As our garden grows and flourishes I long for the bride that truly wants a wedding designed of all organic and locally grown flowers. Currently my garden is producing, salvia, zinnia, sunflowers, nigella, coxcomb, celosia, berry, vine, hydrangea, bupleurum, lily, phlox, queen annes lace, gladiolas, monarda, gomphrena, tansy, ornamental grasses, crocosmia, and branches in fruit. In just days my dear friend Don will have an abundant supply of dahlias, and I am also purchasing from Andrea of Lynnvale Studios. My question is this, does this bride exist? Many girls talk of wanting a green wedding or an all organic event. However I have yet to meet a bride who is willing to let go of her favorite flowers or her color palette. This bride would have to be willing to take whatever the garden gives her.  This bride would also have to have endless faith in nature and in me. If you are that girl I am waiting for you.  Where are you?

These are the blooms that the garden gave me yesterday morning, but where is the bride to enjoy them?

A bridal bouquet tied with twine, if only there was a bride to carry her.

Does this bride exist and if so where is she? I am waiting for you!!!!

  • Laurie (Fleurie) Says: (07.06.2012 | 04:01)

    Great post! I agree, not too many willing to give up color scheme, a shame to let all that mixed garden flower goodness go undone!

  • Kelly (Botanique) Says: (07.06.2012 | 04:47)

    I hear you! I think those brides are out there, and are growing in number. It’s only a matter of time before you land an amazing wedding for a bride who wants your incredible creations, and gives you the go-ahead to do it 100% seasonal from your garden. It will happen! (And those zinnias are gorgeous!)

  • Jessica Jones Says: (07.06.2012 | 05:06)

    Oh Holly! I so wish I was a bride to be …maybe we could do an “I do re-do”…. 🙂 This is exactly what I wanted! So pretty! And what a blessed, bountiful garden!

  • Emelie Says: (07.06.2012 | 05:41)

    Oh wow! Seems like your garden is a real treasury! I’m sure your eco-bride will come!

  • Pam Morris Says: (07.07.2012 | 12:17)

    After seeing those photographs I think you have an onslaught of requests…Gorgeous!

  • Sharon Hoffman Says: (07.07.2012 | 11:15)

    Beautiful! Reminds me of the gorgeous flowers you used for my daughter’s Leesburg wedding last July. They were stunning!

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Mary Katherine and Mike married this past fall at one of my favorite venues, Murray Hill, this was a gorgeous Loudoun Wedding. The wedding was designed and styled by my friend Vicki Grafton of My Simple Details, you will see she provided the perfect wine themed event for our clients. The wedding was photographed by photographer Tara Welch and Vicki Grafton was also the second shooter on this wedding. We at Holly Heider Chapple Flowers created the beautiful sunflower designs, and my husband superstar Evan hung the lighting in the tent. This wedding is so pretty and so fresh. The beauty of the sunflower is often underestimated, I did of course add a few specialty varieties of this bloom to make things fun!!!

Vicki envisioned using these wine racks for the altar flowers and it’s one of the most creative ideas I have seen. This was a stunning ceremony site. In addition to the wine theme, the theme of MK2 was also present throughout the wedding due to the fact that the couple shared the same initials. This wedding was also featured on the Style Me Pretty Blog and more details from this wedding can be seen here. We love when our work is featured with SMP, it’s quite the honor!!

A sunflower bud, nigella, solidago, and blue delphinium were used to design the grooms bout.

The bridal bouquet was created with teddy bear sunflowers, regular sunflowers, solidago, blue nigella, blue delphinium, blue veronica, seeded euc, and antique blue green hydrangea. This bouquet was a real beauty!!!

The cocktail hour had so many details I could stare at the pictures all day!!!

Centerpieces were created in wine boxes and the look was perfect.  We even took the time to wrap cork around some of the vases this made the designs so unique.

Do you see Evan’s pretty lanterns hanging from the tent???

Happy married life Mary Katherine and Mike, this wedding was a beauty!!! I am so glad I got to be your sunflower girl!!!

  • Corinne Sisti Says: (02.09.2012 | 04:59)

    Just gorgeous! I love the cobalt/sunflower yellow combo.

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Mary and John married this past summer in Washington DC, there beautiful wedding has been featured in the current issue of Southern Living Weddings. This issue also features a Holly Heider Chapple Bouquet on the cover of the magazine. Mary and John’s wedding was truly unique and inspired thanks to the work of event planner and designer Allison Jackson from Pineapple Productions. Allison worked with the family to create a warm and inviting theme and a color pallet that made my heart sing. The couple had a church wedding in the city, with a reception to follow at the famous Hay Adams Hotel.  The photography was captured by my friend Kate Headley. Kate is a nationally recognized photographer and her ability to record the day always makes me giddy!!!

