It seems like rustic and woodsy weddings have become more and more popular in recent years. Probably because they’re romantic, quaint, and it’s easy to DIY your decor! It’s a good “theme” to pick without getting too cheesy, and it usually compliments outdoor weddings perfectly— especially if you have mountains and greenery as your backdrop.
Since I’m having a California mountain wedding myself, we’re definitely going to be incorporating some rustic elements. These ideas snapped from real weddings by our wedding photographer, Michael J. Costa, are totally inspiring me for our big day!
1Tree Slice Cake Stand
I am in love with this simple idea that makes a statement! Using a tree slice as a cake stand adds great decoration to otherwise simplistic cakes.
2Thrifted Finds as Decor
Mis-matched and vintage finds from the thrift store make for great decor to set the mood. These old suitcases, wall signs and dresser come together to create a cute scene dressed up with flowers.
3Mason Jar Aisle Flowers
What’s a rustic wedding without mason jars? These are a great way to hang your aisle flowers, and you can paint them to match your color scheme! Add a little water inside to keep the flowers looking fresh if you’re setting up early.
4Antique Doors as an Arch
This couple used antique doors for a unique arch, which may have symbolized stepping into their new lives and building a home together. You can find antique doors at local flea markets, thrift stores or salvage yards to add a one-of-a-kind touch.
5Wood & Wheelbarrows
Having some weathered wood pieces like a wheelbarrow is an easy way to add a rustic feel. Use it as a backdrop for some of your accessory shots for a nice new-vs-old contrast.
6Hand Carved Cake Topper
Back to the cake— this hand carved wooden cake topper is rustic yet elegant with the engraved names of the couple, and adds another touch of nature to the pristine confection.
7Pine Cone Cake Decor
Adding small pine cones are a free way to dress up your rustic cake. Just be sure soak them in a water/vinegar mixture for about a half hour, then bake them at 200 degrees for about 30 minutes to clean and de-bug them. Let them air dry for a couple days and you’ll be left with cake-ready cones! Or, you can just buy some on Amazon.
8DIY Arch Decor
This couple used wicker balls and ribbon to add a chandelier effect to their arch, along with beaded string. It definitely added a more “natural” feel to the iron arch provided by the venue!
9The Veil Shot
The hanging veil and dress shots are essential for any wedding. If you’re having a rustic theme, try to find a weathered background that will make your accessories pop— like this hanging rake and wooden wall that makes the veil stand out.
10Must-Have Scenery Shot
One of my favorite types of pictures for mountain weddings that you have to add to your list is getting the wedding party in front of some greenery with the sun shining through. It’s such a magical ambiance that really highlights why you chose to have a woodsy wedding.