“H awaiian weddings often convey a sense of nature’s beauty, wrapped in discreet, understated, informal splendor,” Oxnard, California resident Harris Berger says, referring to his and Michael Quick’s wedding. “We decided early on that theme.”
Today many couples want theme weddings, but event producer Paul Bott says that unlike Harris and Michael, couples rarely have a theme in mind as they begin the planning process. Paul, who plans wedding and events in such locations as New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, and Paris, and whose clients include Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart and the producers of the Tony Awards, says “Usually couples do not come in with that plan. It just develops.” He advocates couples thinking about themselves as the theme. “Something will come up, such as ‘Our trip to Disneyland’, ‘Our love of dogs’ or ‘Our love of Venice’.” Whatever the theme, in addition to the inevitable high points and difficulties faced in planning any wedding, theme-based ceremonies can present challenges that are quite unique.
Hawaiian Backyard Tropics For Michael Quick, chef aboard a Marine research ship, and Harris Berger, Director of Development for the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance, their challenge was creating Hawaiian tropics in the backyard of their colonial revival-style home. To do so, Harris says they went on-line. “Mike shopped all the florals from Hawaiian online florists.” There, he found three-foot tall arrangements of giant long-stemmed red antherium, red ginger blossoms, purple and white dendrobiums, orchid sprays and exotic Hawaiian greenery.” The couple also shopped on-line for traditional men’s Hawaiian wedding shirts.