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Mayesh Design Star Miami Workshop Recap

 

As we gear up for our third workshop of the year in Seattle, we’re taking a look back on our first workshop this past January in Miami! Now that it has officially been published on Botanical Brouhaha, we’re excited to share some more of the beautiful photos to give you a look into what our Curate & Create Workshop Tour with Kaylee Young really looks like.

Our Miami workshop was held at 255 Studio, a photography studio in the vibrant Wynwood Arts District that provided the perfect blank canvas for Kaylee to work with.

 


 

DAY ONE

 

The workshop kicked off with an evening networking event. Two of our product sponsors (Hosa & Alexandra Farms) stopped by to talk about their products while the students ate delicious appetizers from Food Guy Catering. Then Kaylee led the class in a mood boarding activity in an effort to help the students define their own, unique design styles and come into the next day with intention.

 

 


 

DAY TWO

 

The second day of the workshop focused on design. Kaylee walked the students through her entire process from order curation to design. The students were then given the opportunity to create their own centerpieces using the most amazing product from our sponsors.

The last piece of the workshop was a group installation, led by Kaylee and her design assistant, Jamie Heusser. Together they created a chuppah and aisleway installation with a variety of foliages and garden roses.

 

 

 

Workshop Credits:

 

Taught by Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay
Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography
Videography: Talewind Visuals
Venue: 255 Miami Studio
Rentals: Elements & AccentsLavish Event Rentals
Catering: Food Guy Catering

 

Workshop Product Sponsors:

 

 


 

To learn more about our workshops and reserve your spot in one of the remaining three (Seattle, Santa Barbara or Salt Lake City), click here!

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks: June

Mayesh Cooler Picks

 

From bright, juicy colors to softer pastels, summer flowers can be done either way! Check out some of our gorgeous wholesale flowers in both palettes in these June Mayesh Cooler Picks!

 


 

 

CRANBERRY

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks

top | Coral Charm peonies, Shimmer roses, coral zinnias
middle | antique red hydrangea, Madam Butterfly garden spray rose, red foxglove
bottom | Princess Kishi garden rose, gold amaranthus, Houdini Garden Rose

 

 

PEACHY BLUSH

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks

top | Mr. Ed peonies, peach eremurus, inferno astilbe
middle | Caramel Antike garden rose, Cafe au Lait Dahlia, Citrine Gem garden spray rose
bottom | blush hellebores, Garden Treasure peony, Hanoi ranunculus

 

#MayeshFloralMeme Instagram Challenge Winners

 

We loved all the #MayeshFloralMeme’s you guys submitted, and had such a hard time choosing our favorites! We selected three winners from each entry period, from memes that made us laugh out loud to clever, inspirational ones!

 

Winners, please use our Contact Us page to send us your name, address, and Mayesh rep by Tuesday, July 3rd so we can send you your prize!

 


 

WEEK ONE

 

@kdoersam1

#MayeshFloralMeme Instagram Challenge

 

@loricoleevents

#MayeshFloralMeme Instagram Challenge

 

@foxtailandwillow

#MayeshFloralMeme Instagram Challenge

 

WEEK TWO

 

@blooms_rockbrook

#MayeshFloralMeme Instagram Challenge #MayeshFloralMeme Instagram Challenge

 

@pistilnbloom

#MayeshFloralMeme Instagram Challenge

 

#MayeshFloralMeme Instagram Challenge

 

@florianfloral

#MayeshFloralMeme instagram challenge

 

Mayesh en Español: Centro de mesa en Dulces Colores Pasteles

Mayesh in Spanish

 

En este episodio de Mayesh Floral Design en español, Veronica Cicero de Anthology Co., crea un lujoso arreglo en colores pastel. Los pasteles no son solo para la primavera o la Pascua. ¡Los pasteles están de moda y puede usar esta paleta de colores y diseño en cualquier época del año! ¡Esperamos que te sientas inspirado!

