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Interview: Brier + Ivy

Brier + Ivy Instagram Takeover

 

I’m super excited to share our interview with the designer of yesterday’s takeover, Amy Atkinson-Barnes of Brier + Ivy. Now, I’m not exactly sure what’s going on in Oregon, but we’ve had a surge of Portland & Oregon based designers taking over our feed! I think Amy is the third consecutive Oregon designer to do a takeover for us, and I’m loving it! Although, I may be a bit biased as I graduated from the U of O and spent ten years in the PNW (Go Ducks!)

Anyhow, Portland is such a wonderful city that really supports the creative community and is just blossoming with young artists, so it probably does make sense after all!

I hope you enjoyed Amy’s takeover as much as I did, so let’s get to know the designer behind the flowers a bit better, shall we?

 

 


 

 

So tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you found yourself in the industry!

I studied psychology in college + was unsure of my career path. I was considering school counseling, but knew I wanted to work with people. I decided to take some time between undergrad and a masters program. In the interim, I got an office admin job and quickly learned the office life wasn’t for me. I started to pursue floral design as a side project and creative outlet but it quickly grew from that and I am so glad it did! Floral design comes so naturally to me, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else!

 

Brier + Ivy Instagram Takeover

 

We’ve had a few other takeovers from Portland floral designers, and I always love hearing their thoughts about the Portland flower community! (I went to to school at U of O and have spent a lot of time in Portland, so the city is near & dear to my heart!) What is your take on the industry in Portland?

As a Portland native, I have always loved this city. It has gone through so much growth and change over the last decade and as a local that can be hard to grasp at all times. That said, I think the wedding industry in Portland has gained so much from this growth. The Portland wedding industry is so vibrant + different than anywhere else I’ve witnessed. Though at times it feels over saturated, the overall sense of community in this industry is unparalleled and very encouraging. This unique community has become a model for vendors all over the world striving to make weddings more unique + artistic.

 

 

You own Brier + Ivy with your husband – what is his role in the company and how is it working so closely with your significant other?

Brier + Ivy has been a total dream for me. Pursuing this little flower business has been my main passion for the last few years + I am so grateful to have such a supportive partner! Brian has been getting more + more involved recently + it’s been awesome! Being able to travel together has been a game changer for us – we spent a month in Europe last fall flowering in Iceland, Switzerland + Italy! Brian has a background in production and management so he runs more of our day to day and behind the scenes operations. I work with clients and do all the designing. He is also our expert “installer” for larger floral pieces needing to be hung etc. Perhaps, most of all, he keeps me organized! When designing florals I tend to be very messy 🙂

 

Brier + Ivy Instagram takeover

 

How would you describe your design style or philosophy?

My designs are very much driven by the flowers I use. (Shoutout to Jocelyn for always helping me get incredible orders!) I am inspired by crooked stems or a random colored petal. I love texture + detail. While I’ll always love garden roses + peonies, those larger blooms tend to take a back seat in my designs. Focusing more on the detail + creating as much texture + depth as possible. I truly believe that makes each individual flower shine so much more!

 

Brier + Ivy Instagram Takeover

 

We all know being in the wedding industry isn’t easy, but there’s always that something for each of us that keeps us in. What keeps you going and motived to live that flower hustlin’ life every day?

The flower hustlin’ life is definitely exhausting but there’s two things that keep me motivated. First, our clients! I know vendors like to brag about their clients, but I truly am so very grateful for the people we work with – they’re kind, inspiring + generous making the hard work + long hours so worth it. Secondly, simply being able to pursue something I love + am passionate about as a career is so incredible. Building a business that is so close to our heats + watching it support our family has been one of the greatest joys of our marriage thus far!

 

Brier + Ivy Instagram Takeover

 

Let’s talk tools – favorite florist tool, and favorite app you use in your business, be it social media or business organization? Instagram counts (ha!) but if there’s anything else you’re using we’d love to hear about it!

Honestly, I am terrible with tools. I lose them all the time, or forget they’re in my purse + they get taken at TSA, haha! So my favorite tool is the one that I find in my pocket at any given time. My other favorite are the newer rose strippers – the bigger ones that are a larger plastic cylinder that surrounds the stem – so much better than the old metal ones!

My favorite app is Instagram, it feels cliche to say that, but it truly is such a unique way to be able to share your portfolio + your business with a broad audience. It is also such an incredible way to connect with other vendors + fellow florists. I do also love WordSwag + Unfold for make insta stories etc.

