Styled Shoot: Into The Forest

Every wedding is magical in its way, but some really take the cake. Case in point: this enchanting example of forest nuptials, carried off under a canopy of trees. Here, nature takes center stage, with everything from lush flowers to delicate china settings following suit. Who is the couple that pledges their vows deep in the woods? Romantic nature-lovers who appreciate the timeless, unfussy appeal of the forest, nothing but a runner of leaves underfoot.

Photography: Hannah Ziegler
Dress & Suit: Caela Scott Bridal & Formalwear
Venue: Private Residence
Cake: Holland Cakery N’ Sweets
Signage: I.Do Signs
Hair & Make-up: Body Perfections Ltd. 
Furniture: The Rental Company
Flowers: Eastern Floral 

A swath of white fabric wrapped around trunks and bound by a full bundle of flowers makes for a fresh, deconstructed arch. Nothing is overworked here, not even the tangle of flowers crawling up the opposite trunk. Simple white benches are contained by long branches and decorated with fluffy ferns, creating loose rows and a natural-seeming aisle.

When you’re done being taken in by her woodland fairy hair and make-up, courtesy of Body Perfections Ltd. , and that stunning dress from Caela Scott Bridal & Formalwear, your eye will fall to the flowers. Garden roses, Queen Anne’s lace, mini roses, veronica, astilbe . . . and that’s just the half of it. The bouquet picks up the ferns and adds pitcher plant, vines, hanging amaranthus, poppy and lotus pods, and yes, even succulents. And we haven’t forgotten a statement flower: cymbidium orchids, just to make this bouquet even more transporting. We think the companion boutonniere is equally stunning.

This is how it all looks together. Take a minute.

Has our bride found herself resting under a luscious canopy of flowers and greens? Yes, in fact. She has.

A rustic setting for the reception calls, complete with some singular signage from I.Do Signs. In one case, a garlanded lamppost reveals a sweet message, and in the other, a copper platter serves up an inspired sentiment.

Warm wood tables from  The Rental Company are perfectly in step with the forest-floor feel. We topped them with small arrangements of flowers in varying heights, scattered along the table over a bed of moss, which forms a delightful runner. Floral china creates a beautiful contrast and completes the rich-yet-organic feel of the tablescape.

Dining in the great outdoors requires some substantial pieces, like this dresser-turned-cake buffet. The centerpiece confection from Holland Cakery N’ Sweets is a naked cake, a fitting choice for the natural feel of this wedding. More signs, a simple glass hive of water, and a runner of greens all work together to bring just enough of the indoors out. And when it’s time to go from the outdoors in? A rustic wood door topped with a wreath makes a wonderful transition.

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