 

English:

In this episode of Mayesh Floral Design in Spanish, Veronica Cicero of Anthology Co,, creates a lush pastel arrangement. Pastels aren’t just for the Spring or Easter. Pastels are on trend and you can use this color palette and design any time of the year! We hope you feel inspired!

 

Videographer: Talewind Visuals

 

Floral Meme Instagram Challenge

 

From #mememonday to #wednesdaywisdom, you can’t scroll through your Instagram feed without passing an inspirational quote or a funny saying that puts a smile on your face or makes you chuckle a little. And who doesn’t love to see fresh, beautiful images of flowers as they scroll?! In an effort to continue creating floral content to share with the world, we want you to come up with some in the form of flower quotes, funny memes, puns or clever sayings in our #MayeshFloralMeme Instagram Challenge! Here’s a couple examples we came up with to give you an idea:

 

Mayesh Floral Meme Instagram Challenge

Mayesh Floral Meme Instagram Challenge

 

June 11 through June 22, 2018, you can share your floral memes by tagging us, @MayeshWholesale, and using the hashtag #MayeshFloralMeme for a chance to win. We’ll choose weekly winners to receive a Mayesh apron and be featured on our Instagram page! Have fun, be creative, and good luck!

P.S. Be sure to review the rules below. A few details to point out: you can submit up to 10 pictures per entry period; if selected as a winner you have 24 hours to get us your address to receive your apron.

 


 

OFFICIAL RULES

Void outside the 50 United States, District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 18 years of age, a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia and have a web-enabled mobile device, wireless service plan and the Instagram application at the time of entry. By participating, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this contest. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram. By entering this contest, you understand that you are providing your information to sponsor and not to Instagram.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR ABILITY TO WIN.

CONTEST PERIOD: The Mayesh Wholesale Floral Meme Challenge (“Contest”) begins at 12:01 a.m. Central Time (“ET”) on 6/11/18 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 6/22/18 (“Contest Period”). The Contest Period will be divided two (2) weekly entry periods (each, an “Entry Period”), as detailed below:

 

Entry Period 1: Begins 12:01 a.m. ET on 6/11/2018 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on    6/16/2018.

Entry Period 2: Begins 12:01 a.m. ET on 6/17/2018 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on    6/22/2018.

 

SPONSOR:  Mayesh Wholesale Florist, 5401 W 104th Street, Los Angeles, CA (“Sponsor”).

HOW TO ENTER:  During the Contest Period, using your web-enabled mobile device, launch the Instagram Application and follow Mayesh Wholesale Florist on Instagram. You can search “mayeshwholesale” in the Instagram application or visithttps://instagram.com/mayeshwholesale/ in an internet browser to locate and follow@mayeshwholesale. Then, using your mobile device, capture and upload to Instagram one (1) Floral meme photo, and include the hashtag #MayeshFloralMeme, along with tagging @MayeshWholesale to receive one (1) entry (“Entry”) into the applicable Entry Period. There is no cost to enter. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or practices, or by any means which subvert the entry process will be void. All Entries must be received by the end dates and times above to be eligible for the applicable Entry Period. An Instagram account is required to enter this Contest and is available for free at https://instagram.com/.

Note:  You must have a wireless service plan for your web-enabled mobile device with your wireless service provider and a device that supports the Instagram application to enter this Contest.  Data rates may apply. See your wireless service provider for pricing plan details and capabilities.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Entries may not contain, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any content that:

• is sexually explicit or suggestive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; contains nudity;

• promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous;

• promotes any particular political agenda or message;

• is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group;

• defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies;

• contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others, except for Mayesh Wholesale Florist elements which may only be used for this Contest in accordance with these Official Rules);

• contains any personal identification, such as personal names or e-mail addresses;

• contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs,sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media), except for Mayesh Wholesale Florist elements which may only be used for this Contest in accordance with these Official Rules);

• contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, without permission;

• contains any individual other than the entrant, without permission;

• communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which Sponsor wishes to associate; and/or

• violates any law.