 

Besides the obvious “romantic garden style” style, what other wedding and floral trends are you noticing?

While I love oversized + lush bouquets + installs, lately I have been so inspired by the more modern minimalism approach to design. Things like a hand made ceramic bowl with an exposed pin frog sitting in it + just a few lovely stems coming out. Or an organic feeling ceremony backdrop made of just one or two types of florals. I also love to monochromatic trend – we made an all blush bouquet this fall that was too cool! (Yes, it did involve spray paint!)

 

Brier + Ivy instagram takeover

 

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

Oh boy, I am never good at this question but I’ll do my best!

Sentimentally my fav flower is a dahlia. Brian’s grandma grew them when he was a child + he has fond memories of her dahlia fields out on the Olympic Peninsula. They were a main part of my own wedding bouquet I designed.

Currently, my fav flower is a butterfly ranunculus. they’re just too darn cute + delicate!

Texturally I love Icelandic poppies (particularly the ones that are just barely blush colored) + I am obsessed with the tiny white rambling roses. They are so delicate + the season is so short but they are just too cool!

 

Brier + Ivy Instagram Takeover

 

What would you go back and tell yourself as you were just starting out?

You can’t do it all by yourself, so stop trying!! I am not someone that really likes to ask for help and I love to be self-sufficient. Thus, starting this business I was so motivated to do everything myself. Now my motto is, “know your strengths.” I am a lot happier (and probably more successful) now that Brian has taken on a lot of the aspects of the business that I’m not great at. Hiring an accountant was probably the best thing we could have done as well! Being a little more freed up to focus on design + vision has been life changing!

 

Brier + Ivy Instagram Takeover

Brier + Ivy Instagram Takeover

 

Photo Credits, in order:

1. Olivia Strohm
2. Nicole Mason
3. Olivia Strohm
4. Dawn Jarvie
5. Dawn Jarvie
6. Jess Hunter
7. Olivia Strohm
8. Olivia Strohm
9. Malorie Kerouac
10. Olivia Strohm

 


 

Thanks so much for reading, and to see what Amy’s up to in the studio, make sure to follow @brierandivy on Instagram!

 

Do I Have to be a Master Designer to take the Masterclass?

 

Since launching our 2019 Mayesh Design Star workshops with Shean Strong, we've had a LOT of questions regarding our Masterclass Workshops in San Diego & Austin! We have realized that the name of the class may come off as a bit intimidating, so we wanted to explain a bit further.

To put things simply, the class will go into more depth than the All-Levels and cover master level content, but you do not need to be a master level designer to attend. Shean is there to help you build upon wherever you are in your business at this point in time.

Let's hear a bit more from Shean himself, and if you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask!

 

 

No-Shave November Flower Beard

No-Shave November Floral Beard

 

Last month, Mayesh participated in No-Shave November, raising $2000 for the cause. We had quite a few male employees partake in growing out their beards, but our MVB (Most Valuable Beard) had to go to one person, and that person is Andy Arthur of our Detroit branch!

 

Andy raised the most money ($440 out of our $2000) and posted some pretty great progress photos along the way, compliments of his adorable daughter Chloe, who also put up with her dad’s scruff for over a month.

 

BEFORE

 

No-Shave November

 

 

DURING

 

 

The prize for our MVB was to have that branch create a floral beard out of the winning beard, but Andy took it a step further and enlisted Detroit floral designer Julia Griffin of Willa Rose Floral… and boy did they exceed our expectations! From the amazing floral beard itself to an awesome photoshoot with Andy looking all dapper, we’re so excited to share the result!

 


 

 

AFTER

 

No-Shave November Floral Beard

No-Shave November Floral Beard

No-Shave November Floral Beard

No-Shave November Floral Beard

No-Shave November Floral Beard

No-Shave November Floral Beard

No-Shave November Floral Beard

No-Shave November Floral Beard

No-Shave November Floral Beard

No-Shave November Floral Beard

No-Shave November Floral Beard

No-Shave November Floral Beard

 

 

Floral Designer: Willa Rose Floral

Photographer: Chapter Holden

 

 

Beyond the ‘Gram: Interview with Blush Botanicals

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

 

This month I am excited to share an interview I did over the summer with Alex Wise of Blush Botanicals. We have worked with this talented businesswoman and floralpreneur for several years and are always blown away by her stunning wedding and event work. She is gracious with her time and talents, always willing to mentor and share her knowledge with not only her staff but with up and coming new talent in the floral design industry. Respect is the word I hear most about her. “She is kind, thoughtful and generous and most of all she treats people with respect,” says Sara Eaton of Black Lotus Designs. In an industry that can be overrun with divas (especially for this caliber of upper echelon event companies) that is truly an indication of this lady’s character. Her work ethic and integrity are long admired and she is a pleasure to have as a client.

