number of tables for centerpieces, guidelines relating to decor at church,
and any swatches or pictures you may have.

Don't forget you can always bring a friend!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Olympic Flower Bouquets

Check out this link about the Olympic Flower Bouquets.

I never had any idea about about how they are picked or that they had specific size requirements.


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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Funerals in Hickory, NC

We were asked today if we do funerals and the answer is YES!

We do funerals.

We generally promote our business as weddings and special events, but a funeral most definitely is a special event. While I don't usually post personal information, I have to say I have had some of the most special and incredible experiences helping a family with funeral flowers. I always feel honored and blessed to help mourn with those who are mourning and comfort those who are in need of comfort.

Often times funerals are unexpected and so we will always do our very best to provide the best care and materials possible. When we do have some time to prepare, we have had several funerals where we were able to completely personalize the are symbolic and so are colors. Special items/objects can be incorporated into the arrangement such as a favorite toy or an object representing a favorite hobby (football). Recently we helped a woman create a standing easel arrangement with a beautiful metal wind chime that hung below for the family to then take home as a treasured keepsake.

So, yes, we definitely do funerals.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Flower Care Tip

Gerber daisies are another flower that sometimes droop easily, and of course, it's always at the worst time! So, few tips to keep your gerber daisies looking great.

First, they are top heavy, so make sure to give them plenty of support.

Second, gerber daisy stems not only drink up like a straw but they absorb moisture from the sides of their stems. Often times a droopy daisy that looks like it needs water can actually be suffering from too much water. (They remind me of gold fish....don't know when to stop eating until it's too late!! )

Third, you can soak them in a very cool-lukewarm bathtub. Lying down, with a stem clipped on an angle, will allow the water to easily reach the flower head with a little less effort.

Last, keep the water clean, low, and the stems clipped on an angle. Do this daily and you should have beautiful gerber daisies for your special event.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Flower Care Tip

Hydrangeas are one of the few flowers that pull water not only up from their stem, but also from moisture coming in through their flower petals. Often times at weddings or other events one hydrangea blossom in an arrangement will wilt and make the whole arrangement look bad. Before you stress or rip the arrangement apart, take a spray bottle and mist the flower head with some cool water. Often times the flower will perk right up.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Well, we survived Valentines!! Even with a snow storm!! Thanks to all of our wonderful Hickory friends who placed orders with us this year and allowed us to help make a part of their weekend special.

So now, we start looking forward to spring time and to weddings!!

If you are a bride looking for a florist, we not only provide wedding floral services to those located in the Hickory area, but we are happy to travel to neighboring areas. So, if you are in Asheville, Charlotte, or anywhere in between, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We would love to hear from you and see how we can make your fairly tale wedding dreams come true!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentines Day or Single Awareness Day??

Years ago I heard a bitter, older single man say he hated Valentines Day because for those who were single it was the perfect reminder of how alone you really were. He called February 14th, "Single Awareness Day."

For those of us who are blessed to be in a wonderful relationship and are looking to purchase flowers for that special someone, I hope you will pause one moment and think about the other people in your life that you love that may not be receiving flowers this year.

At RWD, we will happily deliver mini-arrangements to
your children, your single friends, your mom, your husband
(yes! we do flowers and plants for men too!! yes! they do like it!),
your grandma, teachers, your minister, and your best friend!

We have mini-options starting at just $12 each which is a tiny price
to help bless someone's life or to take the sting, for some, out of
"Single Awareness Day!"

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New Item!!

Stop in and see our cute little mini-terrariums!!

Perfect gift for a home, desk, or a little place in your life that just needs some life!

Located in the Harris Arcade Bldg.
Downtown Hickory

Valentines Day Flowers

A big THANK YOU to all of our customers from past years who are allowing us the special privilege of being a part of their Valentines Day this year.

It is truly an honor to get to witness people fall in love, celebrate anniversaries, holidays, have babies, and be a witness to their lives.

For those of you still looking for a florist to help make your Valentines Day special, consider giving us a chance. We always give our best to make sure that you too become a member of the RWD family.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentines Day in Hickory, NC

Valentines Day is quickly approaching!!

In addition to custom fresh flower arrangements we have partnered with
"Dream Cakes"
to supply tasty treats to go with your
Valentine roses.

We also LOVE to do small mini arrangements
for KIDS,
teachers, friends,
and all the people who love and support you in your life.

For convenience, please feel free to emails us your order
(do not include credit card information)
along with a contact phone number so we can call you to confirm all the details.

Any orders placed TODAY, Feb. 8th, 2010 for teachers will be delivered
FRIDAY and for FREE!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Valentines Day

Thank you to all who pre-ordered for Valentines Day!!

As always, we take a limited number of Valentine orders so that we can pay special attention to each arrangement. At Rachael West Designs, we do not believe in mass producing tons of arrangements. We want each arrangement that goes out the door, to be a custom, unique piece.

Our goal here in Hickory, North Carolina, is to be your top florist because of our attention to detail and quality. We always do our best to meet this goal, whether it is for Valentines Day or a wedding.

Please remember you can email us your order and then we will call you to confirm all the details and collect your payment.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


~Please note: if Hickory Public Schools are closed, RWD is also closed!


~If you placed a dance order this past weekend for the dance that was post-poned. We will be hold all orders and fill at the time of the dance.