Canines with Crowns

Oh, do I have the cutest post to share with all of you today! A bunch of my fellow Chapel Designer friends got together and came up with the idea to dress our furry friends with flowers. So fun to see the variety of dogs everyone has, and to see them all dressed up with flowers!

Thistle and Bone, Dogs with flower halos

Zoe & Ripley – Thistle and Bone

Splendid Stems, Carly is wearing a wreath that includes delphinium, spray roses, passion vine, and snowdrops

Carly – Splendid Stems

Della Blooms, Hank the lab with a flower wreath

Hank – Della Blooms

 Dreamweavers, Bear wearing a flower halo

Bear – Dreamweavers

Fleurie Flowers, Oliver wearing a red and purple floral wreath

Oliver – Fleurie

Cottage Flowers, Daisy the dog wearing a Daisy flower collar

Daisy – Cottage Flowers

Julia's Floral, Corgis with flower collars

Edward & Stella, Julia’s Floral

Bella Fiori, Johann the Pekingese with flower wreath

Last, but not least! My little guy with his flower wreath.
Johann – Bella Fiori

ohhh… wait … we have one more and it’s NOT a dog!
Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you see a bird wearing a floral halo.
Say Hello to Louie of Moss Fine Floral!

Moss Fine Floral, a Dove wearing a floral halo.

Louie of Moss Fine Floral

Fleur Friday

Today we are posting our 1,000th Post!!!

Thrilled to see this Whimsical + Romantic Garden Wedding Inspiration featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs this week!
This photoshoot was created last summer during a Chapel Designer workshop in Virginia. You may recall last summer the workshop that Holly Chapple and I had at her home/studio property in Virginia, part of the workshop was creating the florals for this shoot.
To the ladies involved in the shoot ~ loved seeing your work featured! Primrose Floral, A Garden Party Florist, Chic Floral Designs, Magnolia Wedding Flowers, Isn’t She Lovely Florals
Photographs by Genevieve Leiper
Stationery – Miss Merkle Design | Gowns – Soliloquy Bridal | Models – T H E Artist Agency

Flirty Fleurs, centerpiece with persimmons, pink and green hydrangeas, pink coxcomb, clematis vines

Flirty Fleurs, petite floral crown of pink and green flowers

Flirty Fleurs, pink and green floral bracelet

Flirty Fleurs, table setting with pink and crimson florals

Flirty Fleurs, bride and groom with pink, green and crimson florals

See the entire photoshoot here


The Chapel Designers & Florabundance Design Days 2014

Two weeks ago today 58 floral designers from around the world gathered for 3 flower filled and information packed days in Santa Barbara, California. We gathered to learn more about building and operating our businesses and to push our creative talents with a plethora of flowers at our fingertips.

Holly Chapple, the founder of Chapel Designers, gathered together an impressive list of presenters – the UK’s hottest young designer, Joseph Massie; the Queen of Woodlands design, Francoise Weeks; San Francisco’s much sought after designer, Nancy Liu Chin; and the four of them lead 2 days of splendid hands-on floral design workshops; on the business discussion day I led a discussion on Online Presences (including websites, blogs & social media) and Courtenay Lambert led a fantastic discussion about ordering & pricing.

The event took place at Sunstone Vineyards and Winery in Santa Ynez Valley, with lovely views of the valley – the perfect location to get our creative juices flowing! Holly instructed the participants on how to design a loosely styled hand-tied bridal bouquet. Francoise taught how to create awe-inspiring head pieces. Nancy designed four tablescapes to share a variety of styles with the designers, and then got everyone involved in designing with her. Joe designed an art installation with the purpose of building and emphasizing the unity between all the designers that participated in the workshop.

Of course, Joost and his team at Florabundance provided us with the most beautiful flowers. We had the pleasure of designing with gorgeous poppies, anemones, lisianthus and garden roses! Plus, textures galore – pieris japonica, Chocolate lace, and privet berries to name a few.

Thought I’d share some photos of the event and all the fun that was had! (I will be refraining from posting the final installations for now as those have been submitted for publication.)

SB airport

Arriving at Santa Barbara’s Airport

Joseph Massie, Holly Chapple and Francoise Weeks

Joe, Francoise and Holly

Joost, Nancy Liu Chin, Alicia Schwede, Katie Noonan

Joost, Nancy, Alicia (me) and Katie

Holly Chapple

Holly doing her thing!

