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AIFD Symposium 2016: Couture Collective

Blog-title-aifd-couture (1)Featuring Shawn Michael Foley CFD & Stacey Carlton AIFD, CFD

For our last and final piece about AIFD Symposium “Inspiration”, we leave you with “Couture Collective”. What an amazing show put on by Stacey Carlton and our very own Mayesh Design Star, Shawn Michael Foley. There are no words to describe how cool, creative, edgy, stunning and brilliant it was… ok maybe there were a few words but they still don’t do it justice!

We hope everyone had as good of a time as we did at this year’s Symposium. There were so many awesome pieces during Couture Collective, so we’ve chosen a few of our favorites to highlight on the blog, and the rest can be found here! Enjoy Couture Collective.

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flower crown and flower skirt flower cape couture flowers flower dress flower cape floral headress flower skirt and necklace

Shawn & Stacey!

Shawn & Stacey

AIFD Symposium 2016: Three Points of View

AIFD Symposium Three Points of View
Photo credit: AIFD


Guest Blogger: Jenn McJunkins


Feat: Gerry Gregg AIFD, CFD; Greg Lum AIFD, CFD; Jeremy Trentleman AIFD, CFD


What do you get when three very different designers collaborate on a floral design program? Three very different points of view! Gerry Gregg, Greg Lum and Jeremy Trentleman brought their own style to the table for this program focusing on symmetry, natural forms and cultural tradition.

During Gerry’s segment, he showed us designs that were inspired by things found in nature, starting with Green man. This is a whole new take on wearable floral fashions.
AIFD Symposium Three Points of View
His second design was his floral interpretation of wind.
AIFD Symposium Three Points of View

And for his final piece, he designed a grotto turned snowdrift.


AIFD Symposium Three Points of View
Greg Lum pulled inspiration from his culture and his roots. His first piece was inspired by a Chinese New Year lantern.
AIFD Symposium Three Points of View
AIFD Symposium Three Points of View
His second design was an ode to the Moon Festival, which is the celebration of togetherness.
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The last design was hanging arrangements that accompanied beautiful sheets of Chinese calligraphy.
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Jeremy Trentleman was all about visual balance. He showed us three kinds of symmetry starting with axial symmetry, which is when an object, in this case a floral design, looks the same all around when rotated. Biaxial symmetry is when an object looks the same when split down their axis, both horizontal and vertical. Asymmetrical balance is the exact opposite of biaxial symmetry. It is when two halves of an object are not at all symmetrical, which I think adds more interest in a design. In his segment, Jeremy had many interactive, moving parts, and I unfortunately wasn’t able to get photos during the show! He set up different pieces of each design in the gallery afterwards, so when looking at these photos, try to imagine an intricate set with many moving parts.

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AIFD Symposium Three Points of View


The program was closed by a very touching dedication from Gerry Gregg. A simple design that had the purpose of being adorned with stories of cancer survivors, people currently battling cancer and stories of those whose loved ones are battling cancer. It was a very powerful and moving way to close a show.

AIFD Symposium Three Points of View

AIFD Symposium 2016: Catalyst for Inspiration

“Catalyst for Inspiration”
Feat. Paul Jaras AIFD, CFD, Susanne Law AIFD, CFD and Brenna Quan AIFD, CFD

A team of floral experts with very different design styles conducted this program. Each member challenged one another in coming up with a design that fit into their chosen theme. By doing this each person got to push themselves to fit into many boxes.

The first theme was “Mid-Century Mod” chosen by Paul Jaras. I am a huge fan of mid century modern everything so I was very excited to see each person’s take on the design style. Using a very minimal color pallet, simple lines and geometric shapes, they gave you the feeling that you were overlooking the Manhattan cityscape in a swanky apartment that would make even Don Draper melt.

Brenna Quan was the leader in the “Fairytale” theme. Creating a whimsical world of enchantment, beauty and all around adorableness that was fit for the fantasyland style wedding or a birthday party that only a child’s wildest dreams could think up.

Lastly we were seduced by “Ignite”. Susanne Law wanted to create the perfect setting to ignite passion, magnetism and sensuality and boy did it work! Again, the color pallet was minimal but had such a strong impact. Black, white and red were the main colors of inspiration and gave the whole set a very sexy, intimate vibe.

