The second stop of Mayesh’s Design Star Workshop tour took Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers to Cleveland, OH, where one of Mayesh’s seventeen locations can be found. We followed a similar format to the Inaugural workshop a month before in Los Angeles, with a few minor changes to allow for its own, unique story. Students had a gorgeous selection of some of the best Japanese, Dutch & local product on the market to create their garden inspired compote arrangements, Christy’s signature design.
The workshop was held at the dreamy Lake Erie Building in Cleveland. This airy, industrial space is a popular venue for weddings, and was the perfect backdrop for our students and their stunning designs. To contrast the dreary, March weather, we chose a fresh and colorful palette with peaches, pinks & oranges, including rusty orange & light pink sweet peas, fluffy pink ranunculus, roses in an array of peachy tones, tulips, Icelandic poppies and so much more.
After sharing our “flower stories,” Christy’s favorite way to kick off the morning and learn more about one another, Christy took center stage and instructed the students on how to design the perfect, effortless garden inspired arrangement. Starting with an Oasis chicken wire base secured with floral tape in our simple, white Accent Decor compote, Christy then shared her favorite trick: starting with the greens and building a base. Slowly spinning her lazy susan as she went, Christy then filled in with luscious blooms and unexpected surprises. One of Mayesh’s employees also gave a fun tutorial on ways to create interesting designs and patterns on different vessels using Design Master color tools in blush and fun metallics.
After a yummy lunch of organic salads & sandwiches catered by local restaurant Spice Catering Co., the students set to work on their own designs. The room was filled with the sweet sounds of students working and chatting with one another, often asking their neighbor for advice or to be a second pair of eyes.
The instruction wasn’t over just yet, as Christy then gathered everyone in the far corner of the room to discuss the mechanics of this workshop’s wow-factor: the garland. Suspended from the tall ceilings hung a lush, greenery filled garland hung in an asymmetrical form above a beautifully styled dinner table. Christy left the mechanics exposed in the back to allow the students to understand how she had built and hung the installation – this time it was “party in the front, business in the back.”
This gorgeous installation and fully styled table served as the backdrop for Ohio based fine art & wedding photographer Nicole Clarey to photograph each student’s work to use in their professional portfolio. On top of capturing the students’ work and the workshop, Nicole even put together a presentation on lighting and floral photography, complete with her own little arrangement and examples of how and when to get the best images at home. These kinds of takeaways are invaluable for our students, and we couldn’t do it without our amazing team of vendors and sponsors.
Throughout the day, students sipped on a private selection of Cameron Hughes wine and left with a swag bag filled with products from our sponsors, including Accent Decor’s adorable “Celfie” vase, Design Master Color Tool Spray and more.
Local company Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals graciously provided a mix of unique furnishings to use throughout the space, and the styled table was made complete with gorgeous dinnerware and accessories from Event Source. All in all, we couldn’t have been happier with the outcome of this dreamy workshop and these gorgeous images captured by Nicole Clarey Photography.
For information on attending a future workshop with Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers and Mayesh, please visit their website HERE! Future cities include Charlotte, Pheonix, Portland, and Detroit! We at The Bridal Theory are excite to be joining in on the fun at the upcoming Houston workshop on June 20. For behind the scenes, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
Designer- Christy Hulsey – Colonial House of Flowers