Dear Preston: How Did You Bring a Fairy Tale To Life?
July 11, 2012
I fell in love with this photo when I saw it on the back of a magazine. I sent it off to a magazine company and they where extremely helpful in informing me it was done by your team. I was hoping you could tell me more about it. It’s like looking into a fairy tale!
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. This photo is from a wedding I designed in Carmel, CA. I like to call it “Re-Inventing Mother Nature”. Carmel and the surrounding areas are beautiful and we searched until we found the perfect location, a home with a large backyard. Unfortunately, time had stolen most of what was in the backyard, aside from a beautiful tree. There was no garden so we decided to create our own by taking the following steps:
- We connected with a wonderful grower in the area and were able to get lots of flowering potted plants.
- We built a gazebo with cascading flowers.
- We purchased lanterns to create the magical, fairy tale-like effect you reference in your kind letter.
- Finally, we placed a wooden runner down the aisle.
There is something very holy and magical about getting married with the sky as your altar. That said, I must encourage all clients and vendors to have a rain plan! In most cases, mother nature provides a gorgeous setting and in this case, we simply enhanced what was already perfect.
I am working mostly on outdoor weddings (as a florist or designer) this summer. I’d love to know which you prefer–indoor or outdoor ceremonies–and why?