Text by Melissa Kenyon
Whether you are queen of the outdoors, adventurous and free-spirited, or glamping—sans bugs and dirt—is your preferred cup of tea, there are exquisite ways of incorporating nature’s beauty into your wedding day.
We asked Bermuda’s wedding experts how to pull off the perfect woodland wedding, and we are still swooning in a swirl of wildflowers and baby’s breath.
First things first, pick the colors that will help carry your theme. There are various routes you can take with your palette using either vibrant or neutral hues.
“White, ivory, cream, and accents of green look stunning; or peach, coral, and brown, accented by soft green,” suggests Marguerite Clark, Creative Director of Demco.
“Apart from grassy green, ivory, khaki, and mushroom, I’m addicted to influential colors like gold and titanium, which have a solid intensity and presence,” explains Nikki J. Begg, Creative Director and Founder of Petals and Bermuda Bride.
Once you’ve selected your colors, it’s time for the fun part— adding style to your big day. With a woodland theme, you can get inventive with your décor and arrangements. In addition to gorgeous flowers, try adding feathers and leafy foliage to mix it up. Nikki recommends adding natural aesthetics like wild mushrooms, pine cones, acorns, and speckled eggs.
“There are the most wonderful sprawling ferns and large monstera leaves, along with sinewy vine that add character to a woodland theme,” Nikki says.
To achieve a magical ambiance, Nikki likes to add tree stumps with mason jars brimming with wildflowers. She also hangs bistro lights or lanterns for the softest glow. Some of Marguerite’s favorite decorative additions include re-purposed rustic furniture and a willow arch with local cascading foliage.
Instead of floral arrangements, you might opt for an assortment of terrariums. Marguerite fills hers with soil, pebbles, sand, air plants, succulents, faux coral, and weathered colored glass.
Now that you’ve planned your décor, it’s time to perfect your bridal look. Instead of a veil, Marguerite suggests a floral fascinator, floral crown, clusters of baby’s breath, or a large gardenia or peony. Feathers and lace also add a romantic, earthy edge.
For the groom’s boutonniere, don’t be afraid to ditch the traditional bloom. Nikki loves fiddlehead fern, which she calls “ethereal and dramatic.” Marguerite adds succulents, branches, moss, and feathers to create a handsome offbeat boutonniere.
The sky’s the limit when planning a woodland wedding. Your wedding stylist, Mother Nature, will undoubtedly provide you with a beautiful venue, decorated with flowers and trees. You just need to add an extra touch of whimsical elegance.