by Larry Steckling
Just the mention of a vineyard wedding, at a venue nestled in the heart of lush and lovely wine country, brings to mind dozens of romantic images. Whether it be in Temecula, Napa, Sonoma or elsewhere, it is so easy to envision spectacular sunset views, placid lakes, charming creeks and stunning mountain vistas….
The bride and groom toasting each other in a Tuscan-style courtyard surrounded by a circle of trees lit by hundreds of twinkling fairy lights…
The graceful wedding ceremony set in a tranquil lakeside idyll…
The bridal couple brought to and from the ceremony site in an elegant horse-drawn carriage…
All of these scenarios, and many more, spring to mind when a vineyard wedding is up for consideration. These venues almost always have stellar customer service. Your wish is their command, and they cannot do enough to please you.
Of course, this comes with a realistic price tag. But, when you consider that both the ceremony and reception can be held in the same venue (and arrangements can often be made to host the rehearsal dinner and /or a day-after-the-wedding-brunch at the same facility), the price proves to be loaded with extra value. In fact, wine country venues are excellent destination wedding sites.
Becoming a part of the vineyard setting is very important to your floral designer. Indeed, with such a beautiful setting, the florist’s imagination shifts into high artistic gear.
Some innovations that are ideal for the wine country wedding are the use of such colors as rich reds, deep pinks, champagne and blush in the florals, as a subtle complement to the wines.
The use of grapes, both artificial and real, along with Hypericum and Viburnum berries goes along with the rustic feel of the vineyard setting.
Unique looks for the mother’s flowers and the groom’s boutonniere, are the use of a small vintage evening bag for the mother, and a fabric rectangle slid into the vest jacket pocket for the groom. The addition of flowers and berries or seed pods inside the bag, and glued to the top of the rectangle make these ideas into vivid realities.
Since the ceremony areas are unusual, they don’t always lend themselves to wedding arches or columns. Often, we only have a gate, fence or wagon wheel with which to work. Pew clips with flowers and foliage attached can be clipped onto such props. Or the use of a tall Shepherd’s hook on each side of the altar area, with a floral decorated willow wreath hanging from the hook is sometimes the perfect idea.
If this kind of venue excites you and your groom, find the one that works for you. Invite your floral designer to meet with you at your selected site, and let your imaginations take flight!
Keep the Flower Mania blossoming in your heart and have a blooming good day!