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Overwhelmed by Instagram? We’re Here to Help

 

Ahh, Instagram. It’s the fun app to share silly photos with friends turned Social Media Marketing powerhouse. Instagram has now become arguably the most important app for creatives to showcase their work and help drive business in today’s online driven world. For a bride, it’s not only a quick way to see a photographer or floral designer’s portfolio, but it may be your first and only chance to woo her with your perfectly curated Instagram feed, a glance into what her perfectly curated wedding day could look like.

Though Instagram and other social media apps come second nature to some, for others, it can be totally overwhelming and a huge cause of stress. But guess what? It doesn’t have to be.

 


 

Kelly Perry, founder of both Team Flower & Philosophy Flowers, has a unique perspective on Instagram and how to go about using it to your benefit. In a few short weeks we’ll be sitting down with her for a Live Chat, and before we do, we want to hear from you!

 

So tell us, what are your biggest struggles with Instagram? 

 

Kelly is also great at the visual aspect, so if you struggle with your feed, feel free to take a screen shot, send it to us, and you just might see your feed pop up during the chat, during which Kelly will openly discuss and give constructive criticism on ways to improve it.

You can use the comment box below, or send any screenshots, questions or concerns you’d love to hear during our chat to marketing@mayesh.com.

 


 

Wednesday April 12th @ 4PM EST

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Mayesh Design Star Flower Workshop Tour Video & Pictures

Mayesh Design Star Flower Workshop in Los Angeles
Come join us at a Mayesh Design Star Flower Workshop featuring Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers! We have 2 stops in the bag and will be hitting 7 more cities throughout this next year!

I can’t even tell you how incredibly excited I am to be able to share with you the stunning pictures and video from Jeremy Chou Photography and Talewind Visuals. The media below tells the story of Mayesh’s inaugural workshop, which was held in Los Angeles at FD Photo Studio, where it all started.

Keep on scrolling down to view the magic created by our LA Mayesh Design Star team!

A special thank you to our workshop sponsors below – please be sure to visit their website and check out what they have to offer!
Accent Decor
Oasis Floral Products
Design Master
Cameron Hughes Wine

Videography: Talewind Visuals
Photography: Jeremy Chou Photography
Styling: Tristan Needham Design

Get more information and RSVP for a workshop near you here.

 

Setting Up

Maybe you feel like this when working on wedding flowers, but the planning and styling of the workshop was half the fun of having a workshop! Seeing all of the little details coming together was pure magic. The students had access to some of the best Japanese, Dutch and local floral product in the industry for their arrangements, and the end product just couldn’t have been more dreamy.

Part of the planning was putting together a special thank you gift. The students were treated to a private selection of Cameron Hughes wine, and a beautifully styled gift box by Salt and Pepper Co., full of items from: Sugar Paper, HomArt, Cameron Hughes, TOCCA, and Accent Decor.

Workshop Action

Christy instructed the students on how to create their Oasis Floral florist netting structure to insert into their Accent Decor vessel. Once the vessels were prepped and ready to go, Christy shared how to utilize branches, where to place vines a.k.a. “dancers”, what to do with large “real estate” blooms, how she utilizes her Design Master color tools, where to put unexpected pops of foraged blooms, and many other invaluable techniques that she has picked up over the course of her career. Also, the students were given a few tips and tricks on utilizing Mayesh’s beautiful garland as either a swag, or a bride and groom chair backer.

The End Results

After the students were finished, they headed over to the photography station where they had their arrangement photographed on a fully styled table to use in their professional portfolio. Then, Jeremy Chou and Tristan Needham both gave a tutorial on photography and styling – how to always put your best foot forward with your images, and what tools have been most helpful to them in elevating their brands.

