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Mayesh Design Star: Bouquet Tutorial


We are so excited to present Shean Strong’s first episode of our 2019 Design Star video series! In this episode, Shean demonstrates how he creates a unique wedding bouquet, incorporating different textures with both fresh florals and dried products.





broom bloom, toffee roses, white majolica spray roses,
white astilbe, stypha grass, bleached eryngium, clematis pods



Host: Shean Strong, Shean Strong

Videographer & Photographer: Shauna Veasey Photography 







Hey, you guys, it’s me, Shean Strong, your 2019 Mayesh design star and I’m so very excited to be here in Park Studios with all these beautiful flowers provided by Mayesh. I’m gonna be designing a bouquet for you guys and I want you guys to follow along as we’re using some of these incredible products to create something beautiful for one of your clients. So what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna make sure that these stems are gonna be completely clean. This is gonna really help when you’re doing that hand-tied bouquet, because your other hand’s gonna be holding your bouquet while you’re designing with this one. So you wanna make sure that thing’s are gonna be super easy to input into your bouquet. Now, kind of a rule of thumb whenever I’m designing, I like to make sure that I have all my materials ready for me. I wanna make sure that we have our zipties, which we’re gonna use to secure our bouquet. I wanna make sure that we have our snips because we make sure that we can cut those ends off properly. And that’s all you’re going to really need to get one of these bouquets ready for your client. Now, whenever we’re designing I like to make sure that I’m thinking, kind of conceptually, what we’re gonna be using. If we’re gonna be using a pretty heavy floral design I wanna make sure that we’re doing lots and lots of flowers. If we’re gonna be doing more of a greenery heavy design I wanna make sure that we’re gonna start with our greenery. So today we’re gonna be using some dried product courtesy of Japan and Holland and, of course, Mayesh. So right now I’m gonna go ahead and get started designing for you guys. So we have some really cool dried textures right here. And what I like about this stuff is it’s creating a really cool texture for your photographer to photograph to make sure that they’re gonna have some really cool shots for you. So we’re just gonna go ahead and just begin. And I like to do a crisscross pattern like this. When you’re using a hand-tied bouquet you wanna make sure that your fingers are gonna be holding your base, because that’s what’s gonna be interlocking all these stems together. So you’re gonna make sure that these are kind of crisscross this direction, laying one on top of the other. That’s gonna really help secure your design and give some sort of foundation for the rest of your flowers from building up then. So then right here, since we have two pieces already I wanna add a third piece in. I’m literally just gonna take this and put it in between the three of them. By having three separate pieces like this, all we’re gonna be able to do is have a beautiful line for the eye to follow. We want there to be a moment here, kind of over here and go this direction. So that’s what we have happening right here. Now, when we start doing our bouquets I like to start with our bigger pieces first. I wanna make sure that we have those bigger blooms, or those bigger grasses, whatever it is, to kind of secure the rest of our bouquet. So we have these three pieces of grass right here. I’m gonna add in these toffee roses. These things are absolutely incredible. Again, a Mayesh product which, I mean, you can’t go wrong with these things. So we’re just gonna simply lay them into our arrangement. Now, you can see already how my fingers are just kind of interlocking around this bouquet. Your fingers are literally going to be a grid, or the chicken wire, or the Oasis, for your bouquet while you’re doing this hand-tied design. So we’re just gonna lay one rose in. I typically like to lay a rose to the side as opposed to facing you directly. I feel like this is like a little abrasive to the eye, but having something tilted to the left or to the right is a little softer for you. So we’re gonna start layering these things in, there we go. We’re gonna add a couple more of these bad boys in. Aren’t these insane? They’re just beautiful. So when we’re creating our arrangements, or our bouquets, we like to make sure that we’re doing a level action. So we don’t want things to be the same exact plane and we wanna make sure that there’s gonna be some depth and some movement to your actual design. So right here we have this kind of happening over here, this over here, a little taller, a little shorter. And this is, again, just gonna create some depth for you guys to follow. Add a little bit more just to create a little bit more texture in the back. So we’re gonna add this right over here for you guys. There we go. We’re gonna continue to add in our toffee roses. Now, the cool thing about working with a bouquet is you always get to be a little creative with your designs. Tuck these bad boys in and just create some depth. So