A Forest Wedding Tablescape

Feather Wedding Save The Date

I have the most wonderful surprise in store for you today. I am so excited to welcome Rebecca of Duet Weddings as a new contributor on Once Wed. When I think of individuals who I consistently draw inspiration from, Rebecca is one of them and I’m thrilled she will be joining us every couple of months on Once Wed…

Most of my inspiration ultimately tends to begin with nature, and for this shoot in particular, I had dreams of a forest at dusk. I think there is something completely enchanting and alluring about the dark, untamed, forest wilderness. I wanted to harness this, and celebrate the power and natural elegance of nature while infusing it with a bit of opulence.

For the tabletops, the wildly talented Kate Holt created little works of floral art which she combined with woodsy elements- interesting mosses, lichen, bark (some of which had these fabulous little mushrooms growing!) all housed within vintage jewelry boxes and antique horn vases. We incorporated wild bird feathers (guinea, wild turkey, pheasant,) snail shells and natural chunk honey for a beautiful amber color that we wanted to incorporate.

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Erica O’brien made the most perfect little cake- a subtle faux bois pattern with a bit of a silvery finish (to evoke weathered wood) and the most delicately shaped guinea feather and tiny nest were the finishing touches.

Stay tuned for Part II of this beautiful story coming up next!

Photography by Jose Villa

24 Responses to “A Forest Wedding Tablescape”

  1. olivia

    the cake, flowers, dress, photography…everything is absolutely out-of-this-world stunning!!

  2. Lex Cut

    A most unique wedding! The cake, the eggs on the nest, the feathers with the name impirnted on it.. magical. They might as well add wood nymphs for a Peter Pan sort of feeling.

  3. kc

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Who is this dress by!?! It’s taking my breath away!

  4. kristi

    This may be one of my favorite posts ever! I’ve been planning to use lots of little feathers in our own designs and until now haven’t seen anything like the natural, soft use of them here. More common are the big ostrich feathers. In Michigan we love our Loons, so we have collected dozens of loon feathes after the fall and spring moltings the last few seasons. I was afraid they wouldn’t have an impact, being so small, but now I know they’ll work. Thank you! Gorgeous!

  5. Pergolina

    wow this is one of the most magical weddings. love the use of feathers. the abundance of rich textures and colors. everything looks so lush and delicious (including the bride!)

  6. Rachel

    Oh my goodness this is beautiful! And such inspiration too! I’m getting married in my backyard next spring and would love to know how you went about getting those lights in the trees. I figure extension chords would be the obvious, but I’m curious to know if you came up with an easier way. This is one of my favorite weddings on OnceWed!

  7. misty

    oh woow, is it possible to be in love with a wedding?? lol cause i think i just fell!


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