With a little help from her friends...Chapel Designers Founder Holly Chapple (Holly Chapple Flowers) creates something special and has a blast doing it! Left to right: Missouri CD Andrea Grist (Andrea K. Grist Floral Designs), Virginia CD Alicia Broehl (Alicia Jayne Florals), Abby Chapple, Intern Kate Bennett, Jeanette Kleitz (True Florette Floral Design), Vermont CD Jayson Munn (Jayson Munn Design), Holly Chapple and Tennessee CD Terri Wood (Terri Wood Florals).
One of the fun parts of being a Chapel Designer? Traveling to amazing locations to assist fellow Chapel Designers on large events! One of the amazing benefits to CD membership? Having your fellow Chapel Designers travel from near and far to help execute your event with professionalism and joy! So it was in Nantucket last summer...when Nantucket CD Dawn Kelly of Soiree Floral welcomed a helping hand from fellow CDs Andrea Grist (Andrea K Grist Floral Designs/Missouri), Victoria Clausen (Victoria Clausen Floral Events/Maryland), Sara Brown (Take A Whiff/Massachusetts), and Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas (Flourish/California).
New York Chapel Designer Michelle Edgemont had a dream team of CDs assisting her on this gorgeous wedding! (L-R) Michigan Chapel Designer Jennifer Haf of BLOOM, Illinois Chapel Designer Ozzie Gromada Meza of Gromeza Floral Design Studio, Michelle Edgemont and New York Chapel Designer Sylvia Bustamante
One thing's for sure...you're going to have fun if Pennsylvania Chapel Designer Jimmy Lohr of greenSinner is along to assist on a job! And when the job is a Kim Starr Wise event in New Orleans, things can get really exciting. Washington Chapel Designer Julia Miller of Julia's Floral joined Jimmy in assisting New Orleans CD Kim this time around. No worries of "All work and no play..." with these three!
California Chapel Designer Margaret Lloyd of Margaret Joan Florals recently helped fellow California Chapel Designer Laura Cogan of Passion Flowers Design with a wedding. Here's what Laura had to say after the wedding: "Chapel Designers are worth their weight in gold! This week I had the pleasure of getting to design with Margaret, and she was my sidekick all weekend. Knowing that I had a Chapel Designer by my side really alleviated a ton of stress. I was assured that everything would get done, and turn out amazing! So grateful to share in the experience of being a part of the Chapel Designers, and how much we mean to each other!"
North Carolina Chapel Designer Eatherley Schultz of Floressence Flowers (left) wrote: "Look who came to see me today as she [Maryland CD Alicia Broehl of Alicia Jayne Florals] was passing through and stopped to help make bouts and bouquets!!! Love my flower friends!!! Chapel designers are the best."
Pennsylvania Chapel Designer Kate McManus (Farley) of Kate Farley Design (left) met up with Maryland Chapel Designer Blair Roberts of Sweet Blossoms last month to help fellow Chapel Designer Victoria Clausen of Victoria Clausen Floral Events with a large wedding in Maryland. Hard working designers with the sweetest spirits!
2015 brought an unexpected blessing to the Chapel Designers...two new Ireland Chapel Designers! Lorna Stuart Trainor of A Room in Bloom (right) and Sylvia Abraham of Bella Botanica (left) wasted no time getting in on the CD collaboration mindset. Last month, Lorna helped Sylvia on an event. So grateful for these two!
Another great collaboration! This time Illinois Chapel Designer Ozzie Gromada Meza of Gromeza Floral Design Studio and California Chapel Designer Jennifer Macy of Love Peace Flowers stepped up to help Margaret Lloyd of Margaret Joan Florals with a Bacara Resort wedding. Margaret says: "Chapel Designers Love Peace Flowers and Gromada Designs came to Santa Barbara to assure that this all white wedding went off without a hitch! Thanks bunches Jen and Oz!"
Chapel Designer Courtenay Lambert of Courtenay Lambert Floral & Event Design recently called on her CD friends to lend a hand and help bring her 'Midsummer Night's Dream' vision to life on an epic event weekend. The Chapel Designers traveled to Courtenay's Cincinnati studio over the July 4th holiday weekend and from the looks of it, they worked hard and played plenty in the process! CDs collaborating with Courtenay were: greenSinner, Julia's Floral, Marnie Creative, Isha Foss Events, Love Peace Flowers. Stunning work!