As I mentioned in the beginning, I was very drawn the mid-century theme but we want to know which of the three would be your ideal setting?


2016 AIFD Symposium Contest

AIFD Symposium Contest 2016


With the 2016 AIFD Symposium just around the corner, we’ve partnered with them to give away three of the much coveted Education Passes!

For a chance to win, we’re asking you one simple question: What inspires you? Whether it be architecture, nature, or fashion, we want to see your interpretation of what inspires you in flower form. Inspiration is such a broad term that this is really your chance to go crazy and design what you’ve always wanted to! A Mayesh Panel will review all submissions and award three (3) grand prizes!

1. Describe your floral inspiration

2. Upload a collage of both your inspiration and  floral design (.jpg only)

Dream up your most creative & inspired design and you may be heading to all of the Symposium shows! Good Luck! ENTER NOW

Education Pass to 2016 AIFD Symposium in Orange County, California

Fill out the form, describe your inspiration, and submit a .jpg image of your inspiration next to your design by May 16, 2016. Please be as specific as possible, include any background information. ENTER NOW

Winners will be selected by a panel of Mayesh judges.

-April 18: first day of contest

-May 16: last day to enter the contest

-May 23: Winner will be announced

-July 3-7: AIFD Symposium
Fine Print

-Contestants must be current customers of Mayesh Wholesale Florist.

-One entry per person.

-Mayesh Wholesale Florist, Inc. reserves the right to close registration at any time should the number of respondents become unmanageable.

-Mayesh reserves the right to change the parameters of the contest.

-By registering for the event, you are agreeing to all terms & conditions set forth above.

-Completed design and photos become the property of Mayesh Wholesale Florist and may be used in promotion and publicity.

-Dates and times are subject to change based on need.

AIFD Journey 2016: Slow Motion Videos & Photos

Our flower wall, flower props, photo booth and video booth at the Partners’ Expo and the Welcome Reception all designed by Beth O’Reilly AIFD was a huge hit!

Beth created a 3-panel flower wall for our Partners’ Expo display which was separated by strands of flowers for the Welcome Reception.  Such a great idea to get the most mileage out of the flower wall! Thank you, Beth for all of your hard work and thank you to everyone who participated in both of the booths – we hope you had a blast!

[both the photo and video booths were provided by A Custom Look Photography]

Mayesh slow motion video booth

Click to view all the videos:

Mayesh slow motion videos
Here are the photo booth pictures and picture strips that we posted to Facebook for your viewing pleasure. Fee free to download, tag your friends and share!
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AIFD Symposium 2015 Favorite Moments: A Fashion Flower Collaboration & Mexican Culture

AIFD Symposium 2015


There were a couple of shows that were just incredibly visually stunning, so I decided to collect some of my favorite moments from these dreamy presentations.

During “Besame Mucho – Kiss Me A Lot,” designers Rocio Silva AIFD, CFD and Jose Luis Silve AIFD, CFD took us through the rich culture and design inspirations from Mexico. The stage was dominated by an amazing interpretation of one of the Mexican pyramids, constructed from a wooden square frame, and Oasis foam tiles.


AIFD Symposium 2015


All of the sudden, the room got dark and the music turned low and sultry. I realized there was someone walking down the middle aisle towards the stage, and when she reached the stage, was in awe over the beauty of their interpretation of La Catrina. La Catrina is the iconic skeleton figure in Mexican culture that represents death and the way Mexicans face it. She was beautiful and the use of color and flowers was amazing – bravo!


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The next day, we were transported to the world of color, in John Haines AFD, CFD and Gretchen Sell’s show, appropriately named “Color.” I had the privilege to sit next to John’s daughter and two granddaughters, who were seeing their grandfather in his element for the first time. It was so cool to hear their reactions and watch younger generations be inspired by the world of floral design! John and Gretchen’s show started out with an amazing collaboration between fashion and flowers, and it felt like a real life, couture fashion show. The clothes and models were gorgeous, but the way John and Gretchen incorporated flowers into the outfits was just stunning. Enjoy!