 

We had a passionate conversation about life, flowers, running a floral business in this current social media-driven flower climate and the challenges of being a new mom while working as a high-end wedding and event florist. Trying to find the perfect life/work balance is key and Alex is proving that you can do both and succeed in this hectic industry.

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

 

 

SHELLEY: Hi Alex, first of all, congratulations to you and your husband on your new baby! I know this is a very exciting new chapter in your life.

 

ALEX: THANK YOU!  We are so over the moon about this little gremlin but it’s A TON OF WORK (as you know!)!!!

 

S: I definitely do! I don’t think anyone can ever prepare you for it. We are so happy for you by the way. So to start, I would like to start our conversation by asking you a few questions about yourself and your background.

 

Alex, tell us, what were your favorite subjects in school?  Did you see yourself as the artistic type or a future entrepreneur?

 

A: I loved any courses having to do with art such as drawing or sculpture and also loved finance/economics and accounting.  I know this is a weird mixture, but that is the way my mind works. I always envisioned myself running my own business, it is in my blood.  Both of my grandfathers were and my father is an entrepreneur and it is the mindset I was raised with. I couldn’t imagine working a corporate job or having a 9 to 5.

 

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

Photo: @the_grovers 

 

 

S: Same, I think when art is your calling it’s impossible to work an office job!

 

Are you a native Californian? What other places have you lived?

 

A: No, I was born and raised in New York and honestly, always thought I’d move back.  I moved to San Diego with my family when I was about 15 years old. I also lived in Los Angeles while I attended USC.

 

S: What led you into the floral design industry? Were you always a wedding and event florist?

 

A: I got into the floral design industry very randomly and with no background.  I was working at Merrill Lynch out of college and really disliked it so I began searching for other things I could enjoy doing.  After helping a friend’s mother create florals for a party I was hooked! It was always important to me to be able to be financially independent and after creating a business plan and working out the finances, it became clear to me that it could be a really lucrative and fun path so I went for it!

 

S: From finances to flowers – love it! I think it’s wonderful that you had that strong financial background going in. I know it has probably been beneficial to you as a floral business owner. For many florists, this is not their strong suit.

 

A: I had always known I would start my own business in some capacity but would have never guessed it would be in floral design.  Every time I am creating a beautiful event I think… pinch me, I can’t believe I [get to] do this for a living! I studied finance with a minor in real estate investment so I really thought I’d be doing something in that arena, but the world works in mysterious ways!

 

S: It definitely sounds like you got bit by the flower bug! What year was Blush Botanicals founded?

 

A:  2009

 

S: I saw a recent Instagram post where you gave tips on entering the luxury wedding industry. You seemed to have cracked the code on this very exclusive and finite amount of high-end wedding business. Can you give our readers some pointers?

 

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

Photo: @the_grovers 

 

 

A: I’m happy to give pointers!  I also have plans to launch an in-depth online course on this in the next year so look out for that as I’ll go into major detail on this process!  See below for a few pointers 🙂 :

 

KNOW YOURSELF. This entails doing major research on who you are and/or how you want to be portrayed.  What makes you unique and your brand different? What look do you want to put out there in the world and be known for? What venues would you like to work with?  What vendors would you like to work with? What colors and textures are you drawn to? Don’t be afraid to be different and not do exactly what everyone else is doing (if everyone else is doing a calligraphy logo, stay away from it so that you can be unique and can stand out and become known for something NEW!).

 

KNOW YOUR TARGET CLIENT. Research your target client and design your brand around her/him.  Give your client a name and a house and a look. How would he/she dress?  What type of car would he or she be driving? Get specific here and then be sure your brand is consistent with the client you are going after.

 

BRANDING is so important!  Invest in a logo and a website that fits your brand and your target client.  Be cognizant of colors and type fonts and never stray from what is true to your brand.