Entry must be the original work of the entrant, may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.  If the Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry. Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void.  By submitting an Entry, entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein.

By submitting an Entry, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest and/or other promotions staged and/or promoted by the Sponsor, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest and/or other promotions sponsored by the Sponsor or submitted for other reasons or other materials developed by the Sponsor. Entrant waives any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any Entry and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the entrant may be similar to his/her Entry, or that any compensation is due to entrant in connection with such Entry or other works used by Sponsor.

By submitting an Entry, entrant hereby grants permission for the Entry to be posted on Mayesh Wholesale Florist’s Instagram (https://instagram.com/mayeshwholesale/OR @mayeshwholesale) or other Sponsor websites or social media pages. Entrant agrees that Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Entries by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting of any Entry and reserve the right to remove any posted Entry for any reason and at any time.

By submitting your Entry, you agree that your Entry conforms to these Official Rules and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may disqualify your Entry for any reason, including if it determines, in its sole discretion, that your Entry fails to conform to these Official Rules in any way or otherwise contains unacceptable content as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

LIMIT: Ten (10) Entries per person and per Instagram username per Entry Period. Entries received from any person, Instagram username in excess of the stated limitation will be void. You may only use one (1) Instagram username to enter this Contest.

ELIGIBILITY: This Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older, who have a web-enabled mobile device, wireless service plan and the Instagram application at time of entry. Employees of Sponsor and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest  and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (regardless of where they reside) or household members, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. “Immediate family members” shall mean spouses, parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, and their respective spouses. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year.

WINNER DETERMINATION: Weekly Winners: Within three (3) business days of the end of each Entry Period, all eligible Entries received by Sponsor for the applicable Entry Period will be judged by a panel of Mayesh judges.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potential winners will be notified via Instagram using an @username reference.  Each potential winner will be required to send an email including his/her full name and mailing address to the Sponsor via the designated email address within twenty-four (24) hours of notification. If prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact a potential winner or a potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, a runner-up winner may be notified.

PRIZES (2): WEEKLY WINNER PRIZES (2 total, 1 per Entry Period): A Mayesh apron; Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $5.00.

Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. Winners may not substitute, assign or transfer a prize or redeem prize for cash, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Winners are responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes, if any, as well as any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided. The awarding of the prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

PRIVACY:  When you enter the Contest, we may collect personally identifying information about you, including your name, Instagram username and email address. Your information will not be sold or rented to third parties. Incomplete Entries are void.

LICENSE FOR USE OF ENTRIES: By submitting an Entry, each entrant grants, and represents and warrants that the entrant has the rights and authority necessary to grant, Sponsor an irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully sub licensable license and right to exploit, edit, modify, and distribute the Entry and all elements of such Entry, including, without limitation, the photo, hashtags, descriptions or comments and/or the likenesses of any persons or locations embodied therein, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to entrant or any third party.

RELEASES:  By participating in this Contest, entrants agree to release Sponsor, Instagram and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Contest and/or acceptance, use or misuse of any prizes (or portion thereof).

OTHER: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, undelivered, garbled or misdirected Entries, photos, comments, descriptions or hashtags; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of Entries, photos, comments, descriptions or hashtags, the announcement of the prizes, or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading applications or the use of the website.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the web site or otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this Contest if the Contest is compromised by virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention, or any other causes which, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, proper play or integrity of the Contest. In the event of cancellation or termination, Sponsor reserves the right to select the potential winner(s) for the applicable Entry Period and/or prize level in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received prior to date of cancellation or termination using the judging processes detailed herein. In the event of a dispute regarding entry, Entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the Instagram account associated with the Entry and he/she must comply with these Official Rules.  The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned the Instagram username by Instagram. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE  LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Except where prohibited by law, entry constitutes permission to use each entrant’s name, hometown (city and state), voice, biographical information, likeness, photograph and any statements regarding this Contest in all media now known or hereafter discovered, for any purpose, including without limitation, in connection with, and to promote, market or advertise, the Contest, in whole or in part, without review, approval, credit or attribution, notification or payment from or to entrant or any person or entity, worldwide, in perpetuity, or on a winner’s list, if applicable. Contest is subject to all applicable U. S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Winners may be issued an IRS 1099 tax form in the amount of the prize retail value as stated herein.

