• Joshua Allen Design Team

Wedding Decorating: Walking (Down the Aisle) in a Winter Wonderland

As designers, our team is always excited at the chance to use our skills in a challenging and fun way. Last month, we had the chance to do just that in Plymouth New Hampshire — we got to decorate for a wedding!

Added 2020 stress aside, the day of your wedding (as many of you know) is hectic, with so much happening all at once to make sure everything is perfect. A few weeks before, we got a call from a bride looking for someone handle the decoration of her wedding, and we were so excited to work with the couple to make sure everything was exactly what they dreamed of for their big day!

After a (covid safe, of course) meeting to discuss choices about the decor they wanted, we were able to get to work on the day of the wedding. Their theme was a woodsy winter wonderland (awesome, right!?) With this in mind, we used all sorts of winter-inspired decor to make the event look simply perfect. Luckily for us, the bride had a wonderful vision and was incredible to work with!

We started by walking around the venue placing each vignette in the location that it was going to be set up. The venue was an open barn with two stories that had picturesque views of the snowy New Hampshire landscape. We created a design sheet for each section of the space, and we built our vignettes from these, allowing us to stick to the game-plan and our time schedule.

All of the decor was sourced to reflect an outdoor scene. To achieve this look we used thin cuts of logs that were placed underneath a candlelit lantern for centerpieces. Around each lantern we used pine clippings that wrapped like a wreath. When working with pine clippings it is important to clip only the smaller sections of the branch (no bigger than the width of a pen.) To hide the clipped ends, we wove the sections together so they all faced the same direction and placed the cut ends underneath the next section.

On top of these pine clippings we used groups of pinecones and bunches of holly berries to accentuate the holiday-esque feel. To complete the tables we added votive candles spread around the outsides of the display. In some of the focal points, we even added delicate fairy lights to help illuminate and create a sense of w