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Carlsbad Workshop Special Sponsors Announcement


For next week’s workshop, we’re lucky enough to have three sponsors graciously providing their services: gorgeous, silk ribbon from tono + co., pretty tabletop candles from Creative Candles, and trendy furnishings & accessories from local rental company Folklore! We couldn’t be more excited to feature these three fabulous companies and have their products be a part of the day. So let’s get excited and learn a bit more about each of them!


#MDSFlowerWorkshop Sponsor Tono + Co.

#MDSFlowerWorkshop Sponsor Tono + Co.

#MDSFlowerWorkshop Sponsor Tono + Co.


tono & co. is the passion of Janelle Nicole Wylie, owner of the floral company Lavenders Flowers. Working closely with brides for almost a decade, color became the natural center of Janelle’s work leading her to the tradition of hand-dying fabrics.  tono & co. finds its inspiration in the first-hand knowledge Janelle gained while studying painting & color theory in Florence, Italy. In Italian, tono refers to the gradual increase in color tone, creating a fluid color spectrum. Through the learning process of mixing oil paint, Janelle developed a sensitivity to color tone. Her passions for combining color and texture have evolved into the art of hand-dyed textiles. (Images by Sposto Photograpy)


#MDSFlowerWorkshop Sponsor Folklore

#MDSFlowerWorkshop Sponsor Folklore

#MDSFlowerWorkshop Sponsor Folklore

#MDSFlowerWorkshop Sponsor Folklore


Folklore is the result of best friends Taylor & Maggie’s combined passion for furniture & design, here’s a little about how it all began:

What’s Folklore you ask? Well technically it goes something like this:

“Traditional stories and legends attached to a particular people, place, or object passed down from generation to generation.”​ 

We look for pieces that have a past and tell a story. Pieces that aren’t afraid to show where they’ve been and what they’ve been through.

It all started with one upholstered chair and after that we began furiously buying amazing pieces of furniture, accessories, and so on without looking back.  Slowly but surely we decided we would rent them for weddings, baby showers, and other events.  Our collection grew fast, so fast in fact it spilled out from the garage into our hallways, living room, bedroom, kitchen until we built a structure on Maggie’s property.  Only we had grown out of that by the day it was finished being built. In June 2014 we moved Folklore to our first warehouse and after two years we needed to upgrade again! Now we have a warehouse and office in San Marcos where we work alongside our talented team of employees.


#MDSFlowerWorkshop Sponsor Creative Candles

#MDSFlowerWorkshop Sponsor Creative Candles

#MDSFlowerWorkshop Sponsor Creative Candles


For more than 50 years the artisans at Creative Candles have been hand-dipping and hand-pouring candles in Kansas City, Missouri. A unique proprietary blend of high-quality waxes is used to create beautiful one-of-a-kind candles and our craftsmen add their personal touch to give every candle a rich, matte finish. The result is truly something special – an exceptional smokeless, dripless candle with a slow and even burn.

As a small family-owned business our focus is always on relationships. Creative Candles’ service and sales representatives, clients and vendors are extensions of our family and those relationships are of the utmost importance to us.



Raise your hand if you’re excited as we are! And if you still haven’t purchased your ticket, now is the chance with only two seats left!


MDS Carlsbad Vendor Feature

#MDSFlowerWorkshop Vendor Brick + Laurel


We can hardly believe it, but we’re now less than two weeks away from our FOURTH workshop featuring Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers! This workshop will be held in La Mesa, CA, about a half hour from our Carlsbad location, and guys, it’s gonna be a good one.

The space is super fun & eclectic, we have some amazing new sponsors (more about them soon!) aaand there may or may not be a taco bar (I mean come on, we’re in San Diego, how could we not have tacos?)

So let’s check out some of the details!



THE SPACE: Brick + Laurel


Mayesh #MDSFlowerWorkshop vendor Brick + Laurel in La Mesa, CA!

Mayesh #MDSFlowerWorkshop vendor Brick + Laurel in La Mesa, CA!

Mayesh #MDSFlowerWorkshop vendor Brick + Laurel in La Mesa, CA!

Megan Welker Photography


Brick + Laurel Warehouse is a historic building built in the 40’s. When we first acquired the space we wanted to keep the mostly brick appearance to appreciate the original integrity of the building. The space has a very industrial look and high rafters. Common Good Coffee Roasters and Catalina Neal Floral Design share the warehouse which creates a real artistic collaborative environment. Our warehouse provides a great space for small gatherings of all kinds.



THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Clarey Photography


#MDSFlowerWorkshop Photographer Nicole Clarey Photography


You may remember her from our vendor feature for the Cleveland workshop, and we’re excited to announce that Nicole is officially a part of our workshop team and will be traveling with us for the remaining six workshops!

Nicole was amazing to work with in Cleveland and will be an awesome addition to our team. Check out her gorgeous work on Instagram!



THE STYLIST: Tristan Needham Design


#MDSFlowerWorkshop Carlsbad Vendor Tristan Needham Design


Our girl Tristan is back and has been helping behind the scenes to ensure that every detail is styled to perfection! Between Tristan’s fully styled table to Nicole’s photography skills, we can assure you that you’ll have some fabulous new photos to add to your portfolio following the workshop!



There are just two tickets left so if you’ve been thinking about attending, now is the time!



Introducing “Mornings with Mayesh”

Mornings with Mayesh


If you’re like me, you love to start your mornings off with a strong cup of coffee and a dose of The Today Show. Well, move over Kathy & Hoda, there’s a new morning show in town! Starting May 16th, we will be hosting a recurring Live Chat one Tuesday a month in which hosts Dave & Yvonne will be talking all things flowers! Mornings with Mayesh will loosely follow an AMA – “Ask Me Anything” – format, and we want to hear your flower questions to discuss on air! Dave is a wizard when it comes to flower “hacks” and tips & tricks pertaining to product, and both Yvonne & Dave are longtime veterans of the floral industry with plenty of knowledge to go around.

So send us your questions/comments/topic ideas, and without further ado, I’ll let the hosts introduce themselves!
Mornings with Mayesh



Hello, hello! I have had the privilege of being Mayesh’s Director of Marketing since 2012. I believe in teamwork, continuous improvement and taking risks. My team has been instrumental in developing Mayesh’s worldwide brand into what it is today – specializing in content and inbound marketing. It’s been an amazing journey, but with all stories, this is not my beginning. I won’t take you all of the way back, but I have a unique background. I graduated with a degree in operations management and business statistics, was a UX consultant for one of the largest insurance companies, along with owning my own wholesale florist with my hubby before we joined Mayesh. I like to say that I bring a great mix of nerd and sparkle to the table and I’m super excited to connect with you with our new live video series!



Mornings with Mayesh



I have had a passion for flowers and art since I was a little boy. My first dried flower arrangement was at the age of 6 foraging dried seed pods and such in the fields behind my childhood home in Indianapolis. All throughout my childhood, I was involved in various art classes including color theory, sculpting, charcoal sketching, watercolor, acrylic, oil painting. Fast forward to the 90’s and I studied floral design under Michael Prihoda at South Seattle Community College. After working briefly in a flower shop in Seattle I was introduced to the wholesale side of our industry where I have spent the last 20 plus years honing my skills. In 2001 I started my career with Mayesh Wholesale Florists. I worked at their Los Angeles flower market location for 5 years and then transferred to their national shipping department. I have made it a priority to learn every aspect of the industry and benefited greatly from those experiences. When asked to transfer to Phoenix for Mayesh I didn’t hesitate. Mayesh has been like a family and home away from home. I love my career and who I have become by being a part of such a wonderful company.


So here is one last reminder to ask us your flower questions in the comments below, and be sure to tune in…


Tuesday, May 16th at 10am EST / 7am PST



Our Favorite Branch #MayeshPulls


Recently we’ve been all about the #MyMayeshPull, and we love seeing our branches post their gorgeous & personality-packed pulls as well! Here are some of our favorites, and be sure to ask your sales rep about getting your own juicy Mayesh Pull. (above pull is a Mayesh Portland #joceypull)



@mayeshcarlsbad pull for Ponderosa & Thyme


















This Week’s Kelly Pulls


It’s the middle of the week and I’m here to get you through it with some more yummy Kelly Pulls! Last week we posted a Behind-the-Scenes look at the way a Kelly/Mayesh Pull works, so be sure to check it out if you haven’t already. And in the meantime, check out these gorgeous blooms!


HIGHLIGHT FLOWERS: Blooming acacia, kumquats, garden roses, daffodils, novelty tulips, ranunculus, hellebores, astilbe, anemones


HIGHLIGHT FLOWERS: Agonis, poppy pods, XL Japanese and Italian ranunculus, fritilaria, scabiosa, hellebores, allium bullet, lilac, novelty tulips, garden roses, astilbe


HIGHLIGHT FLOWERS: Japanese spirea, pasta and gerrondo gerbs, dianthus, sweet peas, anemones, garden roses, amaranthus, hellebores, scabiosa, ranunculus

Alexandra Farms Meet & Greet // Mayesh Las Vegas


Mayesh Las Vegas would like to invite you to a Meet & Greet Event with Alexandra Farms!