Portland Flower Market Spring Wedding Show


Though the weather may not show it in many parts of the country, spring is in the air! And that means that it’s time for the annual spring wedding show at the Portland Flower Market. This year’s featured designer is John Regan of Twisted Stem Floral in Illinois, and it’s bound to be a good one! Here are the details…

 

WHEN:

 

Sunday March 19th | 8am until 2pm

 

WHERE:

 

Portland Flower Market | 3624 N Leverman St, Portland, OR 97217

 

SCHEDULE:

 

8am | Show Opens

9:30 -11am | Morning Session

11-12:30pm | Catered Lunch

12:30-2pm | Afternoon Program

 

$50 REGISTRATION FEE

 


 

About John Regan

 
Twice named ‘Designer of the Year’ by the Illinois State Florists Association and Illinois Allied Florists, 2017 will mark John’s 40th year working in the professional floral industry. He describes his style as “modern Flemish’ as a result of being drawn to discovering and working with a wide scope of flowers, foliage, naturals and non-traditional materials such as salvaged materials, porcupine quills, horsehair, silk, mohair, angora and handmade paper.

John’s work has appeared in Flower Fusion, the Japanese journal Florist, Town & Country, Elle Decor, Martha Stewart Weddings and most recently was the cover feature of the November 2016 issue of Florists’ Review. He was also a featured designer in the book Entertaining for Business. His northern IL floral studio Twisted Stem bears the tag line ‘Edgy & Elegant Floral Design’, which describes their non-traditional style.

Their clients are spread across the upper midwest and occasionally internationally. Weddings they produce can be as modest as $500, or as grand as in 2016 when John and staff produced a week of 3 parties and 1 wedding in Dubai with a flower cost in excess of $5 million.

 

MDS Cleveland Workshop Vendor Feature

 

With our second MDS Workshop less than a month away, we wanted to share our awesome vendors for the Cleveland workshop! We’ll be in another GORGEOUS space, and our Cleveland photographer has a beautiful portfolio filled with stunning floral images + more. If you’re interested in attending our Cleveland workshop on March 21st, register here!

Nicole Clarey Photo | @nicoleclareyphoto

 

Nicole Clarey is a Fine Art Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer currently located in Dayton, OH, but is a born and raised California girl. With a Master of Arts from California State University, Northridge, she had dedicated her life to the practice of photography and creating timeless memories for her many clients. (Bio Image by Anna Lord)

Here’s a little taste of Nicole’s work – isn’t it stunning?!

 

Styled Shoot // Florals by Evergreen Flower Co.
Boho Wedding // Florals by Flowers by Denise



The Lake Erie Building, aka the Screw Factory, is close to one hundred years old and located on the edge of Lakewood’s historic Birdtown Neighborhood. The building offers an airy, spacious, industrial space with tall ceilings & windows and gorgeous light, and is the perfect backdrop for photos of the flowers and workshop happenings. (Photos by Mallory + Justin Photography)

 

Borrow Rentals

 

We’re so excited that Borrow Vintage + Eclectic will be providing some beautiful rentals to help furnish and display our flowers! Borrow Rentals is a custom Furniture, Prop and Decor house that supplies beautiful and unique items for rental and purchase. They design,  build, upcycle, reupholster and purchase items which are locally found and made and which are completely unique to their rental and retail market.

From designing your home, to a special event, to your newest furniture creation or textile purchase Borrow is your go to furniture and style gurus. 

 

 

Lastly, we wanted to refresh your memory on everything that will be included in the workshop and what you’ll be taking home with you! Hope to see you there!

 

{CLEVELAND WORKSHOP TICKETS}

 

OTHER WORKSHOP DATES + TICKET INFO

“The Art of Wedding Design” Workshop w/ Stacey Carlton AIFD

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Mayesh Houston is excited to announce an upcoming hands-on workshop with designer Stacey Carlton AIFD on March 6th! Students will make individual and collaborative designs and be inspired by Stacey’s fresh approach to the art of designing wedding flowers. Work with beautiful Mayesh blooms and garden roses from Alexandra Farms!

Following the workshop will be a cocktail reception. Everyone is welcome to stop by for snacks & refreshments, hope to see you there!

 

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Stacey Carlton AIFD of The Flora Culturist

 

Stacey Carlton AIFD is a second generation floral designer and educator residing in Chicago. Her extensive educational journey is supported by her life-long training in floristry,horticulture, and visual arts. Inducted into AIFD in 2010, she is an internationally published artist most recently in the highly coveted 2016/2017 International Floral Art Book by Stitching Kunstboek.  Stacey is celebrating a three year consecutive win from Fusion Flower Magazine’s International Designer of the Year competition with four medals in 2016. She prefers to demonstrate her natural modern design aesthetic in large scale installations, wedding and event decor, floral fashion, and street art. Stacey is passionate about advancing the artistry of the floral industry by supporting design education, encouraging individual style and techniques, and developing custom floral art to suit her clients’ needs and wants.