 

SPEND MONEY TO MAKE MONEY. You’ll need to invest in yourself and your brand if you are going to play in the luxury market.  Your website is the first thing your client will see, so invest in a beautiful website. Be sure your verbiage is completely consistent with your brand and must speak to the needs of your target client.  Invest in photoshoots that are true to the client that you want to attract and SPEND on them. You’ll have to spend enough to create something dramatic if you are hoping to attract a bride that wants drama for her big day.

 

ALIGN YOURSELF WITH THE RIGHT VENDORS. Find vendors you love and admire and align yourself with those vendors.  This can only be done once you know exactly who you are and have an established brand.  It only takes one perfect referral to take it to the next level!

 

PHOTOS PHOTOS PHOTOS!  If you are creating a wedding that you feel is perfect for your brand and your website and can’t wait to show it off, make sure you know and like the photographers work!  If you don’t get good photos then you may as well never have done the wedding. If you plan to do a spectacular job (obviously you do) and are worried about the photos, HIRE YOUR OWN PHOTOGRAPHER!  Don’t be afraid to spend a little bit of money here to get the perfect photos, it is worth it! Another important side note is to ONLY use professional imagery. Don’t showcase iPhone photos on your website!

 

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

Photo: @bryanmillerphoto 

 

 

S: All excellent advice, thank you Alex. So what is your take away working with this level of brides and wedding planners?

 

A: Stay humble and create a flower family.  You can’t create this type of magic on your own, you will come to find that you rely heavily on your team and on the amazing vendors you align yourself with and it is important to remember that.  Your team should be your family and you should treat them accordingly. When it comes to wedding planners, find the ones that are the best fit for you and your personality. Don’t try to work with coordinators who make you feel bad or don’t treat you with respect or who take advantage of you, work with people who fan your flame and support you!

 

S: What’s the weirdest or most unusual request you have gotten from a client so far? How did you execute it?

 

A: Hmm… this is tough… I was a bit caught off guard a few years back when a client that we have never met (booked after a short phone call and lived in Arkansas) let me know that she wanted me to design her daughter’s wedding from the ground up and trusted me to make all of the design choices from start to finish (including color scheme) without needing to run anything past them or even meeting them in person.  I was nervous to get their vision right and to respect their budget wishes without having any sort of direction. This turned out to be one of my favorite weddings to date and one of the kindest, most gracious clients I have ever worked with. It really helped boost my confidence level as well in terms of making decisions for the client when they’d like me to.

 

S: Sounds like a dream client, we love those!

 

So what’s your favorite flower? Any you’re not a fan of? Any you refuse to work with? Favorite color palette?

 

A: My favorite flower changes from month to month!  If I had to name one right now it would be white clematis.  I love how dainty the stem is, the foliage and how it naturally drapes.  I am not a fan of birds of paradise. I refuse to work with poorly dyed flowers such as a blue orchid or something that is extremely artificial looking.  My favorite color palette is a neutral palette of creams, whites, and greens. I LOVE throwing in a hint of black when I can.

 

S: Well no surprise there, elegant neutral palettes seems to be your calling card. Would you say your design style has changed over the years?

 

A: My design style has changed immensely over the years.  I think as a designer, it takes years to fully find yourself and it edits slightly through the years.  I think initially, my style was literally to cater to whatever style walked in my doors. I don’t think my brand truly had an identity until I became more confident in my designs and in who I am.  I was initially very attracted to all things glamorous and now I am more attracted to studying nature and movement and introducing natural elements.

 

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

Photo: @elysehallphotography 

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

Photo: @the_grovers 

 

 

S: What trends do you see bride’s asking for in the coming next two years?

 

A: This is a tough question and we try not to get TOO trendy with our work and stay pretty timeless with a current spin, but I have come to find that fashion trends take about 2-3 years to translate into event trends.  If textures and patterns are being showcased along the fashion runways, chances are that in a few years, you’ll see those as major event trends.

 

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

Photo: @bryanmillerphoto 

 

 

S: I understand Blush has a minimum for events? I know you have a sister company Parker & Posies that started as a way to handle some of the brides that wanted to work with your team but maybe weren’t quite in Blush’s minimum range. I think it’s a brilliant idea by the way. How has that decision worked for your brand?

