When your youngest daughter gets married and your backyard has an amazing forest behind it, the only thing to do is hold the celebration there! But be prepared for a bit of work: first you have to tame Mother Nature a bit; then the magical transformation begins as you build on nature’s beauty to make it sparkle!
Decorating is often done in layers, and is especially important for a wedding. After weeks of clearing the forest floor, the magic could really begin. First the canopy tree lights went up, then crystals and fairy lights were placed to add pizazz. A crystal chandelier hung above the head table brought it all together. Glass cylinder vases and candles, together with engagement pictures, were used on the forest floor by tree stumps, in lieu of a photo board. Finally, lanterns were placed to mark the path to the dining tables.
Thanks to the very talented Dann and Amy from Beneath the Bark, we had a stunning head table custom made from reclaimed cedar. The beautiful silver trumpet vases and the glass cylinder vases were purchased online from Wholesale Flowers and Supplies. This is a must-visit site if you are getting ready for a wedding, or really any event!
The chargers were 13” squares cut from a roll of silver wire mesh, also purchased from Wholesale Flowers and Supplies. The thank you cards were printed on literally “the perfect wedding paper”. It was the perfect weight and had just the right sparkle to it, ordered from Amazon
Beautiful Blossoms Used in Floral Arrangements
This floral arrangement in the sitting area is a great arrangement to see the flowers and greenery used for the wedding.
- David Austin Kiera and Patience roses
- Vendela Roses
- Mother of Pearl Roses
- Pink and White Ranunculus
- Pink and White Rose Spray
- Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
Not shown in the arrangement above, but used elsewhere were White Hydrangeas, Dusty Miller leaves, Seeded Eucalyptus, and Maiden Hair fern.
(Devil’s in the) Beautiful Wedding Details
The sign-in board was built by the groom. All the rest of these fabulous wood signs (as well as the “Happily Ever After” sign below) were made by Rachel’s cousins, Rick and Robyn! How’s that for dedication and love? You may not believe this, but there were approximately 60 yards of ribbon and lace on each of the Ribbon Rings, and the lovely bride made these. The rhinestones on the bride’s bouquet were only on “the day after bouquet” pictured here. I won’t even tell the story of how they didn’t make it on the bouquet the day of the wedding …
Path to the Forest
Happily Ever After Donut Bar & Wedding Cake
The groom only had one request: “Can we please have donuts at the wedding?” Absolutely!!! There was only one thing to do – have a donut bar. And, of course, if you are going to have donuts, you have to have milk!
The beautiful wedding cake was made by Tracy Davis-Sharp.
The Magic of Twilight
It was indeed a magical wedding, seeing the bride and groom so in love! What an amazing memory to be at an enchanted forest wedding surrounded by many of our dear ones. Speaking of which, we had so many amazing friends and family helping out those few days before the wedding. Special thanks to Chris Nascimento Photography, Brooke and KJ for the beautiful photos you see here. So to all you angels out there that helped us, thank you again! We love you to pieces! You all made it all beautiful by design.