When surrounded by such incredible natural beauty, like the rugged windswept charm of the Pacific Northwest, it’s hard not to be inspired by nature, every moment of the day — especially on the Big Day! These 10 bohemian affairs took inspiration from nature in many forms, we adore their sweetness, charming details, and all-natural austere. Check them out below for a little local boho inspiration!
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Just when I thought this Washington wedding couldn’t possibly get any prettier, the gallery proved otherwise. It’s the type of union that proves to be sweetly sentimental with each and every vivid bloom and pastel hue. And with affectionate words shared from the Groom below (you KNOW we love that!), Katy Weaver Photography snapped every moment of waterfront elegance to share!
From Katy Weaver Photography…One unique thing about this wedding is that the groom was really involved with the planning process. The bride was finishing up medical school, and is now in her first year of residency, so it was actually Dominic who wrote a description of their big day:
From The Groom…Lauren and I fell in love hiking through the New Zealand countryside, roadtripping through the Australian outback, and just generally adventuring as much as we possibly could, but we couldn’t imagine having a wedding that was prohibitively difficult for our family and friends to attend. Thus, our search for the perfect wedding venue led us to Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo, Washington which felt natural and remote, could be reached from Lauren’s hometown of Seattle with relative ease, and had great outdoor and indoor options (spring in Seattle is both beautiful and occasionally damp).
After visiting the venue exactly one year prior to our wedding date and seeing the many beautiful but multicolored flowers that sprung from every corner of the grounds, we decided to abandon the idea of a strict color scheme in favor of a more eclectic approach, which we described as “wildflower” rather than “random”. We were able to keep everything cohesive by sticking mainly to pastels and dressing the bridesmaids in a pretty sage green (dusty shale at jcrew) which provided a beautiful backdrop for the blushes, yellows, lavenders, peaches, and creams, that made up the bouquets, aisle decorations, and centerpieces. A huge factor in the success of this design was our florist, Melanie Benson, who shared in our vision and was able to meet the dual goal of keeping things budget-friendly and looking natural, by selecting flowers that were local and in-season. She also reused the flower-filled jars that lined the aisle as centerpieces for the tables after the ceremony, which I thought was a clever idea.
The ceremony itself turned out beautifully. We were married under a gorgeous birch chuppah that perfectly captured the rustic but delicate vibe we were going for, with the Puget sound behind us, and our all our friends and family arranged in a semi-circle around us. My favorite unplanned part of the ceremony was the laughter that erupted (chiefly from the bride) when the rabbi asked if we had prepared anything to say to each other, to which Lauren responded simply and definitively, ”Nope!”
All of the little details that consumed us in the weeks and months leading up to the wedding ended up being worth all the effort. The kids’ room — which we equipped with babysitters, coloring books, and a special kids’ buffet — made it easier for our unbearably cute child relatives to join us; the candy buffet – which we paired with chalkboard-topped mason jars, to serve as our wedding favors — was a huge hit; and while I insisted the cake and candy were enough dessert, unpacking the adorable s’more packets that Lauren made and roasting them over the bonfire was an incredible way to finish the evening.
In the end, it was the people who truly made the night – the hard work from our vendors, the heartfelt and hilarious toasts from our family members, and the predictably bad and surprisingly good dancing of our friends. Most importantly, there was the amazing bride who was crazy enough to marry me. All in all, I could not have been happier with how everything turned out.
Photography: Katy Weaver Photography | Coordination: The Invisible Hostess | Floral Design: Melanie Benson Floral | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Blackbird Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair And Makeup: Tiffany Colors | DJ: Chris Graves | Groom's Attire: Zegna | Wedding Venue: Kiana Lodge | Live Music: Julian Catford
Golden Hour photography is my absolute favorite and this inspiration shoot on the gorgeous Washington coast from Christine Clark Photography is precisely why. Everything—from the Bride’s Champagne-colored gown and romantic makeup to the loose, organic bouquet—looks prettier in the warm glow of Golden Hour. Don’t believe me? Just take a peek at all the beauty here.
From Christine Clark Photography…We made the long drive out to the far, wild and rugged Washington coast in the middle of summer when golden hour lasts for ages. Mist from the ocean hung in the air, mixing with the soft, rich glow, and created a gentle blanket of light around Tahlia. Willowy olive branches and fluffy pampas grass mixed together in her bouquet for a contrasting texture that matched the spirit of the organic coastline. Driftwood of all shapes and sizes scattered across the beach, and gave us lovely frames and platforms to mingle with. The endless wash of water on the shore wiped the sand clean and smooth, ready for fresh footprints. This remote stretch of coast was an inspiring backdrop for our shoot as the sun set over the ocean.
Photography: Christine Clark Photography | Floral Design: Rachel Burke Porter | Wedding Dress: Free People | Makeup: Ana Braxton | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Model: Tahlia Carchedi | Ribbon: Silk and Willow
Elopements are my weakness. Not only are they utterly romantic, but most of the time they occur in some seriously gorgeous settings. Like this sweetly intimate affair from the lens of Nikita Lee Photography set amongst the rolling hills of Oregon that’s got me weak in the knees. After hiking to exchange vows their day was complete with a champagne picnic, and you can see it all unfold here!
From the beautiful Bride… Adam and I met through church through our dear friend Luke. 4 years later, Adam proposed to me on a cliff overlooking the beautiful Oregon coast. That moment, I knew I wanted to get married in that very same spot. It was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been and it now held a special meaning to me.
Adam and I both agreed we wanted our wedding day to small and intimate. We wanted someone to capture all of our tender moments and the day to be about our family and Christ. So we decided to elope!
Our close friend Luke married us and Adam’s brother, Larry, and Larry’s wife, Kourtney (also a very good friend of mine) were our witnesses. Our son, Carter, came with us too.
I reached out to Nikita Lee Photography and she was so excited that we wanted her to photograph our day. She partnered up with Hunting Ground Films and they made our wedding day nothing short of magical. Nikita also introduced me to Bramble Floral Designs to make my bouquet. I wanted something earthy and pretty, and she did exactly that.
Everything was simple, elegant, and perfect.
The hike to the top of the rolling green hills is a long one, but totally worth it. Because the area is a protected trail, there is wildlife everywhere. Birds singing, deers moving about quietly, and squirells running up trees. And everything is so GREEN! You also cross over a few small streams. The most precious part of this hike though is when you come out of the forest and all you see is the big blue ocean and bright green hills everywhere. The view will leave you in awe.
So, I hiked up in my Nike Frees, then kicked them off and got married!
We wrote our own vows and and read them through tears of happiness. Luke read from his bible and reminded us what marriage is all about. Afterwards we had a small picnic with snacks and champagne!
After our hike back down, we had lunch at Kyllos in Lincoln City, OR.
Our day was exactly how we wanted it: full of love, laughs, and the Holy Spirit.
July 18th will forever be the best day of my life.
Photography: Nikita Lee Photography | Videography: Hunting Ground Films | Wedding Dress : David's Bridal | Makeup : Jasmine Linebaugh (myself) | Hair : Caitlin Boaz (friend) | Venue: Cascade Head Nature Trails | Bouquet And Boutineer : Bramble Floral And Design