 

Customer Testimonial: Edges Wild Studio

Mayesh Houston Customer Testimonial Edges Wild Studio

 

Another Monday, another happy customer! Last week Mayesh Houston team member Shana Bloomberg received this awesome email from her customer Edges Wild Studio, which put a huge smile on her face amidst the Mother’s Day chaos! Hannah also sent over some photos of her designs from some recent pulls they’ve done together, and we thought we’d share her kind words to show that team work really does make the dream work here at Mayesh!

 

Thank you SO much! Everything looks great. I really appreciate you being so accommodating about cooler storage/late-week pick-ups, and always working so thoughtfully with me on balancing deals and splurges. You make the front end of every job so easy, even when I’ve clearly walked into the warehouse at one of your busiest times of the day as you are hustling on behalf of multiple clients–you are amazing at customer service, and I just thought you should know that in case no one has told you recently. 🙂 

 


 

 

Mayesh Houston Customer Testimonial Edges Wild Studio

Mayesh Houston Customer Testimonial Edges Wild Studio

Mayesh Houston Customer Testimonial Edges Wild Studio

Mayesh Houston Customer Testimonial Edges Wild Studio

Mayesh Houston Customer Testimonial Edges Wild Studio

Kate Elizabeth Photography

 


 

And if you’ve had a positive experience with your rep, let us know! We also *love* seeing your “afters” so bonus points for pretty photos 🙂

 

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature: Adorn

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

 

With just two weeks left until our Mayesh Design Star Charleston workshop, we wanted to give a little shout out to one of our vendors, Adorn, who will be proving beautiful silk ribbon for all of the attendees’ bouquets. Here’s a little background on the Hawaii-based company:

 

 


 

 

Adorn is a handmade textile and fine art line founded by floral designer Mandy Grace and artist Nichola Moss. Their debut raw-edge silk ribbon collection was born out of an innocent curiosity. As a painter, Nichola had recently explored using silk scarves as her medium. Mandy was working in her flower studio alongside her mother-in-law and noticed an ethereal piece of silk stretched across an artist canvas. She asked Nichola if she had ever considered dying silk. The pair thought, let’s try.

 

Adorn merges art and nature, offering beautifully simple and organic adornment for wedding flowers and décor.  As a florist by trade, prepping wedding bouquets, Mandy found a continual five yard run of ribbon yields the least amount of waste. Each shade is dyed by hand, giving the ribbon a soft look and feel. The color variations contain subtle differences in tone, making every spool of ribbon unique.

 

Adorn now offers nearly 40 gorgeous shades of silk ribbon and a collection of gauze runners made of 100% natural fibers in eight soft hues to drape across a wooden farmhouse table at a dinner party at home or intimate celebration in nature. In 2017, Adorn debuted their line of textured wooden styling boards to satisfy the need for beautifully moody photo backdrops in the fine art film community.

 

Made locally in Hawaii.

 


 

 

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

MDS Workshop vendor feature Adorn

Photo by @joelserrato

 


 

Our Charleston workshop is now sold out, but if you’re in the Seattle, Santa Barbara or Salt Lake areas, be sure to check out the details and save your seat to join us on tour!

 

 

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature: Adelman Peony Gardens

 

Since we’re right in the middle of spring, AKA peony season, who better to feature as our May Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower than Adelman Peony GardensLocated in the Willamette Valley near Salem, OR, Adelman Peony Gardens grows over 500 varieties of peonies, and opens their farm to the public so they can share the beauty of their peony gardens with everyone. So let’s learn a bit more about the family, the farm, and their gorgeous flowers!

