By Stacy Jenel Smith
Last summer, Ben Affleck
and Jennifer Lopez
cancelled their wedding claiming that the media attention had become just too much. Come December 10, Ryan Sutter
and Trista Rehn
will deliberately celebrate their nuptials as the ultimate media event -- an ABC TV special, preceded by two one-hour shows of wedding preparations.\The non-wedding and the on wedding have floral designer Mark Held in common, and he's already getting ready for the TV event.
"Not only are we dealing with two people's wedding, but we have to deal with the production of the wedding for television," he points out. "There's lots and lots of cameras, and we're designing the ceremony with that in mind. The sight lines are different from the norm. We have to hide the cameras. And of course, nothing can block the bride. That's crucial. Anytime you're trying to shoot from 10 different angles, it's going to get complicated. But at the same time, we also want to give Trista exactly what she wants"
What does she want?
"Well, I don't think it's a secret that Trista likes pink," says the man who has presided over Mark's Garden, florist to the stars, for some 11 years. "It's not going to be a gaudy pink, but a lot of whites and creams and pink. She's nuts for pink. It's a great color for her, being blond. It's going to be a Cinderella fairy tale wedding -- not edgy."
And how about the groom?
"Ryan is fine with it," says Held with a smile. "Whatever she wants."
Held is already a TV wedding veteran, having designed for another reality show, "Race to the Altar." However, he's best known for creating floral decor for Hollywood events, such as the Academy Awards Governor's Ball, and for celebrity affairs, with weddings high on the list.
As for Ben and J.Lo, "I don't now where that's going at this point," he demurs. "She was so wonderful to work with. I expected Jennifer to be more contemporary in what she wanted, but she's a very traditional girl. She has exquisite taste."
What happened to all the flowers Mark had prepared for the wedding that didn't happen in Santa Barbara? "Jennifer donated them to local children's hospitals," he says.
Looking back over some of his favorite celeb weddings, Held notes a wide variety of tastes and looks that exemplify the stars' individuality.
When pop music glam couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale tied the knot, "Gwen's look was very exotic in that it was very sharp-edged and contemporary. Everything for the reception was all red, very hot and clubby," he recalls.
When L.A. Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal wed Shaunie Nelson, the wedding was done "in all lavenders and violets. That was incredible. There were lots of children in that wedding, which was very great.
(Wedding coordinator) Mindy Weiss made special little low tables and kids'chairs for the reception."
Held recalls the outdoor wedding of Adam Sandler and Jackie Titone, held on a cliff overlooking the ocean in Malibu, as having its own set of challenges.
"You're dealing with celebrities and there are issues you have to be aware of -- paparazzi and helicopters -- and you have to design for that situation. For that wedding, we did an aisle covered with silk, so they would have privacy."
Adam and Jackie had "roses, tons and tons of roses."
There'll be more than 20,000 roses and hundreds of candles utilized in the wedding of Rehn, a physical therapist, and Sutter, the poetry-writing fire fighter she chose last February from among 25 suitors on "The Bachelorette." Trista and Ryan are said to be getting $1 million to let ABC run the show for their wedding.
Rehn will wear two different dresses from designer Badgley Mischka during her wedding event.
"I really wanted a dress for the ceremony that would be more full and kind of princess-like and then one to be able to just dance and have a really good time and not have to worry about my dress at the reception," Rehn said on "Good Morning America."
She also said that she and her fiance agreed to the televised wedding because they figured it could be everything they've ever dreamed of and their parents wouldn't be financially burdened at all. Nice.