you can already see how this is starting to create its shape and create a different type of unique look for your client. Now, I like working with larger items first and then going down to the smaller, more delicate, items. By having these bigger places you’re able to fill up space and you can tuck in the smaller things and add a little bit more detail to your actual design. So here we go, a couple more of these beautiful roses. And you can see, my fingers are literally interlocked with this. It’s pretty crazy what they’re looking like, but I promise you it’s gonna look beautiful when it’s all said and done. A couple more of these roses and we’re gonna start building it out. I’m tucking this bad boy in right underneath my fingertips. There we go. You can kind of see that. That way there’s some more interest over there, a little bit more texture. We can kind of see the shape that’s taking place for our bouquet. Alright, so you guys can see what’s happening right here with this bouquet. Again, lots of depth, lots of texture taking place already and we’ve not even added in the smaller things yet. So we’re gonna add one more of these roses in just to kind of make sure that we’re gonna be good with our bigger pieces. And again, I wanna make sure that these are gonna be layered like this. I don’t wanna have anything on the same plane. A kind of good rule of thumb; if something is on the same plane and your hand can touch both of them simultaneously, either one of them needs to go down or the other one needs to go up. You just need to work on that to create that depth that you guys are wanting to have for this style bouquet. I like to trim my stems as I go. Not only is this gonna help with the weight, because your hand is going to cramp up. I promise you it will. Until you get used to this design and holding your bouquet like this, your hand’s gonna cramp up. So, by cutting those stems off, it’s really gonna allow you to lose some of that weight and your hand’s not gonna be holding something so heavy. So we’re gonna add in a couple more elements. We’re gonna start adding in some softer delicate flowers. So we have a spray rose. Majolica’s are one of my favorites because they just add a very soft, delicate look to any arrangement, any bouquet, any type of installation. Any time we have a hard cut like this we wanna be able to soften it up slightly. So if we add something like this, with that depth that’s already integrated in the actual flower, it’s really gonna soften it up and add a bit of romance to what you guys are wanting to do. So again, we’re just gonna weave this bad boy right into your arrangement, your bouquet. There we go. We can already see how that adds a little bit of whimsy to your arrangements, to your bouquet. We’re gonna add a couple more in, because, again, we want the eye to follow a line. We wanna make sure that there’s gonna be a transitional point from something high to something low, where we’re gonna be able to integrate a lot of cool textures that’s gonna allow the eye to fall naturally. So again, just tucking this in. You can see where you already see what’s happening. We’re gonna add one more little section in. We’re gonna add him up top, just so that that line is continuing from the very top all the way down to the very bottom. So there, we can kind of see what’s happening right there. We can this see beautiful line taking place and there’s lots of cool textures that are gonna be happening. Again, this depth is already natural when it comes to the spray rose. You can see that there’s already levels to it. So just by adding it in, it’s gonna really soften up your bouquet. Now, this is a fun texture to add in, too, is astilbe. Astilbe’s a nice bridal bouquet because it’s really light and delicate. It just adds some cool texture to your actual arrangement. So we wanna incorporate a little bit of this. Again, to soften up those edges. We don’t want anything to be too hard and to kind of have a blunt stop. We wanna make sure things are gonna be really soft. It’s a bridal bouquet, after all, we don’t want this to be crazy. Now, if you guys have been following me for quite some time, this is gonna really help with you not having one of those lightsaber bouquets. Because what happens with that, is you just look like you can hold this little popsicle stick and we don’t want that. We want something a little bit more romantic, a little bit more natural, a little bit more organic. So by having something like this, with lots of depth and lots of texture to it, we’re gonna create that naturally. So there we go. We have this really cool texture taking place. Now, grasses are one of my favorites to add into any type of arrangement. This dude right here, tuck him in over here on the side and you can just see how it adds this beautiful, delicate look to the arrangement already. How it literally just floats. Imagine that, as a photographer, as the bride, seeing something like that being captured on film is absolutely beautiful. Tuck a couple pieces in here. And you guys, we’ll make sure that we have a link for all of these flowers that we’re using and we’ll make sure that you can see everything that’s going on in this actual arrangement. But again, just having these fun