 

 


 

ABOUT THE GROWER

 

The Adelman’s began growing peonies almost thirty years ago, at first just to sell the plants.  However, when they saw all of the beautiful flowers, they decided they should try to sell the flowers themselves! They have grown from only a few hundred plants to over thirty acres of peonies, specializing in unique and high end cut flowers that are not available from most growers.

 

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature Adelman Peony Gardens

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature Adelman Peony Gardens

 

There are three generations currently working together on the farm: Jim and Carol are the founders and are still very involved, Steve is the farm manager and takes care of all the daily operations, and Steve’s daughter Kady has been managing their retail sales for the past six years.

 

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature Adelman Peony Gardens

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature Adelman Peony Gardens

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature Adelman Peony Gardens

 

Fun fact: Carol has been a peony lover since she was young!

 

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature Adelman Peony Gardens

 

Some behind-the-scenes of the farm…

 

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature Adelman Peony Gardens

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature Adelman Peony Gardens

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature Adelman Peony Gardens

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature Adelman Peony Gardens

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature Adelman Peony Gardens

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature Adelman Peony Gardens

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature Adelman Peony Gardens

Mayesh Luxe Blooms Grower Feature Adelman Peony Gardens

 

 


 

FEATURED PRODUCTS

 

 

Coral Charm

 

Mid-May | Large cup shaped flowers of exotic deep coral | fades softly

 

Adelman Peony Gardens Coral Charm

Adelman Peony Gardens Coral Charm

Adelman Peony Gardens Coral Charm

Adelman Peony Gardens Coral Charm

 

 

Garden Treasure

 

Late-May | Rare yellow peonies with a soft scent

 

Adelman Peony Gardens Garden Treasure

 

Lemon Chiffon

 

Mid-May | Large semi-double lemon yellow flowers | Very rare cut flower

 

Adelman Peony Gardens Lemon Chiffon

 

 

Mister Ed

 

White to blush full bomb type flower with light fragrance

 

Adelman Peony Gardens Mister Ed

 

 

 

Walla Walla

 

Very fragrant double white | One of Adelman’s own peony introductions

 

Adelman Peony Gardens Walla Walla

 

 


The Ultimate Flower Guide

 

Do you want 12 months of flower availability lists at your fingertips together in one place? The be sure to download our Seasonal Product Availability Guide!

Great to use for wedding & event consultations, planning product palettes for everyday designs, and new employees as a reference.

DOWNLOAD GUIDE HERE

 

 

Interview with Holly Chapple

 

If you haven’t heard the news yet, we’re so excited to announce that Holly Chapple will be joining us in Quito next year for our Mayesh Design Star International Experience! With twenty-five years of experience, Holly is a wealth of knowledge from both a design and business standpoint, and we can’t wait to share that knowledge with all of our attendees.

 

We caught up with Holly to ask her a few questions about herself and her journey in the industry!

 

 


 

 

Let’s start off simple – tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you got started in the flower industry? (Or maybe that’s not such simple question!)

I am a floral and event designer in Leesburg, Virginia, I am a mom of seven and run my business from home so that I can tend to the things happening in our family and at our house.  My parents owned and operated a garden center/produce market all of my life. We grew much of the product we sold. My father taught me how to make garlands, centerpieces, wreaths, and kissing balls so that I could help with the designing during holiday periods.  As kids, we spent our summers on the back of a truck selling produce or in the fields growing mums. When I married my husband and I landed on a property full of lilac, viburnum, peony, and hydrangea. Designing was a natural progression for me and it became the way I would support my family.

 

 

You have become so much more than a floral designer… can you talk about The Chapel Designers and what inspired you to start this network of floral designers?

