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Top 10 Flower Pulls

top 10 Mayesh Flower Pulls

Some of my favorite posts to Instagram and Facebook this past year were the gorgeous flower pulls artfully arranged by Mayesh LAX Shipping’s Kelly Girard. She is a serious force and has inspired thousands with her famous Mayesh Flower Pulls! In 2016, Kelly created about 300 of these beauties and she was so kind to go through all of them to pick her top 10 favorites! Kelly described the process as difficult saying that it was like “choosing a favorite child”, but her labor of love is below to show you her very favorite flower combinations including a short description and the month that the pull was complete. Thank you Kelly!! I hope that you enjoy and would love to know which one is your ultimate favorite! And no cheating, you have to pick just one … 

Mayesh Flower Pull

::: A Gorgeous Spring Palette of Peach, Coral, Butter Yellow, and Shades of Pink :::

Local garden spray roses, fruiting branches, vines, dahlias, novelty tulips, sweet peas, with other frilly and fancy blooms!

:: JUNE ::


Mayesh Flower Pull

::: A Hot Summer Palette of Burgundy, Coral, Plum, Peach, and Red :::

Protea, berries, crocosmia, garden roses, cottage yarrow, scabiosa, and other wild garden textures!

:: AUGUST ::


Mayesh Flower Pull

::: A Rustic Fall Palette of Bronze, Coral, Burgundy, Peach, Terracotta, Chocolate, Rust, and Red :::

Amaranthus, rosehips, strawflower, zinnias, celosia, ball dahlias, french tulips, fruiting branches, with other gorgeous fall focals and fillers!



Mayesh Flower Pull

:: A Cool Winter Palette of White, Bronze, Cream, and Beige :::

Eremeres, sweet peas, pieris buds, garden roses, astrantia, peonies, and other delicate accents!



Mayesh Flower Pull

::: A Rich Jewel Tone Palette of Coral, Chocolate, Hot Pink, Red and Burgundy, With Accents of Peach and Bronze :::

Blooming euphorbia, dahlias, peonies, garden roses, hyacinth, anemones, and other saucey showstoppers!



Mayesh Flower Pull

::: A Romantic Palette of Blush, Cream, White, and Shades of Peach :::
Poke weed, snowberries, blushing bride, garden spray roses, ranunculus, gomphrena, zinnias, and other fabulous blooms!

:: JULY ::


Mayesh Flower Pull

::: A Bright and Bold Palette of Coral, Orange, Peach, Red, and Hot Pink :::

Foxglove, kalanchoe, poppies, blackberries, godetia, pepperberry, polygonum, with other wild and crazy blossoms!

:: JULY ::


Mayesh Flower Pull

::: A Muted Pastel Palette of Blush, Peach, Mauve, Lavender, and Beige, With Accents of Plum, Chocolate, and Bronze :::

Strawflower, antique carnations, chili peppers, astrantia, novelty tulips, garden roses, lisianthus, cosmos, and other garden accents!



Mayesh Flower Pull

::: A Feminine Palette of White, Coral, Shades of Pink, and Peach :::

Giant coxcomb, dahlias, garden roses, anemones, scabiosa, astilbe, garden spray roses, with other loose and delicate textures!

:: AUGUST ::


Mayesh Flower Pull

::: A Dark and Moody Palette of Plum, Purple, Burgundy, and Chocolate, With Accents of Mauve, Lavender, and Blush :::

Antique hydrangea, variegated ranunculus, allium, lilac, sweet peas, hellebores, clematis, blackberries, lophomyrtus, with other rich and wild accents!


Floral Design Elements: Wreath Centerpiece with Shawn Michael Foley

How To Floral Design: Holiday Wreath Centerpiece

For the final installment of his Mayesh Design Star series, Shawn leaves us with a beautiful winter wreath centerpiece. Stepping out of the traditional holiday color pallet of red and green, Shawn focuses on blue tones that represent the cold winter months.