textures. It’s about making lots of fun with your bouquet, making sure that you are enjoying yourself and being creative. This is one of those pieces that the bride’s gonna keep forever. It’s either gonna be one of those photos where they’re gonna have it over their mantle or they’re gonna share with their friends and family. So you wanna make sure that you’re not only just being creative, but you’re also thinking about them as well. Now, this right here is clematis. I love working with this. This is a variety of it and we have multiple types of clematis, but this is a really cool texture that’s just gonna add a little bit of fun to your arrangement. Again, you can see my hands, how they’re literally interwoven back here with all of these flower stems. It’s really gonna be beneficial later on because this is really gonna be secure when you start to ziptie your bouquet. So there we go. I’m gonna start pulling some of these out because they’re starting to get tucked in a little bit and we wanna make sure that there’s gonna be lots of depth, no empty holes taking place. We’re gonna add maybe some more astilbe over here. Now again, a lot of this product is dried. So, if you’re looking for an all-white bouquet this is something that would be a little bit different. You can add in some more tan colors to elevate this just a little bit. We’ll add in another cool texture. Feel free to play around with this. I know oftentimes when you’re designing you feel like everything has to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be. You can start playing around and start placing things and see if you want something there. If you want it coming out in this direction. You can start moving things around and have fun with it. I want you guys to feel completely confident that you are able to do something absolutely beautiful and play around and know that it doesn’t have to be perfect the first time. So there we go. I like this dude right here, I might add another one in. Again, this is something that’s very unique and something that’s gonna be a little bit different than your standard bridal bouquet. Alright, there we go. I’m liking how this is looking. I’m gonna add of those other toffee roses in the back over here. You can see there’s kind of an empty space right here and I wanna make sure that that’s gonna be filled. We don’t want there to be too much negative space. Negative space is a good thing, but we wanna make sure that we don’t have too much of it. Alright, so there we go. To soften up this edge again, I’m gonna make sure that I add in some hellebores. Hellebores are beautiful flowers that are really going to help soften that little area down there. So by just adding one or two of these little stems it’s just going to add a nice, little pop to the bottom for you. Now, a really cool thing that you can add into your arrangements or your bouquets is some grasses. Grasses are really fun because it allows you to peer through your bouquet or your arrangement. It almost adds a little bit of secrecy to what’s going on. It forces the eye to kind of look through it. So that way it creates that engagement that a lot of people want with their flowers. So we’re gonna add this dude in over here, pull him down to the bottom. And you can just see how he adds a little bit of texture. He pulls in this dark chocolate color that’s pulling up some of these darker tones in these toffee roses. By having this dude in here we’re just creating a little bit more interest, a little bit more texture, a little bit more depth to what’s taking place. So there we go. We’re gonna cut this dude back down. Now I’m liking our bouquet. Again, this is gonna be a one-sided bouquet. So when you’re designing this the back can obviously be filled in with some flowers over here, just to make sure it looks like it’s gonna be completely finished. You can tuck in some roses. You can tuck in some spray roses and that’s gonna really help let it look like it’s completely finished. So we’ll tuck some of these bad boys in over here. That way there’s no mechanics that are gonna be seen for your actual bride. They’re not gonna be seen at all. The zipties are not gonna be seen and all that stuff taking place. So we can just finish it off in the back right over there. Again, make sure that you’re cleaning off all of your stems. We wanna make sure that this is gonna be very, very clean. We’re taking our ziptie, going through our fingers like this, and we’re just zipping them together. There you are. Now, when your bride is gonna be posing with your bouquet make sure that they are always camera-ready. So they’re facing this direction, you want them to turn it slightly. If they’re gonna be facing dead on, you want it this way. So that way this part right here, the most beautiful part is gonna be completely dead on, dead center of the actual photograph. Thank you guys so very much. I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you guys at the workshops that we have coming up. We’re gonna go a little bit more in-depth on how to do bouquet, how to do centerpieces, how to do installations. This is all courtesy of Mayesh and I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you guys. Thanks so much and I hope to see you guys next time.

