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Chapel Designer Workshop | Hope Flower Farm

(Note: Designers who meet the Chapel Designer criteria will have the option of becoming a Chapel Designer at the conclusion of the 3-Day Virginia workshop. For criteria: click here)

Image courtesy of  Abby Jiu Photography

Image courtesy of Abby Jiu Photography

DATE: May 19-21, 2019


Sunday 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Monday + Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM 


Can you imagine anything better than a workshop featuring Hope Flower Farm peonies, business coaching from Holly Chapple, portfolio building, a full photo shoot, and a membership in the esteemed Chapel Designers organization?  Always pushing to bring new experiences to Hope Flower Farm, Holly is bringing special guest Shira Savada, former Real Weddings Editor of Martha Stewart Weddings and owner of new consulting company, shiramisu, and photographer Abby Jiu, one of Martha Stewart Weddings’ Top Photographers and Washingtonian Editor’s Pick, to the farm for a joint venture. Abby will bring her tips on working together with a photographer to achieve show stopping imagery and how to design floral pieces that photograph beautifully. Holly’s workshop students will create bridal bouquets and several vignettes under her direction which will be professionally photographed during the workshop. Shira will offer tips on how to curate a beautiful editorial spread and assist in the production of the shoot. To keep with the integrity of a Chapel Designer event, Holly will provide business coaching and Q&A on Sunday afternoon before the design portion of the workshop begins. Abby Jiu will be assisted by two additional photographers and attendees will be given images of their work. Perfect for adding to your portfolio! 



Abby Jiu has had a passion for gorgeous imagery and creating art since before she can remember. Her style is the best of both worlds, using film cameras and digital cameras to catch the stolen glances, fits of laughter, and heartfelt emotions sprinkled among the ever-important beautiful details that make each couple’s wedding day unique. She loves having the opportunity to get to know her couples, watching the personalized touches come together and using the relationship she’s built to preserve precious memories on film.

When she’s not behind the camera, Abby fills her time with her husband Jamey, a bossy bulldog named Lola, and traveling abroad. She’s received numerous accolades for her work, including being named one of Martha Stewart Weddings’ Top Photographers and Washingtonian Editor’s Pick. You can see her work on the pages of Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Southern Weddings, Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and Southern Living Weddings and many more.

We’re honored to have Abby join us and share tips for floral designers on:

-how to work together with a photographer to achieve showstopping imagery

-how to design floral pieces that photograph beautifully

Image:  Emily Gude

Holly will kick off the workshop on Sunday with business coaching. Topics will include: booking your ideal client through effective marketing, efficient contract writing, and the business of floral design.

On Monday, she’ll share ‘Hollyish’ floral design principles while leading the class through the creation of bridal bouquets, centerpieces, and a large installation.

Tuesday will be spent working together as a team to execute a full photo shoot.


Shira Savada has seen (and heard and written) about her fair share of weddings, and it never gets old because she loves weddings. And the people who make them happen. As the former Real Weddings Editor of Martha Stewart Weddings, she now shares the knowledge and expertise from her decade-plus there through her new consulting company, shiramisu.

Shira is a seasoned bridesmaid, and a sucker for a great first dance song, anything calligraphed, classic photographs, family heirlooms, and a well-made cocktail. Her love of all things bridal began in elementary school when she dressed up as a bride for Halloween in a “gown” made by her mother. She’s obsessed with anything purple, her favorite flower is the ranunculus, and her cat has her own hashtag (#mycatviolet).

We’re thrilled to have Shira on hand throughout the workshop sharing her expertise with attendees and offering tips on how to curate a beautiful editorial spread.



Option 1:

$2600 (includes breakfast and lunch daily)


Option 2:

$3200 (includes lodging at Hope Flower Farm w/ breakfast and lunch on workshop days) We have 3 guestrooms (with one shared bath) available in the Tenant Farm House at Hope Flower Farm. To Register: Please email us at to check availability and receive further instructions on reserving your spot. 

*To learn more about Chapel Designer membership, click here.

Note: We will be designing in the barn and on the grounds of Hope Flower Farm. The barn is not climate controlled. You'll want to dress comfortably for full days of designing!