Bringing the Best of The Outdoors Inside
I had flowers to do for an outdoor wedding last week.
The location of the wedding was in a public garden in Granada Hills.
There was a pavilion in the garden and that’s where the bride and groom were going to have the ceremony done. So the pavilion needed a boatload of flowers and then flowers needed to be attached to the chairs that flanked the aisle leading up to the pavilion.
The reception hall was on the grounds of the gardens and that needed decorating too. And then, of course, there were all of the wedding flowers for the bridal party itself.
We worked way ahead of time to plan all of the flowers and how they would be arranged in the pavilion.
The bride had chosen roses and daylilies as a pairing for most of her arrangement. Her filler flower was baby’s breath and Boston ferns.
The day of the wedding ended up being rainy. I had had my eyes on the weather forecast leading up to the day, and I knew it was a good possibility. But I also knew it might not rain, so I was keeping my fingers crossed.
The crossed fingers didn’t help, so the entire event had to be moved indoors. When I got there with the flowers it was absolutely pouring.
Fortunately, the gardens had a back-up location for events such as this that got rained out.
They had an indoor solarium room and I had looked at that briefly when I went over to scout out facilities. It had a very high ceiling–I’m talking twenty feet–that sloped down to a normal ceiling height at the entry doors.
Where the ceiling was highest was an exterior wall that was entirely windows. The gardens lay in view of the windows. (Of course in the rain, there wasn’t much view!) Still, it let in light and you could see the outdoors so it was as close as possible to being outdoors without actually being out there.
I’m glad I saw the room ahead of time because when I knew that the forecast was rain for the day of the wedding, I decided what I would do in that room.
So at the wedding, instead of taking all of the flowers out to the pavilion, instead I took them inside to the Plan B room.
I brought in some props from a different outdoor event. One was like a pergola. I set up that pergola in the front and kind of re-created the pavilion feel inside the room.
I tied miles of bunting to the pergola. It was draped in swaths and then had kind of a waterfall of it on both sides of the pergola. (The ceremony was going to happen inside the structure.) I tucked roses and daylilies into the pergola so it looked like a vertical garden. And then I set two giant flower arrangements on either side of the pergola.
It was pretty easy to replicate the original plan of the flowers on the chairs leading up to the pavilion. I basically did the same thing inside–tied the bouquets to the sides of the outermost chairs that led up to the pergola.
The bride came in to check it out. She, of course, was all nervous and stressed out because of the rain and the change of the location but when she saw what I had done with the props and with the flowers, I could see her visibly relax.
She was happy, so I was happy.