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!



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!


Mornings With Mayesh: September 2018

Mornings with Mayesh: September 2018

In September’s Mornings with Mayesh, Shelley, Dave & Yvonne cover a wide array of floral questions. They started the morning with Shelley and Dave talking about some of the beautiful products that are currently available. Afterward, they answered some audience questions that range from preservatives for flowers and flower coolers to wedding flower packages & more. Yvonne rounded out the show by announcing our 2019 Mayesh Design Star, Shean Strong!! Be sure to watch until the end to get to know Shean in a quick Q & A — it’s going to an amazing 2019!

Here is the podcast replay, video, and show notes:






  • Shelley/Dave – can you guys select a few pretty flowers to show off?
  • From Gaye: Where can we find a list of what flowers are available in each month?
  • From Suzanne:  I’m having more and more calls for gold roses. Would like more info on varieties and best farms that have long time availability.
    • There are only a few varieties of gold roses being grown and since they are treated as a “seasonal fall color” most rose growers don’t have a lot of real estate planted in this palette. There are a few great gold varieties in varying gradients of color saturation such as Cappuccino, Caramel Antike, Camel, Combo, Golden Mustard & Toffee BUT these are all difficult to get in big quantities especially for large events. That being said, we may need to piecemeal your orders together using different varieties from different sources. Best advice is to be flexible and supplement by offsetting your arrangements with other flowers in your seasonal color.



  • From Joy: How do you keep the snapdragons from bending?
    • Snapdragons are both phototropic (this means they will bend towards a light source) and geotropic (meaning they want to bend away from the center of gravity in the earth). you can get them to straighten by using your favorite flower food, hydrating them standing up as straight as possible in a bucket placed directly under a light source.
    • You can also tip them out. Also, do not lay them down while working with them …as Dave says keep them upright.
  • From Hannah: What flower preservatives do you recommend?
    • Floralife & Chrysal are just a couple of big brand names that work great. It is also very important to know your type of flower. Most cut annuals and foliages can take any brand of standard floral solution BUT most perennial or bulb flowers need a floral solution intended to replace the hormones they are no longer receiving from their bulbs. Properly nourished flowers not only last longer but also look better.
  • From Darlene:  Is there a secret to keeping stock fresh?
    • Changing your water daily & re-cutting stems will keep stock fresher longer. Most floral foods already have a fungicide in them already BUT You can add a couple drops of bleach to help with problem flowers like stock. Bacteria on flower stems can grow out of control in buckets & will cause shorter flower life & foul smelling water. It is good practice to frequently change your floral solution & re-cut ALL flowers to keep bacteria levels down.
  • From Valerie: Is warm water better for most flowers when processing would you say? Than colder?
    • Best practice is always to process flowers in a hydrating solution with a temperature as close to your flowers as possible. The safest way is to prepare your buckets of floral solution the day before and keep them overnight in your cooler. When you receive your flowers, allow them to chill in your cooler for an hour or two before processing them. This way the floral solution & the flowers are at roughly the same temperature. This will cause the least amount of stress on your flowers. Conversely, you can do the same at room temperature instead BUT the cold on cold method is my favorite. When processing roses, you can leave them in their cardboard sleeves from a few hours UP TO overnight in the floral solution after cutting them. This ensures the neck of the stem just under the flower head hydrates properly, firms up & prevents head droop. If your intention is to open your flowers quickly, try using a product like Chrysal easy dip which is a  quick hydrating solution intended to speed the uptake of hydrating solutions.
  • From Valerie: Does Mayesh have any blog post or cheat sheet on processing? If not would be a great resource much like your flower availability pdf?
    • Here is some great information I got from a friend at Chrysal USA a couple years ago:
      • Never use softened water. The high salt content is deadly to flowers and potted plants
      • For some blooms, bottled or distilled water (not tap water) is the best choice.
      • Tap water contains minerals and salts that may cause “pepper spots” on petals
      • Avoid dripping on petals. Allow moisture to evaporate before placing blooms in cooler. Even a microlayer of condensation is sufficient for Botrytis spores to start germinating.
      • Keep cooler floors clean and dry. This is another place botrytis can occur and spread.
      • Clean water, clean containers, clean tools are important when preparing solutions.
      • Follow label mixing instructions–Don’t guess about the dose.
      • Under-dosing gives poor results (bacteria soup) which wastes time & money.
      • Hydration formulas are sugar-free because sugar introduced too early in the system sometimes slows uptake of solution later and can stimulate premature leaf yellowing.
      • Research proves that if only one segment of the chain uses some post-harvest treatment, longevity is still better than using no treatments at all.
      • Most cut flowers are happiest stored between 34 – 38F with the exception of tropical flowers and orchids.
      • For more information and some specific flower examples please stay tuned for our upcoming flower care guide.



