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An earthy woodland wedding shoot with exquisite animal masks and a seasonal winter bouquet of seedheads and ferns // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

What better way to kick off the New Year than with a seasonal appropriate earthy woodland wedding shoot. It’s full of winter wedding inspiration – think feathers, seedheads, foliage and pine cones. Plus the most exquisite animal masks we’ve ever seen. These are proper grown up masks, perfect we reckon if you want a quirky detail to add a twist to your wedding photos.

So what do I love most about this earthy woodland wedding shoot? I love the attention to seasonal details like the pine cone and pheasant feather hair decorations. It’s over to photographer Megan Duffield to tell us more about what inspired the shoot…

An earthy woodland wedding shoot with exquisite animal masks and a seasonal winter bouquet of seedheads and ferns // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

An earthy woodland wedding shoot with exquisite animal masks and a seasonal winter bouquet of seedheads and ferns // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

An earthy woodland wedding shoot with exquisite animal masks and a seasonal winter bouquet of seedheads and ferns // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Winter wedding hair with feathers and pine cones // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Winter wedding flower crown // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Gold leaf crown

There has been so much love for flower crowns over the past year or so, and I am all for wearing flowers in your hair on your wedding day, it’s just nice to see alternatives to the big statement flower headpieces once in a while.

When I saw this idea for a gold leaf flower crown (and that it comes with a DIY guide so you can make it yourself) I thought it would be perfect for a winter bride.  Spraying foliage gold takes me back to my childhood, but this is a much more chic version than anything I created as a kid.

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Greenery chandelier

As a wedding blogger I find it’s easy to get past Christmas and New Year and suddenly start thinking about spring – in fact, I’m all too guilty of doing this in my everyday life.  It’s a shame, because winter’s only just begun and apart from the rain and dark days it’s not all that bad.

I think that inspiration and ideas for winter weddings can often get overlooked, so today I wanted to share this image of a simple way to decorate your wedding venue for a seasonal winter wedding.  Just because it’s winter you don’t need to feel that seasonal foliage limits you to holly and ivy, or wreaths.  Keep your tables refined and uncluttered with a simple arrangement of candles (I really like how they are varying heights and sizes) and a scattering of fragrant woody herbs, and create a focal point of greenery wound round a metal chandelier.

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Evergreen branch place settings

Christmas or winter weddings can be dreamt up so beautifully with just a little bit of inspiration  – I love this so, so simple idea for place settings using small trimmings of Christmas tree branches with a rustic luggage tag tied on.  Just popped in each guest’s dinner place they would bring festive cheer to any winter wedding reception.

Regular readers will know I’m all about the simplest ideas being the best, but don’t they look so effective when you get it right?  I love images that conjour up a whole ‘look’ or ‘feel’ for a wedding or celebration – can’t you just imagine a natural, rustic winter wedding unfolding from this one idea for using evergreen branches for place settings?  Lots of twinkling candles, greenery and garlands, simple linens with maybe a hint of festive berry red, and tree trunk cake stands.

Image: Sean Flanigan via Ruffled

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Blackboard decorated with a garland of foliage

Such great inspiration for an autumn wedding when seasonal flowers are fewer, make use of foliage by decorating with garlands.  It looks fun with the foliage garlands around this blackboard, but they can also be used to decorate over archways often found at the entrance to churchyards, or over doorways (perhaps the main entrance way to your wedding reception?) like this one here.

Thanks so much for celebrating more than a week of seasonal ideas and inspiration for autumn weddings – this is the last day!  You can view all the posts from my natural autumn wedding special.

Image: Sarah Ryhanen

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Fern bouquet

Not to long ago I did a two part feature on using ferns in your bridal or bridesmaid bouquets – one looking at bold and colourful arrangements, and the other focusing on a soft and neutral palette.  I hadn’t, however, featured any bouquets that were just purely ferns, mainly because I hadn’t seen any – until today.

Fern wedding bouquet

This gorgeous bouquet is made up of only ferns and I think it is so delicate and feminine, perfect for someone who wants a very pared down and natural bouquet.  Weddings that incorporate or reflect woodland settings have always had a following, but I hear on the grapevine that woodland weddings are set to be very popular next year – this fern bouquet would fit perfectly.

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You rarely see a floral wedding bouquet without any flowers, but here’s one that I think shows how beautiful they can be – with just lots of gorgeous greenery, a few sprigs of red berries and some seedheads for interest.

More gorgeous photos from this Californian sea ranch wedding here.  Or if you’re looking for a seasonal wedding bouquet have a look at these wonderful businesses who could create one (and possibly grow it!) for you.

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