Holly discussing bouquet making while Susan helps wire roses.

Holly discussing bouquet making while Susan helps wire roses.

floral designer conference

Holly discussing bouquets while Julia and Susan help wire flowers

The Chapel Designers in Santa Barbara

Evan Chapple

Evan takes his proper place

The Chapel Designer Conference

One of the lovely bouquets

The chapel Designers

Erin, Kimberly and Becky

Julia Miller Floral Designer

Julia added a flower flourish to her hat

Evan Chapple


Lisianthus by Florabundance

Best ever Lisianthus!!

Midori Ribbons

So many lovely ribbons provided by Midori Ribbons

Lisa of Blossoms Hawaii

Lisa tried to get a picture of me before I got one of her, I have a fast clicking finger missy!

Nancy Liu Chin

Nancy giving me the big *wink, wink*

Floral Designers

Nicole, Susan and Faye

Holly Rutt

Holly of Sweet Pea Floral Design

Susanne Hatwood of The Blue Carrot

Susanne of The Blue Carrot

Katie Noonan

Katie Noonan

Jessica Jones Floral Designer from Kentucky

Jessica Jones! Finally got to meet Jessica after years of emailing each other!!

Susan Kelly of Three Sisters Flowers

Susan of Three Sisters Flowers

Florabundance Design Days

Holly, Joost and Joseph

Holly Rutt

Holly of Sweet Pea Floral Design

Sheri Jentsch

Sheri of Blumen Meisters

Francoise Weeks Floral Designer

Francoise trying on her own design

Colorado Florists Amy and Ria

Amy & Ria working on their head pieces

Amy and Ria of Colorado

Amy & Ria – ‘The Colorado Girls!”

Holly Chapple in Santa Barbara

Holly sharing her hair piece design

Courtenay Lambert

Courtenay Lambert

Joost Bongaerts  and Francoise Weeks

Joost and Francoise

Flourish and The Posh Posey Sacramento

Shannon and Kristi

Laurie Garza and Jessica Jones

Laurie & Jessica

Flower Conference in Santa Barbara

The gang shows off their head pieces!

Joe Massie

Blending moss, of course!

Icelandic Poppies

Oh, the poppies, I couldn’t get enough!

Joost of Florabundance

The King Of Poppies! We all were impressed that Joost matched his poppies!

Poppies by Florabundance


Francoise weeks and poppies

possibly my favorite photo of Francoise .. ever! #WhatFloristsReallyDo

floral designers

Sheri, Katie and Becky

floral designer

Kristi of The Posh Posey fills water tubes with the help of a sports bottle, clever!

Blossom Alliance, Purple Bridal Bouquet

Lori of Blossom Alliance

The Chapel Designers, hot pink, peach, burgundy floral arrangement

One of the lovely floral creations

Alicia Schwede, Eatherly Schulz, Dana

Alicia (me), Eatherly and Dana

Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs and UK Designer Joe Massie

Joe & I

Alicia Schwede

self portrait, how I appeared throughout most of the conference – camera in hand!

Holly Chapple's bridal about of pink peonies, hellebores and garden roses

Holly’s bridal bouquet of peonies, garden roses and hellebores

Announcement! – Chapel Designers Conferences

Hello there Dear Flower Friends!

Have you heard that the dates for the next two Chapel Designers Conferences have been announced?!?!

Santa Barbara, California – January 20, 21 & 22, 2014
The Chapel Designers has combined forces with Florabundance Inspirational Design Days for the 2014 conference! As many of you may recall, last year was a HUGE hit!
On the schedule for this conference are workshops taught by Nancy Liu Chin, Holly Chapple, and Francoise Weeks. Of course, Holly & Joost will have a few surprises, you know they both like to show everyone a great time!!
You can read all the details and sign up HERE for the California conference!

Santa Barbara Flower Workshops

Santa Barbara – 2013 Florabundance Inspirational Design Days

New York City, New York – March 9, 10, 11 & 12, 2014
Hard to believe this is already the 4th annual NYC Chapel Designer Conference! Each year the conference grows as more and more designers seek the chance to join this amazing group of floral designers!
The official announcement of speakers has not been released yet by Holly. However, trust me, I’ve heard a few of the designers & speakers that are coming together for this conference and I’m blown away! Blown away once again! If you know Holly, you’ll know she ‘brings it’! Have faith, this conference will be worth every penny invested.
You can read all the details and sign up HERE for the NYC conference!

