As the snow falls in beautiful Upstate New York, it becomes clear: nature is the best artist. It's hard to beat Mother Nature's taste and perfect color combinations that evolve so effortlessly. Incorporating nature-inspired palettes and even bonafide nature pieces into your wedding ensures a stunning event.
When most people think of a natural winter palette for their events, the only colors that come to mind are white, gray, and steel. In fact, warm tones and bright colors are essential to completing the winter look. Just think about trees with vibrant red leaves against the snow, or stunning camel colored tree trunks with hints of pine-- colors are what make it work!
Try choosing a scene from nature that really inspires you and your groom or bride- to-be. Was your first kiss at dusk in the snow? Does a particular bird or plant have special meaning to you? Use what you love from nature and incorporate it into your design--it will look fantastic and your wedding will be that much more meaningful.
Take a look at these stunning nature-inspired wedding palettes:
The trick is incorporating these colors in the most subtle ways. This bouquet is a beautiful way to incorporate nature and bold colors at a wedding.
It can't get better than a beautiful winter day as your backdrop when saying "I do" and it's completely possible to take your wedding outside in the snow and look great doing it! There are are tons of tricks to beat the cold and make your ceremony a winter wonderland. Plus, while the ceremony may be outside, you can always move the reception to the warm indoors or a heated tent.
These are the most elegant snow boots I've ever seen. The combination of rugged and soft work effortlessly here!
You can also beat the cold with some amazing fur pieces, capes, and shawls. If you're vegan lifestyle doesn't match up with wearing fur, no worries! Try a pretty cropped cape with a thick lining to keep you warm.
Here are some of my favorite fur and wedding dress combos:
One of my favorite venues for an indoor and outdoor winter wedding is Hewitt Hill Farm in Woodstock, Vermont. Plus, this venue offers overnight accommodations, so you and your favorite guests can keep the party going and enjoy an entire wedding weekend.
Imagine this beautiful ceremony covered with a glistening blanket of snow...amazing!
This venue also allows for a grand tent on the lawn. I love the idea of a tent wedding because it's original, fun, and always turns out so sophisticated. Plus, since the tent is not officially "indoors" you have a lot more decoration leeway. For example, you don't have to worry about pine needles falling on the floor or getting in the carpet. Or if you want to incorporate rustic decor, there aren't any major cleanup worries.
This tented wedding at Hewitt Hill Farm even incorporated authentic farm pieces!
Another estate that is just perfect for incorporating the best of nature in your wedding is Cobble Close Farm in Red Bank, New Jersey. Besides the fact that this estate is historically breathtaking and enormous, it has a perfect combination of rustic outdoors and elegant indoors. This estate can easily transform into a winter wonderland!
After you've selected the best estate to fit your white winter dream, let the fun begin! You can always find ways to harness nature's best in your wedding. Just remember it's all about the details and little touches!
I love this use of nuts and pines coupled with elegant glassware. This would be great for sprucing up a "Sign In" table.
You can even have some DIY name card holders made from things you would find in your very own backyard. Have your bridal party over for a DIY and Wine Night and this could be a lot of fun to make!
The beauty of nature is everywhere, just look around! The key is maintaining a balance and remembering to be adventurous!
Take a walk outside or go for a hike to inspire you with some even more ways to incorporate nature in your wedding, then tell us what you find, we'd love to hear!