What I am about to tell you really, really, happened and it was one of those amazing defining moments. Several weeks ago a mother of the bride contacted me about doing wedding flowers for her daughter. The family had seen my website and blog and they really loved my work. However the conversation began like this, “my daughter is not really particular, she does not need really pretty flowers, just simple, not really designed flowers would be okay.” Out of my mouth came this,” oh well, then perhaps I am not the right florist for you, because my flowers are REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, pretty wedding flowers,  if you want just everyday run of the mill flowers or grocery store flowers then you most likely don’t need my designs and that is totally okay.” I went on to say that I understand everyone has a list of priorities and sometimes run of the mill flowers are really okay. Some families don’t notice the details of a perfectly designed piece, I on the other hand can’t just turn out something that is not  full, polished, adorned, lush, and completely finished. What was so beautiful about this was… in this moment, I realized who I am, and also who my clients are.  This conversation was totally pleasant and actually funny, and I was having a major aha moment.  I wasn’t being snobbish or rude, I was in all honesty defining my flowers.  My flowers are REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, pretty flowers. This is how I roll!!!

Photography by Tracy Timmester who happens to take really, really, really, pretty pictures!!!

Holly Chapple
  • Peggy (Sherwood Design and Events) Says: (12.14.2012 | 01:53)

    Holly…your flowers are beyond pretty….that word does not even come close to describing what you create….haha…even if you triple use the word REALLY! I hope one day to have that moment….I have second guessed a proposal I worked on last week for over 30 hours because I could not get it into a price range that seemed mediocre…pretty sure we will not get the wedding…feeling a bit torn over it….but I refuse to let anything go out of the studio unless it meets my standard! Thanks for keeping us strong!!!! XOXO

  • Althea Says: (12.28.2012 | 01:34)

    Holly,
    Your REALLY, REALLY, REALLY pretty wedding flowers are more than an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your world!
    Althea
    Rose of Sharon Floral Designs

  • Dana O'Sullivan (DellaBlooms) Says: (01.03.2013 | 03:11)

    You gave yourself a gift by defining yourself and your flowers in a matter-of-fact way which respects the client and the craft. Thank you for your courageous honesty.

    Love your work!
    Dana at DellaBlooms

    • Holly Chapple Says: (01.04.2013 | 12:34)

      Dana,
      Thank you for your kind comments. It’s taken 20 years and one defining moment to bring the truth to light!!! It happened by accident but I am glad it happened.

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