 

A: Yes, Blush does have a minimum and we limit the number of events we take on per year. Starting Parker and Posies has truly been one of the best and most rewarding decisions I’ve made in business!  The decision was originally made because I was beginning to think about starting a family and needed to limit my involvement to a few events per year and also didn’t want to lose my amazing team with not having enough work to keep them busy, not to mention we were turning away a lot of beautiful events that we would have loved to be a part of at Blush but were already booked up with larger events and couldn’t take on more work.  The dream would not have been able to be a reality without the extremely hard work of my business partner, Brittany, who had no background in flowers when I met her. Over the years, she learned every aspect of our world through working for Blush and when I approached her about starting Parker and Posies she was as excited as I was! Together, we’ve worked to create a relatable brand that is truly “blooming” (see what I did there?).  It has been so rewarding to watch it grow and build a team out that is so incredible, thoughtful and hard working!

 

S: Do you have a Floral Crush right now. Any favs?  Or who inspired you early on?

 

A: Oh ya, I’ve got a ton!  Every time I go on Instagram I find a new one!  Mindy Rice is always impressing me with the way she takes the classic, garden look to a new level and my mind is always blown by White Lilac.

 

S: Both so good!

 

What’s your biggest floral pet peeve?  Things you don’t enjoy designing or trends you’re not a fan of.

 

A: My biggest BIGGEST pet peeve in floral is when a designer is attempting to make a piece look naturally dripping or cascading with blooms such as tulips or foliage and instead of naturally clustering them to drape on their own throughout the piece, they place them only in a single area, facing completely downward.  I am not sure if I am expressing this correctly but it always bothers my eyes. I know I’ve mentioned previously, but I try to stay away from being too trendy or to somehow blend trendy with classic. I may have a case of baby-brain right now but I can’t think of a single trend that I’m not a fan of (sorry!).

 

S: Do you enjoy destination weddings?  Any tips you would like to share? Any horror stories?

 

A: I have enjoyed destination events in the past!  I am sure I will enjoy them again, but for now, we are staying local in Southern California (LA, OC, SD) because I have a newborn baby. In terms of tips, I’d say organization is key and plan for travel time to be longer than anticipated so you’re not late. I’d also say PUT EVERYTHING IN WRITING. We had a large corporate event in Santa Barbara and the client said they’d be paying for our rooms and I forgot to enter this into my contract. When we arrived I called to see where our rooms were and she told me that they ran out of a budget and that we had to get our own rooms. This wasn’t the end of the world, but it was an unexpected expense and also put a bad taste in my mouth for the event setup.

 

S: Favorite location so far?

 

A: Locally, Cal a Vie – STUNNING!

 

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

Venue: @calaviespa | Photo: @bryanmillerphoto 

 

 

S: How do you feel about hosting workshops? Do you enjoy collaborating with other florists?

 

A: I would love to host a workshop, I have taught many of the girls at our studio.  Collaborating with other florists gives me LIFE. I LOVE collaborating and I LOVE a team environment.  I’m all about empowering others.

 

S: If you weren’t doing this what other career do you see yourself having?

 

A: When I first started, I actually did wedding cakes and desserts as well as florals.  I quickly learned I couldn’t do both but if I had to do something else I’d probably want to do amazing wedding cakes.  I am obsessed with Ron Ben Israel, I got to meet him a few years back and nearly fainted.

 

S: I just learned how to make a homemade cake last year and this year attempted real french buttercream! I have a totally new appreciation for this art. I can see where it would be a superhuman feat to try and do both!

 

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

Photo: @theyoungrens 

 

 

What advice would you give a newcomer to the floral industry just starting out? What would you tell your younger self?

 

A: It takes a really strong work ethic to be successful in this industry but DON’T BURN OUT.  Being organized is KEY. Learn when to say no and never take on too much, it only takes messing up once to get a bad reputation.

 

S: How has social media affected or influenced your business?

 

A: Hugely.  I think that nowadays all of my brides check us out on social media prior to meeting us and potentially even before looking at our website.  It is a major way that we show off our portfolio. Many times, brides will fall in love with our work on instagram and know that we are a good fit prior to meeting us.

 

S: Knife or snips?

 

A: KNIFE is LIFE

 

S: YES girl, preach!  I love to teach the proper use of a knife in my workshops. Speaking of which, what’s in your toolbox?

 

A: So much sticky clay!!!!!  🙂

 

S: Ok silly question time:  Do you like pickles? I am a fan of the famous Dave’s Sweet and Spicy bread and butter myself haha!

 

A: Uh… ya!  Who doesn’t like pickles?!  But I’ll keep it real – if I had to choose between a pickle and a cornichon, I’m going cornichon all day long.

 

S: Fancy AND  French, me likey! Well thank you so much Alex! Any final thoughts, opinions comments on the state of the industry etc…?