Mayesh has an exclusive with Alexandra Farms, an excellent quality grower that grows David Austin Garden Roses and other varieties of Garden Roses.

See all the varieties that are “Exclusive” to Mayesh on display. Maria from Alexander Farms will be providing a presentation on the varieties, post-harvest quality procedures etc. Coffee and pastries will be served!



Mayesh Las Vegas | 3950 West Diablo #B11, Las Vegas, NV 89118



Tuesday March 21st, 2017


For more information about the event, please contact your Mayesh sales rep at 702.739.0418 or email one of the following:  |  |

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!





Behind the Scenes of a My Mayesh Pull


Based on the number of Instagram likes they rack up (pun intended) I think it’s pretty safe to say that everyone LOVES a good Mayesh Flower Pull. They’re bursting with gorgeous blooms in delicious color palettes, just waiting to be turned into something magical. But what exactly IS a Mayesh Pull? How do they work, and how can you get your hands on one?

Kelly Girard of our LAX shipping department is the creative force behind these pulls, and she let us in on her process! Because the shipping department works virtually with their customers, many designers depend on their sales rep to be their eyes in the cooler, and send them beautiful product without the customer even seeing it in person. There is a great deal of trust that must be established between sales rep & customer, and while everyone has their own way of doing that, “Kelly Pulls” have become her way of working virtually with customers!

Before the actual pull process begins, Kelly gets to know her clients individually – their tastes, their flower preferences, how they work, etc. Our Mayesh Design Star, Christy of Colonial House of Flowers, depends on Kelly Pulls on a consistent basis, and will be the first to explain the excitement she feels when she opens a new Mayesh box filled with goodies hand-picked for her.

Another benefit of these pulls is to give our customers exclusive product opportunities. This is a chance for you to see unusual seasonal flowers that may not be listed on a price list. Mayesh Pulls are also a fabulous way to buy US grown flowers – with the American Grown Pull, our branches have the flexibility to select the “best of the best” that day!


So, without further ado, let’s find out just how it works, and the process that goes into creating those magical racks:



What We Need From You To Get Started…


  • The total budget for the order (If you’re a shipping customer, that total should include freight)
  • The color palette
  • The desired delivery date
  • The event date



Additional Information You Can Provide

Suggested, But Not Required…


  • Inspiration pictures are one of the most helpful things you can give your Sales Rep. We all see and describe color differently, these help to avoid miscommunication.
    • Pictures can be provided in the form of a Pinterest board, the mood board used for your client’s proposal, a few snapshots of arrangements you feel capture the look, or whatever you have to work with. We’re not picky!
  • Likes and/or dislikes – love garden roses, hate clematis, focal flowers only, no greens, etc.
  • Must haves – anything you or your client specifically require
  • Overall theme of the event  – romantic garden setting, rustic woodland setting, country barn setting, etc
  • Types and number of pieces you need to create: 3 bouts, 3 maids, 1 bridal, 2 altar, etc. This helps us select flowers that will maximize your budget



We Work Together Every Step Of The Way…


  • Once the above information is provided, we put together a base order for you to get an idea of the general direction. From there you can add, subtract, or alter anything you like
  • The day it ships/you pick up – We pull everything together, hand selecting the best quality/color flowers that fit the style of the order, and arrange them into a display on a rack
  • We send a photograph for your approval, giving you a final opportunity to make any changes, and…
  • …the order is on its way!


As I’m sure we’ve all experienced before, what you envision and put down on paper doesn’t always come together properly in person. Shades of flowers can shift throughout the seasons, quality can shift from week to week, cost can shift day by day.

The advantage of a Mayesh Pull is that you are being guided by the industry’s finest to ensure you have the best quality flowers that flow in a cohesive color palette.

And the best part is… it fits within your budget!



Though these pulls were first started by Kelly as a solution for the virtual nature of our shipping department, lucky for you, many of our other branches & sales reps have started creating their own! Check out the hashtag #mymayeshpull to see what everyone’s doing, and be sure to ask your rep about them!

We hope this post helped you understand the process a bit more, and stay tuned for some exciting news regarding Mayesh Pulls!

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



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!



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.




  • 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




March 6th, 2017

12-5pm – Hands-on Workshop

5:30-8pm – Cocktail Reception

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



Students should bring their own tools


To register, email 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.

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