'Gilmore Girls': A Not-So-Modest Proposal
With all seven seasons of the beloved series now streaming on Netflix, we've got the backstory on the grand gesture that rendered Lorelai (Lauren Graham) uncharacteristically speechless — and left viewers swooning
In the season 1 finale of Gilmore Girls, Lorelai explains to boyfriend Max (Scott Cohen) what a proper proposal should look like: ”There should be a thousand yellow daisies, and candles, and a horse, and I don’t know what the horse is doing there unless you’re riding it, which seems a little over-the-top…” Max takes Lorelai’s words to heart — leading to one of the show’s most romantic and visually arresting moments. Here’s how it came together.
Much thought was put into the choice of flower.
Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator-director It wouldn’t be roses. Daisies are such a hardy, everyday-Joe kind of flower. We didn’t want it to be daffodils or something sort of wispy.
Next came the matter of actually getting the daisies.
Sherman-Palladino A thousand yellow daisies actually sounds like a lot, but when you put a thousand yellow daisies in a big room, like our set, it’s kind of like a table arrangement. Three or four times we had to send people back to get yellow daisies. I think we wiped out yellow daisies on the West Coast.
Production designer Sandy Veneziano and crew scoured everywhere — the studio’s greens department, nurseries, and grocery stores. (Some blooms were even fake.)
Sandy Veneziano, Production Designer We cheated a little bit on some of the shots. We would push the background daisies — if it wasn’t a wide shot — further in and put some on apple boxes so they were a little higher and filled the space.
With thousands of daisies in place, it created a stunning effect. Veneziano It was like a sea of yellow. It was just amazing.
Sherman-Palladino Once we started playing out camera angles, I had [crew] guys that looked like they’d just murdered a family on the freeway yelling from the rafters, saying, ”You’ve got to shoot from up here, it’s gorgeous.” Suddenly everyone’s a florist.