Jan + Jeff | Jun 2, 2018
So what do you do when you planned for a backyard woodland wedding complete with cookout and bonfire and its freezing and raining on your actual wedding day? You re-create the day a few weeks later and take beautiful pictures of what the day should have looked like! That’s exactly what Jan and Jeff did.
The couple met in New York City, where they were both living and working as graphic designers (yes, both of them!) at the time – just a few blocks away from each other in the East Village. Their first date was at a tapas and wine bar in between the two apartments. Flash forward three years and Jeff proposed in the most magical sunflower field!
When it came time to plan the wedding, Jeff and Jan knew they wanted to use the beautiful forest in their backyard for inspiration. Cue a formal woodland fairytale theme. They kept it simple with a muted palette of peaches, pinks and lilacs.
“The forest is dense and full of life, so we didn't have to do a lot of decorating,” said the bride. “We loved having the trees as our natural decor.”
Unfortunately, their spring woodland wedding plans were squashed by all day rain and freezing temperatures.
“We had to move everything inside, quite disappointing when you have plans for a cookout, a bonfire and a woodland ceremony. This shoot was our chance to live out our vision and have the wedding photos we dreamed of,” Jan said.
Well, this re-created woodland fairytale wedding day is certainly what dreams are made of.
For starters, the bride’s gown was to die for. The Martina Liana lace gown was beautiful. The low back, button detailing, long train and deep cut neckline were stunning. She wore a simple pendant necklace and earrings. Her hair was half pulled back in a loose bun and loose curls all around. She topped it off the with most perfect fresh flower headband that made her look like the queen of the forest.
She carried a bridal bouquet in the wedding’s muted palette. It was full of greenery with fern leaves and woodland inspired flowers with roses, stock and snapdragon. It had a very loose and wild look.
The groom wore a custom suit from Indochina. He specified each detail in the navy blue, three-piece suit, including the patterned button detailing. He topped off the look with a white shirt, tiny flower-patterned tie and a pocket square
The bride said, “We both wanted our looks to be classic, timeless, and representative of our style.” And that’s exactly what they were!
The décor that set the stage for their reception space was oozing with vintage romance. A fabric upholstered vintage settee was a key piece for the look. It was surrounded by large wooden stumps, that the bride and groom actually found for free on Craigslist! They lined the stumps with candles and lanterns and it truly looked like something out of a fairytale.
The cake sat atop a weathered table in a pale blue color. A lace sheet was draped atop the table and a white pedestal cake stand on top of that. The three-tiered cake was breathtaking. The bottom tier was a pale peach color and smoothly frosted with a cream lace detailing. The top two layers were a simple smooth frost in cream and topped with a lush cascading cluster of lilac, peach and cream flowers.
The cake table also featured some greenery, vintage china from the bride’s family and a wood burned sign custom made by the bride and groom that read, “love sweet love.”
“Jeff and I spent weeks making our custom wood burned sign, something we can keep forever,” said the bride.
It’s thoughtful and personalized touches like that sign that gives us all the feels. Also giving us all the feels? The magical backyard swing. Which also happened to be the bride’s favorite use of floral décor.
The wooden backyard swing had rope handles that was lined with tons of greenery including fern leaves and long floral sprigs in a lilac color. Underneath the swing sat a vintage rug and lantern.
Even though this was not the bride and groom’s exact wedding day, it was pretty magical and the couple got to live their dream of a woodland fairytale wedding day.
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