AIFD Symposium 2015

AIFD Symposium 2015

AIFD Symposium 2015

AIFD Symposium 2015

Fifty Years of AIFD

Fifty Years of AIFD


For those of you that don’t know, this was my first year attending AIFD’s National Symposium, and it was definitely the right year to go, as it was their 50th anniversary! The excitement and energy was palpable all week, and it was inspiring to be a part of such a big year for AIFD. To kick off the week, their first show was called“Reflections: AIFD’s Five Decades of Design Excellence,” and for a wide-eyed newbie like myself, it was a great way to learn about the history of AIFD, and really get a grasp on what it is all about. Five designers were given the task to transport us all to a different decade that they were a part of. Here’s what we learned on our trip down memory lane!




The sixties were all about geometric shapes. Two very popular bouquet forms were the asymmetrical triangle, and the round ballerina bouquet. To give us an idea, Bob recreated a bouquet that had been featured at AIFD’s second symposium back in the sixties, using lily of the valley and phalaenopsis. Around the time that the Kennedy’s came into office, things became a bit more casual than the severe geometric look, and looked towards nature to create forms. Such a fun time, and according to Bob ” GEOMETRIC FORM IS COMING BACK!” So get ready, we’re going back to the sixties!


1975 – 1985

George Mitchell AIFD, CFD, AAF, PFCI

Next, we traveled a few years forward to the heart of the seventies. Around this time is when floral design in the US really began to be influenced by European and Dutch design. There were lots of design classes in Europe that Americans and Canadians were flocking to in order to learn about European design. Everything was about texture, and bigger was definitely better. George’s true love was designing garlands, and he showcased a beautiful, cascading garland inspired by these trends in the seventies!


1985 – 1985


Oh boy, the eighties! Now, if you can believe it, I wasn’t even born yet (90’s baby all the way!) but I’ve been around long enough to know what the 80’s were all about! In terms of floral design, everything was about lines. Tina stressed the importance of parallel systems and lines in floral design at that time. Her first arrangement was a windswept design with parallel systems, whose diagonal structure was reminiscent of a tipi. Her bouquet also focused on repetition in design, with the pattern created over and over. I definitely walked away with the newfound knowledge that repetition and lines was huge in the eighties – somewhat surprising with all that big, wild hair everywhere!


1995 – 2005

Scott Alan Awad AIFD, CFD

In talking about the nineties, Scott looked for inspiration from The Lion King, and I couldn’t be more excited upon hearing that! It was my favorite Disney movie growing up, and I attended the Broadway play in Los Angeles alongside our huge family, wide eyed and awestruck by the beauty and colors. But I digress. Scott chose this as his inspiration because he was asked to do the flowers for the Lion King’s extended stay in his hometown in Michigan (nope, not jealous at all!) The nineties were all about wiring, banding and binding. He showed us a few examples, including a traditional hand tied bouquet with wire armature, corsages, and boutonnieres. We also saw a spectacular table centerpiece, which was made up of three square wreath forms wired together, and placed on a tray with a large piece of foam for the upper structure. It incorporated parallel lines and framing, pave and sheltering, and ruscus to hide the mechanics.


2005 – 2015

Brooke Raulerson AIFD, CFD

When we made it back to the present, I knew I was back in my element. Words like “Pinterest,” “tweeting,” and “instagraming” were thrown around, and I felt right at home! Brooke came out with her cell phone, pretending to multitask by talking on the phone, sending emails, and checking her Pinterest all at the same time. Hey, it might seem crazy to a lot of you, but at least we can laugh at ourselves and acknowledge how insane we must look! As many of us know, social media and technology now plays a huge role in floral design. Gone are the days that brides walk into a consultation with a completely open mind, instead pulling up their Pinterest page within the first two minutes. While much has changed, Brooke pointed out that everything being done these days is not completely and 100% new. Designers look to the past for inspiration, and use trends from past decades to reinvent the wheel and come up with fresh takes on old trends. She left us with the sentiment to “expand your horizons” and find inspiration in everything, and then hit us with her grand finale, a costume change into a beautiful wedding gown holding a gorgeous, cascading bridal bouquet. And then the music started blasting and floral students basically held a bouquet fashion show/dance party all in one and it was awesome and high energy and a great way to kick off the week!


