Nobody hopes for rain on their wedding day, but it happens. And it has happened to our wonderful brides and grooms for two weekends in a row! I feel their pain. I woke up on the morning of my wedding to the sound of my now-husband singing me this Alanis Morrisette classic. But although rain on your wedding day is not, in fact, ironic (despite the name and chorus of the song), it can feel like a big dark cloud of stress looming over your plans. My husband and I had no rain plan, so for us rain was the stuff of our nightmares…until the moment came, and it started to drizzle, and it suddenly wasn’t that big of a deal. A real deluge at that moment and I might have cried, but a little rain wasn’t stopping us. After all that worrying, the beautiful grey light and colorful umbrellas made for really sweet pictures, happy flowers, and a great story!

Most of the wedding ceremonies we decorate, with the exception of some truly gorgeous church weddings, are outside surrounded by the incredible natural beauty of this area. We have the privilege of working at some of the most stunning ceremony sites around, many of them surrounded by mountains, farms, and vineyards. Below are two of our favorite ceremony sites at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards and Veritas Vineyard & Winery.

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But, should the weather head south for the big day, many of the venues we work with also have beautiful indoor spaces, or a big ole tent to accommodate wedding guests in a downpour. When we have to go with plan b, we can’t match the beauty of the mountains and grapevines, but we can work extra hard to beautify the indoor ceremony and give it a little extra something.

Occasionally a rainy day couple will get a break in the weather just long enough to chance it. This lucky couple got to sneak in their vows in between cloudbursts last week at Trump Winery. If the weather is up in the air, this often means that we wait until the very last moment for the couple to make the call and then set up in a whirlwind before the ceremony begins. A little added drama for the florists, caterers, and musicians!

Ceremony site at Trump WineryCeremony Flowers on wine barrel

Thanks to a steady downpour this past weekend, we decorated a beautiful indoor wedding at Keswick Hall. We hung two swags on the couple’s beautiful chuppah, each with garden roses, stock, and lisianthus radiating out from a huge cafe au lait dahlia. The bride’s bouquet also featured cafe au laits, with lush garden roses, fresia, and lisianthus.

Swag with dahlias, roses, stock, lisianthusChuppah at Keswick HallBridal bouquet featuring cafe au lait dahlias

Rain or shine, setting up for a wedding is always a big, beautiful, exciting blur. Besides, rain on your wedding day is good luck, or maybe that’s just what everyone told me!