Mary’s bridal bouquet was created with antiqued blue hydrangea from my garden, free spirit roses, peach juliet roses, peach cabbage roses, viburnum berry not yet mature, blue thistle, peach dahlias, queen annes lace, and nigella. The color combination was insanely beautiful.

Maids carried similar bouquets but the white blooms were reserved for Mary.

Amazing paper products and vintage DC memorabilia were used to decorate areas throughout the wedding. The beautiful cake was created by Kendalls Cakes. Centerpieces were designed in silver vases, bowls, creamers, and cups provided by the family.  Working with this family and this select group of wedding professionals was one of the highlights of our summer. The couple also had a fabulous rehearsal dinner party that was featured on Style Me Pretty and that can be seen here.

Happy married life Mary and John, working with you and your family was such an honor!!

  • Jennifer Reitmeyer Says: (01.05.2012 | 02:45)

    Congratulations, Holly! What a beautiful feature!

  • Christie Says: (01.05.2012 | 04:58)

    This is so stunning! LOVE!

  • Angie Says: (01.05.2012 | 08:13)

    Bouquets are to die for!!! Flowers are amazing!

  • janet Says: (01.06.2012 | 12:38)

    This blue and peach color combination is perfectly excecuted! So gorgeous!

  • Jessica Says: (01.11.2012 | 09:25)

    your website, blog, and flowers (of course). are simply fabulous!!

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Over the summer we had the great pleasure of providing flowers for Linde and Frank’s wedding at River Farm.  Linde and Frank are a featured wedding in  Washingtonian’s Bride & Groom Magazine. During the absolute height of wedding season I was contacted by Megan and Laura from the planning firm, Events In The City.  The fabulous duo explained that they were pulling together a remarkable wedding for a very unique couple and they had only a few weeks to bring the wedding to life. Being utterly devoted to these particular planners and to an incredible love story I jumped on board in spite of the huge events we already had on the books.  Helping to design and create a wedding for an adorable couple in just under a month had me totally intrigued. With no time to spare we literally chose and designed the flowers over the phone, I only got to speak with my bride once and never face to face. All designs were created by way of mental telepathy with me, Laura + Megan, and our bride Linde. I was given considerable creative freedom and due to that, I just got in the studio and let my heart soar. Megan and Laura always work so hard on everything they do, so I just knew this wedding was going to be amazing and magical.

The attendants were the couples great nieces and nephews.

Linde’s bouquet was created with calcynia heather, peach juliet roses, lavender stock, blue nigella, lavender scabiosa, lavender herbs, clematis vine from my garden, honey colored hypericum, free spirit roses, and pink majolica spray roses. I decided to cascade the bouquet as I began to design. Laura and Megan had clearly explained the vibe of the wedding. They had also shared with me pictures of the china and the linens, because of this, we moved Instinctively through the designs for this wedding.

Laura and Megan did an incredible job styling this wedding and I truly loved the place card table as well.

Even the cake was perfectly designed with our pretty petals.

Happy married life Linde and Frank!! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day. Many thanks to Washingtonian for choosing to feature this beautiful wedding. The wedding was perfectly and lovingly captured by photographer Tracy Timmester. Tracy is an incredible photographer and I hope to be working with her more in 2012. The work she did was remarkable!!

  • Trish Says: (01.03.2012 | 03:36)

    Good golly, Miss Holly! This is some kind of beautiful!!!

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Lacy and Kevin married this fall at the Thomas Birkby House in Leesburg Virginia.. This was another wonderful Loudoun wedding.  The couple chose purple and blue wedding flowers with a Jan Austin/secret garden influence.

Lacy’s bridal bouquet was created with anmesia roses, blue nigella, blue thistle, lavender opal classic hydrangea, dusty miller, purple scabiosa, purple callas, calcynia heather, astrantia, and dark plum toned dahlias.

Maids carried natural stems of blue thistle, dusty miller, and opal classic hydrangea.

This wedding was so beautiful and it was a joy to design. We loved our bride and her wonderful mother. The family booked Holly Heider Chapple Flowers a year before the wedding.  The family truly loved and appreciated our ideas and designs and it was a constant pleasure to work with them. They did an amazing job gathering fun containers for the centerpieces and even choosing the linens. They had a vision in mind and they clearly brought it to life, with just a little help from us.

I am also sharing with you a lovely note from the brides mother…

Oh, Holly!
Words fail me in trying to describe my/our delight with the magnificent flowers for Lacey’s wedding.  Your interpretation of our Jane Austin/Secret Garden vision was nothing less than spectacular.  To a person, each of our guests complimented “us” on the décor and floral designs.  I can not begin to thank you for the flower magic you created for Lacey & Kevin’s special day.  You and your team are truly amazing. I will never be able to thank you enough for creating the day for us.

