It’s going to be a Show for the photo albums for Bill Schaffer and Kris Kratt. In addition to taking the Best of Show – Display Garden, Floral award for their exhibit, “Pele: Goddess of Fire,” the couple will be married on the main stage of the Show floor this Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 pm.
Wondering how this came to be—and how Bill talked Kris into it? I caught up with them a few days ago. The idea came out of a meeting of the Designer’s Studio team. While talking about Wedding Wednesday (a special event you can attend), the idea of actually having a wedding on the Show floor surfaced.
Former Flower Show chair Melinda Moritz remembered that Bill was engaged, so she “proposed” the idea to him. Bill called Kris, who was working at an event in Atlanta, and Kris said yes!
(Kris is used to public displays of affection from Bill — watch his onstage proposal at the American Institute of Floral Designers meeting on YouTube.)
So come on out to see Bill and Kris tie the knot on Wednesday. Their reception will include a cake from TLC’s Cake Boss (who will be filming at the Show that night), and the wedding flowers are sure to be terrific. (The bride and groom are designing their own bouquet and boutonniere; friends are doing the others.)
Watch Bill talk about Schaffer Designs’ award-winning exhibit, “Pele: Goddess of Fire” and the incredible international team of designers who came in to make it possible.