  • From Eva: I always have customers ask for my wedding packages with pricing but I have been hesitant to provide that since each individual wedding is so unique. What information can I give to a client at the very beginning that gives them an idea of my pricing?
    • Aside from listing your “minimum” on your website, it’s usually a good Idea to have a questionnaire on your website that can help you find out a little more about your bride. Once you move forward to the phone interview you can decide if they are a right fit for you. I addressed this pretty well in our last Mornings with Mayesh if you want to go back and take a look at my thoughts on pricing.
    • I find that most customers who are looking for “packages” are usually more interested in price than design or your work. Back in the day, a few florists would offer a bridal bouquet, a few bridesmaids bouquets and a set number of bouts and corsages for a one budget price. You can handle this a couple of ways. Either by simply saying that you do not offer packages because your work is bespoke and tailored to each bride’S individual aesthetic or simply offer your own unique version of a package with certain guidelines in mind. “I will do this, with seasonal flowers, in your color palette and in this look for X amount of dollars.” Give them 2-3 options. If you want to work with smaller budget brides and/or possibly farm that out to one of your JR designers. Then they could order items a la carte to fit their needs. And be somewhat firm about your guidelines.  I find that most brides end up busting out of the” package mode” of thinking once they sit down and interview with you and find out what a talented creative you are.
  • From Joanne: I met a designer who is selling her cooler for $1800. The dimensions are 8×8 and it’s a walk in. However, I was told I could purchase a CoolBot and that would work just as well. What are your thoughts?
    • We have a lot of customers who use the CoolBot and I have heard nothing but good things about the system. They are cost effective and apparently better for the environment as that don’t use the same forced cooling than traditional coolers use. It basically attaches to any air conditioner. There are some downsides. For example, they take longer to cool and are not as effective if you open the door to your insulated room more than 6 times per hour. You can find out more about them on the company’s website
  • From Hannah: If you are just starting out with a studio doing flowers for events- at what point do you recommend getting a commercial refrigerator?
    • Hi Hannah, I think it’s always a good idea to get a cooler or possibly a CoolBot (see above) right when you start your business. It should be part of the investment that you make when beginning your business. You can start smaller with a commercial beverage cooler if you can’t afford to go all out but it is important to properly store your flowers. Having a cooler really alleviates the stress of trying to keep your flowers cool during our hottest months of the year. Not sure where you are located but It used to be here in California most florists could get away without one, but as we are seeing more climate change and hotter than ever temperatures year round… it’s a sound investment. I do like the CoolBot because it is more eco-friendly than running a traditional cooler. You have to build an insulated room but I think the cost is less than a traditional cooler, which isn’t always easy to find.




Announce the 2019 Mayesh Design Star! Watch the segment here.

2019 Mayesh Design Star Announcement

2019 Mayesh Design Star, Shean Strong


It’s mid-September, which means one thing in our world … it is time to announce our newest Mayesh Design Star! My team got together to figure out how we are going to shake things up and this time we decided that we were going to observe & select. Meaning, we were paying attention to designers who are active in our community using social media – posts, blogs, live videos, etc. In other words, we did a bit of cyber-stalking. Our method is a bit unconventional, but we are so excited to be working with this designer.

I am pleased to announce that our 2019 Mayesh Design Star is Shean Strong! He is incredibly talented, has a passion for education, and embodies charming charisma that you will get to experience through his videos and workshops.

As usual, we have big plans and are crazy excited about collaborating with Shean. Be sure to stay tuned as we will be announcing our 2019 flower workshop tour plan very soon!

Congratulations Shean!!

We made our first official announcement live on today’s Mornings with Mayesh. So I edited it down to just the part with his interview. Get to know Shean better by watching the video reply here and share your thoughts in the comments below:



Interview questions:

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself and background, and how you found yourself as a floral designer?
  • What is it about teaching & education that you love so much / are so passionate about?
  • What are you most excited about for the next year as our Mayesh Design Star?
  • Without giving too much away, can you talk a little bit about what you hope our future workshop attendees will gain and take away from your classes?
  • If you could be any flower, which one would you be and why?
  • Now just tell us something fun about yourself, unrelated to flowers!


Photo: Shauna Veasey Photography


P.S. If you want a piece of the 2020 Mayesh Design Star pie, then get on our radar. Contact me, let us know where to find you on the interwebs, tag us in your posts, invite us to watch your live videos, etc. We want to get to know you and learn about what you are passionate about. Good luck!

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