With love and great admiration,
Happy married life Lacy and Kevin and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your Jane Austin weddng!!

Many thanks to my good friend and photographer Genevieve Leiper for doing such a wonderful job capturing this day!!!


  • Karen Van Lare Says: (12.13.2011 | 04:39)

    After following your blog for 2 years and seeing all the beautiful weddings you’ve created, I’m beyond thrilled that you shared Lacey & Kevin’s wedding today. It is truly the “icing” on their wedding day memories for all of us. You and your team are simply THE best!

  • janet Says: (01.03.2012 | 05:06)

    The floral/color palette that you used for this wedding is simply perfect.

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One of my favorite events of this year happened to be a rehearsal dinner, and I was so in love with these rehearsal dinner flowers. This remarkable event was also just featured on the inspiring Style Me Pretty blogHolly Heider Chapple Flowers is a little black book member of Style Me Pretty, which is a huge honor for our studio!! The rehearsal dinner was planned and styled to be outside, and it was to have a very Southern garden party feel. In spite of our excellant plans, record breaking heat caused our garden party to move inside. Our new dinning space was now a very contemporary art studio.  This caused event planner and Designer Allison Jackson from Pineapple Productions and I to have to seriously rethink our well thought out plans.  The lanterns that were slated to line the walkways were instead suspended from the air to soften the space. I also happened to have buckets of baby’s breath in the studio from a past event. I asked if I could hang these from the ceiling and rafters. I wanted the hanging flowers to appear as if they were hanging in the barn to dry. Allison redesigned the space with several long seating tables and several rounds. She even brought her market umbrellas into the studio. The look was amazing!!!

Free spirit roses, were paired with blue hydrangea, blue thistle, spray roses, herbs, dahlias, and nigella.

Potted rosemary and lavender were also used to enhance the tables.

Vintage boxes, tubs, lanterns, and props were brought in from our studio.

This flowering mint was cut straight from my garden.

This party was so truly beautiful. I left this event very proud of our studio and the last minute ideas we came up with. It’s important that we at Holly Chapple Flowers are always willing and ready to help if there is a change in plans. Being a good team member is a huge part of who we are!!!

Many thanks to Allison from Pineapple, for allowing us to be a part of this remarkable event and a big shout out to photographer Kate Headley who captured this event so stunningly. Kate’s pictures always are a true treat!!

  • Christie Says: (12.07.2011 | 02:32)

    The arrangement in the 5th picture down is just perfection!

  • Denise Says: (12.08.2011 | 01:52)

    It looks beautiful ! How much notice did you have before the change of venue ?

    • Holly Chapple Says: (12.08.2011 | 12:40)

      I believe the call to move inside was made the day before the party. It was truly the hottest weekend I can remember. The event was to be held in the gardens of this manor home in Georgetown. The gardens and the house are very traditional and formal but the basement is a very contemporary art studio.

  • Elaine Rakoczy Says: (12.09.2011 | 03:58)

    This is gorgeous! Really love the use of lanterns w/ high ceiling and florals rock~so pretty with linens.

  • reubenvision Says: (01.11.2012 | 06:31)

    positively beautiful

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You may have seen me tweet that I was creating a bridal bouquet for my dietitian bride. This bridal bouquet was created for Loudoun bride Carlene. Carlene  also writes a great blog called Carlene’s Figments, and she hopes to open a practice here in Loudoun. I used sage, oregano, mint, mini black peppers, brussel sprouts, green beens, asparagus, okra, sugar snap peas, cabbage, and baby carrots in this bouquet. Oh yes I did use some flowers as well, we used orange santana roses, orange dahlias, purple scabiosa flowers, orange spray roses, silver dusty miller and silver brunia.

It’s yummy right? Carlene married at the Thomas Birkby House in Leesburg Va.

This is our Loudoun bride Betsy. I have known Betsy and her family for years and they are awesome. Betsy married at the Rust Sanctuary also in Leesburg. Betsy works for the Town of Leesburg Parks and Rec with the ROCK Program. She works with at-risk kids in an after school and summer program in four neighborhoods identified by the Leesburg Police Department.  Betsy said her kids are the best kiddos around and that they were so excited about the wedding– that they even celebrated with “wedding” cake from costco! 🙂

Betsey’s bouquet was created with white dahlias from Don, white veronica, balsa wood flowers, sahara roses, nigella pods, golden amaranthus, white spray roses, dusty miller, silver brunia, white ranunculus, green seeded euc, and scabiosa pods.

These were both beautiful Loudoun Weddings and I look forward to seeing more of these images from one of my favorite local photographers Bob Updegrove. Both brides used the Holly Heider Chapple Flowers petals to go program.