Chapel Designer Flower Group

Chapel Designers – NYC 2013

For those of you who are thinking – what does it mean to be a Chapel Designer anyway? Well, I’ve asked two of my flower friends to share their thoughts on what it means to them to be a Chapel Designer, this is what they have to say:

Becoming a Chapel Designer has been an inspiration for myself and my business. Our business has been refocused and invigorated, we can’t wait to see what lies ahead for us and know that the other Chapel Designers are there to help us along the way. The amount of priceless advice I have received since becoming a Chapel designer is invaluable. The investment we made has already been returned and we can’t wait for NYC!
from Dawn, A Garden Party

Alicia Schwede and Chapel Designers

Chapel Designers studying in a special workshop – Virginia 2013

It’s hard for me to put into words what it means to be a Chapel Designer. The friendships that I have gained this past year since I became a Chapel Designer are really priceless, not to mention the amazing support everyone gives one another 24×7. We support, encourage, and sympathize with one another daily. We’ve all been there (or will soon be there) and it’s such a relief to know that I’m not walking this journey alone.

I’m constantly learning from the Chapel Designers through our forum. I don’t think a week has gone by where I haven’t learned something whether it’s a new technique, a mechanic, or a better way to run my business.

Joining the Chapel Designers has been a game changer for me this past year. It has opened so many doors for me that I frankly never even knew existed. The Conference in NYC this past year was absolutely incredible. The speakers Holly brought in were so gracious and down to earth. I was thankful that they didn’t mind sharing the glamorous and not-so-glamorous parts to this industry. As great as they all were, the times I treasured and learned the most from were the round-table discussions where we were free to share and discuss our businesses openly, as a family of designers and business owners.

Holly Chapple is such a gracious and kind woman. She is also one of the most ethical people I have ever met. You can’t help but love her!!! I really can’t say enough about her or the Chapel Designers.
from Anna, Urban Petals

floral designer workshop in Virginia

Chapel Designer Workshop – Virginia 2013

Still need an extra little nudge to Jump In? Read this note from Holly.
I hope you’ll join us for one of these conferences in 2014, don’t you want to be friends with the designers seen in these photos?!

Growing Your Wedding Business Workshop, Day 2

Day two of our workshop (I’ll show Day three once we have the photographs back from the photographer).. The morning started with another big business session and the afternoon we got busy with designing. Day two was about the pretty pinks and blushes — the centerpieces were gorgeous! We all enjoyed watching Holly and Mary work on the large designs, so large they were scraping the ceiling.

pink garden roses

Hibiscus Mahogany Splendor

Hibiscus Mahogany Splendor from LynnVale Farms

pink Asclepias


pink bridal bouquet

Bridal bouquet by Holly Chapple

floral designers

Torey and Megan from A Garden Party

flowers on a table

compote flower arrangement

green and burgundy flowers

large floral displays

Holly and Mary designing the two large floral displays

Mary Coombs Holly Chapple

Mary and Holly

Flower arrangement by Alicia Schwede

flowers by Alicia Schwede

Designed by Alicia Schwede! Yes, I *had* to design something!!

Hope you enjoyed all the pretty pictures this week – I had a great time in Virginia and meeting the newest members of The Chapel Designers!

Growing Your Wedding Business Workshop, Day 1

I hope you all enjoyed the past few days of posts about the farms in Virginia, we had such a fun time visiting all of them! The reason we were in Virginia was for the Growing Your Wedding Business Workshop – Holly and I had a wonderful time meeting designers from various areas of the East Coast, it was a perfect size and intimate workshop where we got down to business. I won’t be going into detail about the business practices that we spoke about, for the blog I’ll share with all of you the beautiful flower arrangements these designers created. On day one we worked on Woodland styled arrangements. I like the Woodland flower arrangement because it pushes most designers outside of their comfort zone – each leaf, each pod, every tiny bit is examined and placed into an intricate design. These ladies blew us away with their bridal bouquets and centerpieces!


Fresh arrival from Don’s Dahlias!

yellow and white zinnias


business discussion

Ellen, Linda and Sharon

The Chapel Designers

Getting down to business topics

Holly Chapple

Holly discussing the Business side of things.