When Victoria Clausen of Victoria Clausen Floral Events (Maryland) needed extra hands at her design table for a large event weekend, several of her fellow Chapel Designers traveled to her studio to help out. Pictures l-r: Holly Rutt of Sweet Pea Floral Design (Michigan), Alicia Broehl of Alicia Jayne Florals (Maryland) and Hunter Sherwood of Sherwood Design & Events (Kentucky).
Victoria wrote: "Beautiful things happen when great people work together. Was so blessed this weekend to have amazing help!!! You know that you hit a total jackpot when your friends are super talented, dedicated, fun and simply the nicest people in the world!!"
Janna Avery (l) of Callista Designs showed up to help fellow Chapel Designer Kristi Turbyfill (r) of Root & Vine Design at a recent wedding. Kristi wrote: "Flower friends will bring you extra greens. True flower friends will stay and help you decorate four lamp posts. I love this girl! Can't thank you enough @callistadesigns #chapeldesignersworktogether"
Kate of Kate Farley Design (l) and Blair of Sweet Blossoms traveled to Virginia this spring to lend helping hands to Holly Chapple at the HCF studio. Holly wrote: "This day was such a huge success, thanks to the HHC staff and the fabulous Chapel Designers. #cdmiracles." And Kate wrote: " I'm so happy to be a part of the chapel designers network, it really is just amazing."
Blair from Sweet Blossoms in Maryland recently spent the day at the studio of fellow Chapel Designer Kelly Laurence of Bella Bloom Floral Designs while vacationing in Australia. Kelly writes: "So today I spent the most magnificent day with this very talented designer Blair Roberts in Brisbane. We practised our chicken wire technique and exchanged some cool ideas. Plus Blair even brought some flora lock with her! Shout out to Holly Heider Chapple andMichelle Van Eimeren for bringing us together. The Bowral workshop keeps on givin!"
Several of the California Chapel Designers were involved in the floral design for the 1st dinner of the 2015 American Field-to-Vase Dinner Tour held in Carpinteria, Ca. From left: Laura of Passion Flowers Design, (friend to the CDs) Jill of Forage, Kathleen Williford of Bloemster, Margaret of Margaret Joan Florals and Rebecca of Sunnybrooks Floral.
Kathleen wrote: "Carpinteria was the first of ten dinners to be held across the country. I am the Event Designer & Manager for this series. Debra Prinzing is working with me on this project and Margaret Lloyd is a Slow Flowers designer and truly serendipitous a Chapel Designer as well! Margaret, Laura, and Rebecca did an amazing job and we had a great time whipping this together!"
Daevid Reed of Daevid's joined Mary Coombs and her team at A Garden Party to execute a lovely wedding on the shore. Mary said: "Daevid came to help us with our busy weekend and not only did we build some pretty things together, we built a friendship I hope lasts a lifetime. He is a true artist and we had the pleasure of learning from him as he shared tips and tricks about design and life. I admire him so much...The world is a better place with this man in it."
Katie Noonan of Noonan's Wine Country Designs and Kathleen Williford of Bloemster teamed up to set flowers for the opening night of Sunset's Savor the Central Coast at the Hearst Castle.
Jessica from Blooms 'n Blossoms traveled to help Hunter & Peggy at Sherwood Design and Events with a wedding in Kentucky. Jessica says: "Over a year ago, I "met" Peggy & Hunter Sherwood of Sherwood Design and Events online. They have both lived in my inbox and text message list for that amount of time. Only a 45 minute drive separates us. Today, we FINALLY come together to design this beautiful arch for one of their brides. Just a few months ago, I joined The Chapel Designers family and the magic of collaboration began. I'm so blessed to be so close to two amazing designers...who are also incredible human souls. Wedding & Event design has taken on a whole new meaning for me. What you guys don't see is the behind the scenes, every day chit chat, support, help, prayers, suggestions, laughter, collaboration, etc..... Chapel Designers are a family. So blessed...I love what I do! And love being a part of this incredible band of brothers and sisters."
A team of Chapel Designers traveled to Asheville, North Carolina to help Holly Chapple execute the Knot Dream Wedding 2014. Each designer took time away from his/her own studio to assure that Rebekah & Pete had the wedding they envisioned. Eatherley, owner of Floressence, volunteered her studio as the center of operations during the week leading up to the wedding. Designers included (l-r): Hunter (Sherwood Design & Events), Peggy (Sherwood Design & Events), Amy (Amy Lynne Originals), Trish (Marnie B Creative), Janna (Callista Designs), Anna (Urban Petals), Kristi (Root & Vine), Holly (Holly Heider Chapple Flowers), Eatherley (Floressence), and Holly (Sweet Pea Floral Design).