 

A: Love me some Mayesh!  The only issue I have with the industry currently is the whole crediting the artist thing on social media… but other than that, happy as a clam 😉

 

S: We love you too!  And we couldn’t agree more on this topic.  It all comes down to integrity and respect of your peer’s work.  It is so important to properly tag and give shout-outs to the original designer/artist/photographer. I don’t think people understand how important this is and how it harms the original creator when proper credit is not given. Hoping we will see less of this in the future.

 

Alex, thank you for your time and for all your insight and wisdom. We look forward to seeing your work on Instagram every week!

 

 


 

 

Here are some fun BTS photos I took when I visited Alex in her studio… the team was working away on an event! Scroll down for the finished event photos… it turned out STUNNING!

 

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

 

 

 

And the finished event!

Gorgeous images by @the_grovers

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

 

Beyond the 'Gram with Shelley Anders: Interview Blush Botanicals

 

 

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2019 MDS Workshop Dates

 

The day has finally arrived! We know how patiently you have all been waiting, and we're so excited to finally be able to announce the details, dates, and locations for our 2019 workshops with Shean Strong!

This year we're doing something a little different and will be offering two different types of classes: an All Levels Class and a Masterclass. Over the past two years we have absolutely loved meeting and working with attendees of all different skill levels, and we think that offering these two classes will provide even more value to each and every one of our students.

 

So without further ado, here are next year's dates & locations!

 


 

January 14-15  |  San Diego, California  |  Masterclass

 

May 20-21  |  Nashville, Tennessee  |  All Levels Class

 

August 12-13  |  Austin, Texas  |  Masterclass

 

November 11-12  |  Columbus, Ohio  |  All Levels Class

 

 


 

To kick things off, make sure to check out our Instagram Story tomorrow as Shean will be making a little announcement you definitely won't want to miss!

 

Mayesh Market Black Friday

Mayesh Market Black Friday

 

 

BLACK FRIDAY 10% DISCOUNT

 

 

Who said Black Friday was just for all of your holiday gift shopping?! This year, we'll be running a Mayesh Market Black Friday Special for all of your flower needs. Don't miss your chance to save 10% on your online Mayesh Market order!

 


 

DETAILS:

 

  • Offer is only valid for purchases made at www.mayeshmarket.com
  • Discount is valid for Friday, November 23rd from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm EST
  • All orders placed during the above timeframe (regardless of ship date) will receive a 10% discount
  • Discount will NOT show in the shopping cart but will be reflected on the invoice
  • You will receive an automatic email of the invoice once it has been confirmed and the discount will be reflected there
  • Offer excludes freight, shipping and/or delivery fees

 

Interiew: Summer Robbins Flowers

Mayesh Instagram Takeover Summer Robbins Interview

 

My favorite part of every Instagram takeover we do is the follow-up interview. The photos we see on our feed are always gorgeous, but getting to know the designer behind those beautiful images is it what makes each takeover so unique. Every interview I’ve done has been fun and insightful, but I’m not gonna lie, this lil lady has been one of my faves! Her energy and passion for this industry shines through, and I can’t guarantee you won’t want to be best friends with her by the end!

 

So without further ado, let’s learn a bit more about Summer Robbins of Summer Robbins Flowers!

 

 


 

 

So tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you found yourself in the flower industry!  

Well this answer could get incredibly long-winded but I’ll try to keep it short.  😉 I’m Summer, and I own an event floral design studio in Bend, Oregon.  I’m Rich’s wife and Cedar & River’s mama.  Our family is rounded out by our fur puddle, the ultimate lap kitty TT, our 10 chickens, and 2 beta fish.  Black coffee & red wine are my drinks of choice and I could literally eat tacos every day.  I’m obsessed with music and business podcasts.  Book stores are my happy place.  Running is how I meditate.  And in an effort to be a true Bendite and to keep up with my family, I just learned how to ski this year, so wish me luck on the slopes.

Floral design is my second career and it took me over a decade in fashion design, DIYing my own wedding, a whole lot of vision boarding, a supportive husband, and eventually taking floral design classes to discover that flowers was truly where I was meant to be.

 

I love how much overlap there is between different creative fields. How did your background in fashion influence you as a floral designer?

My fashion background has influenced my floral business in every way.  Without all of those years in fashion honing my taste level, my eye for detail and design, developing my work ethic, learning to manage a team and to maximize workflow, as well as how to present and talk through ideas, my ability to best serve my clients confidently would probably have taken a whole lot longer to develop.  But given that I had a whole career beforehand, my floral business has grown steadily and organically since I went out on my own 3 1/2 years ago.