Mary and Megan designing woodland bridal bouquets

Mary and Megan designing woodland bridal bouquets

floral designing

The Chapel Designers

designing a bridal bouquet

Ellen designing her woodland bridal bouquet

Ellen designing her woodland bridal bouquet

Ellen designing her woodland bridal bouquet

designing a bridal bouquet

Dawn of A Garden Party

designing a flower bouquet

Melissa designing a bridal bouquet

designing a flower halo

Holly designing a flower halo

Woodland Bridal Bouquet by Linda Darnell

Woodland Bridal Bouquet by Linda Darnell

Linda Seagraves and Linda Darnell

Linda and Ellen

woodland bridal bouquets

woodland bridal bouquets

Woodland Bridal Bouquets

pink woodland design

Floral Design by Linda Darnell

woodland design

Woodland design by Melissa Stewart

white and green woodland arrangement

Designed by Ellen Seagraves

Designed by Mary of A Garden Party

Designed by Mary of A Garden Party

woodland bridal bouquet

Megan of A Garden Party Designs

woodland flower arrangement

Designed by Sharon of Isn’t She Lovely Florals

woodland flower arrangement

Designed by Megan of A Garden Party

Sharon Duke

Sharon Duke shares her cascading bridal bouquet

woodland flower arrangement

Designed by Dawn of A Garden Party

Mary Coombs

Mary Coombs of A Garden Party

red ball dahlia

Ok, so not flower related, but how gorgeous is this horse??!! He was out on the property where the ladies from A Garden Party were staying. I really wanted to bring this guy home with me!
black horse with braids

Tomorrow I’ll share photos from Day 2 of our Workshop..

Chapel Designers Conference, Designing with Ariella Chezar

Wednesday was a nice and calm day, the perfect way to end our time together in New York City for the Chapel Designers Conference. Cori and I started with a leisurely morning perusing the New York Flower District. More on that in a bit when I share pretty flower pictures of what we saw available. Meanwhile, a large portion of the group was touring Martha Stewart’s offices, such a great treat for the new designers joining Chapel Designers this year!

After the leisurely morning it was time for our afternoon session with the incredible Ariella Chezar. This woman can work with color like no other person I’ve seen, such a natural artist. She started out with designing one of her famous compote centerpieces for us. Then a few of the designers in our group designed the satellite centerpieces. Ariella sat a lovely table, perfect for a Sunday brunch.

Ariella Chezar

Ariella designing a centerpiece

florist Ariella Chezar

The table setting that Ariella created, would be perfect for a springtime summer brunch:
Ariella Chezar

yellow and plum centerpiece

Photo by Angie of Posh Floral

Ariella Chezar Centerpiece

Photo by Angie of Posh Floral

Ariella designed this gorgeous bridal bouquet for us to study, everyone was enthralled with her ribbon treatment:
Bridal bouquet by Ariella Chezar

Such a great four days with our Chapel Designers group in New York City, so thankful for all the wonderful people I met last week. The trip always goes by way to quickly, I always wish I had another day or two to talk to everyone!

Stay tuned, I will be sharing photos from the NYC Flower District later today, tomorrow and Friday. We saw lots of beautiful flowers!

Chapel Designers Conference, Design Day

Ohhh… the design day of Chapel Designers Conference, such a fantastic day!!! We all climbed onboard a bus from our hotel to David Beahm’s workspace in the Bronx. Walking into his workspace was so fun, all the fun props to dream of designing with!
What a great day ahead awaited all of us; designing with Karen Tran and Holly + talks with David Beahm.

Karen Tran shared with us how she creates those amazing tablescapes she is so well known for, they truly are amazing. She started the main arrangements and then let the students join in on the design:

purple and green centerpiece

purple and green arrangement

purple and green tall centerpiece

purple and green flowers

purple and green flowers for wedding

Holly worked with all of us on creating bridal bouquets using the new Oasis Square European Bouquet Holder:
European Square bouquet holder OASIS