We would like to thank Shawn for an awesome design series. He knocked it out of the park bringing us fresh and innovative design. You’re a rock star Shawn!

Featured product: Magnolia leaf, pine, cedar, dark blue delphinium (volkerfrieden), raspberries, anemone, dutch blue hydrangea.

*** Some items featured are not in season during the winter***

Materials used: Wire wreath form, Oasis foam, U-glu dashes, ribbon.

Floral Design Elements: Holiday Topiary with Jerome Raska

How-to Floral Design: Fall Topiary

In the last installment of his Mayesh Design Star series, Jerome makes a not so traditional holiday topiary for the harvest time of year. This a great trans-seasonal design that will look perfect on any tablescape or buffet table.

We would like to thank Jerome for an incredible design series! We hope he has inspired you as he inspired us! It was a pleasure working with you, thank you Jerome!

Featured product: sheet moss, angel vine, apples (not sold by Mayesh), pincushion protea, hypericum berry, Confidential rose, hydrangea, rose hips, craspedia, scabiosa pods and cymbidium orchids.

Materials used: floral foam, hyacinth sticks, Design Master Rose Gold spray paint, pheasant feathers and water tubes.


Floral Design Elements: Halloween Inspiration


In this month’s Mayesh Design Star video, Shawn shows us a very cool technique on how to turn ti leaves into raven feathers to create a not so typical Halloween inspired design.

Featured product: Black ti leaves, burgundy tree peony, cymbidium orchids and mokara orchids.

Materials used: foam raquette and porcupine quills.

Floral Design Elements: Fall Harvest with Jerome Raska


In this edition of his Mayesh Design Star series, Jerome makes a beautiful harvest arrangement to kick off the fall season! This design is loaded with texture and has a lot of cool terracing effects! Enjoy!

Product featured: Birch branch, lotus pods, Milky Way aspidistra, millet, crocosmia pods, sunflowers, Jester leucadendron, transparent oak, hypericum berries and Matilda roses.

Materials used: oasis foam and chenille wire.

Mayesh Minute: Hops

wholesale hops vine

Learn all about Hops (or the hop vine) in this edition of the Mayesh Minute perfect for your wedding and event designs to use as a garland or stem.

The hops season is roughly about 1 month – starting mid-July through mid-August.

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.

flower dress

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?


AIFD Symposium 2016: Remembering the Magic with Jacob McCall AIFD

AIFD Symposium 2016: Remembering the Magic with Jacob McCall AIFD

evil queen flower wall - mirror mirror

Guest Blogger: Jenn McJunkins

The theme for this year’s AIFD Symposium was “Inspiration” and Jacob McCall’s program was nothing short of inspired. With roots in the wonderful world of Disney, Jacob pulled inspiration from some of our favorite Disney classics displayed in magical vignettes.

First up was his floral interpretation of “The Lion King.” Using mostly tropical product, he achieved a look that was both masculine and exotic.

lion king inspired flowers

lion king inspired flowers

His second vignette was dedicated to the most evil Disney queen, Maleficent. The dark containers encapsulated Maleficent’s black garb, and the use of over 150 stems of gloriosa lilies represented her famous flame.

The third installation was geared toward a more classic Disney theme, a princess. He told the story of Cinderella using a much lighter color palette, dainty flowers and cascading vines. Of course the floral story of Cinderella would not be complete without a few fairy tale pumpkins and a glass slipper, or in this case a blinged out pump.

Continuing with the princess theme he let it all go with his vision of Frozen. Using mostly all white everything including containers, countless stems of phaleonopsis orchids and of course a lil snowflake bling, he really brought us into Elsa’s icy world.

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the sparkliest of them all? This wall of red roses is adorned by a black vanity set covered in laser cut glitter and completed with a basket of red sparkly apples that would entice any beauty to eat the poisonous treat.

Which Disney movie inspires you most?

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