 

Mayesh Instagram Takeover Summer Robbins Interview

@paulbarnettphotography 

 

Tell us a bit about your experience at the FlowerSchool New York!

Where do I begin here?  A good friend of mine who is an event floral designer in Virginia recommended I take classes at FlowerSchool New York when I was starting to think that floral design might be a career option for me.  The school is right down the street from my old office, so it couldn’t have been more convenient.  The very first class I took there was a master class with Ariella Chezar, the queen of flowers, and I was totally hooked from that point on.  After a couple of months of floral classes, I signed up for their professional program and quit my job to pursue floral design full time with the goal of one day starting my own business.  I figured that I had spent 4 years at Parsons to study fashion design, so I owed myself at least 1 year to study floral design if this was to be my new career.  During that year I took every class that FlowerSchool New York offered.  I studied under Ariella, Lewis Miller, Emily Thompson, Christian Tortu, Shane Connelly, Oscar Mora, Remco Van Vliet, and Sullivan Owen, among others.  Then I apprenticed with Belle Fleur, Ariella, Polux Fleuriste, and Sullivan Owen.  I couldn’t have been more fortunate and I have so much appreciation for FlowerSchool NY and their amazing staff, alumni, and master florists.  I highly recommend the school to anyone serious about developing and honing their craft.

 

I absolutely adore Bend, OR, but it’s obviously a huge change from living in New York City for so long! Can you talk about how your surroundings have inspired your style – from the architecture of New York to the beautiful landscapes of Oregon?

Bend is the Wild West.  It couldn’t be more different than New York City, which is why we chose to live here.  Everything about our high desert landscape is endlessly inspiring to me with its dusty neutral color palette, dried grasses, juniper, desert sage, and tumbleweed on the East side of town and the ponderosa, lodgepoll pines, and manzanita on the West side.  I LOVE incorporating our native elements into my work so that I can honor this magical place.  If I was doing a wedding in Portland where it’s always raining and mossy, and ferny, and perma-green, I can guarantee that my work would look much different because the landscape is vastly different.

 

Mayesh Instagram Takeover Summer Robbins Interview

@gallivanphoto

 

Mayesh Instagram Takeover Summer Robbins Interview

@victoriacarlsonphoto

 

Even though Bend is experiencing a lot of growth at the moment, it still has that small town feel. What is the floral community like out there?

Yeah, Bend is big, but it feels small because we are kind of an island in the center of Oregon with Portland 3 1/2 hours Northwest over the Cascade Mountain Range and the next most populated town East is 2 hours away, so we are surrounded by wilderness.  The floral community is AWESOME and super supportive both here and statewide.  In Bend most of us are friends and we refer each other and help each other out.  In my experience flower people are generally an exceptional bunch, so I feel like that’s no surprise.

 

Mayesh Instagram Takeover Summer Robbins Interview

@amandaphotographic

 

So your studio is on the farm you live on (sigh)… do you grow any of your own flowers on the farm?

Hahaha!  We are trying to grow flowers.  Meaning my husband is trying to grow flowers.  It’s pretty tough here.  We’re in zone 6, and our farm is located at 3500 feet above sea level.  We get freezing temperatures at night sometimes in June or July.  The sun is also super intense, it’s arid, and the soil is volcanic.  My husband is in charge of the farm and his focus over the last 3 summers has been to amend the soil and experiment with different floral varieties.  Greenhouses may be in our future.

 

Aside from the flowers, I get the feeling that one of your favorite parts about this industry is the relationships and connections you form with each client. Can you tell us a little bit about that, and how you look to your clients for inspiration in their unique event?

I would agree with that 100%.  Client relationships and the connections we forge are the thing that I value above everything else in this business.  My goal is to serve our clients wholeheartedly, without ego, and with respect.  Every bride deserves to be wowed on her wedding day and exceeding her expectations is what gets me excited and keeps me inspired.  I think if you approach it that way, you can’t lose.

I’m certain we all get the same 20 or so Pinterest pins depending on the season, but I would go totally insane with boredom if I had to make the same thing every week, and most couples really would prefer something personalized over a knock off.  So instead of deciding to create those Pinterest floral ideas verbatim, I use them as a starting point.  Then I take those ideas and create a design direction unique to my client based on their story, things they love, their venue, their color palette, the season they’re getting married in, their budget, what they’re wearing, and the vibe of their wedding.  I get so excited and inspired by it all.