It was interesting to see all the different styles the designers came up with; some designed rounded bouquets, some went for the cascade bouquet style, and some turned it into a centerpiece. I opted to make a Crescent Shaped bridal bouquet. Never heard of a Crescent Shaped bridal bouquet? Search for them on google Images to see a lot of examples.
cascade type bridal bouquet

purple and green bouquet

We also spent time with David Beahm, picking his brain with questions about running successful businesses. David is always willing to listen and give good advice. He is such a caring person and we are so lucky to spend time with him everytime we go to NYC.
David started out his talk while sitting on top of the ladder, I liked it – could see and hear him well! He was actually explaining to us how to construct large displays and make them safe. (ie – no tipping over!)
David Beahm Event Designer

This is an arrangement that David designed for us, so pretty:
red yellow and green flower arrangement

David’s team constructed this cool display for us to admire:
flower branches sculpture

We were extremely lucky to be across the street from Verde Flowers. Michael and Vanessa invited the whole group over for lunch!! I’m a huge fan of their work, they have appeared as a Fabulous Florist here on Flirty Fleurs. Their design space is gorgeous!!
Thank you, Michael and Vanessa, for inviting us over to your shop for lunch!

verde flower shop bronx

pink and purple flower arrangement

Here are a few people photos from the day:
Two of my Denver BFFs (best flower friends); Robyn and Diana from Bare Root Flora, love these girls:
Bare Root Flora Denver

Courtenay Lambert from Kentucky, check out that pretty bouquet she designed:
Courtenay Lambert Florals

Love this photo of Joost and Francoise, the Europeans found each other!:
Joost Bongaerts and Francoise Weeks

Myself and Karen Tran with the bouquet I designed:
Alicia Schwede and Karen Tran

You can read more on Holly’s blog HERE
and on Posh Floral Designs blog HERE, HERE and HERE.

The Chapel Designers Conference, NYC

Last week at this time we were headed into day one of the Chapel Designers Conference taking place in New York City. In all we had three great days in NYC, filled with cool people, gorgeous flowers, amazing designers and lots of inspiration. I truly enjoyed meeting so many talented designers from across the country and around the world. The energy and magic that happens when 60 floral designers come together is impressive.

Chapel Designers Conference

On day one we heard from numerous speakers, including Abby Larson from Style Me Pretty and Naomi de Manana from Martha Stewart Weddings!

Holly with Naomi de Manana

Holly with Naomi de Manana

We also heard from many Chapel Designers speak including Amanda Frankenwicz from Alluring Blooms, Daevid Reed from Daevid’s of Norfolk, Francoise Weeks, Lesley Frascogna from TULIP, Jennifer and Dave Ederer with Modern Day Floral, and Laura Larocci from Faith Flowers.
Rachel Merkle from Miss Merkle Design and Anne Chertoff spoke to us about branding and social media.

Holly with Francoise

Holly with Francoise

Not too many pictures to share with you today, day one was all about listening to speakers and filling journals full of notes and inspiration.

Now if any of you are sitting on the sidelines, watching the Chapel Designers Conference for the past three years and thinking to yourself – should I sign up? should I join this group? will I be accepted? My advice to you is to jump in and sign up for 2014. The group of designers that attend this conference are kind, generous, warm and friendly. You will have fun, you will walk away inspired!
Contact Holly directly for more information about the conference next year. The dates have not been released, but I do know the list of interested attendees is growing quickly.

More blog reading about the conference:
The Full Bouquet Blog – Designers arrive in NYC
The Full Bouquet Blog – Day 1 Recap
Posh Floral Design – Cocktail Party
Posh Floral Design – Conference Day 1

The Compote and the Chapel Designers

Compote design is huge in the wedding industry right now. This style is embracing the trend of using flowers and foliage that are seasonally available and locally grown. With a more natural and organic form and line brides are asking for these beautiful floral compositions. The Chapel Designers are right on trend and today they have all posted a compote design on their blogs. Please check out their designs. Alicia and I have both created a compote to share with you as well!

by Alicia Schwede, Bella Fiori

Compote, Wedding Flowers

by Chuck Graham

Be sure to check out the following blogs to see more compote designs from the Chapel Designers!

Isha Foss Events

Alluring Blooms

Floral Verde LLC

Celebration Florals

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD


Exquisite Designs

Petals & Hedges

Bare Root Flora

Loda Floral Design

True Florette Floral Design

Courtenay Lambert Florals

Grapevine Floral Company

Modern Day Floral

Martha Stewart Post –

What do you think of compote?