See You at The AIFD Symposium in Denver

AIFD Symposium 2015


As my AIFD Facebook friends are chatting about the last couple of days, it is Pre-Symposium week! Everyone is making last minute preparations for their travels to Denver, CO for the 2015 AIFD Symposium. We too are finalizing the small details for next week as well since we are Gold Elite Partners! We are sponsoring Beth O’Reilly AIFD, TMF’s Welcome Reception, will have a spot    at Partners’ Expo, and will be sending my team member, Ali, to gather content!

It is always exciting to be so involved with a show and I wanted to share some of the exciting things that will happen next week. So first up will be the Partners’ Expo. Usually we have a table full of flowers, but we wanted to have more of an experience where you get to interact with the flowers and decided on an open air photo booth complete with a flower wall created by Beth! Isabelle, Charity and Sarah from our LAX shipping team will be hand to answer any Mayesh or flower questions you may have … and be available to pose with you if you want!!


AIFD Symposium 2015


Then, right after Partners the Welcome Reception begins. Sponsored by Mayesh, Beth is the featured designer and has pulled together a fun floral evening. I’m sure her execution will be on point, as always, by incorporating an collaborative design element  honoring AIFD’s 50th Anniversary and a super awesome slow motion video booth. Beth is also taking this opportunity to repurpose the flower wall from Parnters, but has a great concept on how to change it up.  I cannot wait to see all of the videos that are going to be made that evening!! Both the photo and video booths are provided by A Custom Look Photography and working with Murray has been great!!

Since we are a Gold Elite Parnter, we were able to submit a commercial.  So be sure to look out for that after lunch on July 2nd before the 1:30 p.m. “Besame Mucho – Kiss Me A Lot” program and you will be the first to know about a very special announcement!


AIFD Symposium 2015


Next up is all about repurposing. What are we going to do with all of those flowers after we are done with them? Much of it will be heading over to Fitz to incorporate into their demonstrations. Always love when we get an opportunity to repurpose!

Last, but not least, if you are at the Symposium and you see Ali walking around please say “hi”. This is her first year on my team and first time attending a Symposium, so any help you can provide in the networking area would be greatly appreciated. She will be attending the programs, gathering content, trying to get interviews and be our social media butterfly at the show. So much to do!!


AIFD Symposium 2015


I will be following all of the great content I see here from South Florida.  AIFD Symposium is always a feast for the eyes and I cannot wait to share with you in that.


AIFD2012: Grace Ormonde & Ian Prosser – Wedding Bouquets

One word, BOUQUETLICIOUS!  Yes, if I had to make up a word to describe Grace Ormonde and Ian Prosser’s part of the program that showed off amazing bouquet designs, that would be it.  We snapped close to 80 pictures for just the bouquets and below you will find a few of my faves.  Some of these pics do not give the proper justice that these floral design deserve, but a glimpse is worth it.  For real, if you have been debating on whether or not to attend an AIFD Symposium, I think you should go.  My brain was on overload the whole time and I felt so inspired when I came back home, and I don’t even design flowers as a career!

I know many designers participated in creating the bouquets for this program, and unfortunately I do not know who did what, but I can tell you who designed the composite bouquets.  Can you guess??? Yes, our 2012 Mayesh Design Star, Mandy Majerik AIFD, PFCI.  Gotta love the composites that she comes up with!!



So which is your favorite wedding bouquet?

P.S.  If you missed the 1st 2 posts in this series, check out:

AIFD2012: Grace Ormonde & Ian Prosser – Wedding & Event Decor

AIFD2012: Grace Ormonde – Floral Headpieces

AIFD2012: Grace Ormonde & Ian Prosser – Wedding & Event Decor

Well, this is post #2 from Ian Prosser’s and Grace Ormonde’s AIFD 2012 Symposium program.  Now I will focus on the wedding and event decor part of the show, where we were shown 4 different vignettes ranging from global to modern.  Oh, and did I mention that our 2012 Mayesh Design Star, Mandy Majerik AIFD, PFCI, was a part of the show??  She did such an beautiful job and we are so proud of her!  Go Mandy!  (I can’t wait for the bouquet post that I’ll publish next … a few of Mandy’s really cool composite bouquets will be spotted!)

Love to hear which is your favorite in the comments below!

P.S. Are you going to the 2013 AIFD Symposium??


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