 

Mayesh Instagram Takeover Summer Robbins Interview

@dawn.charles

 

Alright… you knew it was coming! Favorite flower? I’ll allow a couple, because even I can’t choose just one 😉 

Well thank you for not making me choose just one favorite, because that would be impossible.  Sorry I can’t even nail it down to a couple because every season is so different.  So, will you allow me to go seasonally?

In the Spring I love all forms of fritillaria, anemones, ranunculus, and hellebore.
I’m all about berries, peonies, and scabiosa in the Summer months.
For Autumn, bring on the dahlias, nandina, rudbeckia, seed pods, and decorative grasses.
And lastly in Winter, peonies from overseas.
But throughout every season I am a rose-a-holic.  So, I guess in all honesty you could say they are my true favorites.

 

Mayesh Instagram Takeover Summer Robbins Interview

@gallivanphoto

 

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

I would tell myself that all of the money spent, hard work, sacrifice, and time away from my babies will all be worth it because I end up building something that’s becoming pretty great.

 

@gallivanphoto

 

No-Shave November

Mayesh No-Shave November

We're excited to announce our participation in No-Shave November this year! No-Shave November is a "month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness."

We have a number of employees who will be participating by throwing out their razors for the month and letting that facial hair grow! At the end of the month, we'll be voting on the best transformation, and the branch with the winning participant will create an awesome flower beard.

 


 

Mayesh has pledged to MATCH however much we're able to raise, so support your favorite bearded Mayesh employee by donating in their name to help us reach our goal!

Check out our Team page to learn more about the No-Shave November organization and to donate!

Mayesh Then & Now

Mayesh 40th Anniversary Then & Now

 

If you’re a customer at one of our physical branches or follow us on Instagram, chances are you’ve already seen these fun facts! We’ve had so much fun compiling these and digging through old photos throughout the month, and realizing just how far we’ve come in forty years!

 

For those of you who don’t know about Mayesh’s history, Roy & Gerrie Dahlson purchased the company back in 1978.

 

 

During that first year, there were only four employees, all from the Dahlson family: Roy, Pat, Tony & Cindie. They had owned a mom ‘n pop flower shop previously so they had a little background with flowers, but owning a wholesale business was a whole new ball game. They had their spot on the Los Angeles Flower Market, and their main “office” was the upstairs room at the Dahlson’s home. Pat, Tony & Cindie were only three out of nine children, so one by one they all ended up joining the family business at one point or another. Mayesh began expanding in 1985 when they opened their second location in the San Fernando Valley, and from there they continued to grow.

 

 

 

Mayesh now employs over 350 employees in nine states, but continues to stay true to their roots, remaining family owned and operated from the beginning!

 

Mayesh 40th Anniversary Then & Now

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit more about the company and reminiscing on how much things have changed over the years… we can’t wait to see you at our 40th Anniversary Seventies Throwback Celebration on Wednesday, October 31st!

 

40th Anniversary Seventies Inspired Instagram Challenge

 

Alright guys, it’s time to get YOU involved in our 40th Anniversary celebration! Let’s pay homage to our founding year – 1978 – by creating some groovy, throwback seventies inspired floral designs. We’re leaving this Instagram Challenge pretty open-ended – be it a straight up old-school design you might find back then, or a modern day interpretation of the era, we want to see it all. It can also be any type of design – you’re not limited to just centerpiece arrangements. So have fun some fun and take us back in time with your seventies designs!

 

Pro tip: The All Out Seventies Spotify playlist in the studio will most definitely help get those creative juices flowing, or those boogie feet moving at least!

 

 

October 8 through October 28, 2018, you can share your seventies throwback designs by tagging us, @MayeshWholesale, and using the hashtag #mayesh70sthrowback 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 40th Anniversary Seventies Inspired Challenge (“Contest”) begins at 12:01 a.m. Central Time (“ET”) on 10/8/18 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 10/28/18 (“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 10/8/2018 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on    10/14/2018.

Entry Period 2: Begins 12:01 a.m. ET on 10/15/2018 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on    10/21/2018.

Entry Period 3: Begins 12:01 a.m. ET on 10/22/2018 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on    10/28/2018.

 

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) Seventies inspired floral design photo, and include the hashtag #mayesh70sthrowback, 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.

 

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