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Mayesh Design Star Workshop | Charleston

We’re excited to share a bit about the latest stop in the Mayesh Design Star Workshop Series today. Here’s a peek inside the MDS Workshop in Charleston…

The second workshop of the 2018 Mayesh Design Star workshop series brought Kaylee Young and the Mayesh team to Charleston, NC in late May. The workshop was held at the Cedar Room, a wedding and event venue located in Charleston’s historic Cigar Factory. This dreamy space was the perfect backdrop for Kaylee’s vision to come to life. The whitewashed brick walls and glossy wooden floors provided a gorgeous backdrop for the florals and the floor to ceiling windows on each wall flooded the space with beautiful natural light.

The main area at the Mayesh Design Star Workshop before attendees arrive

The Mayesh Design Star Workshop in Charleston

Each workshop Kaylee hosts with Mayesh is unique. Although the same overall concepts and design methods are shared, the inspiration for the workshop is always something fresh and exciting. The inspiration behind this workshop was “over-the-top”, “80’s ruffles”, “spring”, and “feminine.” Kaylee hand selected a color palette of playful pastels in shades of yellow, ivory, blush, peach, light blue, and lavender for the students to use when creating their hand tied
bouquets and working together on a ceremony installation. From gigantic Clair de Lune peonies to frilly tulips to delicate vines, the product was some of the best from Mayesh’s Luxe Blooms line.

buckets of fresh flowers at the Mayesh Design Star Workshop Two white and yellow flowers at the Mayesh Design Star Workshop

The workshop kicked off Monday evening with a networking event, giving the students the chance to meet one another while enjoying appetizers and wine. The students watched presentations from Jodi Duncan for Design Master, and Ryan O’Neil discussed his business software platform, Curate. Kaylee then led the students in a mood boarding activity with the goal of helping each student define their design style and come into the next day with a vision and intention when working on their designs.

Attendees work during the Mayesh Design Star Workshop

Brimming with fresh ideas from the mood boarding activity, Tuesday was spent focusing on design. For the ceremony installation, Kaylee wanted to show how it could be set up two different ways. The students arrived to a simple set-up with a bare arch and two large urn arrangements, and then Kaylee and her assistant, Jamie, led the students in an archway and aisle demonstration to show them a second, more elaborate option. The students then worked together to complete the second ceremony installation using spirea, garden roses and peonies.

Following the installation, the students learned how Kaylee creates her signature petite bridal bouquets. After perusing the gallery of florals and selecting a few stems to inspire their pieces, they set to work designing their own bridal bouquets, which they then tied with flowing silk ribbon from Adorn. Afterwards, their bouquets were photographed with a model for them to use in their professional portfolios.

An attendee looks at a bouquet in the mirror at the Mayesh Design Star Workshop A bridal bouquet at the Mayesh Design Star Workshop

Blog Post Sponsored by Mayesh Wholesale

Workshop Credits:

Hosted by Mayesh Wholesale
Taught by Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay

Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography
Venue: The Cedar Room
Rentals: Ooh! Events
Ribbon: Adorn
Model: Hilary Rose
Dress: Fabulous Frocks Bridal
HMUA: Pampered & Pretty

Workshop Product Sponsors:

See another BTS look at the Mayesh Design Star Workshop in Seattle here!



  1. Love this – thank you so much for sharing!


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