On Sunday October 8, the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour stopped in Waterford, Virginia, where 122 people enjoyed a magical evening at Hope Flower Farm. Certified American Grown flower farmer and floral designer Holly Chapple and her husband, Evan, purchased the farm in 2015 to be a floral designer’s paradise; a creative space for designers to come design, where people could host special events and where beautiful American Grown Flowers could grow.
The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner was the farm’s first big dinner event.
Never before had a ticketed event been held on the farm. Never before had a dinner for over 100 people been set inside their barn.
And you would have never known.
One guest shared their experiencing saying, “The beautiful countryside, the magnificent floral arrangements, the gorgeous tablescapes, the gracious hosts, the happy dinner guests, the vintage architecture of the buildings all combined for an evening of magic.”
The threat of rain forced the decision to move the dinner inside one of the two large barns at Hope Flower Farm. The other barn played host to the dinner’s reception. While the rain held off, the double-barn experience worked out wonderfully, giving guests the opportunity to see and explore both the inside and outside beauty of the old dairy farm.
During the reception, Holly and Evan provided a personal tour of the farm, highlighting its history and their vision for its future. Our guests also enjoyed a special floral inspired cocktail by Catoctin Creek Distillery, located just down the road from Hope Flower Farm. The evening’s wine was provided by our national sponsor Geyser Peak Winery and the beer was provided by Old Ox Brewery of Ashburn.
A wonderful meal prepared by Tuscarora Mill Restaurant (aka Tuskies) was served family style and displayed beautifully on custom wood platters.
Chef Thomas Harvey shared what inspired the evening’s menu, thanking the local produce farms for providing the fresh and seasonal ingredients used throughout the menu that evening.
All of our Field To Vase Dinner events are special, but our dinner at Hope took a turn, a very special and personal turn, to recognize our evening’s host, flower farmer, floral designer and event planner Holly Chapple, for her 25 years in business. As a complete surprise to Holly, we took the opportunity and occasion of our Field to Vase Dinner to help honor and acknowledge Holly for her 25th anniversary in business. Holly was presented with a special resolution from Congresswoman Barbara Comstock who read her letter to Holly and announced that the recognition would be written into the Congressional Record. All of our guests were invited to sign a special framed print of Holly and Evan (Holly’s favorite photo of her and Evan), which was presented to Holly along with a one-of-a-kind focaccia bread created by Tuskies, her first client 25 years ago.
It was a wonderful conclusion to a magical evening on a beautiful American Grown Flower farm where photos by Taken by Sarah Photography helped to capture the occasion. Over 300 photos from the evening can be found on our Flickr page.