 

WORKSHOP DETAILS & OBJECTIVES

 

  • Discuss individuality and personalization of wedding design
  • Showcase techniques that can be used in various applications of wedding design, specifically an armature technique that we will used for bouquet design. It’s all about that base!
  • A smart hybrid approach to quick, sturdy, and comfortable fresh floral crowns
  • Fresh updates to wedding decor staples
  • A collaborative design effort combining several discussion points to end the class

 

SCHEDULE & OTHER INFO

 

March 6th, 2017

12-5pm – Hands-on Workshop

5:30-8pm – Cocktail Reception

Mayesh Houston – 470 Garden Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX 77018

 

$75 REGISTRATION FEE

Students should bring their own tools

 

To register, email houston@mayesh.com or call 832-410-4810

 

Mayesh Floral Forum: Destination Weddings

 

Destination weddings can be totally intimidating. As if designing and installing a full wedding in the comfort of your own studio and city weren’t stressful enough, doing everything in a new place adds another whole slew of things to think about! Where are you going to work? Where are you going to get your flowers? The list goes on, but if you get it down to a science, destination weddings can help bring your business to another level, and hello, more exciting travel experiences for you!

To help get you started, we asked our Floral Forum when they started including destination wedding services and what things to take into consideration. Read on for some helpful advice:

 

 

Floral ForumRachael Lunghi

 

I’ve been including destination wedding services from the very beginning which I think has been VERY helpful 🙂 Lotsa hard lessons there!

Things to take into consideration when offering this service include: travel, accommodations, freelancers, shipping flowers, local flowers available, buckets, vessels, etc.

You have to consider all the things you’ll need to pull off a wedding in another city or state. It’s a good idea to reach out to local florists and see if they’re available to help, borrow buckets from, borrow oasis from, etc. It requires a GOOD amount of planning ahead and logistics. Especially if you’re flying! 

I typically rent an Airbnb and look for a garage or outdoor space. And I ALWAYS ask the ‘bnb host about air conditioning 🙂 That’s pretty key! 

 

Rachael flowering on-the-go! This & top photo: @sirenfloralco

 

I love doing destination weddings though. There’s so much local goodness you can pull from and be inspired from and you get to meet and work with new florists!

 

Floral Forum

Jodi Duncan

 

I started doing destination events many years ago.  The demand was very grass roots. My local clients had daughters that moved away and got married far from home.  Since I already had relationships with them, it was convenient and comforting to them that they knew I could be trusted.

I’ve done weddings from coast to coast.  I’ve never tried to grow or promote this segment of my business, it just happens naturally.

 

Things to consider:

  •  Your relationship with local wholesalers.  Reach out to them, find out what they have. Whatever you have shipped in might need supplemented.  Sometimes they will be willing to receive freight in the form of hardgoods & props especially if you are giving them a nice order.
  • A dedicated “backstage” place to process and design.  Without a doubt, do the designing out of the sight of the client. A glimpse behind the scenes make some people nervous. And some things should remain a secret.  Most restaurants don’t let customers in the kitchen, so keep the magic backstage. Depending on the venue, there may be space to design on site, just make sure you respect the facility and understand the constraints of the space.  The more of the process you can keep hidden behind the scenes, the more professional you will look.
  • Logistics is a huge skill set; just because you are a good designer does not mean you have a grasp on what it takes to execute an event far from home. You’ll need buckets, water, a way to protect the floor, refrigeration, trash cans, a way to dispose of the huge amount of trash, and the list goes on….and that’s before you design the first bouquet!
  • Extra hands to help design. Of course you have made recipes and prototypes and know how long its going to take to put this event together. Now make sure you have plenty of skilled stable hands to make it happen. You might bring your posse with you, or fly folks in, or find out who is local and skilled. You can even check AIFD’s website. Don’t forget to feed and house your designers.  Take good care of them. Don’t feed them junk food and processed garbage. Don’t expect them to work 18-20 hour days.
  • AirBnB or VBRO might be a good option for design, as well as accommodations. Many times its better than a hotel…it just depends. When it comes accommodations, I try not to stay close to the client. They don’t need to know when you go to bed and get up!
  • You can always stay over and play a bit after all your hard work if you are fortunate enough to be designing somewhere fabulous.
  • If you feel you are in over your head, do not be afraid to hire outside freelance & management help. Destination designing requires much more than good design skills. A practical grasp of logistics is essential to success. If you don’t have that skill set, there are companies that do, such as Schaffer Designs. Bill Schaffer, AIFD & Kristine Kratt, AIFD are brilliant designers who also understand the practical side. Their success doing destination events for clients from coast to coast and internationally speaks to the fact that they are more than talented floral designers.

