The wedding of Samantha Carisch and Taylor Sinclair of Redondo Beach, California, took place on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Chateau St. Jean Winery in Sonoma County’s Kenwood, California, with details from the dress and honeymoon to the flowers and cake decided by readers of TheKnot.com.
When The Knot’s 2014 Dream Wedding was live-streamed, an estimated 200,000 online viewers watched! We can expect to hear that this year’s audience was just as impressive or even larger!
For the second year, Certified American Grown Flowers partnered with The Knot to provide all-American blooms, flowering bulbs, stems, branches and foliage for the wedding’s floral fashions.
From the delicate boutonnieres on Taylor’s lapel to the thoroughly romantic bouquet of peonies and roses held by Samantha as she walked down the petal-strewn aisle, to the urns spilling with flowers decorating the ceremony and the lush centerpieces adorning the reception tables, the event was all about the flowers.
A major supporter of American-grown flowers, Christina Stembel and her talented and passionate Farmgirl Flowers team of designers created botanical magic for The Knot’s Dream Wedding. The planning began in April when The Knot editors announced the selection of Farmgirl Flowers as the 2015 Dream Wedding floral designer and named Certified American Grown Flowers as the exclusive floral provider.
Based on input from the couple and inspired by the California Wine Country setting, Farmgirl Flowers created four distinct floral themes that were presented in an online video feature with Christina Stembel. The Knot’s fans voted and selected “Modern Glam,” a play on Farmgirl’s signature carefree style featuring bright pastel florals and rustic wood and metal vessels.
Once the floral fashions were determined, the procurement was led by Kathleen Williford, the special event manager and staff florist for Certified American Grown and California Cut Flower Commission (and the force behind our Field to Vase Dinner Tour). Kathleen and colleague Janice Wills Curtis sent out requests to flower farms across the U.S., asking for their support by donating to the cause.
As a result, thousands and thousands of stems arrived last week at Farmgirl Flowers’ studio in San Francisco. Two exciting and very busy design days followed and by 5 a.m. on the morning of the ceremony, I joined six Farmgirl Flowers’ team members at their studio to carefully load the vans with all the flowers — something like 75 individual arrangements and pieces — and drive to Sonoma Valley. We arrived at Chateau St. Jean’s grounds by the crack of dawn and began the setup, getting every flower in place before the ceremony began at noon!
It’s no surprise to learn that even with most detailed planning, some last-minute “fluffing” is required. Working on-site, surrounded by buckets of even more gorgeous blossoms, Christina and her team members put the finishing touches on the centerpieces and ceremony flowers.
All day, from our arrival at Chateau St. Jean to the moment when the last petal was raked from the grass, The Knot’s editors, the wedding planner, the bridal party and guests consistently raved about the flowers. It was a wonderful success for Certified American Grown Flowers.
One comment by Christina, posted with photos to the Farmgirl Flowers’ Facebook page, was particularly inspiring:
We had so much fun doing the flowers for The Knot’s dream wedding. It’s proof that you can do 100% American Grown Flowers without sacrificing style (at least we think so!). Thanks again to The Knot for including us, Debra Prinzing for her tireless hard work helping us this week, and to Kathleen Williford, Janice Wills Curtis, Kasey Cronquist and all the American flower farmers that donated such amazing flowers! Booyah!
Thanks to these American flower farms for contributing a fantastic and diverse selection of their high-quality, fresh, and seasonal harvest for The Knot Dream Wedding!
Albin Hagstrom & Son
Green Valley Floral
Joseph & Sons
Mellano & Co.
Ocean View Flowers
Sun Valley Floral Farms
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About The Knot Dream Wedding
The Knot Dream Wedding began in 2000 when The Knot and the TODAY show partnered to create one of the first ventures into interactive television, TODAY Ties The Knot. Millions of TV viewers watched The Knot editors preview key elements of the wedding on TV, as they encouraged America to vote online and make the final decision on everything from the dress, venue and the flowers to the cake and even the couple. This interactive TV partnership continued for 10 years.
In 2013, The Knot embarked on the first-ever live-streamed, crowd-sourced wedding planned by The Knot experts, celebrity wedding professionals and TheKnot.com members. The Knot Dream Wedding in 2014 was live-streamed to an incredible audience of approximately 200,000 online viewers. In 2015, The Knot Dream Wedding provided a glimpse into the future of the next generation of weddings by showcasing how cutting-edge technology that can be applied to a wedding in a meaningful and personalized way.