Chapel Designers in Australia: Holly Chapple, Françoise Weeks, NSW Workshop, June 2014

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Holly Chapple NSW 2014 workshops
Great excitement is rippling through the Australian floral world, and not just because Mother’s Day is coming up. The remarkably popular Holly Chapple is bringing her Chapel Design 2014 Workshop to Australia in June and everyone – including Holly herself – is très excite!

Chapel Designers workshop Australia 2014

Chapel Designers workshop Australia 2014


I dropped into French there not just to sound intelligent (ok I had to Google it) but because Holly will be accompanied by Françoise Weeks, the Belgium born, US-based floral designer. They will be co-leading the 3 day workshop in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales in tandem – double value!

Also we are super-excited to announce that we, Tesselaar Flowers, are a sponsor for the event!

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3 Day Wedding Workshop With Holly Chapple & Françoise Weeks

Holly Chapple & Francoise Weeks

Holly Chapple & Francoise Weeks, coming to Australia June 2014!

This exclusive hands-on workshop will run over 3 days at the terribly lovely Hopewood House in Bowral. Françoise will be presenting techniques based on her famous Woodlands arrangements and according to the workshop details page, she will explore with attendees how to make woodland bouquets as well as centerpieces, using foliage, bark, berries, seedpods, twigs, mushrooms, herbs and some flowers.

Holly meanwhile will lead classes that draw inspiration from her signature lush bridal bouquets as well as hairpieces, centerpieces, and discussions about the mechanics behind large elevated designs and flower garlands.

An example of Holly's style

An example of Holly’s style

About The Chapel Designers

Attending these workshops will not be the end of it for those who can make it, because it seems that the workshops are just the starting point for admission into the Chapel Designers network, an international group started by Holly Chapple in 2010 that has become very popular.

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Her website describes The Chapel Designers as “an international support system for floral designers servicing weddings and special events … a supportive and nourishing environment that encourages and cultivates the unique and individual talents of the designers in this group … an environment dedicated to cultivating success in each designer and encouraging members to maintain their own identities, design from their hearts, and learn to listen and trust their intuitive voices.”

Organiser Michelle Van Eimeren of Affair With George Flowers (and one of the winners of our 2013 Top Gun Wedding Flowers Competition) says of Holly “She’s just really good at getting people excited about stuff! What an opportunity it is to meet this lady and learn from her, I think people could really benefit from it. I myself feel so inspired by this lady, I am so excited about this event – to learn from two such wonderfully successful and experienced floral designers!”

Holly certainly does seem to be a powerhouse. Here’s a new video from her that I know you will not regret taking a moment to watch.

Holly Chapple Flowers from Josh Gooden on Vimeo.

Wow. As a marketing guy, who consumes so many marketing videos can I just say that that marketing video, is one of the SINGLE most powerful, professional and moving piece of marketing I have EVER seen. I seriously got tingles. I think I have a new ambition – to be THAT good at what I do!

Anyway! If you’re a wedding and event florist I am sure that, if you can attend, you will get a lot out of this workshop. Go here for more details, there are limited spaces available so be quick.

botanical headpiece Françoise Weeks

Botanical headpiece and scarf with muscari, hellebore and fritillaria by Françoise Weeks

Françoise Weeks

And not to forget the other amazing star of the show, below we have a gallery of exquisite work by Françoise Weeks coming up on our blog very soon. We are also hoping to get an interview with one or both of these talented designers soon – so stay tuned!

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  1. Thank you for this lovely post. We are so honored and excited to be coming to see you. I am thrilled about the new friends we will meet and designing in your beautiful country. You can have that interview with me whenever you like!!!

  2. Wow what a dream that would have been.. I wish it had been announced with a bit of time to organise time to come as well as pay for it… Surely it’s been in the works for a long time, but we get 6 Weeks notice, or three weeks if you found out through the Tessellaars newsletter:( I’m sure it will be a great experience for the lucky ones.

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      Hi Hannah, my suggestion is you contact Holly’s organisation to try and get on her mailing list. I am sure she’ll be back again and this way you’re sure to know well in advance 🙂

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