A Wild Wedding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park | Flowers by Simply Adina Floral Design

By, March 07, 2013

When I met with Meredith and Mark, they knew they wanted a tight, clean look for their October wedding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. They came to me in February, well before their wedding date, to make sure we had ample time to solidify a floral design. The overall concept was to create something that would be simple, yet still “pop”, and complement their day without overwhelming it.


There is so much texture at The Safari Park, and it’s predominantly green, in varying shades & hues. Because of the park’s striking beauty, with its lush, shapely foliage in every direction, we agreed on beautiful shades of burnt orange as the theme color. The orange delivered a visual punch and a simple, crisp look, and it played off the natural beauty of the surroundings.


Meredith’s bridal bouquet was a simple cluster of Mango & Flame, which are two kinds of mini Calla Lilies. I opted to use both varieties because they provided different textures & variations, all within the same narrow color scale. Her bouquet was clean, understated, and beautiful!


Mark’s boutonnière was a single Mango Calla Lily, which was wrapped in a shiny gun-metal ribbon. It was designed to mirror the table linens at the reception!


For the reception chairs, we added Circus Roses down the aisle side, providing another accent and color. We also included a few “Kermit” Button Mums, Bear’s Grass, and Lemon Tip, which mimicked the shades and shapes of the Safari Park’s wonderful greenery.


For lighting during the ceremony, the original idea was for a vintage chandelier to hang over Meredith and Mark during their vows. However, after much discussion, we knew we needed more of a visual impact than even a very large chandelier could offer! Instead, we suspended lanterns at varying heights and distances. The result was a breathtaking, romantic display that kept the guests focused on the bride and groom.


The centerpieces at the reception were simple clusters of Circus Roses & Lemon Tip, placed atop shiny, gun-metal linens. The design flow was cohesive, and remained intact from the beginning of the event to the end.


Simple, clean designs can be deceiving. Sometimes, they are actually extremely complex to pull off! But I love the act of practiced restraint. These types of designs force me to work within very narrow parameters, for a finished look that is timeless and elegant. Meredith & Mark were a joy to work with!


Florist: Simply Adina Floral Design
Photography: True Photography
Officiant: Ceremonies by Bethel
Wedding Dress: Here Comes the Bride
Disc Jockey: JMC Events
Makeup: Lipstick & Luster
Venue: San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Check out more photos from Meredith and Mark’s wedding.

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