 

 

Floral Forum

Jerome Raska

 

About 5 years ago, when there was all the rumble about destination wedding we took a look at what was happening. I believe this is very regional , however certain things are universal. 

Much like many aspects of our business, it is mind over matter. 

After reviewing and discussing, we came to realize we do destination weddings, however, kind of in reverse! Many of our young people get degrees and relocate for employment, and when it is time to plan the big day, often they want to come home to family and friends, however, having been gone, it is like planning a destination wedding. We offer and full service coordination and decor. This has provided us a whole new avenue of clients without ever having to leave home…. Sometimes it is just about rethinking who you are and what you can really do!

We will travel, and have if needed for a client. The entire event is the same just in a different setting. Many local wholesale providers will work with you as well as most venues are accommodating, it is really about good communication and not assuming!

 


 

And while we’re on the subject, if you weren’t already aware, many of our Mayesh branches offer Destination Event services as well that you can utilize to rent out design space! Connect with your sales rep to learn more, and if you don’t already have a Mayesh rep, get started here.

Advanced Floral Workshop feat. Leopoldo Gómez CAF

 

Leopoldo Gómez is a renowned international teacher of Floral Design, based out of Mexico City. His style is widely acclaimed and sought after for its striking color palettes, vivid combinations of textures, and masterfully-crafted armatures and structures. He describes his work as “introspective” wherein the essence of nature can be perceived, and intrinsic treasures can be discovered. Gómez’s captivating body of work has been published in numerous periodicals including Fleur Créatif (Belgium), Flowers& (USA), Today Magazine (Korea), Revista Clip (Spain), and Nacre (France), and Isabel Gilbert Palmer’s trendsetting book, Formidable Florists (2015).

LEARN TECHNIQUES. GET INSPIRED. BE AMAZED.

 

 

WHEN:

MARCH 8, 9, 10 2017 | 9:00AM – 5:00PM

 

WHERE:

Studio Warehouse | 9495 9th St., Suite B, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

 

REGISTRATION: $195.00 PER DAY or $525.00 FOR ALL THREE DAYS

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE – LUNCH INCLUDED

 

Register at www.AllAboutTheFlowers.com

 

For more info contact Lori Novack at fowcorvilla@aol.com or (909) 987-1006 or (909) 921-4958

Down the Aisle with Style… And Profit

 

Interested in expanding your floral horizons and getting inspired from some professionals? Join Leopoldo Gómez CAF & Carol Caggiano AIFD, PFCI for a Floral Workshop and Show! Details below:

 

 

 

WHEN:

MARCH 5th, 2017

 

WHERE:

Pomona Fairgrounds & Flower Pavilion

1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

 

SCHEDULE:

9:00 -11:00 Floral Workshop – Inspiration and Advanced Techniques

Featuring Leopoldo Gómez CAF

11:30 -12:30 Lunch Served

12:30 -1:30 Floral Show Part I – Inspiring Events, Parties, and More

Featuring Carol Caggiano AIFD, PFCI

2:00 -3:00 Floral Show Part II – Wedding Inspiration and Techniques

Featuring Leopoldo Gómez CAF

 

$99.00 WORKSHOP, LUNCH & SHOW

$69.00 WORKSHOP ONLY | $59.00 SHOW AND LUNCH ONLY

 

For More Info Contact Lori Novak at fowcorvilla@aol.com or

(909) 987-1006 or (909) 921-4958

 

RSVP at www.AllAboutTheFlowers.com

Live Chat: Streamlining your Proposal Process w/ Cristina Barragan

 

Join in to learn how to cut your client management time in half through the use of templates and automation features using systems like HoneyBook. Cristina Barragan of Posh Peony, will walk you through her streamlined process from lead capture to completion! You will learn how to save time, create beautiful proposals that convert, and maintain an elevated client experience from the get-go!

