As if being surrounded by the most spectacular blooms imaginable, the workshop was held at one of Charleston’s hottest event spaces (The Knot 2018 Best of Weddings Pick). The Cedar Room at Mercantile and Mash, located in the celebrated Cigar Factory, is an open and airy space, featuring historic wood columns, hardwood floors, and original elements of the circa 1881 building. The walls consist of rustic brick and floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal a view of the architecturally acclaimed Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

Our first hands-on project, after creating our mood boards the previous evening, was making a hand-tied bridal bouquet. Kaylee demonstrated her technique first, then turned up the music and set us free!

Kaylee’s floral style is exactly the look that my daughter Casey wants for her September wedding. And she is not alone. According to the UK magazine, Wedding Flowers & Accessories, the search term, “wild wedding flowers”, has seen an 85% rise over the past year!

I have been creating hand-tied bouquets for so many years, having originally learned from the best of the best in Holland. But this look is much more wild and free, and to the untrained eye, doesn’t even seem that it is “arranged”.

With my mood board for inspirational guidance, I selected my foliage and flowers and then just did my thing!

Loved it!

Mayesh even had a professional photographer and “bride” model on hand to capture each attendee’s finished bouquet in the perfect environment. It’s that attention to detail that sets one workshop or class apart from the others, don’t you think?

The final installment of my Create and Curate post will be about the final project – a floral arch installation that is to die for!


Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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