This was a result of social media, I had been blogging daily for my blog, The Full Bouquet. This was 9.5 years ago, at the time very few designers were using this forum. Other small businesses began bonding with our studio because we were facing the same issues. Chapel Designers grew organically and out of need.  Today this organization brings so much support to its members, its all about a community of like-minded professionals but now we are family!!

 

 

Your husband is a big part of your business now too! How is it working so closely together? 

This quite frankly is often very hard. Evan is very black and white, the world of design is not. He tries so hard to bring balance and continuity to our team, but as all designers know at any moment an order can come in and we are all of a sudden up to our eyeballs in chaos; obviously, procurement of stems also causes chaos and lack of balance. However, his need for balance and organization makes so much of our company run beautifully. Evan handles the financials and the payroll thank goodness, but explaining to him why I had to source a precious out-of-season stem is not easy. Evan is also very much into growing and building, therefore his role of taking care of the farm is essential. He loves to enhance and advance the property. Since the farm is our greatest investment it really needs a fabulous caretaker.

 

 

What is your design philosophy? 

I love designs that are loose and airy, that shows a wide range of textures and colors. Full and lush!! For a great example, be sure to check out my Mayesh Pull Challenge!

 

 

Photo by Katie Stoops

 

How about business?

In it to win it. It’s important to me that the business is always moving forward. I know that as long as I am in business I need to keep advancing. I am always thinking of new revenue streams, this is one of my strongest business skills.

 

You have your hands in a lot of different facets of the industry, but what is the one part about it that brings you the most joy?

The love of flowers and people. It has become very clear to me that I love people as much as I love flowers.

 

I know choosing just one favorite flower is tough, but can you do it?? And if not, what are your favorite varieties right now?

NO chance, but Lilac will always be special to me as I started selling bouquets of lilac from my garden.

 

What wisdom would you impart upon any newcomers in the industry, just starting out in a small studio or shop?

This is a career for those that can’t help themselves, for those that are passionate about flowers. This is not a job for someone that thinks flowering is easy or fun. Most people do not realize the amount of physical or manual work involved.

 

What are you most looking forward to about our time in Quito, Ecuador?

Seeing the flowers and meeting new friends. FLOWERS & PEOPLE

 

Hope Flower Farm 

 

Interview with Plenty of Petals

Mayesh Takeover Plenty of Petals

 

 

This week we had the pleasure of having Kasia Mikulska of Plenty of Petals take over our Instagram feed, and she filled it with beautiful images of her favorite bouquets. Not only is Kasia a super talented designer, she is also the sweetest soul and I always enjoy working with her. So let’s get to know a little bit about the designer behind all of those bouquets…

 

 


 

 

Hey lady! So thrilled that we finally found time for you to do a takeover with us! Let’s dive right in… can you tell us a little about yourself and how you found yourself in the flower industry?

Thanks for having me! Let’s see.. it really happened organically because I was searching for it, trying to decide what to do with my life. You know, trying to find that “one thing” you’re supposed to be doing. I usually say that I did “art things” in college. Meaning, I dipped my toe in interior design and graphic design and I just really didn’t love either one of them. I really wanted to do something creative, but I just didn’t know what it was. The idea of graphic design, or interior design sounded fun (and I still love designing my house and making it a beautiful space!) but I just don’t think I would have enjoyed doing it for a living. The very first time I did flowers was for a friend’s birthday party. I just remember that it was fun and that people really enjoyed and raved about the flowers. That sparked a business idea and Plenty of Petals was born. The first year or so I really didn’t know what I was doing, but I was doing it! I worked at a family friend’s flower shop for a couple of months, and worked on starting my own business. I took every job I could and started doing friend’s weddings. I definitely had humble beginnings – doing flowers our of my kitchen sink, and making a big mess. All the knowledge I had when I was starting Plenty of Petals came from my mama. When I was little, she would take me on walks and point out flowers and tell me their names (she would also make me flower crowns by tying clovers or dandy lions together – because she’s pretty much the cutest!). Everything I learned I learned the hard way, which now, I’m really thankful for. I didn’t use any short cuts. Quickly Plenty of Petals because what it is today – a small boutique floral studio that focuses on weddings and events. I wanted to create a life-enriching business. I didn’t want my business to take over my life.