If you are interested in learning more about the available apps for florists, check out our comparison blog post here.

 

Now let’s get to know a little bit more about our guest host, Cristina!

 

 

I’m Cristina Barragan, Owner and Chief Creative Officer at Posh Peony and I have always had a love and passion for all things floral and design. In 2005, I started teaching elementary education and at the same time, launched my full-time floral business. It was a balancing act, to say the least! Over the years, I have built my business from the ground up with no formal training or education. It was all a learning curve that I have been able to streamline over the years. I have been able to grow and scale my business which has allowed me to pursue my love of teaching in the event industry. Today, we are a boutique style studio that provides full-service design and educational workshops at a local and international level. Being able to serve my clients well, teach aspiring business owners, and promote community in the event industry is the greatest joy! 

 

JOIN US

 

February 21st at 5PM EST / 2PM PST

 

The live video chat will take place on Huzza. All you need to do is just click, listen, chat, and ask questions! And if you feel like it, share a selfie with us. Click the link below to follow & subscribe and Huzza will send you a reminder 30 minutes prior to our live chat.

 

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MDS Vendor Feature: Tristan Needham & Jeremy Chou

 

With our first Mayesh Design Star workshop just around the corner, we wanted to give you a little taste of just what you’d be getting as an attendee. You’ve heard about our fabulous Design Star, Christy Hulsey, so wanted to highlight some other people involved!

We’re pulling out all the stops for our first workshop, and have put together a dream team of vendors to help create an amazing experience for you.

So without further ado, I’d love to introduce two very important people vital to the success of our first workshop. This duo has worked together on many editorials and shoots, so we’re excited to see their vision come to life in January.

 

 

Tristan Needham Design | @tristanneedhamdesign

 

Tristan was introduced to us by Christy at the start of this whole journey. The two of them work side by side on many design projects, and have an impressive portfolio of beautiful shoots and events. Tristan is a stylist & editorial designer based in Savannah, Georgia, who believes in “simple, yet meaningful designs.”

She is the brains behind the aesthetic of this workshop, and is passionate about telling a story through her designs. | Photo of Tristan: The Happy Bloom

 

 

Jeremy Chou Photography | @jeremychouphotography

 

Once Tristan came on board, she introduced us to Jeremy as the perfect candidate for photographing the workshop. With a background in Architecture, Jeremy is a fine art wedding photographer in Pasadena, CA. Similarly to Tristan, he uses his camera to tell the story of each couple and their special day.

Jeremy’s experience with weddings will translate beautifully as he helps us document the workshop, including individual close-ups of each attendee’s designs! These photos will be available to you for your personal and business use afterward, and are sure to be a fantastic addition to your floral portfolio. | Photo of Jeremy: Troy Grover

 

Like I mentioned before, Tristan & Jeremy have already worked on a number of projects & styled shoots before, so we wanted to share a few of their collaborations (click to view larger images):

 

 

Oldfield Plantation Elopement Shoot / Oldfield, SC

Flowers / Colonial House of Flowers (aka our Design Star!)

 

Lewis and Clark Elopement Shoot / Portland, OR Workshop

Flowers / Flourish by Kay

 

Cannon Beach Bridal Shoot / Portland, OR Workshop 

Flowers / Flourish by Kay

 

Greystone Mansion Elopement Shoot / Beverly Hills, CA

Flowers / Martha Claire Floral

 

Lastly, we wanted to refresh your memory on everything that will be included in the workshop, what you’ll be taking home with you, and show off the beautiful space you’ll be working in!

 

 

{LOS ANGELES WORKSHOP TICKETS}

 

 

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