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The wedding of Cassey and Danny was featured yesterday on the fabulous Snippet & Ink Blog, check it out here. Having our work and this wonderful wedding featured was such an honor.  Most importantly now we can show you the images from this amazing wedding. Many thanks to photographer Abby Jiu who did an amazing job capturing this event.

The day started with the ladies and puppy Clyde getting ready for the day. All of the hugs, kisses, and busy wedding day activity simply wore Clyde out.

Cassey carried a bouquet of white cabbage roses, ornamental grasses, queen annes lace, Japanese spray roses, succulents, balsa wood flowers, sahara roses, nandina foliages, gooseneck loosestrife, white yarrow, scabiosa pods, white peony, and nigella pods. I loved this bouquet and I was so pleased with the results. This bouquet was packed with goodness.

Maids bouquets were designed with many of the same blooms but we also added clusters and gatherings of burlap into the bouquets.


Details, details, and more details, made this wedding so special. Bride Cassey was loaded with fabulous ideas and it was such a pleasure to help with this event.

Many thanks to all the vendors that made this day special.

Wedding planner – Ritzy Bee Events
Venue – Stone Manor
Florist – Holly Chapple Flowers
Make-up & Hair Artist – Amie Decker Beauty
Band – New York City Swing
Donut Food Truck – Carpe Donut
Calligraphy – Pretty Mail Calligraphy
Robes – Pretty Plum Sugar


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Catherine and Nate married just a few weekends ago at Tarara Winery. Tarara is a few miles from my home and this vineyard holds a special place in my heart. I love the owners of Tarara and it happens to be one of the most beautiful farms in Loudoun County. The property boasts amazing views of the vineyards, a remarkable lake, and also the Potomac River. Add to that a beautiful and happy couple, an amazing superstar photographer named Katelyn James and you have a picture perfect wedding.

I am obsessed with these detail shots Katelyn took. I love, love, love, these hair pins, one was designed for each maid. My creative mind was spinning when I saw them, I will definitely incorporate the look of these into some of our amazing bouts and corsages. I may even try it today!!

Catherine’s dress was hand made for her by designer  StephanieOBrien. I loved the custom tag that was sewn into the gown. Imagine having a one of a kind gown, that was made just for you, there is something ridiculously special about that.

Now about the flowers, Catherine chose a very simple bouquet she wanted to primarily carry daisies. The white daisies were gathered with peach stock, blue nigella love in the mist, peach stock, bupleurum, white alstroemeria, white spray roses and yellow tansy. The bouquet was bound with twine.

So simple, so sweet, so perfect!!!

Maids carried similar bouquets but on a smaller scale but the peach stock was only used in the bridal bouquet.

I am loving this post!! Thank you photographer Katelyn James, this is full out eye candy!!

Centerpieces were arranged in mason jars with a mix of the days flowers. Lace, books, lanterns and votives were added to each table.

Lawn games offered lots of fun for guests of all ages.

This was an amazing wedding and one that I was honored to be a part of. Happy married life Nate and Catherine, it was such a pleasure!!

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This past Sunday my bride Rebecca married her groom Benjamin. Their love story is one that had all of us wedding vendors weak at the knees. The story was so remarkable that it was featured in the New York Times on Sunday the day they married, you can read their story here. Believing in your clients and the love that they share makes the job of designing for a wedding all the more fun!! Rebecca & Benjamin met while climbing Mt. Everest so you will see there is a slight nod to their journey in our wedding details. Many thanks to event planner Kate, from Simply Chic who was remarkable to work with. This wedding was additionally special because of you.

We created a bridal bouquet of white cabbage roses, white ranunculus, dusty miller, queen annes lace, pale yellow stock, white feverfew and the last of the white peonies. The bouquet was wrapped in satin ribbon but we wrapped the satin with twine to soften the look.

Dusty Miller, billy balls, white ranunculus, nigella love in the mist, pale yellow stock, and scabiosa pods were used to create the maids bouquets. All of the bouquets were beyond beautiful!!!

Camping lanterns and mason jars were hung from the top of the sperry tent.

Camping lanterns, blue spruce, river rock, twigs, fern, and some wild flowers were used to decorate the tables. These elements spoke of the journey the couple had made to get to this amazing day. Vintage milk glass vases and old bottles gave the table a feeling of elegance in spite of our earthy elements. We also used mosses, pine cones, and wedges of wood or bark.

The mini Mt. Everest table numbers were one of my favorite details of the day.

This wedding was loaded with amazing inspiration but I want you to see those details when the professional images come in. I can promise you though that the rest of this wedding was perfectly designed and perfectly executed. I know you will enjoy seeing the professional images far more than mine, so it will be worth the wait.

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