 

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You’re kind of known for your beautiful lush bridal bouquets… why are they your favorite things to design (if they still are)?

I think I’ve always been perfecting my bouquet game because our studio focuses on weddings, and the bridal is most important floral piece for a wedding. It’s not an easy piece to create, because you’re making it in hand, flowers move, and don’t always do what you want them to or stay where you want them to. I always knew I wanted my bouquets to feel and look light and airy, and have a lot of depth and volume. I’ve changed my technique over the years, and feel like I’ll always be tweaking it and finding new ways of arranging.

 

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Photo by @_mikeradford

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How would you describe your design style or philosophy? 

If I were to use one adjective to describe the style and aesthetic – it would be feminine. I can’t help it – I’m a girly girl and I think that’s always shown in my designs. I try to have a very effortless and natural look to everything that I do. I never want it to feel forced, heavy or tight.

 

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Photo by @spostophoto

 

Besides the obvious “romantic garden style” style (which I don’t think is going away anytime soon, phew!) what other wedding and floral trends are you noticing?

A lot of arrangements that are very floral and color heavy, with minimal or very little foliage, or “greenery” that’s colorful and that plays a big part of the color palette. Arrangements and bouquets with lots of super fun textures, and interesting elements, like dried grasses, aged ferns, and other unique elements. I’m also seeing arrangements, hanging and floor installations that are so wildly fun in shape and scale – it’s so exciting and inspiring to see!

 

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Photo by @josevilla

Photo by @spostophoto

 

The Carlsbad/San Diego floral community seems like such a positive and collaborative group of young female designers! Can you expand on that a little, and how you all work together to support each other and lift up the design community?

I’m so grateful for the little flower community we have created. It’s so nice to be able to bounce ideas off of each other, share information/tips, and support each other. I always want to come from a place of abundance – there’s enough projects to go around, and I’m happy to see my friends do amazing things. That’s the kind of energy and community I want to be a part of. I want to be their supporter and cheerleader. I don’t see us as competing against each other – we all have our own different talents, and unique styles. It’s funny because I can usually look at a photo of a bouquet or centerpieces and I can tell who’s work it is – I’m like, “that’s my friend. I’m so proud!” These flowers babes are my real life friends and I feel so lucky to know them.

 

Can you answer the age-old question… all-time favorite flower? I’ll allow a couple, because even I can’t choose just one 😉

I’m gonna heave to pick a few – lilac, lily of the valley, and sweet peas. Basically, spring flowers that smell really really good! I grew up in Poland, where big lilac trees grew everywhere. My grandma had a huge yard with so much lily of the valley she didn’t know what to do with it. All of those flowers remind me of a childhood when I spend all day playing outside, climbing trees, and digging in the dirt. That’s what makes me the most excited – is seeing flowers growing naturally! Also, I don’t really ever have flowers at my house, but when I do it’s usually just a simple bunch of tulips, or a bundle of one thing that I stick in a glass jar or vase!

 

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What is one piece of advice you’d like to go back and tell yourself during your first year of designing? 

Just to relax and be a little kinder to myself! I’m definitely a perfectionist and tend to be critical of my work. When I relax and allow everything to flow, it all seems to come into place. Most answers reveal themselves through doing, not thinking – and I wish in the beginning stages I just got my hands on more flowers and gave myself permission to explore – to play and have fun. The creative process is not always the easiest. I’ve always been so interested and curious about the creative process of others – I just find it so fascinating. I’ve met designers that are very confident in their work, and some that are very hard on themselves, so when I’m in a funk I just try to take a deep breath, let go and remember how thankful I am to have this beautiful job!

 

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If you love Kasia as much as we do, be sure to follow Plenty of Petals Instagram for all the floral goodness!

 

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